This month, our Luxe Lavs look at the world’s best hotel bathrooms heads east for fall. Turns out you can even leaf peep from the hotel bathtub. Angela Fairhurst and Natalie Compagno round up four of the best hotel bathroom amenities in New England.
Fall has arrived. It’s the quintessential season for travel to New England where, rustic chic, colonial history and foliage combine for an ideal September vacation. This month, we found amazing inns and four one-of-a-kind bathrooms that welcome Fall and make Summer easy to forget.
A Bath With a View
We start this road trip in Maine. The White Barn Inn’s has always had an appreciation for a fine bath. Located in Kennebunk Beach, hotel started in 1860 as a boarding house. In the late 1930s bathtubs were added to the cottages, a rare luxury for the standard boarding house. There are two remarkable bathrooms here.
The Meadowlark Room is located on the third floor which gives bathers beautiful Maine views from the skylight located above the spacious soaker tub. We were charmed by the plaid wallpaper and wooden handle with brass accents, oh so preppy and East Coast. The beyond-travel-sized bath salts and gel are a generous touch for us bath-lovers.
Even if this room was booked, we also were impressed with the Queen Deluxe room and bathroom. It’s a very simple clean design, white and black with little decoration. This bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub for two and a separate walk-in rain shower. The best part about this bathroom though, is the fireplace right next to the tub. What better way to enjoy fall than to relax in a tub next to a roaring fire?
Next we drive to Vermont to Twin Farms, a Relais and Chateaux property and Vermont’s only five-star accommodation. Twin Farms began as a wedding gift from Nobel-prize winning author Sinclair Lewis to Dorothy Thompson. It is now a 20 “room” hotel that enables guests to feel they are on their own farm, albeit a luxury one. Although all the cottages have noteworthy bathrooms, we focused on The Chalet for its sheer beauty and authentic wooden detail.
The Chalet has two bathrooms with a circular deluge shower and a double soaking tub. The tub has a private view of the arboreous scenery and the white porcelain tub offsets the golden wood walls and molding. “Out of the Woods” bath and body products are provided for soaking pleasure and are handmade especially for Twin Farms. The Chalet is so spacious, yet cozy, that the bathroom has a separate dressing area inside. There is art found in every part of the cottage including the mirror in the bathroom.
Connecticut is calling and no better place to heed this call than Winvian in Litchfield Fields. All the very whimsical rooms are inspired by Connecticut, even the helicopter room’s helicopter was made by Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford. What started in 1776 as a farmhouse home to Dr. Bird became a 21st century wacky, yet high-end retreat, with eighteen luxe cottages and an organic, self-sustaining garden that caters to the non-GMO food served at their award-winning restaurant.
Fifteen different architects were hired to design the 18 luxury cottages. We choose the Maritime Cottage as it feels like a lighthouse inside, yet has a roomy bathroom and separate shower inside. The round window over the tub creates a seafaring atmosphere while letting in plenty of light and views of the changing seasons. After steaming in the tub, step into the adjoining shower for a cool down. The large shower head will refresh while seated on the shower-bench. The space seems constrained by the outside shape but inside guests feel quite free. Simple wood, glass and tile create a perfect bathroom with a maritime theme. What could be more New England than a lighthouse?
Lastly we arrive in Newport, Rhode Island for the allure of glamor at the ocean. Newport’s famed Cliff Walk has only one hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Chanler at Cliff Walk. It was built in the Civil War era as a summertime retreat for Congressman John Chanler and his wife Margaret Astor Ward. Many famous people stayed at the house over the 50 years it remained in the family. Guests can feel the spirits of President Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as they mentally go back in time at The Chanler.
There are 20 rooms but the most glamorous is the Martha’s Vineyard room because of its bathroom. There is a sunken wet room with a Roman bath with no less than six shower heads for optimal coverage. The rain shower has a seat and an antique stained-glass skylight for added romance. Indulge with Molton Brown bath products or even better use the Bath Butler Service for extra pampering. The Jacuzzi bath has a a hand painted trompe l’oeil mural of what else? The ocean.
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By Angela Fairhurst and Natalie Compagno for PeterGreenberg.com