Summer Travel: Test the Waters
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Winvian in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
Ever wanted to stay in a beaver lodge, a grown-up treehouse suspended more than 30 feet above the ground or the medieval splendor of the court of King Arthur? Or have you ever shared sleeping space with a real, restored, 17,000-pound 1968 Sikorsky helicopter? Situated in the northwest corner of Connecticut, Winvian (155 Alain White Rd.; Morris, 860-567-9600, winvian.com), a recently opened 113–acre wooded resort, offers all of these opportunities and more in 18 fantasy-fulfilling cottages individually designed by 15 different artistic architects. Two-thirds of the property borders on the 4,000-acre White Memorial Foundation wildlife sanctuary.
Where to Stay
All of the themed 950 to 1,250 square-foot cottages at Winvian have wood-burning fireplaces, fully stocked wet bars, private screened-in porches, whirlpool tubs and walk-in steam showers with radiant floor heating. There’s also a three-room suite spanning the entire first floor of the property’s 18th-century main house. Your tab at any of the Winvian cottages or suite ($1,450 to $1,950 per night) is all-inclusive, covering all meals (continental and full breakfasts, lunch, picnics, spa snacks, room service, afternoon tea, dinner and after-dinner petits fours); liquor and unlimited use of the property’s facilities and equipment including bikes, canoes and kayaks and tennis courts.
Where to Eat
Linger over breakfast in Winvian’s sunny Terrace, snack in the Solarium, have the kitchen pack and lay out a picnic in a secluded spot. Select from Chef Chris Eddy’s ever-changing tasting menu featuring on-site-grown produce and other fresh seasonal ingredients in the private Ortan Hill Dining Room. French-trained pastry chef Gilles Ballay creates imaginative and often unexpected endings (if it’s available, you have to try the sweet corn ice cream).
Winvian Spa features treatments outdoors on a private patio and in an indoor private suite for two. The concierge can arrange additional activities such as guided hiking or canoeing (both cost $75 for one, $10 for an additional person), horseback riding ($55 per hour); hot-air ballooning ($375 per person for a one-and-one-half-hour flight); guided day-long fly-fishing ($275 first person, $375 for two) or drift-boat spin cast fishing ($450); golfing at the exclusive Fairview Farm championship 18-hole, par-72 course (prices with cart are $120 for 18 holes); or an hour-and-a-half of on-track time in a Formula Skip Barber car at the Racing School at Lime Rock (around $600). Shop for treasures in nearby Woodbury (“the Antiques Capital of Connecticut”), which has more than 30 professional dealers, most of whom are located in historic homes along a six-mile stretch of Route 6.
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