Wondering where to stay in Connecticut? We’ve got you covered! Check out our picks for the best lodging in Connecticut for 2016. Best Spa Escape: The Mayflower Grace, Washington Acquired by Grace Hotels in 2013, Connecticut’s notoriously luxurious 30-room country manor reinvented its uber-exclusive spa—open only to guests and members—last year, featuring the country’s only wellness […]
By Yankee Magazine
Jun 04 2016
Best Historic Inn: The Griswold Inn, EssexPhoto Credit : Lori Pedrick
Best Spa Escape:
The Mayflower Grace, Washington
Acquired by Grace Hotels in 2013, Connecticut’s notoriously luxurious 30-room country manor reinvented its uber-exclusive spa—open only to guests and members—last year, featuring the country’s only wellness experiences that utilize Earth Matters Apothecary’s formulations for delivering nutrients via the skin. A quiz determines the balancing blend for your body type and personality. Rates: from $510.
118 Woodbury Road. 860-868-9466; gracehotels.com/mayflower
Best Historic Inn:
The Griswold Inn, Essex
There’s no inn in America with a longer continuous record of welcoming, nourishing, and entertaining guests. The Paul family has updated the Gris a bit—the wine bar’s a big hit—while devoting 20 years to fiercely preserving its traditions. Nightly live music in the Tap Room is more reliable than the postal service. Nearly one-third of 33 individually styled accommodations will be extensively renovated in time for the inn’s 240th birthday in June. Rates: from $155.
36 Main St. 860-767-1776; griswoldinn.com
Best Boutique Hotel:
Elihu Spicer Mansion, Mystic
A neglected, fire-damaged, overgrown apartment building is a splendid mansion again. Guests slumber beneath stunning plasterwork and muraled ceilings uncovered during the Gates family’s two-year effort to rescue this Victorian sea captain’s home. With Mystic’s loftiest views, locally procured breakfast fare, and the option to savor an eight-course dinner, Tomas Gates promises that an overnight is “an event.” Rates from: $495.
15 Elm St. 855-679-2468; spicermansion.com
Best Romantic Inn:
Inn at Stonington, Stonington
This 18-room charmer is romance central, with fireplaces and Jacuzzis in most rooms—and restaurants, shops, a lighthouse museum, and a secluded little beach only steps away. Famous for repelling the British Navy with just three cannons in 1814, Stonington is still lighting sparks for couples both newly and eternally in love. Rates from: $180.
60 Water St. 860-535-2000; innatstonington.com
Best Intimate Retreat:
The Inn at Woodstock Hill, Woodstock
If it’s privacy you crave, this 19th-century country estate, with an exceptional fine-dining restaurant, is the rare off-the-beaten-path place where you can order duck à l’orange in your room. Ready to venture out of your elegantly appointed hideaway? Historic sights, farms, and a British tearoom are all a short walk away. Rates: from $160.
94 Plaine Hill Road. 860-928-0528; woodstockhill.com