An exceptionally relaxing getaway may be closer than you think. With perfectly located hotels across the state, Delamar provides you an elegant home base from which to explore and discover the best Connecticut has to offer. Whether it’s an escape for two, or a stay-cation for the whole family (even your family dog,) we have put together these mini itineraries for you to enjoy.
The kids will be amazed by what they encounter at the Connecticut Science Center, only 10 minutes away in downtown Hartford. Or if summer reading is on the list, walk through the home of our very own Mark Twain.
Just over the mountain in Simsbury, Heublen Tower at Talcott Mountain State Park is a great place to hike with the family. Meet the animals at Flamig Farm Petting Zoo and enjoy farm fresh ice cream from Tulmeadow or J.Foster.
Celebrate Simsbury’s 350th anniversary by visiting the Simsbury Art Trail, and take a selfie with one of the 37 life-size sculptures by artist Seward Johnson.
There are stunning waterways nearby for kayaking or canoeing, simply reserve your craft of choice at Collinsville Canoe.
If cocktails are more your style, sip a glass of wine at the serene Brignole Vineyards in nearby Granby. Or relax on an Adirondack chair in an open field and enjoy a craft-brewed beer at Maple View Horse farm.
At the end of your day, we welcome you back to Delamar West Hartford to unwind at with a restorative treatment at our Spa or a tempting al fresco dinner at Artisan Restaurant. Or you could explore Blue Back Square, with quaint shops and restaurants that have been expanded to offer additional outdoor seating.
If you haven’t visited the bucolic village of Southport, CT, you are in for a real treat. It is quintessential New England, with cobblestone streets, romantic beaches and bustling marinas. Just minutes away from Delamar Southport are some of the best beaches in Connecticut, Penfield, Jennings and Sasco Beaches. Or if serene fresh water is more to your liking, you will enjoy walking the trails and taking a dip in Lake Mohegan. And while the CT Audubon Society has closed its central building for the time being, its trails are still open for hiking and birding.
One exhilarating day trip in the surrounding area is an afternoon spent ziplining at The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum. It’s a favorite among school age kids from the area who take class trips to the park to foster camaraderie and team building. Perfect for the whole family
There are several farms in the surrounding area, so you will sure to find the freshest pickings at the Fairfield Farmers Market on the Village Green. Visit the world’s largest dairy store, Stew Leonards, with its petting zoo and singing cows, it will surely bring a smile to the kid’s faces.
The Beardsley Zoo has a fantastic collection of wildlife the whole family will enjoy, not to outdone by The Maritime Aquarium. Its exhibits are a great way to learn about all types of sea creatures and the challenges facing the unique ecosystem that is the Long Island Sound.
Southport, and the surrounding towns of Fairfield and Westport, boast some of the finest cuisine on the coast of Connecticut. Be sure to sample some of the local fare, or join us for a tempting dinner at Artisan Restaurant in Delamar Southport. We guarantee our award-winning Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer has something special waiting for you.
And after a day of exciting activities with the family, be sure to take care of your own inner spirit with a restorative treatment at our Spa. It boasts a single treatment suite, so all of the focus from our expertly-trained aestheticians is on you. After all, you deserve it.
Delamar Greenwich Harbor offers its own entertainment, unlike any other spot in Connecticut. It sits right on the marina and you can spend a good part of the day sipping on a cocktail and watching the boats go by. But if you are looking for more than great people watching, there is so much more to do in the area. Like a private tour of the Greenwich shoreline for up to 6 guests on one of our Delamar charter boats.
There are several area golf course to enjoy, including the local links affectionately called “The Griff” and E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course. Both have a full restaurant and bar, along with a golf shop in case you left any supplies behind.
Take in the natural beauty and serenity at Tod’s Point, a unique peninsula that juts out into the Long Island Sound. It is surrounded on all sides by natural waterways with trails and a pristine beach to bask in. If you enjoy walking trails, don’t miss a visit to the Greenwich Audubon Center. While the center’s buildings are closed, there are seven sanctuaries and trails open where you can view hawk’s in their natural habitat.
Step into an architectural marvel in nearby New Canaan at Philip Johnson’s Glass House. It is a modern marvel and includes a stunning Art and Sculpture Gallery. Another world-class museum is merely a short walk away from Delamar. The Bruce Museum, has a dozen rotating collection per year and boasts permanent galleries featuring the natural sciences from regional to global perspective. The park adjacent to the museum makes for a relaxing walk along a charming inlet. And the kids will enjoy the playground, with multiple levels of climbing attractions for all ages.
Delamar Greenwich Harbor sits at the bottom of Greenwich Avenue, known far and wide as a preeminent shopping destination, with stores like Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lululemon, among other boutiques and shops.
There is perhaps no better cuisine to be found on the Gold Coast of Connecticut than at the restaurants on the Greenwich Avenue. You will enjoy lolling around and savoring every bite as they have now expanded their outdoor seating.
And after a day of shopping on the Avenue, be sure to unwind with a restorative treatment at our Spa. It is truly one of the most innovative, result-driven beauty and wellness destinations in New England, with expertly trained aestheticians and luxurious products.