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Bee and Thistle Inn and Spa

This is not what many of you in Connecticut remember as the Bee and Thistle Inn, it’s got a whole new look and a spa too and it is a WOW.

Linnea and David Rufo have poured their heart and soul into this beautiful Inn in Old Lyme, Connecticut and it is amazing. It’s the kind of place you don’t want to leave after your weekend is over.

The food and ambiance, you name it, you just want to sit back with a cocktail in your hand and relax. Speaking of which there is a spa here too. Many of the recipes served a dinner and breakfast are from Linnea’s family.

Linnea has spent 30 years in the hospitality business all over New England and in New York City and she knows how to treat everyone in a first class way. Every details is just beautiful.

This is a great place to come for a country respite if you’re spending your whole week plugging away at it in New York City.

The grounds around this inn are charming…beautiful when the garden is in full bloom and there is a river right there for you to hop into a canoe and navigate nature.

If you’ve been to an event or wedding here you are charmed by the whole existence of the place from its front door to its back yard.

You all should give it a whirl, and while you’re there in this charming corner of the world, go over the the Florence Griswold Museum (pictured below) which is right next door. Right next door to that is the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Warning, history lesson here. Florence Griswold back in the day, opened her stately manor to artists looking for peace and quiet in the country. Those who came formed the Lyme Art Colony and the Flo Gris home became the center of Impressionism in America. So how cool is that?

So check The Bee and Thistle web site early and often for all things “Bee and Thistle”  and Old Lyme there’s a lot going on in this little art mecca.


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