Our Perfect Country Weekend

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Last weekend Andrew and I took a whole weekend away. Alone. We have not been away for more than one night from Henry since he was born and it was about time.  We needed to relax and be alone and focus on us as a couple for a little bit. But I didn’t want to be TOO far from Henry quite yet, so we chose to go to a part of Connecticut I had not been to but had read and heard a lot about- Litchfield County near New York.  And we got to stay at The Mayflower Grace, which I had blogged about wanting to go to FOREVER ago (in 2009 to be exact) and is 2.5 hours from Boston and just over an hour from NYC.   The images that caught my eye and heart specifically were of the spa (above, which met every expectation).  I adore how this property mixes old New England charm and modern sensibilities.

We got massages in the spa, which were AMAZING.  Equally amazing was time spent relaxing here looking out at nature with just some magazines to read and tea to sip!

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Hands down the most beautiful spa I have ever been to. From top to bottom.

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The indoor pool (I forgot my darn bathing suit! ARGH!)

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There are great workout classes and yoga and such to really get you all blissed out.

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Our room was charming and old school– and since it was 70 degrees out (???) we got to sit on our private patio and open the two sets of french doors to let the breeze in.

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Each room looks a bit different…. but all very quintessential New England traditional.

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This image is from one of their suites. DROP. DEAD.

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The main inn building is wonderful too– fires always going, a great bar and restaurant we ate at both nights (super delicious) and kind, courteous staff.

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And a great patio that was enclosed for winter (I swear I took a picture, but guess not so this one is borrowed from Quintessence!)

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The exterior in springtime. We’re already planning to go back in the warmer weather!

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A few minute drive down the road is a little village called New Preston. Do not be fooled by how tiny it is, every single shop there is INCREDIBLE. Even Andrew was amazed.  I was basically losing my mind.

J. Seitz is an awesome blend of home and fashion, everything with a soulful, cozy vibe. Think leather, wood, bohemian clothing, lots of furniture from Cisco Brothers and some antiques too.

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Next door is Pergola, which is exactly how you want your house/greenhouse (hypothetical greenhouse that is) to look like. Gorgeous plants, pots, garden accents, home accessories, art and gifts. I bought a gorgeous pot that I can’t wait to fill in the spring.

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And  right down the street is Privet House, a mecca of amazing homewares, furniture, antiques, apothecary items and accents. I was kind of dying (and certain that my life would be vastly improved by dousing everything I own in this room spray that basically smells like good taste, if good taste had a scent).  I want to carry it in my purse and spray it wherever I go, but that would make me look like an insane person.

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We then ventured out to Kent, CT to check out a couple other shops- namely RT Facts.  We got there and I knew this was a special spot.  The exterior is piled with incredibly finds from stone figures to outdoor furniture and antique doors.  Unfortunately no one seemed to be there.  So cut to me running around the three buildings absolutely bereft that I couldn’t go in.  And then I found that the doors were unlocked (which was confusing/awesome).  So I popped in to take some pictures and go BANANAS over every inch of the spaces.  Like this nook filled with carved wood pieces. Why would you need them? No reason other than to hang in a group like this for its pure awesomeness!

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Huge marble fireplaces, busts and architectural details filled one of the buildings.

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This is just a pile of awesome- from the iron doors to the stone remnants and mini greenhouse.

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The blue of this antique cabinet was stunning, as were these vintage wood doors!

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GAH!  I was literally screaming over the beauty of this place. Andrew can attest to that.

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The main shop was locked (booooo) so I had to take snaps through the windows.

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Andrew casing the joint :)

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A gorgeous iron bench that would be lovely in a garden!

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So many stone doggies. This pair of golden retrievers was INCREDIBLE ( and probably cost more than a Honda!)

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GRILLED CHEESE BREAK.

(This was the best grilled cheese I think I have ever had-and I’ve had them all- from 109 Cheese and Wine.)

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Ok, back to New Preston. I did not take my own pictures in Plain Goods shop, because I was kind of freaking out over how perfect it was. And how I wanted to burn everything I owned and replace it all with only linen, cashmere, rustic wood, raffia and white paint.  I am pretty sure I blacked out and emerged 30 minutes later with some expensive perfume and a cashmere scarf I absolutely did not need.

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They also carry baby stuff. Incredible baby stuff that makes one think “$160 isn’t too bad for a cashmere kimono cardigan, right? I mean, it’s kind of a staple?” (ha) If only Henry could be swatched in fine linen and cashmere and only play with Alpaca fur teddy bears!

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Stop it with these bibs.

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The women’s, men’s and home selections also make you want to be a better person, basically.  You know, only wear the perfect trench while eating organic soup out of perfect, simple bowls and dabbing your mouth with crisp striped linen napkins (not dripping Cambell’s soup on a ratty sweatshirt and mopping it up with a paper towel a la moi.)

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For those who love fine antiques, there are so many places in Woodbury to stop as well.

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One place that is a must visit, if only for appreciating high end woodwork and antiques as well as the GORGEOUS property its on, is Mill House Antiques.  What a spread! My parents have the most beautiful yew wood dining table from here.

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This Greek Key mirror was a stunner!

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They also have fine rustic antiques too if shiny mahogany isn’t your bag :)

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I highly recommend this area for a weekend visit for those in the area!

23 comments

  1. This is my kind of trip! If I ever make it back east I will have to stay here. Loved seeing the shopping through your eyes. Inquiring minds want to know, what perfume and what cashmere scarf! ?

  2. You are hilarious- this is a great post. Privet House had a pop up in Millbrook and it made me want to see the real thing. Will def have to do a day at the spa in the spring. Now do many other stores to add to the list! Andrew is so accommodating!

  3. Love RT Facts! Live down the road a bit in Danbury, but love going up to Kent! Have to try New Preston too on our next trip!

  4. That looks like an amazing weekend! Unfortunately, I’d have to go by myself. Neither the husband nor kids would be so accommodating. Andrew is a trooper.

  5. I’m swooning over the Portuguese antique, blue-painted chest of drawers, the trefoil console, and, of course, the sweet baby things. What a wonderful weekend you must have had!!!

  6. It looks fantastic. I was blissed out just looking at those armchairs facing the windows and imagining sitting there after being mashed to a pulp from a massage. And then you added a bunch of antique porn. Shivers of joy.

  7. That’s my neck of the woods! So glad you enjoyed your stay. One of my favorite things about Kent is their Holiday Champagne Stroll that is always the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s how I first discovered R.T. Facts. I get heart palpitations every time I go there!

  8. I live in Fairfield County of CT, so this is not too far for me! I have pinned it, I would love to go for my anniversary this fall!! Thank you so much for sharing what looks like an incredible (and well-deserved) weekend with your honey!

  9. What an amazing weekend! Sitting in that room with the patio doors and then sitting by the fires, and then shopping in all of those beautiful stores?! If only I had a place like that a couple of hours away from home…

  10. Somehow I need to have this entire spa/hotel/shopping experience clipped off and transported to about a one hour drive from where I am at any given point in time. It needs to shift west. Like an entire country west. I need to reconnect with my husband too. I need to reconnect with my inner spa woman. I need to reconnect with my inner best self.

    I need to get over my intense envy.

  11. Before we moved the to Midwest my husband and I would go to Kent occasionally from NY to stroll and browse and have ice cream. And to don our CT monikers of Gavin and Jules. As one does.

  12. I’m glad to hear even a pro designer with access to ‘trade only’ items has a panic attack at beautiful stores. When I go to a place like that anywhere i tell my husband “it’s not big deal, I just want to fundamentally change every thing about my entire personality and life.” lol

    1. I’m the same. I always end up buying some expensive lotion or soap or jewelry, just so I can take some of the experience home with me. It’s never the same.

  13. Feeling a road trip to CT in my near future! So beautiful! Random question please Erin – where can I find those blue sandals you were wearing in the pic with your feet up on the chaise? They look exactly like what I’ve been searching for and can’t seem to find!

  14. My grandparents lived in New Preston, on Lake Waramaug. I have been to J.Seitz many, many times. It’s been there for a long, long time. This post brought back so many memories of summers on the lake, poking around New Preston with my grandmother, her paintings of the little mill there, the gallery in Washington Depot where her paintings were on display, and shopping at the Hickory Stick Bookshop every Black Friday. Thank you for the walk back in time.

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