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The Luxurious Country Retreat Named Among The Very Best In The United States


(WASHINGTON, CT) October 9, 2019 – Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with The Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection recognized as the No. 2 Top Hotel in all of New England. Located in the idyllic town of Washington, Connecticut, The Mayflower Inn & Spa is an exquisite country retreat, nestled in 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland. The resort recently welcomed new General Manager Israel Benyair in addition to Executive Chef Lacey Lou Franklin. Benyair and Franklin create the best of country living in new and fresh ways that will continue to make The Mayflower Inn & Spa a beloved destination.

“We are thrilled to have The Mayflower Inn & Spa voted among the top hotels in the United States by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler,” said Israel Benyair, General Manager, The Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are honored to share this award with our incredible staff, whose commitment to exceptional service makes every guest experience unforgettable.”

The hotel’s esteemed restaurant, The Mayflower Dining Room, features a newly appointed Executive Chef, Lacey Lou Franklin. Franklin brings award-winning expertise in menu concept and an innovative culinary approach to the hotel, drawing upon her experience at Michelin-starred restaurants. Working with New England’s incredible bounty, Franklin is ushering in a fresh take on seasonal New England-inspired Modern American dishes.

Surrounded by the beauty of the Connecticut countryside, the hotel’s award-winning 20,000-square-foot Spa has created a transportive sanctuary like no other. Guests can enjoy a deep connection with nature while indulging in treatments rooted in modern science and inspired by ancient wisdom including a Chakra-Balancing Treatment combining skilled massage techniques and aromatherapy oils, a Sound Healing Treatment utilizing Tibetan and Nepalese sound bowls and a bespoke White Jade Gemstone Facial.

This autumn, the idyllic resort invites guests to enjoy a slice of quintessential Americana with a true taste of the season and a pastoral journey. The day begins with a hearty picnic lunch on scenic farmland before apple-picking at a nearby orchard. Next, guests will visit award-winning local farms to taste fresh local cheese and select their favorite cheddar. The experience concludes with a tour and tasting at a local distillery to taste the region’s best local ​bourbons. Upon return to Mayflower, the pastry chef will set to work creating a custom fresh apple pie – the New England way– topped with a slice of cheddar cheese and an extra-special scoop of slow-churned vanilla and bourbon ice cream

The 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.


About Mayflower Inn & Spa
Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection is a 30-room luxury country retreat, which hosts an award-winning spa and two signature dining destinations, nestled in 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands in Washington, Connecticut. Only a two-hour drive from New York City, the property defines New England elegance and is renowned as one of northeast America’s most distinguished luxury hideaways. For more information or reservations, please visit or call 860-868-9466.

About Auberge Resorts Collection
Auberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each property is unique, all share a crafted approach to luxury and bring the soul of the locale to life through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. With 19 hotels and resorts across three continents, Auberge invites guests to create unforgettable stories in some of the world’s most desirable destinations. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit Follow Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram at @AubergeResorts and #AlwaysAuberge.

About The Friedkin Group
The Friedkin Group is a privately held consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GSM, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, NEON, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Expeditions. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit

About Condé Nast Traveler
Condé Nast Traveler is the world’s most distinguished travel title providing inspiration and advice for discerning travelers. Authoritative and influential, Condé Nast Traveler is a multi-platform, transatlantic brand. Publishing US and UK print editions under Editor-in-Chief Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler offers award-winning expertise in luxury travel from around the world. For more, visit