A February 2006 trip
to Westbrook by zabelle
Quote: We had a week away from home while still being able to go to work. It was relaxing and loads of fun.
Hotel | "Water's Edge"
Our week was Friday to Friday, check-in after 5pm on Friday and check-out at 10am. Since our week included Valentine's Day, we received a complimentary $25 gift card to a local jewelry store, which I thought was a nice touch.
All the villas that sleep six are on the second floor, and there are no elevators, so keep that in mind when packing. Also, you cannot park near the villas; it isn’t like a motel. It can be a bit of walk, so, again, be careful what you pack. We walked into our kitchen, dining, and living room combination and were very impressed. It is quite lovely, with a large table, partial kitchen (there is no oven), and couch and comfortable chairs.
Our bedroom has a king-size bed, club chair, telephone, dresser, and TV with remote (though it is a small one). There are two lamps and a pole lamp. The closet has a safe, iron, and ironing board.
Upstairs there is a loft bedroom with twin beds and a lavatory, perfect for children. On the lower level, our bathroom is very good size, with two sinks and a tub. Everything is in good repair, and when we couldn’t figure out how to plug in our TV, engineering sent a man up within 5 minutes, and even he had a hard time finding it.
There is an on-site spa, and I will make a separate entry on my visit there since I have booked several services. One downside is that there is no wi-fi in the villas. I was able to connect my laptop through the telephone in the bedroom, but the connection was painfully slow. I guess it's better slow than not at all, but I have gotten quite spoiled and I expect every place I stay to offer it.
There are sliding glass doors off the living room onto a deck with two chairs and a table. In February we won’t be using it much. Unfortunately, our unit was smoking and we were never told it might be. Be sure to ask for nonsmoking if you have an allergy.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 27, 2006
Water's Edge Resort and Spa
1525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, Connecticut 06498
Restaurant | "Restaurant at Water's Edge"
While we were finishing up, the buffet was in the process of being set up. The dessert table was enough to get my mouth watering. There was also an amazing heart-shaped ice sculpture.
Given the fact that we had the worst snowstorm this year on Sunday, February 12th, we decided that we would dine in for dinner. A look at the room-service menu gave us a clue what to expect. There are two options available in the winter, on of which is the lounge where you can order light bites, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, etc. We opted for the main dining room, even though it is a bit (okay, more than a bit) pricey. I started with a Stella Artois and Al ordered a Mic Ultra. The breadbasket is divine. Very crusty and served warm, the basket has two very distinctive types of bread, one white and one a seeded variety, but not rye; it looked more like sunflower seeds. Whatever it was, it was delicious and we asked for and got a second basket.
I decided to have the butternut squash bisque as a starter and the crab-cake appetizer as my meal. Al ordered the sirloin steak. The soups came served in an acorn squash half with duck confit on top. It was very good, but a very small serving was $8. Thank goodness for the edible bowl.
My crab cakes were good, but the first set arrived cold and had to be sent back. The second set was warmer but certainly not piping hot. They were good-size crab cakes and there was a acceptable ratio of crab to filling. The sauce that was served with it was alright, but there really was not enough of it for me to get a true idea of its taste.
Al’s steak was perfectly cooked and won approval from him. I ate his dandelion greens, and they were yummy.
I had purposely saved room for dessert and the creme brulee was worth waiting for. Topped with perfect fresh fruit, it was creamy, with the crunch of the burnt-sugar crust. Service was perfect, and we were well attended by all the servers in the room. Michael, who we had met at breakfast, was also serving dinner due to the storm, and of course he remembered us. We joked with other diners about the snow blocking our view of the water, but even without the view, it was a pleasant experience.
Water's Edge Inn & Resort: Restaurant
Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, Connecticut 06498
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, there was a special menu that featured, among other things, a Luigi’s Bellini. I have never heard of a bellini, but who could resist the combination of champagne and peachtree schnapps. Wow, I think I have found my new favorite drink. It’s an inspired combination; the champagne adds that something special to the schnapps.
I chose the Italian flag pizza for my entree. It is a white pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, fresh basil, and sliced fresh tomato. Being me, I added pineapple and asked for a thin crust. Al chose the prime rib special and opted to have fresh broccoli instead of the baked potato. While we were waiting, a basket of warm bread was delivered and eaten with great relish. Al’s special came with a house salad, which included greens, chickpeas, yellow squash, cucumber, tomato, and onions.
My pizza arrived first, and it was a beauty, with a very thin golden crust and plenty of good fresh toppings. I managed to eat about half and took the rest back to our place to have for breakfast. Everyone knows that cold pizza is the real breakfast of champions.
Al was very impressed by his prime rib. Not only was it perfectly cooked, but it was huge. This was not for the faint of heart. It must have weighted at least a pound. Not to imply that it was bigger than THE Al could handle; he made short work of it.
We didn’t have any room left for dessert, but if we had, there was a fantastic-sounding chocolate creme brulee with fresh strawberries, Mike’s cheesecake, mini cannolis, and, my usual favorite, the toasted almond ice cream.
The menu here is varied, combining all the usual Italian favorites, like veal parmigiana and homemade ravioli, with what you always find in a shoreline town, fresh seafood. On my last visit, I made a meal of the antipasto, and certainly their grinders (okay, subs) are worth giving a try. As I looked around the dining room, I saw one of the owners, Michael, visiting with an elderly couple reminiscing about visiting Luigi’s when they first moved to Saybrook over 40 years ago. They recognized the booths as having been moved from Luigi’s original location. Other tables held families and even a few young lovers. This is a place where everyone can find something to please them. I know I always do.
1295 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, Connecticut 06475
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 27, 2006
New Deal Steakhouse
704 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, Connecticut 06498
Restaurant | "The Lounge at Water's Edge"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2006