A socially-distanced getaway at Wentworth by the Sea
I want to first start off with I was very apprehensive to travel during a pandemic, even just a state away. The past several months I've been extremely cautious about not making unnecessary trips, seeing too many people and really just staying home, especially with my dad working in the Emergency Room and ICU. Despite all of this, it's been a very weird balance of almost feeling trapped but knowing we're doing our part. A lot has been impacted and changed because of this, including George's bar exam date shifting to October and our summer trip being canceled, but we knew we still wanted to find a mini yet safe getaway so we were able to enjoy time together before his study schedule gets crazier.
For our New England 'staycation' we chose Wentworth by the Sea because as a Marriott property we knew they were implementing all the necessary precautions for guests and it was a place we've enjoyed brunch at before. It's such a beautiful hotel and we were really able to keep our distance from people while still enjoying our getaway.
Upon arrival, every guest was greeted by the concierge and they gave us the rundown of what amenities were opened and what to expect during our stay (things like the indoor pool and housekeeping was stopped, reduced capacity for their restaurants, etc.). Everywhere you went on the property there were also signs to maintain 6-feet apart, everyone had to wear a mask inside and extra cleaning of shared spaces (including the outdoor pool chairs and restaurant tables) were also in effect. We felt very safe here and spent a lot of time in our room or around the beautiful garden on the property. Even at the pool when we enjoyed some sun, hotel guests were respectful of keeping to their own chairs and areas of the pool.
Obviously you have to do what you're comfortable with, and while the restaurants were always busy George and I decided on takeout for many of our meals because we weren't really comfortable being around people. If you are going to travel, try to find a resort or location you feel good about visit...because everyone has different levels of what they are okay with. Plus, be mindful of state regulations and always keep in mind things aren't going to be what you are used to when traveling, especially what is going on! So having a sense of compassion is always important.
With all of this said, we had such a lovely time at this gorgeous hotel for a much needed trip. We stayed at the property the entire time and one of my favorite relaxing moments was enjoying a cheeseboard in the adirondack chairs on the grass (who doesn't love an impromptu spread?!). You also can't go wrong with the scenery and walking along the marina looking at the boats!
If you're planning your own trip I hope this help ease your mind a bit but also helps you be realistic with your getaway, because it's still so important to keep your distance and be smart with staying safe!