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The Riverwind Inn
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

What a quintessential New England experience we had at the Riverwind Inn. Our room was cozy, elegant and sparkling clean. The hosts greeted us at 3 in the morning (olur plane was late) and even carried our luggage. We awakened to Elaine's delectable french toast, oven baked with tasty apple filling (recipe please). The setting in Deep River Connecticut affords the visitor a chance to see a small New England village near the Connecticut River and close to the Goodspeed Opera House. We had such a great time! The best part of our journey was staying at this beautiful, historic inn. We LOVED getting to know the hosts, Elaine and Leo. After a long flight from the West Coast, we were welcomed and felt right at home. Stay here! Elaine and Leo are the best hosts we have ever known. You will just love your visit.

Room Tip: We got a private tour of the inn and decided that all the rooms are charming. This place is very New England. There is a huge fireplace in the living room (where the hosts have some good sherry on hand) and a wrap around porch with rocking chairs, if you want to watch the happenings in Deep River.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Like a recent reviewer hereunder, our experience at the Riverwind Inn was disappointingly poor. As seasoned travellers we chose to stay in B&Bs across New England on our first ever trip there so that we could experience warm hospitality, have hearty breakfasts and get unique insights into each area. The Riverwind was to be our last stop after four wonderful stays elsewhere.
Upon arrival after a long journey we were greeted rather coolly by the owners and I was immediately asked for my credit card. No effort was made to make us feel at home so we headed to our room. Breakfast both days was chef's choice and a spartan affair. On the second morning we were distinctly hurried along as our table started to be cleared before we had finished. Any supposed interest in our sightseeing plans was cursory and forced. All in all the owners, Elaine and Leo, are clearly in the B&B business to make money only and genuine hospitality has been waylaid. The saving grace of the inn is the Ralph Lauren-esque interior which is beautiful, but by no means makes up for the poor hosts. Avoid.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank sineadj81
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Riverwindinn, Owner at The Riverwind Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2011

We are sorry that "sineadj81" had a disappointing experience at our Inn. In response to his comments, I find that taking care of credit card payments upon arrival frees me from checking guests out during the breakfast time, where I need to focus on my other guest's needs. I do not understand which inn he was staying at since we do not have "Ralph Lauren-esque" decor. We are a colonial Inn and have quilts and country decor. Maybe he is confusing us with another inn. Besides that, if others read our other rave reviews, you can tell that this is not the same inn. Upon arrival of all guests, we talk to them about their travels, inform them about our breakfast and coffee times, ask if they need any dietary restrictions, ask them if they need help with dinner plans, and also help them with area attractions, provide maps, etc. All this usually before they are shown their room, which we also show them personally and point out areas of the inn for their comfort. Again, we are sorry that they had a bad experience and hope their trip back to Germany was smooth.

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Reviewed November 2, 2011

We are sisters and cousins. We stayed the October SNOW weekend. The hosts were informative, attentive and very kind. We had 2 rooms across the hall from each other on the 2nd floor. It was perfect...and there is a sitting room right near our rooms with a fireplace! This was perfect given we were "snowed in" on Saturday night. The rooms are clean, including the bathrooms. The beds were comfortable as was the room temperature. We had wine glasses in our rooms, chocolates, and even a corkscrew. Breakfast was delicious and we had a nice table for the 5 of us. The first floor has another sitting area with a fireplace. I think Fall is the perfect time to enjoy an escape weekend. We did get to Essex during Saturday afternoon, and that was a quaint town with shops. Try lunch at The Griswald Inn.
We will definitely come back! Relaxing and you felt at home.

Room Tip: Second floor....Champagne & Roses and Quilt rooms. The best!
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank sully5694
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Having seen the good reviews we were looking forward to staying here but the experience turned out to be disappointing. We arrived on a hot day and had to pay the minute we walked in the door and were not offered even a glass of water. Our room was beautifully decorated but very small and even smaller with our suitcases on the floor as there was nowhere else to put them. The heat of the day continued into the night but the air conditioner could not be left on as it was very noisy (a common problem we have found, sadly) so we turned it off and left the windows open hoping for some fresh cooler air. Alas, the traffic started up at 6am so that was the end of our sleep.
Breakfast was very elegantly presented but it was 'chef's choice' and no substitutes as well as being fairly meagre.
Overall, it was not the pleasant relaxing stay we had hoped for, and would not recommend this b&b nor stay there again.

Room Tip: Perhaps a room at the back in the winter would be better
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank saladi
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Riverwindinn, Owner at The Riverwind Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2011

We are very concerned that we got our first disappointing review from our guest from Australia. In our defense, all our rooms have full descriptions and prices on our website. This particular guest picked this room himself, I think because it was one of our lower priced rooms. The room he chose was in the 1854 section of the house and in the front of the house. There was an unusual heat wave that week and we tried our best to make all our guests comfortable. We offer free bottled water available to all guests at anytime. in the common refrigerator. My breakfasts are usually three courses and I do not understand how he thought it was meager, most B&B's offer chef's choice. Again, I am disturbed that he did not agree with our other outstanding reviews.

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Reviewed September 27, 2011

This part of the Connecticut River Valley is gorgeous and hotels/inns price up accordingly. We chose the Riverwind because it offers rooms in the $125-$150 range; a good price for the area. While not smack dab in the middle of historic Essex or next to a landmark, the Riverwind is within 5-6 miles of such destinations and its laid-back atmosphere and comfy rooms more than make up for its location in the relatively humble (i.e., non-touristy) town of Deep River. The rooms offer lots of bed configurations and are decorated, but not oppressively so, in 18th and 19th-century styles. Each room has been furnished with an eye toward the needs of guests to sprawl out your belongings, a concept that carries over into some of the most generous common room spaces I've ever seen in an inn. Our hosts consulted on our breakfast wishes the preceding day; after some chit-chat, they also gauged our interests and offered a few off-beat suggestions for rambling. The overall atmosphere winds up as super easy-going. Finally, I'll say that we really like hosts who can sense when you want to talk and when you are ready to be left alone.

Room Tip: The Inn is located on Main Street, which is a heavily-used county route. This is not a problem if the windows are closed, but some may prefer rooms that face the side or back of the property.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Digwemust
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