A Family Visit to Winvian Farm

Spring’s unfolding in full force, and summer—with its long, languid days and endless opportunities for outdoor fun and R&R—is knocking on the doorstep here in the Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut. And that means summer vacation will be here before you know it.

In other words, it’s high time to start planning your next family getaway to Winvian Farm!

Winvian Farm in the New York Times

And if you don’t just want to take our word for it, consider this recent New York Times story by Debra Kamin, which talks up the increasing trend of previously adults-only (or at least partly adults-only) hotels and resorts now opening their doors to families with young kids. The trend mainly stems—like so much else new on the scene in society these days—from the pandemic, as demand for family-friendly getaways from cooped-up parents skyrocketed.

Here at Winvian Farm, we used to allow children only during certain designated periods around holidays and the like. Like so many other properties, however, we’ve shifted our policies to meet an increased need for family destinations—not least one so easy to reach (though feeling worlds away from) big East Coast metro areas such as New York City and Boston.

As our Managing Director Heather Smith Winkelmann explains in the Times article, “Once the pandemic hit, everybody’s travel philosophy did a complete 180. So we went full family.”

Besides revamping to welcome families with children all year-round, we’ve made various changes to our luxe Litchfield Hills resort—not least adding new sleeper sofas to all of our accommodations.

Family Fun & Togetherness at Winvian Farm

Besides the utter charm and newly kid-friendly arrangement of our bespoke cottages and Hadley Suite, Winvian Farm offers plenty of amenities to appeal to vacationing families.

For one thing, there’s our seasonal outdoor pool, nestled in a green meadowscape and offering a 40-foot liquid playground. While the kids have a blast cooling off, you can kick back on a chaise lounger, thereby achieving one particular mode of summertime perfection.

Our location in the rolling, sylvan Litchfield Hills puts a bevy of outdoor activities at the whole crew’s fingertips. Besides our own lovely grounds, you can hike and bicycle the extensive trails of the 4,000-acre White Memorial Conservation Center that enfolds us (and is directly accessible from Winvian Farm). Our concierge services, not to mention the trail maps available at the front desk, can help you plan a fresh-air adventure from your Winvian home base.

Take a drift boat out for fishing or a picnic, enjoy the Cottage Bikes available for all guests, or get some friendly family competition going on the grounds via volleyball, croquet, or bocce ball.

Throw in stellar farm-to-fork dining at our Restaurant at Winvian Farm, and you’ve got an ideal setup for minting fresh family memories and having an all-around blast together at our 113-acre property. Book your cottage today, and we look forward to showering all of you with our signature Winvian hospitality!


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