Roughing It, Ritz-Style
Four luxurious, rustic retreats.
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3. UNCONVENTIONAL COUNTRY
Snuggle up in one of 19 over-the-top, posh private residences located in the Connecticut countryside.
Secluded behind stone pillars in tony Litchfield County, this 113-acre retreat takes the quiet-place-in-the-country concept to new levels of luxe, delivering decadence with a delightful dollop of eccentricity. How so? Try a chopper—a real one—in your private cottage.
Design: The resort’s true showpieces are its 18 one-of-a-kind whimsical cottages (and one farmhouse suite), the no-holds-barred visions of 15 architects. These imaginative residences in the woods include Treehouse, which is suspended 33 feet off the ground (and, yes, it’s been known to sway); Woodlands, whose headboard is framed by a stone waterfall; and Helicopter, which showcases a fully restored, 17,000-pound chopper, now repurposed as a bar and media center.
Do: Explore the adjacent 4,000-acre wildlife preserve, master the downward-facing dog with your personal yogi, succumb to the sublime ministrations of London facial superstar Eve Lom in the private spa, or take a spin behind the wheel of a racecar at the nearby Lime Rock Park.
Dine: Savor exceptional gourmet fare featuring local ingredients and artisanal delights in the resort’s dining room, headed up by Executive Chef Chris Eddy, who trained under four-star heavyweights Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse.
Details: Winvian, Morris, CT (860) 567-9600
Cost: $1,450-$1,950 per night including all meals, beverages, and alcohol.
4. TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST
Cozy up in one of 11 meticulously appointed, playfully themed guest chambers at this anything-but-typical New England inn.
The Pitcher Inn
Fronted by the sleepy main street of a tiny hamlet in the Green Mountains, this intimate hostelry features 11 signature guest chambers, each done up in surprising fashion.
Design: After a fire destroyed an original 1800s structure in 1993, its new owners asked eight architects and 200 local artisans to create a unique country inn. The result: an octagon-shaped guestroom with a bed crafted from tree trunks and another with a 30-square-foot chalkboard-turned-headboard.
Do: Go for a dunk in an old-fashioned swimming hole or canoe, kayak, or cast your line on the Mad River across the street. Cycle or hike the countryside or hit the nearby links at Sugar Bush Golf Club.
Dine: Sample American gourmet cuisine. Oenophiles will enjoy dining in the inn’s wine cellar, sitting amidst—and sampling from—rare vintage bottles.
Details: The Pitcher Inn, Warren, VT (802) 496-6350
Cost: $425-plus per night, includes gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea.
Though she bedded down in her share of frills-free camp bunks, Westchester Magazine Features Editor Laurie Yarnell now much prefers roughing it with room service and sky-high thread counts.