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What We Love

  • Updated decor by acclaimed designer Bunny Williams (author of Affair with a House)
  • Berkshire Pale Ale on draft in the Tap Room
  • Boston and New York City are less than three hours away
  • The Sunday brunch, with a stiff bloody marry, blueberry pancakes and a side of live music
  • Hanging with the locals in rocking chairs on the porch over aperitifs (like the signature pickle martini)
  • Around the bend from the state’s second-largest waterfall, after which the town is named

What To Know

  • A historical inn, so guestroom ceilings are low and walls a bit thin
  • King rooms start at a tight 250 square feet
  • The inn neighbors the town’s fire house and auto garage
  • Porch dining won’t start until mid-May
  • The inn and restaurant attracts an older crowd
  • Don’t expect to do work out here — cell reception is unreliable
  • There’s little to do outside the seasonal outdoor activities and R&R; the downtown has a library, a towny cafe and post office
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Overview

The Review

In the northwestern tip of Connecticut, the small oak-shaded town of Falls Village makes for a painless shift from big-city stress. And at Falls Village Inn, city dwellers trade designer digs for Levis and Timberlands and iPads for paperbacks to kick back in rocking chairs on the white porch with a keyhole railing.

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The four rooms and suites are individually designed and aptly named, with titles such as the “Blue” and “Yellow” room. Each pop with sunny primaries, oval-framed mirrors, potted greenery, antique swing-arm floor lamps, Victorian love seats and armchairs and quilted bedspreads of the same patterns as the inn’s ground-floor tiles. No grandmotherly doilies here — and the only floral essence is bottled in the L’Occitane bath products.

With a slower countryside pace comes low-fi amenities — flat-screen TVs are small, WiFi is sparse, and cell reception? Fuggedaboutit. But when it comes to dining, Falls Village Inn plays all the right cards. An American menu spoils domesticated palates with dishes like hearty Beef Wellington and creamy linguine with white clam sauce. On Sundays, stiff Bloody Marys compliment the varied brunch menu (think thick blueberry pancakes doused in Vermont maple syrup or a feta-and-spinach omelette with scalloped potatoes), and there’s live music from local bands (listen for Eric Clapton and The Beatles covers).

A Hollywood high-roller or big name from MoMA can be spotted taking a scenic stroll along the Housatonic River or joining porch guests sipping on a pickle martini, the Tap Room’s signature cocktail. But at the Falls Village Inn, there’s little emphasis on who you are and where you come from — here, everyone is a local.

How to Get There

The Falls Village Inn
33 Railroad Street
Falls Village, CT 06031 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 48 Reviews
Excellent Restaurant.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don’t miss out on visiting this hidden jewel of a restaurant and bar. There were four of us for dinner and the food was impeccable. The menu was full of good choices for dinner and they offered a nice variety of different wines by the glass.. Sue the owner was very accommodating and our waitress offered excellent service. Nicely set in the Berkshires it is a must. Hats off to a great night and look forward to coming back soon. Well worth the trip from Torrington.

Why can't Food be Hot?
Reviewed 3 months ago

To be fair, lukewarm food in restaurants seems to be the plague of the day, not only
in this restaurant but in many others. I don't know if there is too much prep time in the kitchen ( leaving,say,the potatoes to get cold while the meat heats.) or if the absence of those old, dented aluminum tops is to blame. They weren't cool, but they kept the food warm! Anyway, our food was ok, cod in fact very good, as was the blueberry crumble. However, my risotto was actually cold, and the veal and soup were lukewarm. Others in our party had the same experience. Service, while friendly, was rushed. I'm a slow eater and the plates of others in our party were whisked away before I'd had more than three bites. So others, having nothing else to do, just stared at me as I ate. Very awkward. This practice too is widespread. So, not terrible, but not great either. I suspect that if some of the operational things were improved, place could be very good.

Second Visit was Disappointing
Reviewed 3 months ago

We ate here a while ago with a group of friends and had a really good meal so looked forward to eating here again. While the service and food were really excellent the last time we were there, this time was a bit different.
Perhaps our waiter was new, but he just didn't seem to know what he was doing. He would show up and then disappear for extended periods. We waited a long time to get our order in and then longer to get the food. It was pretty crowded but it was also a full house last time we were there and the service and food were much better.
Bottom line, the food was just not as good or of the quality we had a year ago. I don't know if there is a different chef, they aren't getting as good food supplies or whether we ended up with the worst waiter in the house, but it all combined for a very expensive and rather unfulfilling dinner for the 4 of us. We'll be trying somewhere different next time.

Nice guesthouse - lovely location. No breakfast nor staff during weekdays.
Reviewed 4 months ago

The house is atmospheric and the room also and the restaurant quite fine. We stayed for three nights.

Staying during the week is an odd experience. No staff available until five or six in the afternoon - no service at all and not even possible to make a cup of coffee or tea in the room.

One thing that surprised my family and I was that breakfast was not served outside weekends. It may be perfectly understandable that you cannot uphold staff during the week mornings - but when the room description offers breakfast it is disappointing that this is not offered and one therefore had to drive some miles to find a breakfast restaurant - at a cost of $~50 each time.

On taking contact to the hotel after our stay, we were ignored except that the website has been altered so as to remove the reference to breakfast (without reducing the room rate...).

Not ideal and therefore not really recommendable.

Quaint little Inn
Reviewed 6 months ago

I stumbled upon the Inn as I was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Sue and her staff made my stay comfortable and restful. I can only speak to the chicken wings but they offer higher-end food. I enjoyed feeling like I was one of the family while I chatted with her mother and niece. Lovely and quaint.