The Mayflower Grace
What We Love
- A classic country inn with homey rooms and amenities such as Wellington rain boots and snowshoes
- A signature white orchid on arrival
- Housemade granola in the minibars and the relaxation room
- Outdoor spaces like the Shakespeare Gardens and the spa labyrinth, great for meditation
- The restaurant’s warm chocolate cake with soft ganache and banana ice cream
What To Know
- Best for couples
- Children 12 and under are not permitted. Children 13 to 16 are not permitted in the Spa House
- The outdoor pool and tennis court are closed from Columbus Day to Memorial Day
- You’ll need a car to get around; valet parking is free
- Pets aren’t allowed
- WiFi is free
At the Mayflower Grace, an English countryside–style manor set on 58 acres, you almost expect to see Martha Stewart pacing the grounds, garden shears in hand. The grass is freshly cut, the hedges trimmed and the flowers pruned, creating a manicured garden carved out of the wooded landscape.
Bed and Bath
That same meticulousness continues in the 30 guestrooms, from the Regency stripe or Empire petit fleur wallpaper to the curated 18th- and 19th-century art. Four-poster beds are topped with plump oversize pillows and Frette linens. The amenities are first-class: clean-air gas fireplaces, large bathrooms with Red Flower products, minibars stocked with Godiva chocolate bars and organic Eden trail mix.
The spa is the cornerstone of the property. From the thorough treatments list, the Deep Blue Lavender Embrace (a body scrub and massage with lavender, peppermint, rosemary, ginger grass and fir) and the Oxygen Facial (a hydrating and plumping treatment that promises red carpet results) are good options, as is the splurge-worthy Midnight Honey Body Buzz with Massage, in which whole grains and organic oils soothe and buffer skin. Along with an indoor swimming pool and a beautifully tiled hammam, there’s a white-on-white Spa House, where guests can curl up with a cup of Tea Forte on feather-stuffed lounge chairs and look out at a copse of oak trees from floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can also indulge in the locally-sourced fare at Muse by Jonathan Cartwright. Try the spa-inspired menu items like the fennel seed dusted halibut.
In the Area
After sampling the heavenly breakfast at the Mayflower, another great option is the Pantry, about a mile away. Come for lunches of Sicilian seafood stew and ginger-carrot salad, but be sure to stay for dessert: Fruit torte, caramel-crusted brownies and chocolate whiskey cake are always in the bakery case. In the fall, spring and summer, take advantage of the grounds’ putting green and tennis courts. In a hurry? Some of the spa’s more affordable treatments include the 30-minute foot facial (aromatherapy with warm compresses and exfoliation) and the 30-minute scalp facial with botanical oils. Take one of the spa’s free fitness classes, which include Pilates and yoga. Classes are suitable for beginners and more advanced folks. The inn can arrange guided hikes, bike tours or even archery lessons if you’re interested. Be sure to head over to Lake Waramaug State Park (particularly beautiful during fall foliage) or take a tour of Hopkins Vineyard, which just won a gold medal from the American Wine Society.
How to Get There
Excellent stay. My husband and I stayed at the Mayflower for a quick weekend getaway. The resort is quaint and beautiful. The atmosphere is relaxing and great to just unwind and enjoy nature. The food was phenomenal and everyone was so pleasant and helpful. The only negative aspect was the mattress in our room, it was very old, dipped down in the middle and extremely uncomfortable. They should invest in more quality mattresses for such an expensive hotel.
My daughter and I took her friend here as a 40th birthday present. Everything - the staff, the dining and bar, the spa and our Grace Suite were perfect. The inn was almost full and we felt like the only guests. We will definitely be returning with other friends and family!
Made reservations for dinner there: Food no more than adequate, Wait staff EXTREMELY lackadaisical and poorly trained. Most of the time they stood around at the entrance to the kitchen talking among themselves totally ignoring our party of four. Hostess, very good and seated us at a wonderful table. Valet service: excellent. My husband and I have enjoyed going throughout the country and have dined at many excellent restaurants in numerous states from New York to California. I have never been so unhappy as with The Mayflower restaurant - a disappointing experience was had by all in our party.