Connecticut may be one of the smallest states in the U.S., but it sure is mighty. From outdoor activities to an impressive food scene, there’s plenty of reasons to visit – and keep returning. If you need an escape from your everyday stresses (and who doesn’t these days?), book a quick getaway to a Connecticut spa, resort or inn for some rest and relaxation.
Old Saybrook, Conn.
Located on the marina in Old Saybrook, the AAA Four Diamond Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa is a charming escape that exudes the culture and character of coastal New England. This Connecticut spa has welcomed guests for over 130 years and is equipped with Swiss showers, a hot tub, sauna, steam room, a massive pool and a long list of indulgent spa treatments that will relax, soothe and pamper your every whim.
Take a break from spa-ing and enjoy a lobster roll poolside or enjoy waterfront dining at Fresh Salt, where the fresh waters of the Connecticut River meet the salt of Long Island Sound.
While you can easily spend a full weekend at the inn without ever having to leave, those interested in venturing out can grab one of the complimentary bikes and head to downtown Saybrook’s historic Main Street for local art galleries, antique shops, stylish boutiques and eclectic eateries.
New Canaan, Conn.
New Canaan draws in visitors with lush parks, antiquing, clothing shops and chic restaurants, and keeps them there with gorgeous lodging and relaxing Connecticut spas.
Dating back to the 1700s, the Roger Sherman Inn is an enchanting bed and breakfast with historic charm. Expect to enjoy live music, delicious food, the tranquil gardens on the grounds and a sunset on the wraparound porch.
Plan a half-day of pampering at the Ciel Eau Day Spa and indulge in a luxurious massage, facial or nail services from the extensive spa menu. You want to be sure to leave some time for discovering downtown New Canaan and perusing the many swanky boutiques and shops that line the streets.
After working up an appetite from a day of total relaxation and retail therapy, hit up Elm restaurant, where chef Luke Venner is the brains behind seasonal and locally inspired dishes like squash blossom pizza and lobster salad with corn, avocado and manchego.
You can’t miss the Mystic Seaport when visiting Connecticut, a popular ocean and riverfront village known for its Colonial-period buildings, shopping on Main Street and fresh seafood. (Check out our list of fun things to do in Mystic, Conn.)
The town is scattered with some of the most relaxing Connecticut spas including Le Spa and Mystic Massage and Wellness, ready to help detox your mind and body with massage, facials, reiki (a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation) and more.
For relaxation on the water, enjoy the famous Mystic view from a sailboat with Argia Mystic Cruises, which offers day sails and sunset cruises from May to October.
When you get hungry you can’t miss the Oyster Club, a popular spot in Mystic where the menu changes daily with delicious dock-to-table delights. Weather permitting, head directly above the restaurant to the open-air treehouse for a more casual dining experience.
Rest for the night at The Whaler’s Inn, which has been a site of hospitality in downtown Mystic for over 125 years. The inn retains many historical touches, while the decor pays homage to the area’s nautical heritage.
Tucked away in the Litchfield Hills of northwest Connecticut, Winvian Farm has long been an extraordinary getaway for rejuvenation for travelers from far and nearby.
The AAA Five Diamond Hotel is set on a 113-acre private estate and features the Winvian Spa, a 5,000-square-foot structure with a 40-foot swimming pool.
This Connecticut spa offers a wide range of innovative spa treatments like chromo therapy tub treatment, a hydrotherapy experience or a salt glow body treatment.
The cottages that surround the property each provide a unique experience. Guests can book a night in the treehouse, the log cabin, the greenhouse or the library cottage. The hotel’s amenities include the AAA Five Diamond Designated Restaurant at Winvian Farm, organic gardens, fitness classes and activities like skiing, horseback riding and hiking.
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