Saybrook Inn and Spa: One Singular Sensation
By Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer
With the world a dangerous place and the pace of contemporary life so frazzling, it was highly refreshing, rewarding and remarkable for us to spend a couple of nights at the legendary Saybrook Inn and Spa.
Located at Saybrook Point in Connecticut, an area that is a national treasure, the location is the only one in the United States where a major river (the Connecticut) flows into the sea (Long Island Sound) past a small town instead of a port city.
Simply put, with the water, the birds, the greenery, the quiet, the highly
professional staff, the entire operation provides a touch of soltitude and serenity.
Intimate, enchanting, ushering up feelings of more tranquil times past when
service and professionalism marked what one would come to expect in a top class
Saybrook Inn and Spa did not disappoint in any way.
With more than 100 comfortable and at the same time elegant guestrooms
featuring picturesque views, spacious villas, and two luxurious guesthouses
(“Three Stories” and “Tall Tales”) the property offers one singular sensation.
From our first moments at the property at check in – we knew professionalism was on parade. The staff was personable, efficient and honed in to getting us settled. Our bags were transported swiftly and carefully to our living quarters.
That same professionalism we experienced remained a constant all through the stay. It was personified by the delightful woman manager Anna Iacoletti and the servers in the over-the-top restaurant Fresh Salt, the staff at the full-service spa SANNO where one us received a facial and the other a pedicure
We were fortunate to be given accommodations at “Three Stories” which was a throwback looking but totally modernized building featuring seven creatively designed guestrooms, including a luxurious suite. The European bedding, comfy linens, original artwork by local artists – all added again to the one singular sensation that made our entire experience all of one piece. Each room in “Three Stories” is named and designed for a prominent person who has degree in fame locally. The Adriaen Block Room (the 16th-century explorer for whom Block Island is named) is one of those. Another is the Barbara Maynard Suite, designated for a longtime community leader.
The dinner and breakfasts we enjoyed at Fresh Salt were all of a piece – delivered fresh by attentive and informed and enthusiastic servers. We were seated at the same corner table for all three meals and what a view and what meals they were.
Dinner for one of us was a seafood lover’s delight: shrimp, oysters, clams, and the best lobster roll ever. One of us was more traditional and opted for pan-roasted all-natural black pearl salmon. There were no complaints from either of us. Just super dining.
SANNO spa was recently given a make-over and today features 11 total service rooms and Swiss showers. There is massage therapy, facials, body wraps and scrubs, manicures, and pedicures. There is also easy access from the spa to salt water indoor and an outdoor swimming pools.
Situated serenely between the Connecticut River and the Long Island Sound, this one singular sensation, this stately waterfront inn is just a 1-minute walk from Fort Saybrook Monument Park and short driving distance to many appealing attractions. As travel writers who have been to many places around the world, this All-American amazing SAYBROOK INN AND SPA ranks right up there with the best of them.
Saybrook Inn and Spa, 21 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Menus Link: http://www.saybrook.com/restaurant/menus/
The Frommers are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarshipThey are acclaimed oral historians, co-authors of the six highly praised works: It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, and It Happened in Miami. They are at work on IT HAPPENED IN ISRAEL.
The Frommers are professors of oral history in the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. They are also prolific travel writers whose articles on national and international destinations and Jewish communities around the world have appeared in outlets including The New York Times, Newsday, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, Haaretz, The Forward, Golf Digest, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Sporting News, and Men’s Health. Accomplished and charismatic public speakers, the Frommers have spoken before live audiences and on the media throughout the United States lecturing on their books and travel experiences.
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