Published in HappeningintheHills.com
With owner Ira Goldspiel’s attention to detail and stylish good taste, it’s no surprise The Inn at Kent Falls was voted Best B&B in Connecticut, again.
Every year Connecticut magazine puts out a special issue devoted to the best places in the state. This year, and for the last few years, the award for Best B&B has been awarded to The Inn at Kent Falls. It’s no surprise considering what the Inn has to offer. With its chic country interior, private updated baths, lovely pool and gardens, it is the perfect setting for a weekend—or week—away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The historic property was built in the early 1900s, and at one time was known as the Flanders Arms. Located in the charming town of Kent, in the heart of the Northwest Corner, it is close to all of the best dining spots, cafés, outdoor attractions, galleries, and shops. There is a bounty of natural beauty, as well as enough art and culture to satisfy all tastes and interests.
Owner Ira Goldspiel, a former New York fashion executive, has done a beautiful job updating the interior of the Inn without losing its character. It still has the original old, wide plank flooring, as well as fireplaces in some bedrooms and bathrooms. There are six rooms, all of which are beautifully appointed with comfy beds, luxurious linens, simply and elegantly decorated. Each room has its own look, and they all are stylishly put together. The other part of the “bed & breakfast, is the delicious breakfast included in the room rates. From frittatas to quiches, fresh-baked banana nut bread to strawberries and currants, homemade granola to brioche French Toast— breakfast at the Inn is always sumptuous.
Throughout the Inn are numerous spots to feel at home in. In the fall and winter, you can sit by the crackling Colonial-size fireplace in the living room. In spring and summer there is a screened-in porch to cool off, overlooking two and a half lush acres surrounded by gardens, a brook, and a pool. You can read by the pool or meet other guests in the den.
Ira is one of those people who knows everything about anything. He can recommend a good restaurant, arrange to have a massage therapist come to the pool house for you, tell you where to go kayaking, and fill you in on what’s happening that week in the area. He’s a gracious host and a genuinely nice guy who is involved in the community. He aims to provide his guests with a spectacular experience while staying at his B&B. And if you are looking to buy a house in the area, well, he happens to be one of the top realtors in Litchfield County.
If you are looking to customize your weekend, perhaps a yoga retreat, or a romantic getaway, or an outdoors ski package, a hike through the Appalachian Trail, or a quiet, relaxing weekend, Ira provides concierge service for his guests. Or perhaps you’d like a combination of both indoor and outdoor pleasures and pursuits. Tell him what you are looking for and he’ll take care of arranging it all. You can take over the whole Inn with a family reunion or a wedding, both of which are very popular at the Inn. Ira has relationships with many different venues and local experts throughout the region to help make it happen, from the wedding ceremony officiator to the local event planner and the wedding photographer.
The drive from New York City is an hour and forty-five minutes and Boston is two and a half hours away. As you get closer to Kent, the scenic drive with covered bridges, farmstands, antiques shops, and glorious vistas will please your senses. With first class service and modern luxury, the Inn at Kent Falls is the perfect place for those seeking the comforts and ammenities of the city in a tranquil countryside setting.