There’s nothing better than a long weekend and a little getaway, is there? Sometimes you just need to change up your surroundings, even if you don’t get far from home. While we would love to have made another jaunt to Sonoma this weekend, our schedules don’t look like they will allow for a real vacation anytime soon.
After working past 10:30 on Friday night, most of the day Saturday, and Sunday morning, I was spent (still am!), and we headed about an hour north of Boston to The Stonehedge Inn and Spa in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. Surrounded by rolling green fields and lush greenery, Stonehedge really feels like the country. It has that wonderful, woodsy smell, and it’s very quiet, exactly what we needed.
Our room was cozy and featured a huge soaking tub, giant, fluffy bed, and a sitting area with a fireplace.
After we settled in, we decided to go for a wander over to the pool and spa area. The grounds at Stonehedge are absolutely beautiful.
The pool and spa area are also lovely, but we were a little disappointed that the sauna and steam room didn’t seem to be working, and we couldn’t get massage appointments. I was told it was because the spa gets packed on the weekends, but there was no one there; all of the treatment room doors were open, the lights were out. I guess they were just closed for the weekend?
Since we couldn’t use the sauna and steam room, I took a long bath in the big tub and then we headed down to the lounge at Left Bank restaurant for a glass of wine. One of the reasons I had been dying to visit Stonehedge was that it has the largest wine cellar in New England. Unfortunately, when we booked, I wasn’t told that the wine cave was under construction.
The restaurant itself is well-stocked with wine, and the lounge was a great, relaxed space. The wine list was a literal book which I had a great time thumbing through. Left Bank also features 60 bottles of wine that are under $60, some well under that, so it’s easy to find a bargain bottle.
By the time we were seated for dinner, the rain had stopped, and we enjoyed a bright meal in the sunroom area of Left Bank. Our room included a three course meal, and we were able to choose anything off of the menu.
We chose a bottle of Domaine Carneros sparkling wine to go with dinner. Bubbly goes with everything!
For my starter, I went with a beautiful stuffed Portobello mushroom in a balsamic reduction.
For him, the entrée choice was the grilled tenderloin with a port reduction.
I was almost too full for dessert, but I managed to eat a few bites of this strawberry crepe roulade with an Irish coffee that was one of the best I have ever had. We ended the evening in the library at the inn, with my husband playing the resident piano while I listened. He is so talented; we need a piano at home!
Overall, our experience at Stonehedge Inn was a good one. We did choose it partially because of the spa amenities and wine cave, so we left feeling a little disappointed but generally happy and definitely more relaxed. We would drive up to go to Left Bank again, especially for one of their wine dinners.
How did you spend the long weekend?