Follow your hearts to one of Connecticut's great destinations for romance.
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The Study at Yale, New Haven
Since a romantic overnight is an affair of the heart, what is more appropriate than staying in the heart of a city? And what better city than New Haven, bustling with romantic opportunities—fine dining and theater, scenic spots and shopping—on seemingly every street corner? Of course, for some of us a simple night away from the kids can be romantic on its own, but it’s nice to have all the other activities to choose from too.
New Haven has a number of places to stay, but as the city is synonymous with Yale and all its bookish charms, The Study at Yale makes an ideal centerpiece for a visit. Formerly the uninspiring Colony Inn, the hotel has undergone a startling $7 million transformation—including the addition of two floors, an upscale restaurant, a private penthouse and lots of expansive windows—all under the guiding hand of Paul McGowan, who has launched more than a dozen of the renowned W Hotels.
Styled on the popular luxury boutique model, The Study incorporates a distinct Yale feel while also being sleek and savvy with quality amenities (feather beds and leather reading chairs, WiFi and marble baths). Spectacular views of the historic inner campus to the north await through big windows, while Chapel Street and more of cosmopolitan New Haven lie to the south.
Heirloom is The Study’s 80-seat restaurant, a chic open space with an emphasis on contemporary American cuisine. How about a bowl of New England oyster chowder to start—it is a romantic overnight, right? Roasted Amish chicken with root vegetables and herb gnocchi, shrimp ravioli, monkfish bouillabaisse accompanied by mushroom risotto, Berkshire pork chop with apple chutney and potato roesti . . . entrées are not lacking imagination or taste.
Between Heirloom, the luxe accommodations, extraordinary service and glorious privacy, you may not want to leave the hotel, especially when you can also get champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered to your room! But if you do venture out, you are right in the middle of everything you could want for a romantic evening.
One of the hallmarks of New Haven is its great variety of eateries. Indulge in fine French at the Union League Café, enjoy Latin flair at Ibiza, Barcelona Wine Bar or Pacifico, go American at Zinc or Hot Tomato’s, experiment with Asian at Bentara or Kudeta or try vegetarian hip at Claire’s Corner Copia.
Entertainment possibilities for the evening also abound. There's the Yale Repertory Theatre—across the street from The Study—and Long Wharf Theatre across town. Yale Opera is an option and so is The Shubert. Or you may just want to stroll along the picturesque green and busy streets, enjoying the shops, museums, classic architecture and the company of a special someone. It’s your night. In the heart of New Haven, the romantic possibilities are many. —Ray Bendici
The Study at Yale, (866) 930-1157 or studyhotels.com.