By SUSAN FAREWELL
Every now and then, you have to toss the house keys to a relative, friend or childcare provider and get out of town alone together, no kids.
Easier said than done? Not necessarily. Living in southwest Connecticut, we have so many options within easy reach.
Below you’ll find a trio of select getaways. One is a short flight away for a long—unforgettable–weekend in Low Country, South Carolina. Another is about a two-hour drive north, making for a perfect New England weekend. The other, an overnight (or two) in Manhattan, which you can simply reach by hopping on a train and heading downtown.
This is the first of a series of quick getaways Farewell Travels is sharing with the readers of Fairfield County Look. Contact us to make the arrangements and we’ll see to it that you’ll have the romantic weekend you’re looking for.
Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
Photos by Montage Palmetto Bluff
Here you find a serene Low Country landscape of waterways and centuries-old maritime forests along with all-out southern comfort and the impeccably high standards of Montage Hotels & Resorts. This includes all the bells and whistles you could want in a resort including golf, tennis, horseback riding and a spa (just to name a few).
While there are a variety of accommodations, we fell in love with the waterfront cottages, which are dreamy retreats with vaulted ceilings, big sexy beds, marble bathrooms and private screened-in porches you can call your own.
Don’t miss: Cruising on the May River in the restored 1913 antique motor yacht, Grace • Stand-up paddling among the dolphins • Biking through forests of live oaks • Fried green tomatoes at Buffalo’s.
Getting There: Delta has direct flights from LaGuardia to Savannah (2.5 hours). Montage Palmetto Bluff is less than 45 minutes away from the airport and transfers can be arranged.
Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts
Photos by Blantyre
A grand estate dating back to the 19th century, this castle-like country house (complete with towers, turrets and gargoyles) is a treasure from the past. Hidden away in the woods of the Berkshires, it makes for a perfect weekend hideaway.
There are guestrooms in the Carriage House as well as free-standing cottages on the grounds, but we’re partial to the main house because how often do you get to stay in a building with leaded glass windows, elaborate woodwork, and period furnishings? Indeed, the English-style rooms are classic and formal but utterly comfortable.
Don’t Miss: Wine Cellar Touring and Tasting with the Sommelier • Afternoon tea served on antique china with lace linens and a selection of scones and sweets (fall/winter only) • The Potting Shed Spa • The astonishing collection of coffee table books on the second floor of the main house
Getting There: It’s just over a two hour drive from southwest Connecticut.
The Greenwich Hotel, Tribeca, New York City
Photos by Greenwich Hotel
Sometimes, the only way to get away from it all is to get into the middle of it. Such is the case by spending a night or two in this boutique hotel right in the heart of New York City (a short walk away from the Freedom Tower).
A rare bird among New York hotels, none of the 88 rooms and suites are alike. All are elegantly furnished with pieces from around the world (including Tibetan silk rugs, Duxiana beds from Sweden, Moroccan tiles in some of the bathrooms) –designed for maximum comfort.
Don’t miss: The Drawing Room Bar or Courtyard (depending on weather) where you’ll be surrounded by tuned-in New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike • An urban Italian feast at Locanda Verde • Shiatsu on the tatami floor at Shibui Spa
Getting There: Take a train to New York and taxi downtown.