For many couples, jet-setting on a luxurious two week vacation directly after their wedding is far from realistic. Perhaps they’ve already taken days off of work, they’re travel funds ended up covering some last-minute unexpected expenses, or, let’s face it: they are down right exhausted. With more and more newlyweds opting to wait before embarking on their grand honeymoon adventures, the “mini-moon” is becoming a staple in post-wedding plans. Save the long plane rides and jam-packed itineraries for later, and indulge in relaxation and pampering for of couple days.
Check out DELAMAR in West Hartford CT, sitting halfway between the Northeast hubs of New York and Boston, for a prime spot for a little post-nuptial bliss:
Conveniently located near Hartford Union Station, DELAMAR West Hartford sits in the upscale Blue Black Square neighborhood. Guests are welcomed into their open-plan lobby, adorned with unique and elegant artwork such as a glimmering bench made from 2,500 quarters.
Their terrace king suites feature luxurious linens, a 220 sq. ft private terrace overlooking the lawn, and a large marble bathroom with Bvlgari bath amenities and lush robes. Guests of the boutique luxury hotel enjoy a welcome glass of champagne at check-in, a breakfast buffet, valet parking, access to their state-of-the-art fitness center with Peloton bikes, a complimentary class at The Yoga Shop, and free admission to the New Britain Museum of Art.
On-site restaurant Artisan combines a country-chic ambiance with innovative, artful cuisine. Their menu offers farm-fresh foods sourced from the gorgeous on-site garden and local farms. Diners can enjoy the lively décor of the main dining room, featuring a bright wall mural of fig trees and tobacco-leaf, a hand-laid brick floor, a pewter Parisian bar top, and a hand crafted Swedish farmhouse fireplace. Outside the 1500 sq. ft. gardens and pergola are jaw-dropping and romantic: picture twinkling hanging lanterns and blooming flowers and fruit trees.
The menu is divided into the garden, the mill, the sea, and the land. Start with the beef carpaccio accompanied by soft stracciatella, pickled chanterelle, pistachio crumb, and local arugula. For dinner opt for the braised rabbit campanelle or the New England “cioppino,”which features the daily catch, calamari, shrimp, clams, mussels, and chorizo in a rich lobster veloute. A two day stay is plenty of time to squeeze in a dinner and a brunch!
No mini-moon is complete without a little pampering a whole lot of R&R! DELAMAR Spa offers decadent, European treatments with products from two of the world’s top skincare brands: Biologique Recherche and Valmont. Choose from multiple couples options like the Aromatherapy Custom Couples Massage. And with a team of facial experts, you can give your skin a little love after all the stress of the big day (not to mention all the makeup!).
Emily Marcus is a Boston-based freelance lifestyle and travel writer. Currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Emily’s work can be found in numerous regional and national publications including Connect Corporate Magazine, Alma, New England Living, and Bride and Groom. She is the current Arts Editor for both Southeast Florida Style and Design Magazine and Charleston Style and Design Magazine.