Autumn in New England : Part One

- Jim Haupt, Regional VP Hotel Relations for Kiwi Collection

New England is beautiful at any time of year, and my recent trip there took me on a tour of some of its most spectacular luxury hotels and inns. Read on for more information about each one.

The location of the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut is ideal for exploring the charming town of Greenwich, an area full of boutique shops and festive restaurants. The Delamar’s L’Escale restaurant is considered one of the best dining venues in town. The restaurant, set dockside on the scenic Greenwich Harbor, focuses on seafood, fresh herbs, and the distinctive flavors of the Mediterranean. During summer months, be sure to take the harbor cruise aboard the Delamar’s luxurious yacht. You’ll get a sneak peek at some of the immense mansions Greenwich is known for, including a replica of the White House.

I had the pleasure of meeting Theresa and Thomas Henkelman at Homestead Inn. Together, they have combined their special talents to create an extraordinary inn. Theresa’s clever design details gives each room its own individual character and charm, and Thomas’ dining room is one of the most notable in New England. Thomas is celebrated for his contemporary French cuisine and has earned the coveted title “Relais Gourmands.” And if the rumors are true, he also happens to be an extreme skier. (Pictured: myself and Theresa Henkelman)

It only takes one visit to Blantyre in Lenox, Massachusetts, to make you understand why this property is recognized as a  sanctuary for honeymoons, wedding anniversaries and secret romantic escapes alike. Proprietor, Anne Fitzgerald-Brown, is very hands on with the staff, and delightfully interacts with guests to blend a potion of love – overflowing vases of roses, gentle music, chandeliers, soft-lit candles and incredible gourmet cuisine from Blantyre’s staff of seven talented chefs are just some examples of her attention to detail. Move over, Cupid!

Pulling up to the main entrance of Wheatleigh, I found myself rechecking my GPS – had I been transported to the French countryside? No, just the stunningly beautiful Berkshires, where Wheatleigh, a European-style grand chateau, is neatly tucked into the park-like grounds – a short walk away from Tanglewood. Inside, I found stylish furnishings that radiate sophistication and modern elegance. The glass walled dining room is stunning, merging the beauty of the grounds with the interior design.

Several miles outside the seaside town of Kennebunkport, Maine, you’ll find Hidden Pond. This laid back resort offers guests their own spacious cottage with multiple bedrooms, full kitchen, fireplaces and covered porch outfitted with designer patio furniture and Weber BBQ. We’ll keep an eye on Hidden Pond as it begins development of a new restaurant and additional units on the 60-acre refuge blanketed with birch groves and balsam fir trees.

Stuart Barwise and his team of hospitality experts at White Barn Inn know how to put forth the finer touches to ensure you have a memorable stay at their property. Don’t even think about an overnight stay or even just a visit to Kennebunkport without planning an evening at the White Barn Inn dining room. Jonathan Cartwright, Executive Chef extraordinaire, will take you through an evening of epicurean finesse encompassing the best of Maine. The elegant, French-style service (only Five-Diamond, Forbes 5-Star restaurant north of NYC) is polished but relaxed while you enjoy the restored surroundings of two converted 1820’s barns. Highly recommended!

Check back on Tuesday for Part Two of Autumn in New England.

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