Lunch and Munch
The food at the Mayflower Inn is sensational. One of the great advantages of visiting the Mayflower Inn's restaurant is that you get a choice of two menus - the spa menu, as well as the Relais & Chateaux menu, so you can experience the best of both worlds and never feel guilty. On our first night, my husband Bill and I fell head over heels in love with the spa-cuisine Bibb salad - a mélange of lettuce, crisped scallions with a hint of blue cheese - we ordered not one, not two, but three of them our very first night, they were so delicious, and just 94 calories each. It preceded our entrees of roasted salmon and Nantucket scallops followed by a chocolate lava cake with a chocolate-hazelnut liquid filling. Scrumptious.
The next afternoon at lunch, I again order the Bibb salad, with a salmon paillard done to perfection. That night we stuck to the spa menu - minted sweet pea soup (122 calories); heirloom tomato carpaccio (94 calories); salmon en papillote (369 calories), a 130-calorie crème brulee and a 110-calorie berry tart. I felt so virtuous that the next afternoon, all in the name of journalism, of course, I felt obligated to try the homemade tarragon sea-salt chips that accompany the lobster roll, and the handcut Parmesan and rosemary French fries. Decadently delicious.
No matter what you order, it's going to be divine, and worthy of that Mobil Five-Star rating. The inn also works closely with local organic farmers and seafood purveyors to create an authentic and imaginative dining experience.
Check It Out
Mini-luxe two-night getaways start at $1,750. Mini-luxe three-night escapes start at $1.950. Above and Beyond three-, four- and five-night all-inclusive packages start at $4,800. Room rates range from $520-$800, while suites range from $850-$1,600. Through Dec. 31, 2009, you can take advantage of the "Stay Four Nights and Get the Fifth Free" package, which is offered Sundays through Thursdays, and require a five-night minimum stay. Rates for this start at $520 per night.
I highly recommend going in Fall, to view all the wonderful foliage surrounding this inimitable escape. It's ripe for discovery!
For more information call (860) 868-9466.
Read our review of the Mayflower Inn Spa here.
By Debbi K. Kickham and William D. Kickham. Esq.