By Mary Fischer
New Year’s Eve is definitely one of the most fun nights of the entire year, but more and more people are choosing to stay home for New Year’s instead of going to parties because of safety concerns on the road. Some hotels in Connecticut offer great New Year’s Eve packages where you can still enjoy an evening of fun ringing in 2012, without having to worry about getting into your car at the end of the night. Here are a few of our picks for the Best New Year’s Eve getaways in Connecticut.
The Inn at Mystic invites you to spend your last night of 2011 by the water! New Years Eve packages at the Inn at Mystic include two nights accommodations, dinner for two on New Year’s Eve, welcome champagne and hors d’oeuvres in your room when you check in, piano music during dinner, and a full breakfast buffet in the mornings.
CBS Connecticut Insider’s Tip:Make sure to make your New Year’s Eve dinner reservations when you book your room, otherwise you may find yourself without a table!
If you really want to go all out and splurge this New Year’s Eve, then look no further than the Winvian resort in the Litchfield Hills.
Winvian features 18 distinctly different cottages, all of which are centered around an individual theme. A couple of the most popular cottages are the Treehouse cottage, which combines ultimate luxury with a rustic feel, and the Helicopter cottage, which contains a 1968 Sikorsky Sea King Pelican HH3F helicopter.
New Year’s Eve packages at Winvian include two nights’ accommodations in a cottage, a New Year’s Eve gala with dinner, wine tasting, and champagne toast and midnight, and full breakfast each morning. As an added bonus for extra relaxation, the package also includes a 60-minute Swedish massage for two.
CBS Connecticut Insider’s Tip:For an extra $350, couples can upgrade to the top tier cottages at Winvian, for the most lavish New Year’s Eve ever!
Water’s Edge Resort and Spa
1525 Boston Post Rd.
Westbrook, CT 06498
Rates: Dinner only starting at $55 per person
Dinner & Dancing: $132 per person
Overnight Packages starting at $499 per couple
More info: http://www.watersedgeresortandspa.com
The New Year’s Eve celebration at the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa really gives you a lot of bang for your buck, and fits almost any budget.
Couples who want to get home in time to watch the ball drop on TV can book an early dinner at either 5:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. and enjoy a gourmet menu before spending the rest of their night with Dick Clark. The dinner rate is $55 per person.
For those who want to party until midnight or later, the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa offers a Dinner Dance Party, which begins with a welcome reception at 7:00 p.m. featuring and open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner is then served from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., and then the party continues with live entertainment until 1:30 a.m. There is also a champagne toast at midnight. Rates for the Dinner/Dance Party are $132 per person.
Overnight packages at the Water’s Edge include all of the above, plus brunch for two and start at $499 per couple.
CBS Connecticut Insider’s Tip:If you’d like to spend a couple extra nights ringing in the new year, make sure to ask about special rates at Water’s Edge for 2nd and 3rd night stay-overs.
Mary Fischer lives in Ellington, CT with her 5-year old son and husband of almost 8 years. She is the owner and author of a popular parenting blog, called The Mommyologist, where she features articles all about the changes in life that go along with being a parent.