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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.)
Here's a great idea for you...if you're loaded that is. Travel + Leisure recently reviewed Connecticut's Mayflower Inn and Spa calling it a "pilgrim's paradise". Our thoughts? Well this pilgrim would have to be a really spoiled pilgrim from the future that actually knows what Reiki yoga is and carrot-cardamom couscous with Pacific halibut.
Damn, we don't even know what all the amenities are in this pricey retreat:
Every room is an antidote to urban stress. Each allows you to unwind in a relaxed and sensual environment complete with deeply comfortable feather topped mattress, Tabriz rugs, enormous marble bathrooms wainscoted in luxurious mahogany, with brass and Limoges fittings, as well as our signature welcoming orchid.
This resort also has nature lectures, pilates, a full-service spa, and above all complete relaxation as the grounds are garden perfection and the Inn is beyond charming. Apparently, it was the inspiration behind the "Gilmore Girls" as well.
But considering the weekend package rate starts at $1850, we're going to have a hard time relaxing as we watch our money blow away in the wind.