Blackberry River Inn, Norfolk, Connecticut Review

By Jonathan Spira on 1 November 2010
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New England is famous for its autumnal foliage and the start of the fall season was the perfect time for a drive to Litchfield County, Connecticut, home of the Blackberry River and Lime Rock Park. Litchfield County was established in 1751 and borders New York State (Columbia and Dutchess counties) and Massachusetts (Berkshire and Hampden counties).

I’d never stayed at an inn before, but I needed a quiet place to gather my thoughts as I needed to focus on my soon-to-be-completed book on Information Overload, which will be published by Wiley in the spring of 2011.   The aptly-named (at least for me) Blackberry River Inn, a colonial home built in 1763 that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, seemed like an appropriate refuge.

The drive in the BMW 335d took two hours on a sunny, warm Tuesday afternoon as the foliage was beginning to change colors, and I reached the inn mid-afternoon.


My room was in the main house and it was a spacious, elegant suite with a wood-burning fireplace.  A bottle of mineral water with two glasses was waiting for me in a basket on a table near the fireplace, along with a welcome note.

The bedroom would have been more than enough space for me but there was an enclosed, furnished terrace as well.  The king-sized bathroom was larger than some hotel rooms I’ve stayed in.  Speaking of the bath area, the Blackberry River Inn managed to do the impossible – it actually placed a bathrobe hook immediately adjacent to the shower, a feat that seems to elude most of the world’s leading hotels.

The bedroom had a flat screen television, which I hardly turned on, and a radio with an iPod docking station.  The bed was comfortable and provided for a good night’s sleep.

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