We stayed in the Abbot Room, the largest suite at the inn overlooking the five ponds and gorgeous grounds behind the inn. This two-room suite was welcoming and offered everything that Joe Average and his wife would want – a corner Jacuzzi tub, steam shower, TV, king bed and plenty of room to spread out. While I perused the comprehensive in-room guest books covering everything from inn history to regional restaurants and museums, Joe Average couldn’t resist his favorite sport – channel surfing.
On the back patio the next morning, we savored a breakfast of freshly baked muffins, grapefruit and waffles with strawberry cream, while enjoying the company of other guests, plus Anne Marie and Tim. A stroll around the grounds revealed a stone bread oven and extensive gardens marked by sculpture and private seating areas. We talked about how important it is to get away to three such restful and welcoming inns. I had to tear Joe Average away from one more self-guided tour of the barn. “Time to get back to reality,” we both mused. Luckily we had a four-hour drive to enjoy the remaining vacation glow before returning to reality.