Every time I visit, I’m struck anew at the serene elegance of the five-star, five-diamond Relais & Châteaux Mayflower Grace, a 58-acre slice of heaven in the heart of Litchfield County. There are 30 luxurious rooms and suites scattered across the property, lush themed gardens, and a 20,000-square-foot spa.
Explore: The spa is a sanctuary so hushed and ethereal, it almost feels like a church. Plan to spend time in the supremely relaxing chaises in the meditation room overlooking Blue Heron Pond and the woods. There are dozens of treatments (we loved the Japanese Red Flower Ritual), classes, and other experiences available, from Pilates and yoga to archery and fencing. Or go “off-reservation” for a brisk 45-minute guided hike around the countryside or kayaking on the Housatonic River.
Dine: Stop in the Shakespeare Library in the main house for cocktails and canapés by the fireplace, and then move on to Muse by Jonathan Cartwright. The seared venison and pan-roasted duck were our faves. Not officially on the menu (but available if you ask—and I always do) is the Mayflower Bibb salad with blue cheese, frizzled shallots, tomato, and truffle vinaigrette; we also loved the crab cakes with papaya, mango, and jicama, topped with crispy plantains.
Insider’s tip: There is a secret tunnel connecting the Allerton Cottage to the spa so famous guests (like Bill and Hill) can go to and fro without anyone spotting them.
Distance from White Plains: 1 hour, 30 minutes by car. Rates: in-season rates from $450/night
118 Woodbury Rd, Washington, CT