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In the luxury resorts market, New England is in the midst of a respectable surge.
Down by Rhode Island’s Watch Hill, the Ocean House and new Weekapaug Inn have made their mark as high-end beachfront destinations. In Vermont, renovations are complete at the stately Equinox. These are places where the towels are impossibly plush and the cheerful valets send you off with a bottle of ice-cold spring water for the ride home.
But how would these properties compare with those that have been at this a bit longer — say, The Breakers in Palm Beach? These resorts stack up nicely regardless of season.