The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offers not only a porch, but plenty of chairs for viewing the boats in the harbor. Photo by Marti Mayne.New England is experiencing record breaking heat. Heck, the whole country is! You’re not only really ready to cool off, you’re also ready for a break. Now is the perfect time to consider a quick B&B getaway in New England. Imagine rocking your cares away on the porch of a welcoming B&B, cool drink in hand. Whether it’s in Boston or along the Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island or Connecticut coasts, here are a few recommendations for hot B&Bs in cool places, just a hop, skip and jump from Boston. Each one offers a fabulous balcony or porch poised to catch cool sea breezes and scenic views.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".