The inns selected by our Best Of readers represent Connecticut and shoreline hospitality at its best. Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, The Homestead in New Milford, and Water’s Edge in Westbrook are the three top selections for visiting relatives. Madison Beach Hotel and The Homestead were also chosen as Best Authentic New England Inn, along with the venerable Griswold Inn.

Madison Beach Hotel, officially known as Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, combines the vintage atmosphere of old-time local beach hotels with the upscale amenities of a nationwide chain. It’s billed as the perfect destination for couples – your aunt and uncle – and romantic getaways. General manager John Mathers describes the vibe as “a comfortable elegance that our guests expect.”

Special guest and conference packages, the Sounds of the Sea spa, and The Wharf Restaurant, the well-known watering hole are among the hotel’s amenities.

Water’s Edge in Westbrook is the perfect venue for an entertaining evening out, a weekend getaway, Sunday brunch, a venue for wedding, meeting or conference… and, of course that special place for visiting relatives.

Accommodations are top notch with packages for every whim and occasion, and dining and entertainment options offer something for everyone. Water’s Edge is the perfect venue for both weddings and conferences.

With just 16 well-appointed rooms, The Homestead Bed and Breakfast in New Milford, has been a fixture in the Housatonic Valley since 1928.

The Main House typifies “bed and breakfast” with it complimentary full, gourmet plated breakfast, concierge services, and more. Each guest room and suite is distinctly different and includes luxurious amenities to enhance your stay. The Treadwell Annex was built in 1938 as a restaurant and was later converted into seven tastefully decorated guest rooms; breakfast can be purchased separately and all Annex rooms have access to the main house and its complementary amenities.

Nothing says New England better than Essex’s Griswold Inn. There’s no better place to bask in the colonial character of the region.

While the Wine Bar, Tap Room, Hunt Breakfast and authentic colonial fare are seasonally tailored draw locals, it’s the Inn’s 33 unique guest rooms that led readers to choose the Gris as one of the Best Authentic New England Inns.

Can you imagine a December weekend that includes the annual Holiday Bill of Fare with its seasonal game selections, an overnight stay upstairs, followed by the Hunt Breakfast? And strolling through Essex Village while the snow gently falls? It’s New England perfection.

Connecticut Media Group