In Connecticut, visitors now have an alternative to the road trips they have been accustomed to with the “Sail Away” fall getaways currently being offered by two Gold Coast Delamar hotels in Greenwich and Southport, featuring overnight stays in both luxury hotels and a private coastal cruise aboard a traditional New England Grand Banks yacht from one hotel to the other, with a picnic lunch, champagne cocktails and a chauffered drive back to Greenwich.
Connecticut’s Gold Coast extends from Greenwich, Connecticut to Southport, Connecticut along the shores of Long Island Sound in a parade of big houses and waterfront estates that reign unrivalled on manicured lawns, tidal rivers buoyed with yachts and sailboats, and rock-sand beaches hugging languid bays. Just one hour outside of Manhattan, this little corner of southwestern Connecticut enjoys the good life, played out in prosperous towns that host exceptionally good restaurants, top-notch museums and shops, and acres of lush, carefully tended greenery.
There’s history here too. Many of the communities along the coast were established in the 1700s, when the area was a thriving commercial center. Most of them are linked by as Route 1 (more familiarly known as the Boston Post Road), a well-traveled route that dates back to the eighteenth century. Its original purpose —to connect the communities and provide food and lodging for travelers along the way—is still very much alive today, a model espoused and championed by two of Connecticut’s most elegant Gold Coast hotels, the Delamar on Greenwich Harbor and the newly opened Delamar Southport.
Anchoring the Gold Coast at each of its furthermost points, the hotels capture the nautical ideal and are a celebration of Connecticut, a place that has taken its character from its waters. The flagship Delamar (French for “by the sea”) hotel presides over Greenwich Harbor with European-inspired boutique charm and privileged New England hospitality, complete with a full service spa and the acclaimed L’Escale restaurant. Rooms here overlook the Long Island Sound and the hotel’s 600+ sq. ft. dock from private balconies that give them a feeling of being at sea. Inside, luxurious baths – with deep cast-iron tubs, hand-embroidered linens, Elemis personal care products and marble vanities – and exquisitely appointed furnishings dressed with down duvets and fine Italian linens that cater with landlubber comfort. Boaters can reserve dock space with their accommodations at the hotel.
A fast-paced twenty minutes on I-95 or a more leisurely drive through neighboring towns on Route 1, you’ll find the Delamar Southport, perfectly ensconced in a classically styled village-like setting close to its idyllic town center, yacht club and picturesque shoreline. Opened in June of this year, the 45-room hotel boasts a mix of residential suites and spacious guest rooms that have been meticulously decorated by the area’s leading interior designers. Original artwork, many inspired by the sea, soaring 10’ feet ceilings, handcrafted crown moldings and a fireplace with a French limestone mantle welcome guests to its intimate lobby.
The walls, boasting custom colors and finishes, are trimmed with designer touches and elegant fixtures. Floors recreated from ancient Jerusalem stone seamlessly blend history into the hotel’s modern day times. Like its more formal sister hotel in the upscale city of Greenwich, one of the most elite and chic cities in New England, guest rooms are handsomely appointed with sophisticated touches, contemporary amenities and understated elegance. But in keeping with its quaint seaside village setting where old sea captain’s homes and New England traditions predominate, the hotel is all about informal coastal living and impeccable quality that is also pet friendly and family oriented. A private one-room spa, an outdoor patio fireplace and a soon-to-be-opened Mediterranean restaurant complete the picture.
Both Greenwich and Southport are popular resort destinations for vacation getaways throughout the year. Springtime in Connecticut rewards with floral charm; summer invites with golden beaches, sailing and myriad water sports, fall is resplendent with autumn foliage and great weather, and nothing beats the Currier and Ives ambiance of a winter weekend where a crackling fire warms mind, body and soul.
So that visitors to New England experience the full flavor and autumnal delights of Indian Summer along the Gold Coast, the Delamar hotels are launching special “Sail Away” weekend getaways featuring overnight stays in both hotels on Friday and Saturday, with a picnic and yacht cruise aboard the Grand Banks yacht, Pegasus – itself an opportunity to experience the historic maritime heritage of the Connecticut shore. The promotion, available weekends through October 17, includes:
A Friday night stay in a Harbor view suite at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor, with champagne on arrival
A bottle of wine and a cheese plate in the room
Continental breakfast on Saturday morning
A rejuvenating couple’s massage at the Spa
A savory picnic lunch on the 42' Grand Banks yacht Pegasus as you cruise along the beautiful Connecticut coastline
A Saturday night stay at the Delamar Southport, with a glass port or sherry on arrival
A bottle of champagne and fruit in the room
Continental breakfast on Sunday morning
A chauffeur-driven car will pick you up for your return on Sunday afternoon to Greenwich
Barry Manilow immortalized the idea of a “Weekend in New England” in a chart-topping song of the same name. The Delamar hotels turn the dreams into reality. To book, visit www.thedelamar.com or contact The Delamar on Greenwich Harbor, 500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, Connecticut, at 203.661.9800 or the Delamar Southport,
275 Old Post Road, Southport, Connecticut, at 203.259.2800.
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