Mayflower Inn & Spa
118 Woodbury Rd., CT-47, Washington
It’s hard to pull yourself out of your canopied, curtained, supremely cosseting bed at this chic, Celerie-Kemble-restored hotel to walk through the gardens to the Connecticut outpost of The Well spa, but do it. The spa’s airy, enormous and as luxurious as it gets. A gorgeously-tiled, soaring-ceilinged greenhouse surrounds a giant soaking tub; the treatments are next level (try the Reiki under a down comforter, atop a heated bed, in a grove of spruce trees by an ancient pond, for example); and it’s worth coming back just for the bone broth. The Triple Lift facial is epic, layering endless active serums with something called a Remodeling Machine and another called the Micropuncture Lab to help stimulate collagen production for pretty stunning, immediately visible results.
The Mayflower Inn & Spa
118 Woodbury Rd., Washington
Formerly known as the Mayflower Inn & Spa (Grace Hotels acquired it last year), this is one of those resorts that is a consistent siren song for worn-out New Yorkers.
The White Hart Inn
77 Undermountain Rd., Salisbury
The recently re-opened, historic White Hart Inn, located right on the town green in Salisbury, Connecticut, is poised to retake its place as a central fixture of town life after closing for five years. For one, the historic Tap Room will once again serve local spirits, as it has for literally two centuries. Plus, the new restaurant will lean heavily on local produce from nearby farms and growers. While there’s plenty to see and do in the Connecticut countryside, the Inn itself is set up to provide a cozy, luxurious getaway should you choose to spend most of your time reading in your room. If you want to get out, you can walk to the Appalachian Trail straight from the inn, so bring your hiking boots. The beautiful Bash Bish falls are also within striking distance: You’ll be in Hudson River School country, so breathtaking views are a given. There's always a lot of fun, family friendly stuff going on in the nearby villages (hay rides, animal judging, iron skillet tosses), and great antiquing and shopping. Privet House, owned by Richard Lambertson (of Lambertson Truex), is particularly wonderful. Meanwhile,…
15 E. Shore Rd., New Preston
There are a handful of stores out there that are so well-conceived, so beautiful, and so cozy that you wish you could move right in. Privet House, tucked away in a village in Connecticut, is one of those stores that manages to achieve and own an entire aesthetic. From antique furniture to Cire Trudon candles, to hand-selected vintage books, this is the sort of place where you might stop by for a bottle of Murchison-Hume hand soap, and leave with a credenza.