I think a lot of people fantasize about opening an inn. Imagine a cozy place in a pretty destination. There would beautiful guest rooms with of-the-place design details, a great restaurant, and lots of personal, local touches. And how fun would it be to open it with a group of your friends?
This is just the story behind the recently reopened White Hart Inn, a circa 1806 property in the heart of Salisbury, Connecticut. The story goes that, after undergoing an extensive renovation, the inn closed unexpectedly five years ago. Enter Conley and Meredith Rollins (Meredith is the editor-in-chief at Redbook) who knew and loved the property and wanted to reopen it. They purchased it with a group of their friends who also loved the area— including writer Malcolm Gladwell who plans to start a regular talks and event series at the White Hart — and called upon local Litchfield County artists like Jasper Johns, Terry Winters, and Frank Stella to donate work for the inn's public spaces.
The inn's current restaurant, the Tap Room, is helmed by English chef Annie Wayte and offers upscale takes on British-inspired comfort food like lamb burgers and duck shepherd's pie, served fireside. In February, Wayte will open a new restaurant focusing on farm-to-table fare, with a menu that will be updated daily. How lovely to dine downstairs and then have only to take a short walk upstairs to rooms like the ones below.
The inn is offering a few specials for Valentine's Day:
For the couple looking for romance: Chocolate and champagne upon arrival and a dinner for two with wine pairings; from $650/couple for a King room.
For adventure lovers: go on an ice fishing trip with a local guide. For the trip, couples will be equipped with picnic snacks and hot toddies; from $1000/couple.
For the food fans: a two-hour sausage making class with wine tastings (you'll take the spoils of your labor and recipe cards home with you); From $550/couple or add a two-hour dessert making class for a total of $700.