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Oct. 6th, 2009

Unabashed Elegance at Connecticut's Mayflower Inn

Luxury Hotels: It starts with the bed. Ah, bed, the glorious bed that we experienced in Suite 50 at the Mayflower Inn. If you've ever wanted to be cushioned in a cocoon of comfort, the Mayflower Inn is hard to beat. My husband Bill and I snuggled down in one of the softest, thickest, feather beds we'd ever experienced - and it set the tone for our entire stay.

I had read all the reports about the Mayflower Inn a few years ago - everyone raved about this Mobil Five-Star property, one which is also a Relais & Chateaux (offering their signature five C's: Courtesy, Charm, Character, Calm and Cuisine- The Mayflower Inn doesn't disappoint in any way - the entire property oozes unabashed elegance. It offers 21 rooms and nine suites that are all romantic retreats. It's a quaint, quintessential New England country inn worth exploring.

Our suite, located in a private newly-built home on the property, featured a library of books; a decanter of wine and Granny Smith apples to welcome us; two fireplaces; two full bathrooms outfitted with double marble sinks, a scale, Red Flower amenities (the best!) and needlepoint rugs; robes and slippers; a canopy four-poster bed; Regency wallcoverings; fine antiques; and more tassels than you can shake a swatch at. It was a homey haven, indeed.

Located in the idyllic town of Washington, Conn., the spa is less than two hours from New York City, and a three-hour ride from Boston. Nestled among 58 acres of gardens, this property offers luxurious accommodations in a picturesque setting, surrounded by 3,000 acres of nature preserve. The property is also one of the few in the country to receive the Mobil Five Star award for both its inn and spa - making it a truly distinctive destination. Read more about the fabulous Spa here.

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