Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Maxfield Inn

On a recent trip to upstate New York, we booked a three night stay at The Maxfield Inn in Naples, NY.

We chose the Maxfield Inn from the Internet for 3 reasons: the web page was inviting, the price was within our range, and it had wi-fi. With my new laptop computer, I was eager to take advantage.

We had no idea we would make such an incredible find. Starting with the elegant Grecian architecture, the line of white rocking chairs inviting us to sit on the verandah, the beautifully (yet comfortably) decorated interior and the welcome we received from our hosts, Linda and Earl set the stage for what would be an unforgettable experience.

We had booked the suite, which gave us a small bedroom and a small sitting room connected by a bathroom. We immediately noticed the little touches, which the previous review mentioned -- the CD player playing Nat King Cole softly when we arrived, with a selection of additional music for our enjoyment (from classical to jazz), the Lindt truffles (my favorite!), the chilling bottles of water in the ice bucket, the fluffy white bathrobes hanging in the bathroom, the heated massage chairs, which would become a godsend for me, in the sitting room and even the little Serta Mattress lamb waiting on our pillows. The shower was so high tech it should have come with an instruction book, but to step in was to go to another world. I wanted to bring it home with me.

We were invited to share wine and cheese in the dining room at 6 p.m., when we met other residents and discovered everyone was interesting and delightful. As this is a pet-friendly establishment, I was thrilled to find another dog-lover there and we had a good time swapping dog stories and pictures on the first evening.

In the morning, Earl delivered muffins and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee to our room on a beautiful silver tray and later we adjourned to the screened sun porch for the rest of our 4-course gourmet breakfast. Everything was cooked with such pride and Earl delighted in explaining how Linda created her recipes and telling us tales of the history of the area (in the back of the Inn is the remains of one of the tunnels used for the Underground Railroad).

I could not find a hint of a complaint about this place and cannot reccommend it more highly.

(Oh...and the wi fi works GREAT!)


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Joanne said...

Wow. What a great place! I'll have to remember it if I am ever in the Naples area. It looks so pretty and sounds like a nice relaxing place.

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