Inn at Kent Falls
What We Love
- The voucher can be used toward a two-night stay in a Suite and evening cocktails, breakfast, and tea and cookies for two
- Meticulous revamp of an 18th-century inn, replete with original details and extra wide fireplaces
- Outdoor pool and patio available in the summer months
- All Suites are individually designed in a contemporary country style
What To Know
- Blackout dates do apply, and the voucher cannot be used toward stays on January 20, February 14, February 17, 2014
- Just off a main road, nothing is within walking distance so you’ll need a car to explore
- Hearty breakfast is included in the rate but there’s no restaurant; guests can help themselves to drinks from the honor bar
- The front door is locked after 10 p.m. but guests are given keys for after-hours returns
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a colonial-style building dating to 1741, Inn at Kent Falls is set back from busy Route 7 in over two acres of wooded gardens. The latched front door opens directly into the cozy living room — the heart of the inn with the feel of a friend’s country home. Done up with overstuffed sofas, wide plank floorboards, eclectic art on the walls, a grand piano and a colonial-size fireplace, the elegant country look could be torn from the pages of the interiors magazines that are scattered throughout the inn. Breakfast is served in the attached dining room and, at the back of the house, there’s a separate living space with another enormous fireplace and access to the screened porch and well-kept gardens and pool.
Bed and Bath
Suites are all individually designed with a respect for the inn’s historic layout, so expect a characterful mix of pitched ceilings and low beams, enormous bathrooms with candle-lit fireplaces or petite shower cubicles. Common throughout are the comfy beds dressed with Frette linens, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and lovely Aveda products in the bathrooms. On the ground floor, the Lakes Suite has a dreamy bathroom with a six-foot clawfoot tub, double vanity, dressing table and separate shower room, while the top-floor Gables Suite is dominated by the criss cross of preserved wood beams and a loft-style layout. The Falls Suite offers the most space and an over clawfoot tub rainfall shower, while the quiet Appalachian Suite feels like a writer’s retreat, with two separate living spaces and a gorgeous antique desk.
Breakfast is served family-style on a big table in the small dining room. The spread is a hearty country mix of posh cereals, homemade granola, yogurt, fruit, fresh pastries and a made-to-order special like pancakes with local maple syrup or farm eggs. There’s no bar, but guests can help themselves to drinks from the honor bar or fridge in the kitchen. There’s an outdoor pool and screened porch for whiling away the summer months, while the two colonial-size fires roar all winter. For a dose of pampering, spa treatments can be arranged in the small spa room off the main living room.
In the Area
This corner of northwest Connecticut is less than two hours from NYC, but feels a world away thanks to endless outdoors activities. Bookend a weekend hike on the Appalachian Trail with a relaxing stay at the inn, or buy a day pass to nearby Mohawk Mountain and master its 17 trails served by 5 lifts. Car lovers can also buy tickets to a race day at Lime Rock Park or even get behind the wheel on a practice session with Skip Barber Racing School. There’s no restaurant at the inn, so make a reservation in advance for dinner at Gifford’s, a knockout New American eatery in nearby Kent (five-minutes by car), or go farther afield for Middle Eastern fare at Serevan in Amenia or 52 Main in Millerton. Across the border in New York, the petite town of Millerton is worth an afternoon stroll for Harney & Sons tea shop and boutique, antiquing at Johnson’s Antiques or Hunter Bee, and a filling brunch at Oakhurst Diner or Irving Farm. You can also rent bikes here and ride the Harlem Valley Rail Trail all the way to Wassaic, where non-drivers can pick up the train back to NYC.