Skip a trip across the pond and find the charm of the English countryside less than two hours outside of New York City. The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa is a restorative retreat, whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or a wellness weekend with friends.
Here are five reasons why we think either scenario works wonderfully at this Connecticut escape.
The more than 50 acres of meticulously manicured grounds at Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa are a large part of what makes it so special. The stunning outdoor swimming pool, indoor heated pool, five-hole putting green, Omni tennis court and perfectly pruned Shakespeare Garden make this feel like a posh rural estate.
And with a plethora of pursuits to try on the property, there is no reason to ever leave. Enjoy a hike in the surrounding Mayflower Trail or take advantage of biking, kayaking, fly fishing and, if the elements are cooperating, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
Grace Mayflower Spa offers tranquility and serenity from the moment you set foot inside. Its relaxation room features oversized chaise lounges, plush blankets and floor-to-ceiling windows with superb views of the lush surroundings. Book an appointment with a personal wellness adviser who can help assess your individual goals and schedule the appropriate therapies to meet your needs.
The spa’s well-crafted menu draws inspiration from both modern science and ancient rituals. A dedicated selection of offerings includes an impressive array of experiences for couples to share, such as Connectedness Meditation and Sound Healing. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with a romantic side-by-side massage, which will replenish and refresh even the weariest travelers.
Fitness gurus can join in complimentary classes like barre, cardio kickboxing, restorative yoga and meditation sessions in a sun-drenched studio overlooking the gorgeous grounds. Private bookings are available for a full range of activities, from aquatic workouts to Pilates.
You’ll also have gratis access to the tennis court and all necessary equipment, should you want to take your workout outdoors. And for more leisurely pursuits, there are a variety of board games like Scrabble and Clue in the main lobby.
There are two restaurants at Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa helmed by executive chef Isaac Olivo, who uses only the finest and freshest ingredients — many of which come from the Inn’s own garden. The Mayflower Dining Room serves classic American cuisine in stately surroundings while The Tap Room, a local favorite, cooks up laid-back appeal and a slightly more casual menu.
Stop in the latter for a creative cocktail and live piano music on Friday and Saturday evenings. And whatever you do, don’t miss the hot ricotta doughnuts.
There are 30 different options for accommodations, each boasting unique style, artwork and one-of-a-kind antiques. Even though the individual rooms offer their own personality, they have extravagant amenities (like feather-topped mattresses, marble bathrooms, Frette linens and four-poster beds) in common.
We love them all, but if you like curling up with a glass of wine in front of a fireplace, upgrade to an idyllic Superior Suite — it will charm your wool socks off.