Review of Homestead Inn: New England Charm with NYC Convenience

- Jashmi Kalra,

Ever wanted to be in the midst of the hustle bustle of NYC during the day, and experience New England in the evening? Or did you want to experience serenity as well as attend a business meeting in Manhattan? If yes, then your destination is Homestead Inn in Greenwich, CT.

A mere 25 minute drive from Manhattan, or a 37 minute train ride into Grand Central (pretty much the time it would take you to travel from uptown to downtown Manhattan), Greenwich is where the upper crust of society lives. Right from Movie stars to Wall Street millionaires, this town is known as having the highest number of millionaires per thousand. This place exudes New England culture and history and is one of the six states that form New England.

During my recent holiday to NYC, I had a chance to experience Homestead Inn ~ Thomas Henkelmann.

Theresa and Thomas Henkelmann own the hotel. Also, Thomas is the Executive Chef of the well renowned restaurant, named after him as well.

The 18-room Inn is a fusion of themes, fabrics, colors and styles, tastefully put together by Theresa Henkelmann which she has collected through her worldwide travels.

Restaurant at the Homestead InnArt pieces from Thailand, France, Morocco, Bali, and various other countries, adorn the chambers. The rooms are not themed, however they are an awesome mix of cultures & colors blending beautifully and giving each room an identity of their own.

The beds are so comfortable, I absolutely felt like I was sleeping on a cloud. The staff members are warm and friendly and definitely anticipate guest needs, thereby making sure guests are relaxed and comfortable.

I was invited to experience the restaurant in the evening, and was completely blown away. Having an extensive background in the food and beverage industry, the restaurant surpassed my expectation.

The food was divine, the service was perfect and the wine was excellently paired.

We started off with a Duck Ravioli with Basil oil, followed by a cold asparagus soup with lobster meat, and finally scrambled eggs with truffle served in an egg shell, followed by the main course.

I ordered the Halibut filet with crisp potato scales, and then the last course was a peach tart. Truly a gastronomical roller coaster ride:  The flavors were delectable and clean, the textures perfect and the presentation of the food was different with each course creating a perfect synergy of tastes.

The restaurant has been awarded the 4 Mobil stars every year from 1999 and Chef Thomas Henkelmann was also awarded the title Relais Gourmands in 2002.  A stay at this property is incomplete without a meal or two at the restaurant.

I can go on and on about my stay and experience here, and will definitely go back again!

This place truly works for anyone who appreciates fine food and wine, a comfortable ambience, a good night’s sleep. I believe that this hotel is best enjoyed by people who would like to avoid the noises and traffic of the big city.

If you are mixing business, pleasure and relaxation, Homestead Inn is the place to go. In fact, it was recently featured in our article about vacationing in New England.

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