NEMA Boston offers all the thrills of a major city the moment you step out of the door. Yet, it's also perfectly located for nifty getaways into the region's picture-perfect coastal retreats. Here is one of our favorite itineraries for an invigorating Massachusetts staycation.

Mansions and Vineyards in Newport

From Boston's Seaport District, it's a mere 90-minute drive to Newport, a picturesque Rhode Island town resplendent with elegant mansions and golden beaches. Take a stroll around The Elms — the chateau-inspired summer residence of coal magnate Edward Julius Berwind. Then, feel the sand between your toes on Easton’s Beach, where you can reserve one of the historic bathhouses. Round off the day by dipping into the local drinks scene, at the Taproot Brewing Co. or Newport Vineyards.

Beaches and Seafood in Cape Cod

The next day, head eastward along Route 195, taking in the leafy Massachusetts countryside, until you reach Cape Cod. An idyll of coastal beauty, Cape Cod offers swimming and sunbathing at the Craigville and Mayflower Beaches; cultural attractions such as the Sandwich Glass Museum and the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum; and top-tier seafood at spots like Sesuit Harbor Cafe in the town of Dennis, and Impudent Oyster in Chatham.

A Ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard

Take a ferry out to either Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. The former is popular for its historic lighthouses at Great Point and Brant Point; the fascinating Nantucket Whaling Museum; and the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, inhabited by deer and shorebirds. On Martha's Vineyard, climb the Menemsha Hills to admire the shoreline from up high; explore the tranquil Mytoi Japanese Garden; and try the "shucking amazing" seafood at 19 Raw Oyster Bar.

Relaxing Weekends at NEMA Boston

Of course, some weekends you just want to stay at home. The apartments at NEMA Boston offer the luxury of resort-style amenities: Cool off in the Skyline Pool, unwind with a massage in the Spa Suite, or relax with a podcast on the rooftop lawn. Finally, cap off the weekend with a barbecue, accompanied by fine wine and stunning views of the Boston cityscape.