During a wedding weekend in Salisbury, Connecticut, we decided to try a local inn that we knew little about other than the groom's response, "Take it!," when I told him the reservationist called us with an available suite.
After a long drive, we arrived at the White Hart Inn. The 19th century Inn at the foothills of the Berkshires was recently renovated and expresses modern New England elegance with a hint of British undertones. My husband, kiddos, and I placed our order and cozied up in the Tap Room, surrounded by locals and travelers having their late meal and night caps. We were impressed by the delicious fish and chips and I enjoyed the locally sourced greens with dijon-vinaigrette. Annie Wayte, the British Chef, offers a delicious menu of British comfort foods. The adjacent table ordered the chicken liver mousse, radishes, and toast with glasses of dark Italian wine. The clean details and attention to historical conservation carry throughout the inn and are expressed in the color palette, dark leafy-swirl wallpaper and patterned burgundy upholstery. The details of the space are exceptionally charming and inviting. Our self-guided tour of the common areas offered curated artwork by, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Terry Winters. Talks and discussions with notable local artists, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Stephen Sondheim are part of the Inn's community programming.
The rooms are appointed with teas and juices by Harney & Sons Tea, a company originally started at the Inn many years ago. We stayed in a suite, which meant the living room with a sleep sofa for the kiddos and a master bedroom with king size bed with lots of variations of pillows. Our family might be a bit young to stay in an inn - the first night's rest was unreal, but I'm pretty sure the second night was a little too real (two year old pacing around and bouncing on the couch at 2 am) for the upstairs suite.
When we awoke we ran over to the main house where there was homemade granola, yogurt, fresh pastries, Rice Krispies (induced a food fight brawl between the boys in the dining area), juice and coffee waiting for us. After breakfast, the concierge recommended we drive to Sharon, the neighboring town, to visit the Ellsworth Hill Orchards' pumpkin patch and fruit orchards. It was a very special experience. We felt nearly alone tasting the many apple varieties as we explored and meandered through the orchards in the fog covered hill tops. I recommend driving farther away from the City and making the Autumn orchard visit part of a weekend-long excursion. The less busy orchards are calming and so nourishing. It feels mysterious and magical exploring orchards and arranged landscapes with no one else around. Riv and Luc chose pumpkins, one sugar pumpkin and on jack-o-lantern pumpkin, and we took the long way back to the inn, admiring the homes and their various approaches to color and landscape.
White Hart Inn
15 Under Mountain Road
Ellsworth Hill Orchards
461 Cornwall Bridge Road
"[E]legant in its austerity, with a working fireplace, Shaker-style wooden chairs, and servers dressed in head-to-toe denim." - Bon Appetit
"The hotel is in the foothills of the Berkshires, making it the perfect place for a weekend getaway, and the restaurant alone is worth the trip." - New York Times
"Inside, amidst polished wood and painted wainscoting, an array of unexpected modern art by artists Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Terry Winters and Tom Levine on the walls." - The Huffington Post