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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Enjoy Fall in Litchfield County

While much of the Catskills and Vermont is still recovering from Hurricane Irene, northwestern Connecticut’s untouched trails and orchards make for an ideal seasonal getaway.


1. Where to Stay

Guests at the Winvian can select from eighteen private cottages, each with its own unique décor and theme.  

Hit the outdoors at the sprawling Winvian (from $650), a country estate and spa located next to the White Memorial Foundation Nature Preserve in Morris. Ask the staff to make arrangements for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or hot air ballooning, and sleep in one of eighteen private, themed cottages (golf, music, maritime) spread over the property’s 113 acres.

Indulge in the Deep Blue Lavender Embrace ($245 for 90 minutes) at Washington’s Mayflower Inn & Spa (from $545), a five-star pampering haven. The treatment—a mix of buffing, steam, and massage—uses lavender, peppermint, rosemary, ginger grass, and fir scents to put you in a country state of mind. Rooms in the quaint Colonial Mayflower House boast four-poster canopy beds and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art works.

Enjoy a mash-up of old and new at the Falls Village Inn (from $199), a stately three-story Victorian brought out of foreclosure and reopened in March by designer and local resident Bunny Williams. While the 1834 structure has been left intact, the interior has been thoroughly modernized, with formerly fusty décor replaced with contemporary touches like Moroccan tables and zebra prints.

Published on Aug 11, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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