Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 33
A trio of terrific hotels and resorts
COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS; PHOTO COURTESY OF WATER'S EDGE
RESORT & SPA; PHOTO COURTESY OF THIMBLE ISLAND CRUISE.
Resort & Spa.
onnecticut got its unofficial nickname, the "Nutmeg State," in the
early 1800s when it was a center of international seafaring trade.
Sailors brought back musky-and pricey-nutmegs from far-flung
lands (and sometimes tried to sell wooden imitations to the unwary).
Your group will have sweetly spiced dreams at any of these new ABA
member hotels (and possibly even nutmeg-accented eggnog, too):
The Simsbury Inn. "Quintessential" is how this historic inn 10 miles
northwest of centrally located Hartford describes itself. This majesticlooking property won the Best Inn award from Hartford magazine
The Heritage Hotel & Conference Center. East of Danbury off I-84,
the modern Heritage has 28,000 square feet of meeting rooms and two
ballrooms. Its fitness center offers group classes, and the hotel has a spa.
Its secluded, woodsy location also makes it ideal for weddings.
Water's Edge Resort & Spa. Midway between New Haven and New
London, this finely manicured resort gives groups dramatic waterfront
views of Long Island Sound. Rooms are contemporary, and the resort
also has 68 seaside suites and 20 luxury villas. On-site entertainment has
recently featured Elton John, Chicago, and Fleetwood Mac tribute bands.
A member of Historic Hotels of America, the resort can accommodate
meetings with up to 300 attendees.
■ Heritage Hotel & Conference Center
www.heritagesouthbury.com, (203) 264-8200
■ Simsbury Inn
| www.simsburyinn.com, (860) 651-5700
■ Water's Edge Resort & Spa
www.watersedgeresortandspa.com, (860) 399-5901
A THIMBLE EXPERIENCE
It's a simple decision: Take a Thimble Islands cruise. The
islands are in Long Island Sound, and there are several
hundred of them. About 80 are inhabited by typically wellheeled residents, but many more are tiny and uninhabited.
The most famous is Kidd Island, named after pirate
Captain Kidd, who may or may not have buried his treasure
in the isle's rocky soil. In more recent years, bootleggers hid
on the isle, and some have been quarried for granite.
Your group can take a look-see with Thimble Island
Cruise in Stony Creek. Tours run about an hour, and the
company's boat can carry 49 passengers for sightseeing
or 38 on a charter. Just don't needle the captain. To learn
more, call (203) 488-8905 or email cartersea488@sbc
■ Thimble Island Cruise |
www.thimbleislandcruise.com, (203) 488-8905
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