Spicer Mansion

A 19th-century mansion in charming Mystic
Mystic, Connecticut, may seem an unlikely location for a luxury retreat, but the local Gates family had a plan for Spicer Mansion: transform the ramshackle apartment building in the center of town back into the 19th-century gem it once was.

And so, the Spicer Mansion was born. It took several years to transform the 12,000-square-foot building back to its original glory. Opened in the spring of 2016, Spicer Mansion was reinvented as a boutique, eight-room inn with an exterior painted a cheery yellow.

This included repair of the delicate frescoed ceilings, restoration of the original wood floors, and the addition of period-appropriate furniture and historical documents in many of the guest rooms.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Take the five-minute jaunt to Mystic where shops are plentiful — enjoy preppy clothing at Island Pursuit, purses made from recycled sails at Sea Bags and fine linens at The Linen Press.

• The amenities at the resort go far beyond the standard — think LA Fresh tech wipes left on your devices each night and a generous “no tipping” policy.

• Spicer Mansion visitors receive superb, personal treatment, as well as access to a BMW house car you can enjoy for chauffeured service all around town.

• Enjoy complimentary morning coffee and tea, afternoon snacks and evening port left on a small console near the guest rooms.
Things to Know
• Take the five-minute stroll into downtown Mystic, where you’ll find much more to enjoy than just the famous Mystic Pizza, although you’ll pass that too on your walk down the hill.

• Nearby Sift Bake Shop supplies the pastries for breakfast each morning at the Mansion.
The Rooms
• During the renovation, Spicer Mansion re-envisioned the home’s layout to create eight spacious Victorian-meets-contemporary style rooms and suites dressed up in cool blue and white tones with occasional pops of yellow and gray.

• Expect luxurious touches that evoke the modern — marble showers and deep soaking tubs with Molton Brown products — as well as oversized Duxina mattresses and fluffy robes embroidered with the hotel’s name.

• All guests receive a monogrammed pillow with their initial announcing their arrival, plus perks like twice-daily housekeeping.
The Restaurants
• Helmed by Jennifer Backman, formerly of Weekapaug Inn, the six-course tasting menu served in the dining room is offered Wednesday through Saturday nights.

• Meals start much as they would at a friends home, with cocktails and canapés in the inn’s sitting room, after which you are invited to start the dining experience and select from a vegetarian or traditional menu, with optional wine pairing.

• At the conclusion dinner, don’t skip the optional cheese course, with many of the pairings sourced from nearby farms.

• You’ll also get a final mignardise of house-made confections presented in a jewelry box.
Getting There
15 Elm Street, Mystic, Connecticut 06335
PVD (45-50 min)  
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