SOUTHPORT, Conn. — The Delamar Southport, a 44-room boutique hotel, straddles the boundary between New York chic and country elegant, embodying both with aplomb.
Located in a tree-lined village with historic homes, a picture-perfect harbor, and quintessential New England charm, Southport is technically part of the town of Fairfield, though with its own Post Office and ZIP code it feels like a separate rural retreat. Surprisingly, it’s only an hour from midtown Manhattan.
The property, a series of connected three-story white clapboard buildings, is elegant and restrained, though brightly colored Adirondack chairs in the courtyard set a playful mood. The rooms and suites are spacious. My deluxe room — the most basic offering — was large enough for a waltz. Handcrafted furnishings are stylish and comfortable, and oversized windows allow plenty of light but not sound to flood the room. (Though I could see traffic flying past on Interstate 95, triple-pane glass shut out most noise.) Amenities include Italian linens and bath products, marble bathroom floors, and free Wi-Fi.
The in-house restaurant and bar, Artisan, was packed on a Saturday night. Chef Frederic Kieffer offers seasonally inspired dishes that highlight New England cuisine, such as crusted halibut with rainbow chard and Berkshire pork chops with grilled peaches. Or sit in the tavern or on the outdoor patio and dine on lighter fare, such as a burger with smoked cheddar or crab ravioli.
Delamar Southport 275 Old Post Road, 203-259-2800, www.thedelamar.com, weekend rates from $204