Looking for the perfect summer weekend escape? Search no further. Many Washingtonians look south for their summer travels, but we love heading north, to New England, where one of our favorite collections of hotels, Ocean House, just added a new property.
Mystic, Connecticut’s Spicer Mansion is an intimate and adults-only escape just an hour’s flight or an easy drive from D.C.
The eight-room inn was once the summer home of famous ship’s captain Elihu Spicer. The property, which changed hands several times and fell into disrepair after being used as an apartment complex, has been restored to its former nineteenth-century glory.
Rooms reflect the mansion’s victorian-era heritage, with frescoed ceilings and period elements, but have modern amenities like Duxiana mattresses, Molton Brown bath amenities, and marble bathrooms. Small touches prove the mansion is worthy of its Relais & Chateaux membership and affiliation with Five Star Ocean House, such as monogrammed pillows with guest initials upon arrival, twice daily housekeeping with perks like tech-cleaning wipes left at turndown, and gratis afternoon snacks and evening cordials.
By day, walk into downtown Mystic, where you can browse shops like preppy Island Pursuit, recycled sail purses at Sea Bags, cute accessories at Francesca’s and historic sites like the Mystic Seaport. Make sure not to skip over the pastries at Sift Bake House. Or, if you prefer, take a ride in the hotel’s 7-series BMW to sister property Ocean House, a 30-minute drive away, and enjoy the beach and luxe OH! Spa.
By night, opt to try the hotel's signature tasting menu style restaurant, dubbed the East Coast’s answer to the West Coast’s French Laundry. The six-course menu begins with cocktails and canapés in the hotel’s sitting room and finishes with a mignardise of house-made confections presented in a jewelry box.
In late summer, the hotel will open a basement speakeasy.