Looking for New England charm just a short trip from New York? Search no further than the Delamar Southport, a hidden gem in Fairfield County, CT that opened last May.
Luxury Travel Advisor recently stayed at the hotel, which has a sister property in nearby Greenwich.
What we loved: The hotel is a salute to traditional New England colonial architecture and has such a quaint feel you can easily forget that it is situated in the shadow of I-95. Once you pull up, the comfortable, cozy New England vibe takes hold.
Our Deluxe King Bedded Guestroom had a light, airy décor and was anchored by a resplendent four-poster bed. Although the room has a shabby-chic feel, it comes packed with all the latest in technology (think flat-screen TVs and Tivoli audio systems with iPod docking stations). Note: Bring Fido along. The hotel is dog-friendly.
Top Digs: The hotel has six suites, including the Woodward-Newman Presidential Three-Bedroom Suite—and yes, the famous couple lived in nearby Westport. We loved the two-bedroom Governor Suite (No.237), which has hardwood floors throughout. (Note: All suites here have their own distinct style and theme.)
The suite also offers a full kitchen—but who needs it when you have an on-property restaurant as good as Artisan? We had a truly memorable dinner at the restaurant, which is ensconced within the hotel’s courtyard and combines the feel of a New England tavern with an 18th-century Scandinavian design. Helmed by Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer, the menu offers seasonally inspired, farm-to-table fare.
|Rooms at Delamar Southport have a homey vibe that borders on shabby-chic.|
While the restaurant’s inside is particularly warm (think wide wood-plank floors), we say dining alfresco is where it’s at. What made our experience so memorable was where we sat: next to an array of herb plants that the kitchen cultivates and uses in its dishes. If you want that experience, too, contact Restaurant Manager Courtney Dumais ([email protected]; 203-307-4222) and request the table next to the herb plants.
Note: The Delamar Southport doesn’t have a dedicated spa; what it does have is a spa suite where a local masseuse can be brought in for treatments.
Getting There: White Plains Westchester County Airport is 30 minutes from the Delamar, which is also about an hour drive from New York City.