Relax with award-winning wines in Connecticut
Wine country and Grade A vineyards are only a short (and scenic) drive from Boston.
When it comes to accommodation, location is everything. That’s why the five star Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington is perfect: not only is the location beautiful – it’s owned by the Auberge luxury resort group – but it’s also centrally located among the best wineries in western Connecticut. Book one of Mayflower’s premium suites to enjoy a private balcony overlooking the property’s 58 landscaped, wooded acres (it also features a gas fireplace and soaking tub for cozy nights in). The Well, Mayflower’s state-of-the-art wellness destination, takes holistic health to a whole new level and is packed with expert-led health coaching sessions, daily workshops and restorative spa treatments that incorporate healing practices. Eastern and Western healing and ingredients rooted in the region.
Nestled in northwestern Connecticut is Arethusa al Tavolo, a 2022 Connecticut Magazine Reader’s Choice for Best New American Restaurant. (This is also a repeat wine spectator winner and an OpenTable favorite.) The farm-to-table spot uses only the freshest local dishes, including Arethusa Farm dairy, to fill its changing seasonal menu. As a starter, an amberjack tartare could give way to a galette of spring peas with homemade ricotta or a kale salad with muscat grapes and marinated beets. Entrees run the gamut, from Arethusa butter-poached chicken to vegetable Wellington prepared with whatever is in season. Believe us: Each of Arethusa’s many rewards is well deserved.
Rosé all day
It’s time to go on the track, that is to say the wine route. If you’re sticking to western Connecticut, you’ll want to stop at Newtown’s Aquila’s Nest Vineyards, one of the newest wineries in the state with myriad outdoor spaces for sipping. Book it Arabian nights– inspired pergola, for example, under which you can enjoy a bottle of Baco Noir “Les Amazones” in front of a lantern-lit fireplace. There is also Hawk Ridge Vineyard in Watertown, a constitutional state favorite due to its award-winning wines and estate overlooking bucolic hills. Unwind with a glass of gold-winning “All Day Rosé” (or try a wine slushie), sit back to enjoy the scenery, and start planning your next trip to the region – with over 40 wineries, you won’t be able to hit all of them in a weekend.