Greenwich: A Grand Getaway

September 10, 2015 2:09 pm Last Updated: September 10, 2015 3:37 pm

Just under an hour away by train from Manhattan, Greenwich, on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, offers some good ol’ R&R and a variety of leisure options—everything from golf to shopping, or simply idling the hours away on the waterfront.

 

Delamar Greenwich Harbor

A luxury hotel located on the Greenwich waterfront, the Delamar is the kind of home base that you don’t ever want to leave. And why would anyone? Its views, overlooking the Greenwich waterfront, are transporting (shall we say to southern France, maybe?). Comfortable furnishings abound throughout, while artwork from the owner’s collection gives it an elegant but unique flair. Cozy up with a book in the library, laze the day away on the patio, or spend the day unwinding at the spa. L’Escale, downstairs, offers delicious fare inspired by southern France and the Mediterranean.

Bonus: It’s only a five-minute walk from the Metro-North Greenwich train station, which makes a getaway from Manhattan easy (guests can get picked up in any case). Guests have a hotel shuttle at their disposal, should they want to explore within a 3-mile radius.

Packages are available, including Greenwich Girls Getaway, Roman on the Harbor, and a Stay And Play Golf package at the renowned Pete Dye-designed Pound Ridge Golf Club.

$229–$1,900/night based on season and availability.

500 Steamboat Rd.
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-661-9800
DelamarGreenwich.com

L’Escale

The aptly named L’Escale (port of call in French) has a hopping outdoor bar scene as well as shaded spots under an arbor with views onto the anchored yachts on the Greenwich waterfront. The dining room indoors, meanwhile, is all charm and romance. The inspiration is Provençal, with 200-year-old tiles from Provence and a castle fireplace straight from southern France. French-born executive chef Frederic Kieffer, who has worked at distinguished venues such as Taillevent, offers a magnificent Plateau Royal, brimming with Maine lobster, king crab legs, oysters, clams, and jumbo shrimp ($125). The cuisine is healthful and tasty. The Georgette’s Salad ($15) is a best-seller for good reason—the toasted coriander dressing brings together a medley of Bibb lettuce, avocado, blueberries, kale, quinoa, cucumber, almonds, cherry tomatoes, and sunflower seeds. Pastry chef Wendy Laurent is forever striving for the lightest, the flakiest, and the most delicious desserts. And that’s why her tarts, featuring the best fruits of the season, are positively swoon-worthy. She’s also mastered the art of ice cream. Don’t miss her Coupe L’Escale.

At Delamar Greenwich Harbor
500 Steamboat Rd.
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-661-4600
LEscaleRestaurant.com

The Spa at Delamar

Couples, girlfriends, and weary souls (and bodies) flock to this welcoming little retreat where knots and worries melt away at the touch of able hands. Whether you opt for the deep tissue massage ($75–$195), or the signature resculpting facial ($245), the time too seems to melt away (too quickly).

The lounge, in soothing shades of indigo and blue, offers a taste of the relaxation to come. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
The lounge, in soothing shades of indigo and
blue, offers a taste of the relaxation to come. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

At the Delamar Greenwich Harbor
500 Steamboat Road
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-661-9800
DelamarGreenwich.co

Bruce Museum

Art, science, and natural history all find a home at the Bruce Museum. Currently on display, “The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride” (through Oct. 18) is a fascinating look at the mother of all sins, featuring Old Masters as well as contemporary art. The exhibit is part of a collaboration between the seven cultural institutions in the Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance (FWMA)—yes, that means you’ll have to go elsewhere for exhibitions on the other deadly sins. Current exhibitions also feature photographs from Theodore Nierenberg’s world travels (through Nov. 29) and the remarkable species of Madagascar, both living and extinct. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.

1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-869-0376
BruceMuseum.org

Greenwich Avenue

The “Avenue,” as it’s known by locals, is a mile-long street anchored by jewelry stores and shops such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Intermix, Scoop NYC, lululemon athletica, and the local Richards.

For a bite, stop off at Méli-Mélo, a crêperie and juice bar (362 Greenwich Ave.).

This fall, chef Geoffrey Zakarian will be opening The National Greenwich (376 Greenwich Ave.), bringing signature dishes such as the Wood-Grilled 24-ounce Demonico Grade Prime.

Greenwich Avenue (roughly between Bruce Park Avenue and West Putnam Avenue), Greenwich, CT

On the Water

Looking to sail off to an island? Until Sept. 15, the Town of Greenwich operates ferries to Island Beach and Great Captain Island in Long Island Sound, about 2 miles south of Greenwich Harbor, or about a 20-minute ferry ride away.

The Prudence, docked at the Delamar, also offers private yacht charters through Greenwich Harbor Cruises. It is an original wooden Maine steamboat that has been in continuous service since it was built in 1911, though it is now equipped with a diesel motor.

Greenwich operates ferries to Island Beach and Great Captain Island in the Long Island Sound. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Greenwich operates ferries to Island Beach and Great Captain Island in the Long Island Sound. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Great Captain Island (open until Sept. 13); Island Beach (open until Sept. 15). For ferry schedule and fares, see GreenwichCT.org

Greenwich Harbor Cruises
500 Steamboat Road
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-661-1234
GreenwichHarborCruises.com