Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Day tripping to the Delamar

Delamar Greenwich Harbor.
By Darcy Hodges

Being city dwellers, my husband and I love to get away for the weekend. Guesting can be fun, but sometimes we like the chance to just relax, just the two of us, out of town, to enjoy a little peace and quiet of the country. Staycations are “in” and they make sense.

For example, we recently snuck away for an overnight at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor in Greenwich. This was not my first time at the Delamar. I’d found it last summer when I went there to meet a friend who lived in the area to have lunch one weekend.

The train ride is quick and easy. Just 60 minutes up the track from Manhattan, and we were there.
The Delamar sent a car to pick us up at the railroad station. It was a short ride to the hotel. Our driver took our bags to our room while we registered at the reception desk with Louis Degioumini and his assistant.
Our room had a harbor view with a terrace and the day we were there it was warm enough for us to have the terrace door open for a while. On warmer days it’s perfect for a late breakfast or taking some time to read out in the peace and quiet of the harbor and the Sound.
Another view of the harbor from our terrace; The hotel’s hallway.
After we were settled in, we left the Delamar for some afternoon holiday shopping. The hotel’s SUV delivered us to the top of Greenwich Avenue. First stop, an an art and installation and design store David Kassel and Randy Bourn recently opened on 388 West Putnam Avenue. I’ve known David for some time now and have had the privilege of his hanging our art. He’s very imaginative in his approach.
We passed some shoppers stopping to watch the Christmas manger being installed.
From there is was on to complete my shopping list. I was surprised at all the stores that I frequent in the city – J Crew, Georg Jensen, Saks Fifth Avenue, Baccarat. What would take hours of going uptown, downtown, east and west, I could cover in the seven blocks of Greenwich Avenue.
Last stop was Richard’s, a place where many men’s and women’s apparel companies with stores in Manhattan have free standing boutiques. Great.
From Richard’s it was a brisk walk back to the Delamar to get ready for my 90-minute massage. That’s Sam Figeat at the front desk, and Tanya Smyth getting ready for her facial while hubby was babysitting the children. The use of Elemis products enhances all the treatments. Elemis is the signature product and skincare brand at this luxury spa.
Before dinner we had cocktails on the concierge floor. Then down to dinner at the hotel’s popular l’escale restaurant.
Host and hostess Jintin Somaya and Lori Garbarini (top) and Victor Alzamora and Mark Planeta, manager of l’escale.
Executive Chef Francois Kwaku in the kitchen.
Clockwise from top: l’escale’s fireplace imported from France; The rack of lamb in olive plumb reduction on top of pureed potatoes; Sea Scallops wrapped in pancetta; The bar at l’escale.
After dinner it was back to the Library at the Delamar for some piano music, a game of chess and a glass of port ...
... And feet up.
Top, l. to r.: Susan Detchon Anderson (center), a Greenwich real estate broker with Coldwell Banker, was showing her clients property on Sunday morning in Greenwich; Our luncheon guests Dino Rivera and Michel Cox Witmer.

Above: About to depart after a relaxing, low-key weekend at the Delamar Hotel and Spa with its friendly and helpful staff.