Boardman House Inn
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make all the difference and this is the case with the Boardman House Inn in Connecticut, USA, which is located just 2 hours from New York. If for no other reason, you should go to simply try the delicious waffles and French toast at breakfast, admire the period antiques or to see the humming birds in summer that are so close you could touch them.
Described as a bed and breakfast, though I’d call it more of a ‘luxury boutique hotel’, this elegant Connecticut property offers luxurious guest rooms, wonderfully friendly hospitality and beautiful views of the village of East Haddam. You really can relax and enjoy a style of gracious living reminiscent of times gone by at the Boardman House Inn, but don’t just take my word for it as the Inn has generated fans far and wide who have awarded it with a Tripadvisor “Certificate of Excellence” for the past two years.
The four (soon to hopefully be five) luxurious and elegantly decorated, spacious guest bedrooms are so much more than you’d expect from a B&B. They offer all the usual amenities you expect in a luxury hotel: air-conditioning, feather top mattresses, branded amenities and the like, but with charming little extra touches of fine linens, period antiques (including four-poster beds and chandeliers!) as well as modern day niceties such as heated marble bathroom floors to keep your toes toasty on colder days. A daily complimentary continental breakfast is included as part of your package and it’s really worth a mention, with a varied spread offering everything from Belgian waffles to fresh fruits, yoghurts, jams and marmalades all washed down with a delicious juice or an enlivening coffee. Room Tip: If you can, stay in the Garden Suite which features its own entrance and large private porch overlooking the beautiful grounds as well as a separate sitting room and a luxurious mosaic tiled bathroom with large walk in shower.
Mia, the owner, is gracious and helpful and keeps the property absolutely spotless. Every day she will happily point you in the direction of great activities and wonderful little mills, taverns, and Inns along the Connecticut River for a delicious meal. The Connecticut River Valley area mixes big-city sophistication with the rural charm of New England, packed with centuries of history and culture. The B&B itself is conveniently located near to many attractions including: historic coastal towns like Essex and Old Saybrook (great for antiques), the popular Goodspeed Opera House, Gillette Castle as well as art galleries, museums, sightseeing and shopping. If you’re feeling more energetic there are nearby beaches as well as golf courses and hiking and biking opportunities in the state parks.
So if you love luxury travel but like to experience a vacation or romantic getaway that has those added personal touches that truly make all the difference, then you need to book a few nights at this elegant New England B&B.
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