Colonial-Style Bed and Breakfast Close to Kent Attractions
Legend has it that in the 1800s, the Duchess of Bedford started having light snacks and tea in the afternoon to stay energized during the long gap between breakfast and supper. It quickly caught on as a British ritual that still lingers today. Despite being on the other side of the pond in a small town in Connecticut, Starbuck Inn Bed and Breakfast draws on this English tradition with a daily serving of hot earl grey, housemade sandwiches, pâtés, and desserts. Like a proper high tea, it's meant to be a social occasion with treats arranged around an antique sofa and sitting chairs in the living room to encourage conversation. The inn also evokes the English countryside by design, as it was built in the colonial style with 2.5 acres comprising a front lawn and rear gardens.
Starbuck Inn also serves a complimentary hot breakfast each morning in the dining room, and on pleasant days you can take your meal out on the back patio. Organic eggs are sourced from a local farmer, and many ingredients come right from the inn’s own gardens. Some of the more popular recipes on the menu include blueberry pancakes, a sausage scramble, and the inn's signature home fries.
A top-to-bottom renovation in 2003 outfitted Starbuck Inn with modern amenities such as central air and custom-built furniture, including the elaborate armoires in the inn’s six rooms. Accommodations are soundproof, and the inn's wide front lawn puts enough space between the rooms and Kent's Main Street that noise won't disrupt a good night's sleep or a séance with King George III.
Kent, Connecticut: Historical Town Full of Eclectic Entertainment
Kent charms visitors with a small-town atmosphere born out of its long history as a farming community and iron-ore manufacturer. The downtown area is a mix of quaint residences and wooden storefronts housing a diverse collection of cafés and shops. Several art galleries also line the avenues here, including the contemporary Morrison Gallery, heralded by the New York Times as "a linchpin of Litchfield County's art scene."
For open-air pursuits, head to Kent Falls State Park, where hiking trails wend between towering waterfalls and limestone hills. A designated trout park, Kent Falls is stocked weekly with fish from the state's hatcheries to provide anglers with plenty to catch.
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