Now that winter has arrived, New Yorkers in the know are apt to trade the city’s slushy, gray sidewalks for the glistening white snow in nearby Greenwich, Connecticut. With renowned dining, a stellar nightlife scene, local events, shopping, and historical landmarks, Greenwich offers a vibrant cosmopolitan community, set within a charming coastal Connecticut enclave.
Known for its sprawling estates, inhabited by “old money,” hedge fund elite, and celebrities including Matt Lauer (The Today Show), Regis Philbin (TV personality), Lara Spencer (Good Morning America), Tommy Hilfiger (fashion designer), Judge Judy (TV personality), Michael Bolton (singer), Mary Tyler Moore (actress), Kathie Lee Gifford (The Today Show), Wanda Sykes (comedian) and Bill Evans (WABC 7 Meteorologist), Greenwich is quickly becoming the new see-and-be-seen locale.
Those looking for a peaceful winter escape can experience Greenwich’s effortless elegance at The JHouse Greenwich, Connecticut’s hottest, boutique hotel and dining destination. In combination with its chic, contemporary décor, this leading boutique hotel offers guests a home away from home, featuring five-star amenities, fine dining, and modern, plush comforts. With ultra-luxe amenities including televisions disguised as mirrors in guestrooms and restrooms, heated toilet seats, l’Occitane en Provence bath products, and Frette towels and robes, The JHouse Greenwich is ideal for travelers looking to indulge in the highest level of luxury.
eleven14 Kitchen, while located within The JHouse Greenwich, stands apart from other hotel restaurants. Under the culinary direction of Executive Chef François Kwaku-Dongo, eleven14 Kitchen focuses on using ingredients as nature intended and prides itself on its tradition of simplicity and sustainability. eleven14 Kitchen offers a wide selection of globally influenced seasonal American cuisine, featuring fresh ingredients and locally sourced foods. With an open wood-fire oven in full view and a glass-walled, in-house patisserie, guests can watch as their meals and desserts are artfully prepared. Chef François Kwaku-Dongo’s influence can also be tasted at the Chocolate Lab, a unique chocolate shop and café at The JHouse Greenwich, which features artisanal chocolates, gelati and pastries, as well as fair trade tea and coffee drinks.
For outdoor winter fun, visitors and residents alike can head to the Babcock Preserve or the Audubon Society of Greenwich to enjoy a scenic hike, horseback ride or hit the cross country skiing trails after a fresh snowfall. With nearly 300 acres of forest and wooded trails, Babcock Preserve boasts an extensive, seven-mile trail system with three separate hiking loops, ranging in length from one to nearly four miles. Home to a wide variety of wildlife species, the Audubon Society of Greenwich offers a chance to become one with nature through more than 15 miles of trails.
Visitors and locals looking for a little retail therapy are drawn to Greenwich Avenue, a charming street lined with delightful boutiques and restaurants. Shoppers can browse the windows or pick up the season’s newest trends from high-end retailers including Christopher Fischer, Baccarat, Tory Burch, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, Scoop NYC, Tiffany & Co., Ralph Lauren, Theory, Vineyard Vines, and Saks Fifth Avenue to name a few.
Greenwich visitors who want a taste of culture and history have a variety of choices including the nationally recognized Bruce Museum of Arts and Science. Consistently voted the "Best Museum" by area media, the Bruce Museum is a regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences that encompass regional to global perspectives. History buffs will enjoy a trip to Putnam Cottage, a historical site and museum that showcases Revolutionary War artifacts and plays host to Revolutionary War re-enactments. Built in the 17th century, the Putnam Cottage was named after General Israel Putnam whose heroic escape from the British included a daring ride down what is now known as Put’s Hill, during the Revolutionary War.