The perfect litttle getaway………..

Good Tuesday morning to you! What do you get when you put together six great friends, no agenda, a few bottles of wine, a karaoke machine,? one incredibly luxurious spa in the bucolic Connecticut countryside and three days of nothing but time? A three day mini retreat at The beautiful Mayflower Inn and Spa!

?That is where I escaped to these last few days and let me tell you it was nothing short of? heavenly bliss. We had an absolute blast. If you ever get the chance to visit…….quite simply, you must! It is located in the beautiful tony countryside of Litchfield County in Washington, CT. Local residents in the area include Carolyn Roehm, Anne Bass, Oscar De La Renta, The Kissingers, Dustin Hoffman and many others. It is a quiet, serene elegant atmosphere and truly the perfect escape from a busy life.

Some recent patrons include The Clintons, Stephanie Seymour, Candace Bushnell, Carolyn Roehm, Martha (as she is known by her first name) and many other notables. It’s no wonder that the Mayflower has earned the accolades that it has. This is not my first time and most certainly will not be my last! Everything was nothing short of perfect including perfect weather, however the food sadly fell short, I do hope they will get that right because it is too magnificent of a place to not be able to offer dining on par with everything else.

The rooms are all suites of some sort and are housed either in the main building or in a “cottage” aka most peoples dream home. The spa is in a separate building and everything is very convenient. We explored a little in the neighboring charming towns, did a little antiquing and discovered a few wonderful local restaurants. Thankfully I had my camera in tow and took a bunch of pictures to share with you. At one point my flash stopped working so a few pictures are a little dark but you get the idea, it is wonderful in every way and was just what I needed. Ready to take a peek? Here we go……..

You first drive up to the gorgeous main building…..
The grounds are truly picture perfect!

My cottage (houses 3 suites)

My beautiful terrace overlooking the woods and a babbling brook…..

Upon entering the room, there is a small foyer…..

Oriental rugs, beautiful antiques and alabaster lamps are commonplace here at the Mayflower, how do you like the elegant decanter of brandy that greets you?

The living room…very elegant

Gorgeous furnishings, window treatments and even a ladies writing desk, love the onyx lamp!

And this salmon colored velvet sofa….LOVE!
My beautiful bedroom…….

A small bar…tres elegant!

Loved this beautiful ice bucket that was left filled with ice ready for champagne or wine!

LOVE these sconces….I am telling you the decor was magnificent and so up my alley!
They sure know how to make me feel welcome:)

MY room again…..and below were my friends rooms. Clearly not a bad room in the house!

The bathrooms with salmon silk wallpaper, beautiful prints and a steam shower…….my room had 2 bathrooms!

Loved these charming prints.

Would love to get these sconces for my own home!

Another “cottage”

And now the spa……..which is B E A U T I F U L!!!!!!! (I took a lot of pictures from this room because I am obsessed with it and would love a house with just this one room)

These chaises which overlook the lake are sooooo comfy, gorgeous, we all fell asleep there, it is beyond relaxing!

This is a luncheon table where you can arrange to have lunch or a light buffet in the spa

Part of the changing room….the decor is so my taste, love how light and airy it all feels.

Changing rooms

Adore this fabric on the pillows, on this 14 foot custom sofa

This is the “relaxation room” a huge beautiful room, absolutely? dreamy!!

Beyond the chaises and tall 15 foot windows lies the most beautiful lake set amongst the beautiful forest where seeing deer and swans is not at all unusual.

In the town, love the old fashioned pharmacy…..

Getting started on our walk……

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and just breathtaking at every turn…….

?This was such a charmer….beautiful front porch
?Gorgeous stone and clapboard home (new but looks old)

?So charming….loooove the old stone walls

Looks like a postcard, doesn’t it?

?Just perfection!

Have a “thing” for country signs!
Looking from the? main building to the cottages and grounds
Elegant touches are everywhere at The Mayflower!
?The elegant entrance in the main building
?The beautiful dining room (just wish the food matched the decor)
How pretty is this gorgeous white house with a sea of yellow tulips?

Here is Carol Peck owner of the wonderful Good News Cafe, where we got about eight different dishes and shared everything, all of it was fantastic but the most notable was the lobster mac and cheese (not diet friendly) but a few bites was pure heaven!

We discovered this charming little cafe one morning for breakfast, it was so chic and wonderful! Called Martys or just “M”…..

So there you have it, my mini tour of The Mayflower! I cannot recommend it highly enough, definitely one of my favorite spots, now I will count down the days until I get to go again! It was voted the #1 spa in America by Travel and Leisure and Good Morning and America and #2 by Conde Nast amongst many other prestigious awards. Click here if you want to visit their website. Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day.

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The perfect litttle getaway………..

Good Tuesday morning to you! What do you get when you put together six great friends, no agenda, a few bottles of wine, a karaoke machine,  one incredibly luxurious spa in the bucolic Connecticut countryside and three days of nothing but time? A three day mini retreat at The beautiful Mayflower Inn and Spa!

 That is where I escaped to these last few days and let me tell you it was nothing short of  heavenly bliss. We had an absolute blast. If you ever get the chance to visit…….quite simply, you must! It is located in the beautiful tony countryside of Litchfield County in Washington, CT. Local residents in the area include Carolyn Roehm, Anne Bass, Oscar De La Renta, The Kissingers, Dustin Hoffman and many others. It is a quiet, serene elegant atmosphere and truly the perfect escape from a busy life.

Some recent patrons include The Clintons, Stephanie Seymour, Candace Bushnell, Carolyn Roehm, Martha (as she is known by her first name) and many other notables. It’s no wonder that the Mayflower has earned the accolades that it has. This is not my first time and most certainly will not be my last! Everything was nothing short of perfect including perfect weather, however the food sadly fell short, I do hope they will get that right because it is too magnificent of a place to not be able to offer dining on par with everything else.

The rooms are all suites of some sort and are housed either in the main building or in a “cottage” aka most peoples dream home. The spa is in a separate building and everything is very convenient. We explored a little in the neighboring charming towns, did a little antiquing and discovered a few wonderful local restaurants. Thankfully I had my camera in tow and took a bunch of pictures to share with you. At one point my flash stopped working so a few pictures are a little dark but you get the idea, it is wonderful in every way and was just what I needed. Ready to take a peek? Here we go……..

You first drive up to the gorgeous main building…..
The grounds are truly picture perfect!

My cottage (houses 3 suites)

My beautiful terrace overlooking the woods and a babbling brook…..

Upon entering the room, there is a small foyer…..

Oriental rugs, beautiful antiques and alabaster lamps are commonplace here at the Mayflower, how do you like the elegant decanter of brandy that greets you?

The living room…very elegant

Gorgeous furnishings, window treatments and even a ladies writing desk, love the onyx lamp!

And this salmon colored velvet sofa….LOVE!
My beautiful bedroom…….

A small bar…tres elegant!

Loved this beautiful ice bucket that was left filled with ice ready for champagne or wine!

LOVE these sconces….I am telling you the decor was magnificent and so up my alley!
They sure know how to make me feel welcome:)

MY room again…..and below were my friends rooms. Clearly not a bad room in the house!

The bathrooms with salmon silk wallpaper, beautiful prints and a steam shower…….my room had 2 bathrooms!

Loved these charming prints.

Would love to get these sconces for my own home!

Another “cottage”

And now the spa……..which is B E A U T I F U L!!!!!!! (I took a lot of pictures from this room because I am obsessed with it and would love a house with just this one room)

These chaises which overlook the lake are sooooo comfy, gorgeous, we all fell asleep there, it is beyond relaxing!

This is a luncheon table where you can arrange to have lunch or a light buffet in the spa

Part of the changing room….the decor is so my taste, love how light and airy it all feels.

Changing rooms

Adore this fabric on the pillows, on this 14 foot custom sofa

This is the “relaxation room” a huge beautiful room, absolutely  dreamy!!

Beyond the chaises and tall 15 foot windows lies the most beautiful lake set amongst the beautiful forest where seeing deer and swans is not at all unusual.

In the town, love the old fashioned pharmacy…..

Getting started on our walk……

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and just breathtaking at every turn…….

 This was such a charmer….beautiful front porch
 Gorgeous stone and clapboard home (new but looks old)

 So charming….loooove the old stone walls

Looks like a postcard, doesn’t it?

 Just perfection!

Have a “thing” for country signs!
Looking from the  main building to the cottages and grounds
Elegant touches are everywhere at The Mayflower!
 The elegant entrance in the main building
 The beautiful dining room (just wish the food matched the decor)
How pretty is this gorgeous white house with a sea of yellow tulips?

Here is Carol Peck owner of the wonderful Good News Cafe, where we got about eight different dishes and shared everything, all of it was fantastic but the most notable was the lobster mac and cheese (not diet friendly) but a few bites was pure heaven!

We discovered this charming little cafe one morning for breakfast, it was so chic and wonderful! Called Martys or just “M”…..

So there you have it, my mini tour of The Mayflower! I cannot recommend it highly enough, definitely one of my favorite spots, now I will count down the days until I get to go again! It was voted the #1 spa in America by Travel and Leisure and Good Morning and America and #2 by Conde Nast amongst many other prestigious awards. Click here if you want to visit their website. Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day.

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Exotic travels, lounges, pools and dinners… oh my!

Good morning!! What a week…very very busy one for me. Too busy in fact. I am personally glad its over. I am worn down to the bone. Not feeling so great, in fact. I attended a Scalamandre event last night and realized I was running out of steam, it was one of many things I committed to this week and one too many, but on a bright note must say they are looking better than ever! Got to see all the new fabric lines and in 2 weeks they are getting a brand new wallpaper book. They have a new owner (in case you didn’t know they were bankrupt and in big trouble) so new life is being breathed into the company by a charged and enthusiastic new owner. I really enjoyed hearing so much about the long and illustrious history of Scalamandre from their in house historian who was part of the evening, ?including the many White house assignments, such interesting stories! I definitely had my eye on a few goodies……



Moving on……you by now know me and my overactive imagination and love of travel which can take us to some pretty rocking exotic locations! So, today I showcase hip lounges around the world and knock your socks off pools polished off by drop dead exotic massage locations.Then I top off this perfect exotic excursion?with your choice of locales for the ultimate dinner for two in the most scenic places imaginable. So go ahead and pick your ultimate trip, you get to choose a lounge, a pool, a massage location and finally a place to wine and dine your weary soul in out of this world, beyond your imagination, one of a kind, scenic dinner for two locations.



?Welcome to my world (my dream world that is) Hey, as I always say if you are going to dream.. you might as well go big!! I guess this post is telling of the VERY action packed somewhat stressful week I have had, because I have getting away very much on my mind and this post looks really really good right about now…….getting on a plane to escaping to one of these exotic locales looks pretty sweet as my son would say (he would cringe if he heard me say this) Oh well makes me feel young! ?So here’s to fun and exotic travels……………



Some cool places to relax, have an exotic drink, listen to music, check out these lounges…..

The Wynn Hotel in?Las?Vegas



The W Resort in Thailand
Hotel Ocean Drive in Ibiza, Spain
The Siminyak Hotel in Indonesia
The Clift in San Francisco, California
The Riva Yacht Harbor Hotel in Crotia..how knew I would have thought this is Hawaii!
The Grand Hotel, Geneva Switzerland
Hotel Caster Fuster in Barcelona, Spain

When all that lounging and partying in too many hot spots has worn you out ?and you need an over the top pool setting to escape to, take your choice from this bevy of beauties:

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Swimming in golden water? ?The St. Regis in Llasa,China
The Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
The Setai in Miami, Florida
Grand Hotel, Lake Como, Italy
Now its time for your massage and when you go for it, think beautiful, exotic and luxurious….take your pick!
Banyan Tree, Maldives
Sandals Royal Plantation, Jamaica
Four Seasons, Thailand
Half Moon, Jamaica
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve
The Datai, Malaysia
The Nihiwahtu, Indonesia
Kirimaya Golf spa Resort, Nakhon Ratchasima
The Fairmont, Hawaii
The Amanpulo, Philippines
And finally after all that relaxing and pampering…you surely have worked up an appetite so a fantastically prepared gourmet feast for two awaits you along with an unlimited supply of your favorite wine..but first you have to choose which spot you would like to dine in…decisions decisions! And this mind you, is not just any spot…this is destination dining at its best!
Soneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Islands (Maldives)
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Cameron Highlands Resort, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
La Sotana Quilidia, Morocco
Hacienda de San Antonio, Municipo de Comala, Mexico
Hotel Tugu Bali, Indonesia
Amanpulo, Phillipine Islands
The Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Islands
Samara Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Kurland Hotel, South Africa
North Island, North Island, Seychelles
Ahhhhh…what is life without dreams, desires and aspirations? So many beautiful places yet to see in the world. The next best thing to going to the actual place is visiting them online. Just think ten years ago this would have been impossible!! Hope you enjoyed..so tell me what would your ideal day be? Have a wonderful day!

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Exotic travels, lounges, pools and dinners… oh my!

Good morning!! What a week…very very busy one for me. Too busy in fact. I am personally glad its over. I am worn down to the bone. Not feeling so great, in fact. I attended a Scalamandre event last night and realized I was running out of steam, it was one of many things I committed to this week and one too many, but on a bright note must say they are looking better than ever! Got to see all the new fabric lines and in 2 weeks they are getting a brand new wallpaper book. They have a new owner (in case you didn’t know they were bankrupt and in big trouble) so new life is being breathed into the company by a charged and enthusiastic new owner. I really enjoyed hearing so much about the long and illustrious history of Scalamandre from their in house historian who was part of the evening,  including the many White house assignments, such interesting stories! I definitely had my eye on a few goodies……

Moving on……you by now know me and my overactive imagination and love of travel which can take us to some pretty rocking exotic locations! So, today I showcase hip lounges around the world and knock your socks off pools polished off by drop dead exotic massage locations.Then I top off this perfect exotic excursion with your choice of locales for the ultimate dinner for two in the most scenic places imaginable. So go ahead and pick your ultimate trip, you get to choose a lounge, a pool, a massage location and finally a place to wine and dine your weary soul in out of this world, beyond your imagination, one of a kind, scenic dinner for two locations.

 Welcome to my world (my dream world that is) Hey, as I always say if you are going to dream.. you might as well go big!! I guess this post is telling of the VERY action packed somewhat stressful week I have had, because I have getting away very much on my mind and this post looks really really good right about now…….getting on a plane to escaping to one of these exotic locales looks pretty sweet as my son would say (he would cringe if he heard me say this) Oh well makes me feel young!  So here’s to fun and exotic travels……………

Some cool places to relax, have an exotic drink, listen to music, check out these lounges…..

The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas


The W Resort in Thailand
Hotel Ocean Drive in Ibiza, Spain
The Siminyak Hotel in Indonesia
The Clift in San Francisco, California
The Riva Yacht Harbor Hotel in Crotia..how knew I would have thought this is Hawaii!
The Grand Hotel, Geneva Switzerland
Hotel Caster Fuster in Barcelona, Spain

When all that lounging and partying in too many hot spots has worn you out  and you need an over the top pool setting to escape to, take your choice from this bevy of beauties:

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Swimming in golden water?  The St. Regis in Llasa,China
The Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
The Setai in Miami, Florida
Grand Hotel, Lake Como, Italy
Now its time for your massage and when you go for it, think beautiful, exotic and luxurious….take your pick!
Banyan Tree, Maldives
Sandals Royal Plantation, Jamaica
Four Seasons, Thailand
Half Moon, Jamaica
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve
The Datai, Malaysia
The Nihiwahtu, Indonesia
Kirimaya Golf spa Resort, Nakhon Ratchasima
The Fairmont, Hawaii
The Amanpulo, Philippines
And finally after all that relaxing and pampering…you surely have worked up an appetite so a fantastically prepared gourmet feast for two awaits you along with an unlimited supply of your favorite wine..but first you have to choose which spot you would like to dine in…decisions decisions! And this mind you, is not just any spot…this is destination dining at its best!
Soneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Islands (Maldives)
 
Cameron Highlands Resort, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
La Sotana Quilidia, Morocco
Hacienda de San Antonio, Municipo de Comala, Mexico
Hotel Tugu Bali, Indonesia
Amanpulo, Phillipine Islands
The Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Islands
Samara Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Kurland Hotel, South Africa
North Island, North Island, Seychelles
Ahhhhh…what is life without dreams, desires and aspirations? So many beautiful places yet to see in the world. The next best thing to going to the actual place is visiting them online. Just think ten years ago this would have been impossible!! Hope you enjoyed..so tell me what would your ideal day be? Have a wonderful day!

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