Winvian Farm

Driving Time from White Plains: 1 hour 20 minutes  
Weekend Rates: from $899 per night
www.winvian.com 

Hidden behind white gates in the scenic Litchfield Hills of tony southwest Connecticut, this extraordinary Relais & Châteaux property offers a luxurious pastoral charm that makes it the quintessential romantic fall getaway. Understated and chic, the 113-acre Winvian Farm comprises 18 distinctive private cottages and one master suite, each designed by a different architect, bordering dense forest and sparkling lakes. The historic 18th-century Seth Bird House boasts a lounge, bar, and Winvian’s farm-to-table restaurant, where dinners showcase the farm’s organic produce and honey from its apiary. (Rooms include a gourmet breakfast for two.) 

Cottages range from a whimsical, repurposed helicopter and an actual tree house to a pet-friendly interpretation of a medieval castle (where pets and guests are treated like royalty, of course), and all feature fireplaces, walk-in steam showers, Jacuzzi baths, radiant heat, and sumptuous king beds. 

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Not only is the property itself suffused with vibrant fall color, it’s situated a short drive away from several special fall-foliage destinations perfect for leaf-peeping shutterbugs. No wonder it’s received so many accolades, including a spot on Travel + Leisure’s 100 Best Hotels in the World and Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Resorts in the US. 

 

Scenic Spots

Hike the falls—and feel the mist of the water on your face—cascading 250 feet down at nearby Kent Falls State Park. 
The half-hour drive to the iconic West Cornwall Covered Bridge offers stunning scenery, weathered barns, white-fenced pastures, and graceful old trees. 
Savvy shutterbugs head to Lake Waramaug State Park in nearby New Preston, where the colors of the turning leaves are reflected in the lake’s glassy surface. 

 

Must Do 

Relaxation is the name of the game: Stroll or cycle the property (using the farm’s provided bikes, if you wish) while exploring the gardens and orchards of this working farm. Indulge in a heavenly massage at the spa; cuddle up by your own fireplace; or simply inhale the country air while nodding off in an Adirondack chair. 

 

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