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These New England minimoons offer all the relaxation of an exotic getaway—but none of the stress of traveling.

Castle Hill Resort and Spa

Cavendish, Vermont

Prince William and Kate Middleton may have the last word on getting the royal honeymoon treatment, but Vermont’s Castle Hill Resort and Spa offers up luxury fit for a king and queen closer to home. This stone mansion’s 10 handsomely furnished period rooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day spent hiking the trails or mastering the slopes. Brides and grooms alike will appreciate the spa’s massages, heated outdoor pool, and hot tub. Nearby Ludlow — which boasts quaint shops and covered bridges — as well as the Green Mountains are worth a visit, especially when gilded in autumn golds or coated in winter whites. >> 2910 Route 103, 802-226-7361,

Ocean House

Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Spending two weeks in Hawaii isn’t the only way to get a taste of paradise: Those looking for a seaside getaway with plenty of pampering can also find it at the Ocean House. The 19th-century hotel’s bygone beauty has recently been brought back to life — more than 5,000 artifacts were re-created or reused, including Victorian windows, doors, and chandeliers. Suites here overlook a private white-sand beach on which guests lounge in cabanas and enjoy Friday-night clambakes by a bonfire. And the Ocean House’s exterior, studded with porches, decks, and terraces, exudes a fairy-tale feel, making this the perfect place to begin your happily ever after. >> One Bluff Ave., 401-584-7000,