Six charming New England waterfront vacation rentals

Waterfront vacation rental located at Moosehead Lake
Living area of vacation rental with view of Lake Champlain

A New England vacation rental is the kind of destination that families return to year after year. No matter where you vacation in New England, you’re bound to encounter its timeless charm—the cool breeze, sun-washed aesthetic, and, of course, the fresh lobster rolls. A lakefront cabin in Vermont is certainly enticing, while a Cape Cod cottage has its perks: it all depends on what you’re looking for.

Ready to book your own New England escape? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite waterfront vacation rentals, from Lake Champlain to Martha’s Vineyard. Bookmark this list to plan your next shore-side getaway at a beautiful New England vacation rental (or simply to add shingle-style homes to your vision board).

The Cabin @ Menemsha waterfront vacation rental – Martha’s Vineyard, MA

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What better way to experience New England than an authentic shingle-style beach house? This home’s spacious deck overlooks the Vineyard Sound’s placid water, offering constant reminders of island life. You can trek out to the nearby lighthouse or take a picnic lunch out to the beach, but if you don’t want to leave your rental, you can enjoy the coast from your back door.

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Onset Beach House waterfront vacation rental – Cape Cod, MA

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Right off of Onset Avenue, this timeless Cape Cod cottage sits at the water’s edge. Head out for a beach day at Onset Bay, or book a fishing charter to experience the open waters that surround Cape Cod. The home’s breezy sunroom directly overlooks the East River, and the upscale kitchen and living room set the scene for a beautiful stay in any season.

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The Lookout waterfront vacation rental – Lake Champlain Islands, VT

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Picture this: after a long day out on the boat, you light a fire in the firepit and gather around it with your family on the shore of Lake Champlain. At this South Hero lakehouse, all this and more is at your doorstep. Lake Champlain is one of the Northeast’s most beloved lake destinations, and this gorgeous vacation rental places you right at the water’s edge.

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The Dockside Inn waterfront vacation rental – Mount Desert Island, ME

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Mount Desert Island is a hub for all kinds of Coastal Maine adventures, including excursions into Acadia National Park, and the Dockside Inn is a hidden gem in the center of it all. Book a room at the Dockside Inn and you’ll be right at the shore of Southwest Harbor, with prime access to boat tours, fishing, fresh seafood, and dock strolls.

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Serene Newagen House waterfront vacation rental – Boothbay Harbor, ME

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This waterfront cabin’s views can only be described as breathtaking! Spend some time lingering on the upper deck, where Cape Harbor, Cape Island, and the Atlantic Ocean stretch out just beyond. If it’s chilly, you can always relax in the sunroom, where the exact same views are all yours through the generously sized windows.

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Lakeside Legacy waterfront vacation rental – Moosehead Lake, ME

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A lakefront cabin with direct pebble beach access and a private dock just might be the best way to enjoy Moosehead Lake. This vacation rental is perfect for a family vacation in any season: whether you’re surrounded by fall colors, snow, or summer sunshine, the beauty of the lake is always at your doorstep.

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