I remember my first visit to the Hopkins Inn very well. It was the summer of 1966, and several friends and I had gone to Lime Rock for the races and thought it a good idea to swing by Lake Waramaug and try the Hopkins Inn for dinner. The day itself at been one of those with perfect summer weather, but the evening on the lake was a truly special blessing—with the sun setting, 70 degree weather, a short cruise around the lake in my new Corvette, so that we arrived at the Hopkins Inn just in time to be seated out on the patio.
As wonderful as that evening was, many more special times with my wife, daughter and friends are fondly remembered. The food has always been very good, the service most enjoyable and the view and atmosphere make the Hopkins Inn a truly unique place. As I reflect a bit more, I realize that it is one of those rare restaurants that has gotten better over the years (seriously!). The building and grounds are lovingly cared for and have a most pleasant combination of charm, character and refined elegance without being over-the-top flashy. The food has evolved from a solid American Inn fare to a more expanded and sophisticated European style.
If you’re planning a trip, you may want to consider spending a day or two at the Inn, the rooms are lovely, the walk around the lake is beautiful (especially during fall) and the winery next door is well worth a visit! Hope you enjoy the Hopkins Inn!