Brimming with seasonal spirit, New England offers a warm welcome to sojourners who venture to the Northeast during Christmastime. Daylight promises excursions to storied attractions, while evenings bring opportunities for fine dining and world-class entertainment. Whether elegant boutique hotels or quaint bed-and-breakfasts, gracious accommodations await that make visiting this beloved region even more enjoyable. In Connecticut, both the Griswold Inn and the Boardman House Inn have been extending hospitality for generations.
Griswold Inn, in the riverside town of Essex, shares its beginnings with the country’s bid for independence. Complementing tranquil vistas of water or village life, individually appointed quarters are decorated with a mix of antique and period-reproduction furnishings. Many of the thirty-three bedrooms boast a fireplace—an ideal spot for reminiscing about the array of holiday events located within walking distance of the hotel. During November and December, Stay & Save rates include incentives for exploring the shops that line Main Street.
An award-winning B&B in the historic district of East Haddam, the circa-1860Boardman House Inn is a sterling example of the French-inspired Second Empire style of architecture. Guests settle into luxurious rooms, where cozy linens and heated marble bathroom floors chase away even a hint of winter’s chill. This haven proves a convenient launching point for discovering the rural charms of the Connecticut River Valley. Nearby outings include exploring Gillette Castle State Park, or scheduling a tour with Essex Steam Train and Riverboat.
To read about some of our favorite New England destinations during Yuletide, see “Christmas in Connecticut,” on page 25 of the November/December 2015 issue of Victoria magazine.