2006 Fall

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
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When only the best will do, two recently opened properties in the Litchfield Hills set new standards for luxury in the Northeast. Winvian, a 113-acre resort estate opening in Morris in November, and the lavish new destination spa at the Mayflower Inn in Washington, opened in June, each promise guests an ultimate experience.


Fancy a tree house aerie of your own? A medieval fantasy? What about a lair within the lavishly restored interior of a helicopter? Or a private sky lit fully-stocked library? Every one of the accommodations (18 cottages and a one bedroom suite) at Winvian (www.winvian.com) promises a delightful surprise. Fifteen architects have designed these extraordinary quarters, combining comfort with a dash of whimsy and imagination.

The resort's head chef Chris Eddy was trained by masters Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse and has graced the kitchen at highly regarded New England dining venue's including Nantucket's Inn at Wauwinet and Hemingway's near Killington, Vermont.

In addition to gourmet meals, guests at Winvian enjoy endless amenities-a choice of dining settings; a highly notable wine cellar; a games room and open bar; a solarium; a brandy lounge and cigar patio; and a spa equipped to deliver delicious pampering. Spa treatments include a signature facial created by the United Kingdom's premier aesthetician Eve Lom and a rejuvenating couples massage in the 40 winks suite. Hiking, biking, tree climbing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, river canoeing, and boating on Bantam Lake are among the activities available to guests.

Though expanded and renovated, the main house bordered by a New England stonewall preserves the traditional charm of its history as a farmhouse built in 1775. The Smith family bought the house in 1948, naming it for the proprietors, Win and Vivian. The late Win Smith was a founding partner of Merrill Lunch and this farm was his escape from city pressures. Win Smith, Jr. has turned the property into a heavenly refuge for present day escapists. The 113 -acre property and the surrounding 4000 acres of the White Memorial Foundation assure privacy and beauty forever. All-inclusive rates per cottage at Winvian begin at $1450 and cover an open bar and wine cellar and stocked wet bars in rooms as well as bountiful food and facilities.


The addition of the 20,000-square-foot spa house at the Mayflower Inn (www.mayflowerinn.com) adds a new dimension to this distinguished five-star country hotel. With just 28 guests, the spa is its own intimate world with elegant accommodations and amenities. Facilities include four workout rooms, an indoor pool, mosaic-domed whirlpool, outside yoga and meditation gardens, a thermal sanctuary, full service beauty salon, and state-of-the-art treatment rooms for a wide variety of massages, facials, scrubs, and wraps.

Spa packages provide a complete experience planned with a personal spa advisor and tailored to each guest's fitness level and goals. Rates include sumptuous rooms and three spa meals daily plus generous healthy snacks and beverages.

The spa features a wide variety of classes. Among them are yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, ballet, body sculpting, stretch, cardio exercise, kick boxing, karate and pool exercises. Guests are also offered guided meditation, self -exploration sessions, and rewarding activities such as memoir writing and watercolor painting. Among the outdoor activities are hiking, biking, tennis and guided walks on the 58-acre grounds and at the surrounding vast acres of Steep Rock Reserve, and the opportunity for fly fishing, kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in season.

Spa rates begin at $1850 for a weekend packages, $4500 for weekday packages, single occupancy. Spa guests have the use of Mayflower Inn facilities and inn guests can use spa activities on weekends for an access fee.

For more information on exceptional properties and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, or or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.