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


Morris, Connecticut
Photograph by Jarrod MCcabe

Photograph by Jarrod MCcabe

This 18-cottage resort is the stuff of storybook beginnings. In addition to its main house, spa, and award-winning restaurant, the four-year-old Relais & Châteaux resort in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills offers uniquely designed digs — all ultramodern with a touch of whimsy — including spaces modeled after a tree house, a library, and even a helicopter hangar (complete with a restored 17,000-pound 1968 Sikorsky inside). Sporty couples can hike, ride in a hot-air balloon, golf, kayak, or snowshoe across the compound. And if that’s not enough, there are 4,000 more acres to explore in the surrounding White Memorial Preserve. >> 155 Alain White Rd., 860-567-9600,