When the Heritage Hotel in Southbury, Connecticut offered me the opportunity to come stay with them a few weeks ago, of course I said yes. I planned my trip for a Friday night and I invited a few of my friends along to meet me for dinner at the hotel. When my friends heard about all of the hotel’s amenities which include an outdoor pool, indoor pool, spa, golf course, tennis courts, and a newly-planted vineyard (yes, for real), they decided to book rooms as well so we could spend more time together and really experience the hotel. It ended up being the perfect mini-vacation: a friday night spent catching up with friends over dinner and drinks in the hotel’s Tavern and a hot Saturday spent chatting and relaxing by the pool.
On my way to the hotel, I decided to get off the highway a couple exits early. I know my Google Maps App would freak out, but I really want to experience what this area of Connecticut was like. I’ve been to nearby Woodbury before, but readers of this blog know I tend to stick to The Northwest corner, the Quiet Corner, and the Shoreline when traveling within the state. Southbury and surrounding towns like Woodbury and New Milford offer such a great combination of culture and outdoorsy-ness. And the Heritage Hotel is right in the center of it all.
Traveling to the Heritage Hotel
I left Hartford around 3pm on a summer Friday and pulled into the parking lot just after 4pm. I was surprised by how quick the drive was–especially for a summer Friday. I’m used to traveling much further to get away for the weekend so it was nice to leave work early and be in vacation mode quickly. I was at the pool with my book and a local beer (Black Hog Granola) by 5pm. If you can drive backroads, do it. This area is beautiful.
Dining at The Heritage Hotel
The hotel has two places to eat. One is the pool bar that serves the usual suspects like sandwiches and burgers. We opted for happy hour by the pool and enjoyed our drinks looking out over the hotel’s beautiful golf course. It’s just miles of green. It was the beginning of a major New England heatwave but we found enough shade to enjoy the outdoors.
On Friday evenings the hotel also sets up a serving station in the lobby and the chef served small bites and local beers to guests who were checking in or just milling about in the lobby. It was a nice touch after a hot day.
Once it started to get dark out, we headed inside for a meal (and more drinks) at the hotel’s restaurant called The Tavern. The atmosphere was lively and loud with a great jukebox and the shrimp tacos and salmon were delicious.
I headed back to my room pretty late but still woke up at the crack of dawn like I usually so. When I arrive at a new hotel, the first thing I ask is where can I get coffee in the morning? I am not a big breakfast eater, but I love the ritual of waking up and walking to get coffee.
The Heritage eases you into the day having coffee stations in the lobby and in the fitness center. I grabbed a cup and brought my book outside and sat in an Adirondack chair that overlook the vineyard, tennis courts, and golf course. It was the perfect way to start my morning.
Things to Do Near the Heritage Hotel
If you want to spend your entire getaway hanging out in the hotel, there’s more than enough to do–especially if you love golf and tennis. In the winter, there are lots of cozy places around the hotel to hang out with a book and a glass of wine. But if you’re itching to get out and about, this area of Connecticut has a lot to offer. Here are a few places to visit while you’re staying at The Heritage Hotel in Southbury:
Southford Falls State Park
Southford Falls offers picnicking, hiking, and fishing.
Kelltetown State Park
For day hikers and trail runners, this dog-friendly park is large enough to while an entire day away. There are camp sites, a picnic area, and several swimming holes.
Black Hog Brewing
Located in nearby Oxford, Back Hog is known as a “gem” on the CT Beer Trail.
Antiquing in Woodbury
I took my mom antiquing in Woodbury a few years back and it was the perfect mother-daughter day trip.
Walker Roads Vineyard
Also in Woodbury, this vineyard is known for its friendly staff and quaint setting.
Who Should Stay at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury
There were a lot of weddings being held in the area and several guests were staying at the Heritage. It’s also a great destination for families who want to get away, a “girls weekend” like my friends and I did, or a family reunion. The prices are reasonable enough that most people can afford a night or two and the hotel has a lot to do onsite and nearby.1