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3 Days Gourmet Culinary Holidays in Connecticut, USA

3 Days Gourmet Culinary Holidays in Connecticut, USA

  • Winvian, 155 Alain White Road, Morris, Connecticut 06763, USA

Food Holidays in Connecticut

Enjoy a truly a unique experience one does not expect to find in Connecticut! Enjoy your dinners paired with the best wines in town. Savor the flavor and freshness of each ingredient added to your farm-to-table meals. Relax in luxurious and comfortable cottages built to make one feels special. Be pampered and feel cared for. Leave Winvian feeling rejuvenated, invigorated, and energized.

Highlights

  • Chef Eddy's tasting dinner with wine pairing
  • Three-course Prix-Fixe dinner with wine pairing
  • Choice of wine and cheese tasting or Swedish massage
  • Relais and chateaux signature cookbook
  • 2 nights luxury accommodation
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Winvians luxury cottages

The luxury accommodations of Winvian are worlds unto themselves, nestled into the surrounding Connecticut woodlands and meadows. Eighteen unique resort cottages and the Hadley Suite were designed by fifteen different architects, each with a story to tell, each a surprise, an escape, a splendid adventure. Winvian is near New York and Boston as well; easy to get to yet hard to leave.

Each five-star resort cottage has its full share of traditional and not-so-traditional indulgences: king-sized beds, a patio or screened porch, fabulous bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and rainfall steam showers, fireplaces, state of the art BOSE stereo systems, flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, wet bars, Nespresso coffee, Harney & Sons Fine Tea, espresso and anything else you desire is only a phone call away. From the moment you arrive, we will serve you with warmth and treats.

Artists

Artist is a charming arts-and-crafts bungalow, a masterpiece of lighthearted delight on the threshold of Connecticut woods and meadows. Three airy rooms and an artists studio are connected by arched doorways; jeweled light from stained glass windows dances on the walls and floors. A loveseat and armchairs gather round a wood-burning brick fireplace, and in the bedroom, a four-poster bed stands under a vaulted wood canopy. The luminous bathroom has radiant-heated floors. In the studio, easels, canvas, paint await your inspiration. The traditional screen porch gazes upon the ever-changing works of nature.

Camping

Winvians version of immersion in nature features a luxurious indoor campsite centered on a king-sized tented bed. The arched ceiling mimics the vault of the sky: blue in the daytime, stars at night. Forest murals grace the walls, and huge windows showcase the real Connecticut woods outside. In the bathroom, a Jacuzzi seems more like hot springs than bath. Two wood-burning fireplaces - one indoors, one out and a plentiful supply of marshmallows complete the sublime and rustic luxury of camping.

Connecticut Yankee

This resort cottage is a reverie on Twains classic, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court. Its New England clapboard exterior belies the medieval realm within. Rich fabrics, exposed beams, a herringbone fireplace and stunning antiques create a kings chamber. The bathrooms massive Stonehenge-like slabs of rock outline the tub and huge open shower where water pours down from twin shower heads like English rain. From the screened porch, survey the meadow, the gardens and Stable Lane, all well within your royal domain.

Golf

Its tee time in this distinctive clubhouse cottage overlooking New England meadows. Lush carpets form fairways and putting greens rolling up to a wood-burning fireplace in the living room where verdant hills arc along the walls. In the bedroom, a unique headboard silhouettes the Scottish skyline of St. Andrews where the game of golf began. A TV rises from the footboard at the touch of a button. In the bathroom, a Jacuzzi tub and separate steam shower are a just reward after a gratifying day on the greens.

Greenhouse

Greenhouse is a crisp, whitewashed New England cottage that glories in the feeling of summertime, even in winter. Its floor is stone, its roof, glass; earth and sky meet here in a dazzling union of light and color. Gracious wicker furniture shares the living room with a wood burning fireplace and a wet bar. Glass doors open to a slate patio and the forest beyond. The cozy grass-cloth bedroom has a fireplace of its own. Nighttime in the glass-canopied great room is a wonder of stars, the height of romance.

Hadley suite

The Hadley Suite is a sumptuous retreat set on the top floor of the original 1775 Seth Bird House, a true historic experience with every modern comfort: flat screen TV hidden in the armoire, wet bar, steam shower and oversized Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. A fireplace set in a paneled wall sends light and warmth dancing round the crimson sitting room, where a custom queen sleeper sofa awaits. A classic four-poster bed, toile wallpaper and family antiques create a space that is so lovely, tranquil and welcoming that 18th century life seems pure joy.

Helicopter

A fully-restored 1968 Sikorsky Sea King Pelican HH3F helicopter is ready to rescue you. This amazing Coast Guard chopper stands at the center of a unique cottage, its rotor blades embedded in the ceiling (flights of fancy only!). The originals are here: pilot and co-pilot seats, switches, gauges - with modern updates such as a mod sofa and flat screen TV. Take your cocktails in the cockpit, watch a film in the fuselage, relax by a glowing woodstove, and sleep in the cloud-soft king-sized bed outside the helicopter. Stylish, fun, and totally aerodynamic.

Industry

This modern resort cottage recalls the hardworking mills of traditional New England with deep admiration for industrial chic. At its center is a double-sided gas fireplace: one hearth facing the living room and the other facing the jetted soaking tub under the bathrooms two-story light well. Traditional rich wood trim, thick beams, sturdy cables and chrome enhance Industrys interior. Paintings and artifacts including old tools laud American inventiveness. The airy screened porch looks out toward the quiet forest for even captains of industry need to get back to nature now and then.

Library

Library is a private treasury of illustrated and literary works in a setting that evokes an Ivy League reading room - but with Winvians deep comforts. A skylight floods the sitting areas antiques, brass reading lamps and wood-burning stone fireplace with natural light. Ladders climb to a book-lined, wrap-around mezzanine which overlook a sumptuous double-sided leather sleeper sofa. This 21st Century reading room includes a king-sized bed and a flat screen TV that rises from a bookcase. Relax with a book and a glass of something good on the Librarys screened porch.

Log cabin

This woodland retreat is rustic enough to evoke an escape experience and yet replete with Winvian comforts and joys more Great Camp than campsite. Bordering the 4,000-acre White Memorial Nature Preserve, Log Cabins traditional peeled-log construction houses an elegant, fire-lit realm of quiet and peace. Rich leather club chairs and twig-trimmed furniture at the foot of the king-sized bed face a substantial wood-burning stone fireplace. In the large bathroom, a radiant-heated smooth pebble floor feels, underfoot, like the bed of a woodland stream.

Maritime

Maritime is an ode to Connecticuts historic lighthouses, set far from stormy seas in the northern woods of Winvian. Ship shape in form and line, the clean nautical colors and abundant sunlight of this historic New England resort cottage will have you dreaming of sea voyages, while the wood-burning fireplace, fabulous barrel-roofed bathroom, and dramatic, teak-lined round bedroom set in the lighthouse will anchor you. Keep watch over the calm waters of Charles Pond from the screened porch.

Music

Music is a symphony of color and clean design; a harmonious escape tucked into the New England woods. A double-sided gas fireplace warms an art-deco couch on one side and the king-sized bed on the other. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with light, draperies flow closed for privacy at the touch of a button. In the bathroom, a Jacuzzi tub and rainfall showerhead play a water music of their own. A giant marimba screens the patio and outdoor chimes, drums and gongs invite you to play.

Secret society

Secret Society is a high temple to romance hidden in the Connecticut woods. The neoclassic pillared exterior houses a thrilling secret: a glass pyramid ceiling centered over the sleeping loft. Lie in the king-sized bed and look straight up through the towering pines to the stars. Monumental architecture gives way to deep comfort including a wood-burning fireplace and queen-sized sleeper sofa in the double-height living room and a marble steam shower, Jacuzzi and radiant heat in the bathroom. No initiation required for Secret Society, an intimate and unforgettable getaway.

Stable

This modern, multilevel resort cottage is inspired by the openness and simplicity of Connecticut stables. The spacious, airy interior reveals a high-ceilinged, firelit living room with queen-sized sleeper sofa. The cozy master bedroom on the middle level is flooded with light from sky-high windows. French doors open onto the patio and forest. Iron-railed stairs lead down to the ultra-modern bathroom where a steam shower and sunken tub have panoramic views of woods and meadows, and blinds close at the touch of a button. Everywhere, fine art celebrates the noble horse.

Stone

Stone is a fancy cottage with colossal, piled-stone pillars to support the undulating slate roof, and arched windows looking out to the woods and meadows. A huge, double-sided stone fireplace rises through the ceiling, separating the hand-carved king-sized bed in the raised bedroom from the handsome leather furnishings, hidden sofa bed and Peruvian hyde drapes in the living room. Stones bathroom features a custom crafted polished concrete double sink, oversized Jacuzzi tub and steam shower. The half-moon shaped porch surveys a wild, verdant domain. A dog-friendly Connecticut getaway.

Treehouse

A Connecticut hideaway suspended 35 feet above the forest floor, Treehouse is a childhood fantasy turned grown-up haven. Its like climbing into a wonderful, well-kept secret, a place of vivid colors and eclectic angles. The first floor bedroom has a king-sized bed, a gas fireplace, steam shower and Jacuzzi. The second floor lounge has a wood-burning fireplace, a queen-sized sleeper sofa, a full bar and grand, treetop views of the New England forest below.

Woodlands

Retreat to the forest in a wonderful cottage of rough-cut pine and peeled tree-trunks, where an interior waterfall cascades merrily over stones. The living room is a soaring space, with a double-sided wood-burning fireplace. The bathroom is a forest fantasy; overturned tree trunks form the sinks and water pours from wall-mounted faucets. A Jacuzzi tub is sunken into the verdigris marble floor looking out to the pond and woods, and the gorgeous walk-in shower is walled with thousands of smooth river stones.

Winvian is located just a few minutes from Oxford Airport and is approximately 45 minutes from Bradley International Airport.

Activities
  • Golf course
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Spa
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Free! Bicycle
  • Free! Bottled water
  • Free! WiFi

Dining at Winvian

A remarkable experience unfolds each evening in the fire-lit 18th Century dining rooms of Winvians renowned Litchfield Hills restaurant, where simplicity and indulgence artfully converge to create the ultimate fine dining experience. Winvians Executive Chef Chris Eddy creates fresh and spontaneous farm-to-table menus, each dish imaginative in its beauty and flavor, a luscious handcrafted gift of seasonal ingredients from Winvians own organic gardens.

To complement your culinary experience we have created an eclectic selection of wines. In our wine cellar we have assembled wines from 13 countries 37 different regions including biodynamic, sustainable and organic . And the grand finale: a flight of surprising seasonal desserts from our award-winning Pastry Chef, Jim Hutchison.

It is this coming-together of romantic setting and divine cuisine that has earned us five AAA Diamonds and membership in Relais & Chateaux, a fellowship of the most outstanding hotels and luxury restaurants around the world. We are tremendously proud to be counted among such esteemed company.

Fine dining menus from the chef

Winvians multi-course fine dining menu changes almost daily; with the seasons, the ever-evolving gardens, even the patterns of the weather. Each plate presented with such pride at your table is an epicurean expression of what is just outside the windows: field-fresh, delectable, inspired and so spontaneous that the evenings prix-fixe menu is finalized only hours before your meal.

Winvian farm-to-table restaurant

Winvians Executive Chef Chris Eddy is leading a culinary revolution with his uniquely Winvian seed-to-table philosophy. The freshest, most natural non-GMO ingredients are harvested daily to create exceptional seasonal menus, for a truly luxurious fine dining experience.

Almost everything served in Winvians revered restaurant is grown on our private estate in three greenhouses, and three acres of organic gardens. Honey from our apiary, a henhouse, root cellar, and luscious fruit trees round out Winvians artfully open-ended menus. Even the dining room bouquets come from Winvians heady flower and herb beds.

Its a small, beautiful circle from seed to table, one that creates extraordinary cuisine and points toward a more prosperous, healthy future for everyone. Winvian offers garden education and cooking classes for our guests, all to keep spreading the good word of truly remarkable seed-to-table food.

Western cuisine sample menu

  • Garden brassica broccolini served with kale, cauliflower and pistachio pesto
  • Organic beet salad served with horseradish cream, kohlrabi, currants and radishes
  • Duo of octopus served with potato, salsa verde, grilled onions and peppers
  • Grilled seppia Provencal served with avocado, citrus, pine nuts, grilled scallions and olives
  • Seared Stonington scallops served with zucchini, haricot vert and fennel
  • Beef tenderloin served with potatoes, bacon, parsnip and sauce Bordelaise
  • Marwin farms duck breast served with carrots, kohlrabi and scallions
  • Berkshire pork loin served with beluga lentils, kale and mustard sauce
  • Chocolate hazelnut cake candied hazelnuts, white coffee ice cream and caramel sauce
  • Vanilla mousse St. Germain peaches, olive oil sponge and Chantilly cream
  • Nougat glace poached rhubarb, anise cake, lemon curd and honey tuille

Local activities and events

Tucked into the idyllic northwest corner of Connecticut, just over two hours from Boston and New York, Winvian is surrounded by the largest nature and wildlife sanctuary in the state, and you can walk right from your cottage onto miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

The storied Housatonic River has flyfishing and whitewater rafting, and nearby is Connecticuts largest natural lake, Bantam Lake, best enjoyed from a canoe or kayak. Get a panoramic view of the Litchfield Hills from a hot air balloon, or spend the day at the Skip Barber Racing School, where you can put the pedal to the metal at Lime Rock Park. And the classic Connecticut village of Litchfield is a destination itself, with year-round local events, theater, arts and antiques.

Winvian activities

At Winvian, every day can be as active or as idle as you wish. All 113 acres of the Litchfield, Connecticut estate are yours to play upon. Mountain bikes and cruisers stand at the ready for long jaunts around town or enjoy a stroll to the luxury Spa to be pampered and rejuvenated.

The woods are lovely, leafy and deep, our lawns and meadows wide, all for hiking or snowshoeing, croquet, tennis, golf, volleyball, bocce ball, hot air ballooning and horseback riding, and countless simple pleasures, many within a small radius of Winvian, like fishing, kayaking and canoeing, or indulge the senses in Winvians organic gardens.

Come wind, come weather, the Games Room has a salon-sized pool table, foosball, table-top shuffle board, and a handsome full bar stocked with craft beers, single malts, or wine tastings from Winvians Wine Cellar, so you can practice the fine art of drinks by the fire with treats from Winvians farm-to-table cuisine.

Summer activities at Winvian

  • Badminton
  • Biking the Litchfield Hills
  • Bocce
  • Bonfire & s'mores roast
  • Canoeing & kayaking
  • Children's soccer nets
  • Croquet
  • Fishing trips
  • Glass blowing workshop
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Horse shoes
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Leisure bikes
  • Paddle boarding
  • Pottery painting
  • River tubing
  • Sporting clays
  • Volleyball
  • Water skiing

Winter activities at Winvian

  • Board / card games
  • Cross country skiing
  • Film buff
  • Skiing / snowboarding
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow tubing

Historic House Tours

The Winvians Hadley suite was built in 1775 but it is far from the only historic housein the area! Take a trip back in time through a number historic homes and gardens.

The Winvian Spa is a realm of tranquility and pampering, a truly transformative experience the moment you step inside our 5,000 square feet of relaxation. This luxury spa in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut is a quiet sanctuary of light and open space for individuals, couples or groups.

Trees and sky fill the great arching windows of the Mediation Lounge where everything shimmers with the radiance of the reflecting pool. Schedule an hour or an afternoon of pure bliss, with a range of restorative treatments and therapies.

Private yoga and fitness, massage, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and skincare are practiced with a balance of ancient wisdom and modern expertise in beautiful state-of-the art facilities.

Guests are invited to bask in the sun lit lounge, relax in the sauna, sip organic tea or enjoy a cheese plate with champagne by the circular stone fireplace. Find you again, relaxed and rejuvenated in mind, body and spirit.

  • 2 nights stay in the cottage of your choice (excludes Charter Oak and Beaver Lodge Cottages)
  • 3-course Prix-Fixe dinner with wine pairing for two on first night
  • Chef Eddys tasting dinner with wine pairing for two on second night
  • Full breakfast each day
  • Relais and chateaux signature cookbook, take home gift
  • Wine and cheese tasting or 50-minute Swedish massage for two (not inclusive of spa gratuities)

Distances

  • Boston - 2.5 hours
  • New York - 2 hours

Driving directions from New York & Points West

  • Follow the Cross County Parkway East until it merges with the Hutchinson River Parkway North.
  • Follow the Hutchinson River Parkway North for 8 miles.
  • Keep left to Merge with I-684 North and follow for 25 miles.
  • Take Exit 9E onto I-84 East and follow for 25 miles.
  • Take Exit 15 and turn Left at the bottom of the off-ramp onto Route 6 East.
  • Follow Route 6 East for 9 miles.
  • Turn left onto Route 61 North/Bethlehem Road.
  • Follow Route 61 North through Bethlehem and straight into Morris center. (Landmarks: Morris Volunteer Fire Department on your right at Morris Center.)
  • At the 4-way stop, go straight through and once you have done so, you will come to a fork in the road. Veer to the left onto Alain White Road. Follow for approximately one-half mile and Winvian is on your Left.

Driving directions from Boston

  • Take I-90 West (Mass. Pike) and follow for approximately 55 miles into Sturbridge, Mass.
  • Take Exit 9 onto I-84 West and follow for 52 miles.
  • Take Exit 39 onto Route 4 West.
  • Continue to follow Route 4 West for 16.5 miles.
  • Keep straight onto Route 118 West towards Harwinton/Litchfield.
  • Follow Route 118 West to Litchfield Center. Bear Right at V as you approach the town and follow to stop sign. (First Congregational Church will be on your right.)
  • At stop sign, turn left onto Route 202 West.
  • Follow Route 202 West to your 5th traffic light (Stop & Shop on Left).
  • Take a Left onto Constitution Way and follow to end.
  • Take a Right onto Whites Woods Road.
  • Follow Whites Woods Road for 3 miles and Winvian is on your Right. (At one point, Whites Woods Road becomes Alain White Road.)