Cozy Connecticut Inns
There’s nothing quite like a getaway to a cozy Connecticut inn during the cold winter months. Escape the chilly air and hustle and bustle of everyday life by snuggling up at a place with your favorite book, hot cocoa and friends and family. Delight yourself in a home away from home, explore some of Connecticut’s most unique restaurants and uncover the quaint New England charm of these Connecticut towns.
We’ve put together a list of 10 cozy inns that are sure to suit whatever experience you’re looking for:
COMPLETE RELAXATION AND SPA INDLUGENCE
Recently named Forbes’ Hotel of the Day, the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, CT is a 58 acre estate with a luminous 20,000 square foot Spa House that provides guests a serene haven for spa treatments and activities. Dine in style at the nearby Community Table, where you can enjoy the freshest locally-sourced ingredients, cooked seasonally and only with food gathered from the surrounding environment.
AN INSPIRING STAY TO SET YOUR IMAGINATION A FLURRY
Nestled in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, experience the unconventional and extraordinary at Winvian in Morris, CT. Winvian features 19 uniquely designed cottages– everything from a meticulously restored 1968 helicopter cottage, a cottage inspired by nautical lifestyle and much more. While you’re there, indulge in rejuvenating and restorative spa treatments and enjoy fine, fresh dining options prepared by culinary craftsman chef Chris Eddy.
ENJOY AND EXPLORE OLD-WORLD CHARM OF A HISTORIC TOWN
Situated in historic Essex and nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River, the Griswold Inn exudes the charm of days gone by. Wander down the Essex Main Street, browsing the windows of quaint antique stores and boutiques. You’ll then be ready for a charming dining experience at the Griswold Inn Wine Bar, where you can enjoy an imaginative tapas menu, macro plates, artisanal chesses and an extensive selection of wines, all in an inviting, historic setting. After dinner, step into their award-winning Tap Room, the Best and Only Bar in Connecticut to repeatedly make Esquire's "Top 100 Best Bars in America", and enjoy live music. Check out the Tap Room's upcoming Entertainment Calendar.
VIEW BEAUTIFUL CONNECTICUT WATERS AND INDULGE IN TRADITIONAL NEW ENGLAND FARE
Selected as a “Top Ten New England Bed and Breakfast” by TheTravelChannel.com, the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offers beautiful lodging accommodations overlooking the charming marina. Plus, downtown Niantic is only steps away, where you will find a variety of unique boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and bookstores. You can also enjoy dining in a breathtaking setting at S&P Oyster House overlooking the Mystic River, while eating some of the best traditional New England seafood.
A RESORT RETREAT THAT HAS IT ALL
Secluded along the beautiful Connecticut shoreline overlooking Long Island Sound, Water's Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook offers an all-in-one experience. There is no need to step off the 25 acre estate during your retreat, as Water’s Edge features two of Connecticut’s best restaurants, The Restaurant at The Water's Edge and Seaview Bistro and Martini Bar. Named “Best Hotel Dining Statewide” by Connecticut Magazine, a meal at The Restaurant at Water’s Edge comes with gorgeous view of the ocean and is perfect for a romantic getaway.
COUNTRY RETREAT - LITCHFIELD INN
Discover the elegant, colonial style Litchfield Inn nestled in the picturesque countryside of Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills. The inn’s Bantam Bistro features artisanal selections, local, organic farm-stand products and an impressive list of wines. For a unique shopping experience, explore the town of Litchfield where you can find something special at Les Plaisirs de la Maison French Country Antiques or Old Carriage Shop Antiques. Luxuriate in a spa treatment or two at the Spa at Litchfield Hills. And for outdoor adventure, check out Mohawk Mountain for skiing and snowboarding.
HISTORIC ELEGANCE - SIMSBURY 1820 HOUSE
Immerse yourself in an environment of elegant antiques and period reproductions at the gracious and historic Simsbury 1820 House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Simsbury 1820 House is a romantic, welcoming retreat of luxury accommodations overlooking the Farmington River. Guestrooms offer four-poster canopied beds complete with Belgian linens and down comforters. The inn is a perfect base for seeing the sights of Greater Hartford such as the Mark Twain House, Hartford; the Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington; and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford. Take in a performance at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, lace up your boots for a cross-country skiing outing at Winding Trails, Farmington or set out on the ice at Simsbury’s International Skating Center. After your day of adventure, return to the inn for a delicious and imaginative dining experience at Metro Bis Restaurant.
PAMPERED GETAWAY - THE SPA AT NORWICH INN
Named “Best Destination Spa in New England” in the 70th anniversary issue of Yankee Magazine and “Best Day Spa in Connecticut” by readers of Connecticut Magazine for 11 consecutive years, The Spa at Norwich Inn is a must on your travel destination list. Tucked into the woodlands of eastern Connecticut on acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the inn’s glorious Georgian manor is a true retreat. For the finest in pampering and restorative services, the elegant, full-service spa offers an abundance of options including beauty and body treatments, fitness classes, an on-site salon, and guest activities such as meditation, group hikes, fitness tips, afternoon tea and scones and even wine tasting. At the Spa Boutique, select body and skin-care products to take home. For an upscale culinary experience, guests can dine at the inn’s Kensington Restaurant, or for a more informal meal, there’s Ascot’s Pub.
While there’s plenty to experience at the Spa at Norwich Inn, you can always venture outside the grounds to the nearby Mohegan Sun Casino or take a drive to Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea. The Spa at Norwich Inn is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
SMALL TOWN CHARM - COPPER BEACH INN
Take a charming country ride to the Copper Beech Inn, Ivoryton, a village of the Connecticut River town of Essex, and you’ll understand why it’s been voted "Best Country Inn in Connecticut" by Connecticut Magazine for four consecutive years. As picturesque as it is elegant, the estate is named for the stunning Copper Beech tree adorning the entrance. Let go of your daily stress as you walk in the grand entryway, and relax in one of the richly decorated, well-appointed guestrooms. Then dine at The Oak Room, the inn’s newly-renovated restaurant offering innovative cuisine in a warm and intimate setting.
At the Copper Beech Inn you are well poised for an outing to Essex, renowned for ranking in “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” Stroll along the tree-lined historic Main Street, where you’ll find boutique shopping, art galleries, eateries, river views and the Connecticut River Museum. Nearby, meander around the quaint town of Chester, where you can explore galleries, antiques, retail shops and restaurants such as The River Tavern, specializing in local farm-to-table cuisine.
HISTORY & ROMANCE - LONGWOOD COUNTRY INN, WOODBURY
For a romantic getaway destination steeped in history, spend a weekend in picturesque Woodbury at the Longwood Country Inn! Built in 1789, the Longwood Country Inn was voted "Romantic Tops in Connecticut" in the 2010-2012 Zagat Survey and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The inn’s Longwood Restaurant offers fine dining among 18th century antiques while the Hearthstone Lounge is the perfect spot for more casual dining or cocktails. You’ll find inviting wood burning fireplaces in both!
While in Woodbury, be sure to visit the many antiques shops along the Connecticut Antiques Trail. See the works of local artists at the Fine Line Art Gallery, known for showcasing a wide range of artwork including oil, watercolor and pastel paintings; photography, pottery and jewelry. And, during your Woodbury getaway, feel yourself unwind as you explore the scenic and soothing Litchfield Hills nearby.
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