Mayflower Inn & Spa
Daily activities range from the rigorous (hikes in nearby Steeprock Reserve, aquatic Pilates) to the introspective (Reiki yoga, specimen-tree lectures). Cocooning watercolor classes and knitting circles, plus conscientious cuisine (carrot-cardamom couscous with Pacific halibut) presented in a celestial-blue loggia, balance all that physical activity. During the Thermal Sanctuary Experience, a modern-day hammam ritual, spagoers detox with a selection of scrubs and oils in a marble-clad steam room. Afterward, settle into a settee in the lounge, a welcoming space complete with a roaring fire and gorgeous views of the Connecticut countryside.