Mix learning with luxuriating at two exquisite New England holiday adventures.
Curl up fireside in the library with a glass of wine after a cooking class at Winvian.
Sure, you could crack open the traditional holiday howto books and start practicing your prime rib know-how and ribbon-tying skills. Or you could take that learning process up a big notch and make it a luxurious adventure in its own right.
A stay at Winvian Farm, the gloriously picturesque Relais & Chateaux property in Litcheld Hills, Conn., gives you access to cooking classes under the coveted tutelage of acclaimed executive chef Chris Eddy. He’ll patiently teach you to make exquisite, holiday-perfect dishes (including his signature pasta) in the property’s AAA Diamond kitchen; the sta then nishes the meal up and serves it to you at a table in the restaurant’s splendid dining room. After a blissful slumber in one of the property’s jaw-dropping, individually decorated cottages—everything from a chic treehouse to a lavish lighthouse—you’ll leave the next day with everything you need to know to replicate the sumptuous meal for loved ones at your own holiday table.
And for anyone aiming to tackle all those seasonal crafts with an élan that would put Martha Stewart to shame, another nearby Relais & Chateaux has your back. Spicer Mansion in Mystic, Conn., offers rotating classes on traditions from artful home decorating to clever (and gorgeous) gift wrapping. Between sessions, hang in your serene Victorian suite, or lounge by the replace in any of the estate’s antiques-lled salons—each one brimming with so much recherché charm and festive decor, they’ll provide more than enough inspiration to bring back home.