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
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Classic country inn with manicured gardens, a serene spa and locavore restaurant
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.
The Mayflower Grace
118 Woodbury Road
Washington, Connecticut 06793
How to Get There
Flights are available to Bradley International Airport (BDL) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers are available to/from BDL, about 55 miles away, for approximately $180 for two passengers, each way, and can be arranged through the property. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, self-parking and valet parking are free.