A good place to spend the night, interesting choices for meals, absorbing or entertaining things to do—these are the three basics we all seek when we travel. Here are some itineraries where the “threes” are wild.
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Sometimes, you’re just in a Greenwich state of mind, so why fight it? This time, however, we went light on the shopping in favor of a little culture and a couple of first-class meals—and lots of lazing around at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.
We made an afternoon of it at the wonderful little Bruce Museum, a Connecticut gem just two minutes from our hotel. We were amused and amazed by Innovations in the Third Dimension: Sculpture of Our Time (which runs through May 24), a thoughtfully curated selection of disparate works by big names and small—Henry Moore, Jose de Rivera, Keith Haring, Louise Nevelson and Robert Indiana among them, and the retrospective of dazzling marine paintings by American artist James E. Buttersworth, Illuminating the Sea.
Thus edified, we proceeded to The Delamar just down the hill. Our lovely room for the night—all peach and cream, and luxurious Italian bed linens—had every modern amenity, and a bathroom with exquisite coral marble vanity and deep cast-iron tub. There’s a spacious balcony where you can watch the harbor traffic go by or get a good look at one of the huge yachts often moored below.
We were ensconced on the Belvedere Floor, which includes a dedicated concierge, and a food station where you can pick up a continental breakfast, wine and hors d’oeuvres in the evening and late-night snacks to take back to your room.
L’Escale Restaurant, located downstairs, was booked solid for the evening, but we weren’t worried about going hungry. Greenwich has a plethora of excellent restaurants to choose from, most just a short ride away. Still, we were delighted to learn that the Delamar provides complimentary car service to any eatery (or other destination) within a three-mile radius. Our very own designated driver!
And so it happened that we were delivered to Nuage’s front door at precisely 8:30. Nuage is Japanese-French—a rarity in Connecticut—with beautifully plated, exciting food and an attractive dining room quiet enough that you can actually hear yourself think on a Saturday night (a plus in my book). The menu is a mix of French-Japanese hybrids and dishes that exemplify one or the other cuisine. Spring rolls are made with duck confit, foie gras comes with teriyaki glaze and Asian pear, the filet mignon is Kobe beef (price?—don’t ask) but you can also get duck à l’orange or fillet of salmon with sweet-and-sour ginger sauce.
The next morning, finding our yen for L’Escale undiminished, we booked a table for brunch, then curled up in that sumptuous bed till check-out with the Times and the Sunday-morning news shows. To tide us over, I made a few quick forays down the hall for piping-hot coffee, pastries and fresh-squeezed OJ.
L’Escale did not disappoint—the lovely dining room with its creamy walls, French windows and fanciful chandeliers was just as I remembered it. The brunch menu here has a nice mix of breakfasty dishes and lunch items, but I usually like to stay with the excellent appetizers and share. We feasted on Provençal tomato tartes, beef carpaccio and the best tuna tartare (with avocado, lime and red onion) in these parts, accompanied by chewy French bread and a very good French rosé.
All in all, we decided, our overnight was everything a quick getaway should be—nourishing to body and spirit, relaxing and blessedly near at hand. Who could ask for more?
For more information on the Delamar, call (203) 661-9800 or visit thedelamar.com.