Where to Stay:
Set on 58 acres in Washington, Connecticut (about an hour’s drive from NYC), the Mayflower Inn is celebrating its centennial year with a fresh look designed by celebrity interior designer, Celerie Kemble. You’ll feel like you’re in your very own country home as you cozy up by the parlor room fire for a game of cards or take part in sweater-weather croquet on the expansive front lawn.
What to Do:
Kick off your day with some R&R at Mayflower’s sanctuary-like spa, which offers contactless treatments, like no-touch reiki sessions and sound healing. Later, lace up your hiking boots and explore the nearby Hidden Valley Preserve—a stretch of 727 acres filled with meadows, elevated walkways, and expansive trails. For all the fall feels, visit Averill Farm, a 10-generation family farm offering seasonal produce, homemade pies, and an onsite cider mill.
Where to Eat & Drink:
For breakfast or lunch, head over to The Pantry, a family-run country cafe with a rotating seasonal menu daily. For dinner, try the Community Table Restaurant and Bar, acclaimed for its innovative food and cocktails and mission to support local farms and food purveyors. There’s a bonus outdoor fire pit to keep you warm as you wait for your table. Back at The Mayflower, The Garden Room’s chef-in-residence, April Bloomfield, offers a four-course garden supper tasting menu featuring some of Bloomfield’s signature farm-to-table dishes. If you’re there over Thanksgiving, take part in the restaurant’s Thanksgiving in the country experience: a three-course menu that includes everything from roasted turkey to pumpkin pie with whipped creme fraiche.