OFF THE BEATEN PATH: MORRIS, CT

MORRIS, CONNECTICUT

Off a densely wooded stretch of Connecticut farmland, a non-descript set of gates gives way to one of the most wildly imaginative weekend retreats in the country. If you’ve ever dreamt of hunkering down in a beaver’s dam, hiding away in a treehouse, or living in a lighthouse, Winvian Farm in Litchfield Hills will make it a reality. Along with a five-star restaurant and luxury spa, Winvian Farm has eighteen extravagantly designed cottages, each transporting guests to enchanting fantasylands, from a hobbit’s home straight out of Lord of the Rings to a tree house fit for Swiss Family Robinson.

For the adventurous, there’s the Helicopter cottage, complete with a fully restored 1968 Sikorsky Sea King aircraft inside that houses a lounge and wet bar. Or for those seeking a feel of the coast, there’s the Maritime cottage with its lighthouse-inspired lookout. Crafted by fifteen different architects, Winvian Farm’s cottages are truly out of this world.

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