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Grace Hotels Acquires Two Top New England Properties

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Grace Hotels has acquired the distinguished Mayflower Hotel & Spa in Washington, Connecticut and one of Maine’s premier properties, the White Barn Inn.

Their new names will be ‘The Mayflower Grace’ and ‘The White Barn Grace.’

The boutique hotel group makes no secret of its plans to expand, opening beach resorts, residences, and city center properties in such diverse locales as Beijing, Santorini, and Cafayete, Argentina. And now, it also has the corner on New England. The Mayflower and White Barn will join the Vanderbilt, in Newport, Rhode Island, giving the Grace family the reins of three of the region’s most prestigious hotels.

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With the acquisitions also comes investment, so travelers can look forward to upgrades at both hotels in the coming months.

“As part of the re-branding process, significant new investment will be made in updating the property’s accommodations, décor and facilities,” says Grace Hotels CEO Philippe Requin.

Still, there are special details at each hotel we hope remain the same—the Mayflower’s romantic Shakespeare Garden and the White Barn’s atmospheric dining room with rough-hewn beams to name two.

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“Everything will be planned to maintain the property’s unique identity along with underscoring this new chapter in its life,” says Requin.

As a through-line, Chef Jonathan Cartwright, who’s helmed the kitchen at the White Barn Inn since 1996 and is a master at blending local Maine ingredients with European techniques, is also Group Chef de Cuisine. The Mayflower’s fine dining restaurant will become New England’s second ‘Muse by Jonathan Cartwright,’ after The Vanderbilt Grace, where the menu tempts with such Cartwright classics as poached lobster with cognac coral butter sauce.

We look forward to seeing—and tasting—the transformations.


Adrien Glover is deputy digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Top, middle photos courtesy of Mayflower Inn & Spa

Bottom photo courtesy of White Barn Inn

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