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I’ve been on an extended blogging vacation, the highlight of which was the birth of my beautiful niece, Violet, who you can meet here.
There’s plenty more to share from my hiatus – the circus party we warmed up for on July 4th, our new treehouse and lots of tomato recipes sparked by our garden bounty. I’ll get to posting these very soon.
Now, before the seasons change again, I must interrupt this blogging vacation with a real vacation just perfect for leaf-peeping. For years, I’ve wanted to stay at the exclusive Winvian resort. Winvian boasts eighteen luxury cottages set on a stunning estate in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut In August, my wish came true and Scott and I checked into the Library Cottage.
And cruisers, branded sweetly with our cottage name.
It happened nearly by accident, as I was actually helping a real wish come true. As a wish granting volunteer with Make A Wish Connecticut, I was asked to escort a wish child to meet her favorite author, Mary Pope Osborne, creator of The Magic Treehouse children’s book series, who lives in Litchfield County. Winvian graciously donated two cottages to Make A Wish for the family to stay in during their visit. Quite perfectly, Shannon, the wish child, was able to stay in the Camping Cottage, in a very magical treehouse-like setting. Osborne was lovely; a very animated reader just as she is on the audio tapes Shannon has treasured for over a decade. Osborne read from one of Shannon’s favorites, Pirates Past Noon, and even shared advance illustrated covers from her not yet released books.
Winvian stole my heart with their generosity towards Make A Wish, and particularly towards this family — then blew me away with unbelievable meals, gorgeous grounds and facilities and the most accommodating concierge I’ve ever encountered. Winvian is the perfect refuge from whatever keeps you running 24/7 – a fast-paced city life, a stressful workplace or a hectic family schedule. Each cottage in uniquely designed and themed, ranging from the Library and Camping cottages above to Artist, the Greenhouse and Maritime cottages. On the more wild side, the Helicopter cottage resembles a hangar complete with a restored 1968 chopper (now outfitted with a lounge and bar area). You can explore the Cottages of Winvian here.
Come with a good partner (or a good book) for total seclusion and R&R in your cottage or at the Winvian spa. There are also lots of trails nearby for hiking or biking and a few cute sleepy towns to explore (Litchfield and Washington Depot). There’s a bit of sticker shock involved in a booking here — but be sure to sign up for Winvian’s newsletter (click on RECEIVE UPDATES on the lower right corner of the website) for some excellent promotions. Winvian welcomes families during most holiday weeks and weekends.