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Funky Friday: Inside The Helicopter Suite At Winvian

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  Site Where: 155 Alain White Road [map], Morris, CT, United States, 06763
September 26, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

One of our hotel picks for leaf-peeping this season is the all-cottage, no-two-are-alike Winvian, located in northwestern Connecticut. One would never know from the idyllic setting what lies within these standout design cottages. We couldn’t help but notice one in particular, The Helicopter Suite, and we just had to have it for Funky Friday.

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Mayflower Grace Officially Launches With Chic New Dining

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  Site Where: 118 Woodbury Rd. [map], Washington, CT, United States, 06793
February 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.)

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Grace Hotels Deepen Their U.S. Presence

August 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you aren't familiar with them already, Grace Hotels is a privately owned group of hotels in the upscale boutique class. The brand has properties Mykonos, Santorini, and Beijing, but, besides the Vanderbilt Hotel in Newport RI, which opened two years ago, we haven't heard a lot about them in the U.S.

That looks set to change, however, as Grace has made a quick expansion into the New England area by acquiring the 30-room Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, CT, and the 26-room White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, ME. The Mayflower will take the new name, The Mayflower Grace later this year, while the White Barn Inn will become The White Barn Grace early next year -- although a look at their website reveals they are already displaying the Grace logo.

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The Best Free Hotel Amenities: Tipples and Technology

June 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (3)

These days, amenities can make the difference between booking one hotel and kicking another to the curb. So, properties are upping their A-game. The latest trend? Wooing potential guests with two sure-fire hits: booze and technology. These hotels have got it right with these tasty and techy treats.

The Opus Vancouver goes a step beyond just offering in-room iPads. Guests are actually allowed to take those iPads anywhere off property, since the devices are equipped with GPS. Plus, customers will save money by avoiding international data charges if they forward their calls to the iPad and check emails there instead of on their smartphones. Genius!

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First Look: The J House in Greenwich, CT

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  Site Where: 1114 E. Putnam Ave. [map], Greenwhich, CT, United States, 06878
June 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, Greenwich, Connecticut, home to finance and insurance companies plus blonde monied madams (both young and old) sporting twin-sets and driving fast cars. Corporate viking GE is in nearby Fairfield, and they also come to play here. So, it's fitting that an old HoJo hotel was torn down to make way for the new J House opened last month care of Brenwood Hospitality Group. We drove our beat-up minivan to the hotel, handed it to the valet with nary a blink, and went inside for a look.

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