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Wake Robin Inn - Litchfield County, CT

In Aug 2004 my husband and I stayed for one night at the Wake Robin Inn in Lakeville, CT. Lakeville is in Litchfield County, north of Kent and very near the New York and Massachusetts borders. It is also near the Lime Rock Park Speedway. We were very happy with our stay at the Wake Robin. It was our 10th wedding anniversary. I wanted to stay somewhere in Litchfield County near to a place to rent kayaks. I originally booked a room at the Toll House Inn, but after reading a couple of really bad reviews I switched to the Wake Robin Inn. I couldn?t find too many reviews for the Wake Robin, but I figured that was a good sign. ;-) I emailed them and said it was our 10th anniversary and I wanted a romantic room with a canopy bed. They emailed me back an offer of their Honeymoon suite at a reduced rate (since we were going mid-week). I booked it, and then even had to change the date slightly when our plans changed a few weeks before our trip. They accommodated the change with no problems.

We arrived up the sloping drive, and noticed that the grounds seemed very well kept. We came around the curved drive to see the lovely big inn. Well, to be honest I was slightly concerned when I saw the peeling paint on the outside of the inn. But my doubts were quickly resolved when I walked into the inn. The first thing I noticed was the very friendly staff. Everyone was very, very nice. When we checked in they wished us Happy Anniversary and gave us two complimentary drink coupons. We went up to our room, and settled in. The room was lovely. The best thing was the cotton bedspread, and cotton sheets, and thick cotton towels, and cotton drapes, and cotton canopy on the bed. So many hotels and even ?inns? have awful poly/cotton sheets etc. that feel terrible. Not here at the Wake Robin. Other amenities include a small refrigerator stocked with complimentary bottled water and soda, cable TV, and a private porch with table and several chairs.

We decided to have dinner at the restaurant in the inn, Michael Bryan?s. We used our drink vouchers for a glass of white zinfandel and a glass of Sam Adams. They were both very good. We ordered the sirloin steak, which was cooked and seasoned perfectly. I got the Black and White Mousse for dessert, which was very good. The staff was very polite and the food was served promptly. I highly recommend Michael Bryan?s (incidentally, the name of the innkeeper).

More about the inn itself ? the one thing I noticed was how CLEAN everything was. There were areas that were worn (the main carpeted stairs, the paint peeling from the outside walls) but everything was very clean and well kept. The inn has antiques throughout, and the atmosphere was very comfortable and almost elegant. It takes a lot of money and manpower to maintain a very large, very old building such as the Wake Robin Inn, so I can overlook the maintenance issues. But you can tell they really try to keep a high standard at the inn. In the morning the groundskeeper was using hand clippers instead of a weedwacker to trim the sidewalk. I don?t know for sure but my guess is that the innkeeper doesn?t what to disturb his guests with the awful sound that a weed wacker makes.

My only disappointment may have been the complimentary continental breakfast. They were no bagels, only tea, coffee, oj, cold cereal, danish, and a fruit and nut bread. But, this may have been because we were there mid-week. But then, the hostess came to us and said that the chef wanted to make us a special eggs and bacon breakfast to honor our anniversary. We were so happy! And the food was delicious!

There is a lake nearby that has a swimming area, and canoe to rent. Clarke Outdoors is also nearby, with kayak and raft rentals. We didn?t get to go to Clarkes but the lake was very nice. A little further away is Kent, but only about a 15 minute drive down Route 7. We stopped at the Sloane-Stanley and Antique Machinery Museum. We met a man there who gave us a personal tour for about an hour. He was so interesting to talk to ? someone who had retired from Wall Street and now spend his free time tinkering with antique machines and teaching others about them. What a nice man and a great story!

All in all, we had a great time at the inn and in Litchfield County. We highly recommend it, and will go back again. We may even bring the kids next time!

It would be a great place for a fall foliage tour of Litchfield County or even the Berkshires.

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