Tucked away in one of the top 25 foliage towns in New England, just two hours outside of Manhattan, lives the fabulous Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa – a member of the Relais & Chateaux resort family. The crown jewel of the property is a 20,000-square-foot luxurious, award-winning spa where guests can indulge in an experience to remember. Designed to be more of an exquisitely devised residence than a resort facility, guests enter by way of driving up the main house driveway as if they are visitors at someone’s home.
Hotel guests will exhale as they await their treatments, gazing out at a nature preserve from oversized windows in the relaxation room. With an intimate feeling of tranquility and soundproof spaces with colors that are cool and calming, guests walk into the spa in amazement as the space is modern and peaceful.
All treatments are set in large rooms and feature Eastern philosophies rooted in meditation and wellness. Technicians use products tailored to clients’ mental and physical state. Massages are available in multiple variations and are customized to patrons’ needs. Incorporating Thai, Swedish and Shiatsu massage, the spa utilizes different elements, while more intensive services feature deep soaks, scrubs, and clay body wraps.
Enthusiastic outdoor guides and instructors are excited to take guests on a unique experience from biking to snowshoeing, kayaking, archery, fencing, Ai-chi, cross country skiing, or hiking. You may also be introduced to “Forest Bathing,” which is the art of engaging with nature’s healing benefits. Guests will leave the spa feeling refreshed, revitalized, and renewed.
This elegant and serene spa is perfect for bachelorette parties, as the resort offers a gorgeous indoor and outdoor pool, adjacent Thermal Sanctuary, whirlpool and steam rooms – not to mention, over 37 complimentary fitness classes weekly. Their team can customize and organize one’s celebration, incorporating indoor/outdoor activities and luxurious spa treatments tailored to taste and expectations.
The Grace Mayflower Spa also offers a relaxing and luxurious dining experience with a carefully crafted menu by their Executive Chef. Guests will be delighted by their delicious cuisine and its exquisite presentation.
Additionally, the private Shakespeare Garden is the perfect setting outside for a romantic wedding celebration. For winter ceremonies or when the weather is inclement, the grandeur of their parlor and lobby are ideal. Another option is their beautiful covered sunny porch, which is perfectly situated facing the Shakespeare Garden.
Washington is located 15 minutes away from Woodbury, the “Antiques Capital of Connecticut,” which is perfect for antiques shopping. Over 50 years ago, antique dealers began setting up shops in the historic homes and became a popular destination for collectors and the curious.
The resort’s proximity to Manhattan keeps this corner of Connecticut described as a classier alternative to the Hamptons. With the great restaurant in the main house that is both delightful and convenient, this establishment is the perfect place for couples to dine prior to taking a drive along the Connecticut Wine Trail, a route that bypasses 15 Vineyards and some beautiful countryside. Without a doubt, the Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa is a destination to add to one’s must see destination list! Click here for more information.
>Written by: Paula Goins