Mayflower Grace Officially Launches With Chic New Dining
Following an extensive refurbishment, this month Grace Hotels formally takes over Washington, Connecticut’s Mayflower Inn & Spa — and introduces an impressive new dining destination that would put the first Thanksgiving to shame. The 58-acre property, a favorite respite for moneyed New York power brokers and politicos, is now the Mayflower Grace: the second American location for the luxury hotel group.
The centerpiece of the acquisition involves the launch of a fine dining restaurant, Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, showcasing modern European cuisine: pretty contemporary plates that you probably wouldn’t expect in the quintessential Yankee environs of rural Connecticut. For instance, smoked lobster served in small, clear, egg-shaped orbs with screw tops is a bit more “Lady Gaga” than “First Lady,” but coming from Cartwright, a five star-awarded grand chef Relais & Chateux, the results remain unsurprisingly sophisticated and polished for the teeth-gnashing upper crust clientele.
It hews to the formula of his muse at The Vanderbilt Grace in tony Newport, Rhode Island. (Next: Kennebunkport’s White Barn Inn is re-launching as White Barn Grace later 2014, according to a press statement, though it has already adopted the new name on its website.)
As for the rest of the 30-room property, set amid idyllic gardens and graced (get it?) by Forbes five-star and AAA five-diamond status: Expect stately accommodations swathed in white and calming cream tones, a celebrated 20,000-square foot spa with its own “Motherhood Menu” for those overworked Real Housewives of Wealthy Zip Code, and access to a host of outdoor activities, from guided hikes to kayaking (in summer) and cross-country skiing (right now).
Rates start around $775 for a classic room in early March.
[Photo: Mayflower Grace Inn and Spa]