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Shoreline Segway – Glide By Scenic Vistas!

Choose from Three Tours of the Region

A fun way to tour the Connecticut shoreline, Shoreline Segway offers a 1 hour tour of Historic Guilford, Hammonasset Park with a third option that includes the Mystic region!  If you choose the Guilford tour, you’ll glide through the historic district, past the Agricultural Fair Grounds and to the Marina on Long Island Sound. The marina area offers a beautiful view of Long Island Sound, Falkners and Grass Islands as well as the Tidal Wetlands! For the Hammonasset ride, you’ll ride along the bike trails near the beach and out to the Wetlands viewing platform.  The Mystic tour starts from the Mystic Depot Welcome Center and from there you’ll glide through town, across the historic Mystic Bascule Bridge and along scenic River Road.  You’ll get a  wonderful view of the Mystic Seaport from across the River.   No matter which Segway tour you choose, you’ll enjoy the memorable sights and sounds of this lovely coastal region any time of year!

 Why we love it:   A fun activity before or after your lobster roll!

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  • Year Round
  • Weather Permitting and By Appointment
  • Cost Per Person: $70  Guilford, $75 for Hammonasset. $80 for Mystic
  • Minimum of 4 Riders for Mystic and Hammonasset Tours
  • 1310 Boston Post Road, Guilford, Connecticut 06437
  • (203) 453-6036
  • <a href="mailto:info@segwaytoursandrentals try this.com”>info@segwaytoursandrentals.com
  • www.segwaytoursandrentals.com/tour.html

 

 

Biking and Boating Along the Connecticut Shoreline

Spectacular Scenery By Land and Sea!

First by bike, then by boat. Book the popular “Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour” with CT Bike Tours and experience the Connecticut coast in a leisurely – yet active way! Start at the Guilford Green – about 25 minutes east of New Haven and cycle out to Sachem’s Head – once a vacation spot for 19th century New Yorkers. From there, you will meander to the lovely village of Stony Creek where you’ll board you’ll board the Volsunga IV for a scenic one hour narrated cruise of the charming Thimble Islands – once the hiding place of the infamous pirate Captain Kidd! If you’d like, CT Bike Tours will deliver your car to you in Stony Creek and and that’s where you tour ends. OR, you can bike 6 another miles to Guilford with the remaining group. On the way back, you’ll stop at the Henry Whifield House – the oldest existing home in Connecticut and the oldest stone home in all of New England!

Suitable for cyclists of all skill levels, this tour takes approximately 4 hours and covers 20 miles or so.   Now, that’s a weekend workout deserving of lobster!   We suggest making your over to the Guilford Lobster Pound for lobster roll (or two) and an ice cold drink.

Why we love it:   This tour is “good” for you! 

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  • Seasonal
  • Saturdays and Sundays – 9 AM Start
  • Advance Reservations Required
  • $105 per person includes bike and helmet
  • Limited to Six Participants; Must Be At Least 16 Years of Age
  • Guilford Green
  • (203) 856-7263
  • info@CTBikeTours.com
  • www.ctbiketours.com

Lighthouse Point Park – Scenic and fun for the Family

View the Lighthouse, Ride the Carousel and Enjoy the Beach!

Enter Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven and you’ll have a wonderful day by the Long Island Sound.   Make your way over to the New Haven Lighthouse also known as the Five Mile Point Light since it sits on a point of land five miles from the New Haven Green and witness a historic, 70 foot tall sandstone structure that once guided ships into the harbor!

For a small fee,  kids and kids at heart will enjoy riding an old-fashioned carousel – one of less than 100 in use today.  And, there’s more at this wonderful community gathering place.  There’s a playground and swings, a new splashpad, a fishing pier for recreational fishing, a boat and kayak launch, a concession stand, a public beach for swimming and plenty of tables and shaded pavilions for a picnic at the park.  Of course, we suggest you flip flop over to the beach and enjoy a lobster roll lunch and a bag of chips right on the sand! {Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Spend an hour or the day.  Look for the Penney Press so you can make your own lighthouse or carousel souvenir!

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R.J. Julia Booksellers – Charming store for lobster books!

An Award Winning Independent Book Store

Located in the charming town Madison, R.J. Julia Booksellers is a “must stop in” while exploring this charming coastal community!  Perfect rain or shine,  In business for more than 25 years,  R.J. Julia has always been a place of inspiration, information, and excitement.   Knowledgeable and friendly staff members will guide you to best books on coastal Connecticut, maritime New England and more.  What an adventure!

Browse the shelves to find cookbooks on how to prepare yummy seafood and lobster at home.  Open 7 days a week rain or shine, R.J. Booksellers is offers a wonderful place of discovery for kids, teens and adults.  P.S.  Some of our favorite books are:  Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints by Mike Urban and The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson.

Why we love it:   They have an amazing Cafe and Bistro serving espresso, soups, salads, sandwiches and award winning cupcakes made by local vendors!

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Tidewater Inn – In A Charming Village Along the Shore

Just a Short Drive to the Beach!

Located half way between Manhattan and Boston along the Connecticut coast, Tidewater Inn offers eight nicely decorated guestrooms each with its own en-suite bath and one hideaway cottage for even more privacy. Each morning, enjoy a full breakfast featuring a few of the innkeeper’s favorite such as California Egg Puff or even the Seafood Casino Breakfast Casserole made with crab or lobster meat.  Just a short drive to the shoreline, many guests enjoy walks along East Wharf beach and then follow the beach roads to West Wharf and Surf Club beaches. Tidewater Inn offers a cozy, comfortable experience  – perfect for romantic getaways or extended stays!

Why we love it: Lovely accommodations and gracious host!  

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Thames River Heritage Park – Explore Heritage Sites

Heritage Sites Connected by Water Taxi Starting in June

The Thames River Heritage Park is not a conventional park with fixed borders. Instead, it’s a framework that draws together heritage and contemporary sites, neighborhoods, commercial districts and institutions on both sides of the river.  The park offers four anchor sites connected by water taxi: Fort Trumbull, Fort Griswold, The Submarine Force Museum  and Coast Guard Museum, scheduled to open in 2018.   Here are just a few of the many cultural attractions you can explore during a visit to the Thames River Heritage Park:  New London Historic Waterfront District, Whale Oil Row and Ledge Lighthouse in Groton!

The water taxi which begins on mid June operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only website here.  There are three water taxi stops – in New London, at City Pier (home of Mystic Whaler Cruises featuring lobster excursions)  in the Historic Waterfront District and at Fort Trumbull, or in the City of Groton, at Fort Street. The water taxi runs in a loop from 10 AM to 9 PM!

Why we love it:  The water taxi offers a fun way to get from one side of the river to the other!  Plus, the taxis are actually military boats that tie-in well with the park’s theme. 

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Wheeling City Tours – Dine and Glide!

Departs Every Thursday Just in Time for Dinner

Here’s a fun way to discover New London – by Segway!  Choose a route, hop on and on you’re on your way.    Pick the Downtown tour and you’ll glide around Waterfront Park, Downtown New London and Fort Trumbull, enjoying views of New London, Groton, Thames River and Long Island Sound.   With the Beaches option, you’ll glide  along New London’s beaches, through Ocean Beach Park along the boardwalk and nature trail, and past New London Harbor Light – Connecticut’s oldest and tallest lighthouse!    Select the mouthwatering Taste of New London tour (our personal favorite!) and your taste buds will jump for joy!   Departing every Thursday starting on June 23rd, this tour includes stops at Dev’s on Bank, (the famous) Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock, Berry’s Ice Cream & Candy Bar and Hot Rod Cafe.   When you book your this tour, be sure to upgrade your lobster roll to an even bigger one for a few bucks more.   Now, this is our kind of tour!

Why we love it:  A yummy way to explore a coastal community in Connecticut!

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Mystic Seaport – Historic Fun by the Water

A Maritime Treasure in Connecticut

Visit Mystic Seaport and you’ll be immersed into the area’s  seafaring past.  Explore a living history museum – a recreated 19th century village made up of historians, musicians, storytellers and craftspeople like shipsmiths and woodcarvers, visit galleries that chronicle over 300 years of maritime living, discover one of the world’s only preservation shipyards,  see historic tall ships and boats such as the Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last surviving wooden whaleship and so much more.

With a children’s museum that provides kids hands on opportunities to learn what it was really like to be a sailor back in the day and aplanetarium where kids of all ages can learn how about celestial navigation, Mystic Seaport is a wonderful experience the teaches and inspires us to further protect our ocean planet!    With year around activities and lectures, make Mystic Seaport a “must do” while your exploring coastal Connecticut.    Be sure to break for a lobster lunch or enjoy this favorite crustacean for dinner at a nearby seafood restaurant.   Yum!

Why we love it: Offers a fabulous journey back in time. It’s all about man’s connection to the sea and how we can learn from the past and preserve our future.   Totally inspirational.  

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Sheffield Island Lighthouse – Take a Cruise!

A Delightful Opportunity to Have a Lobster Dinner on Island!

The Norwalk Seaport Association’s Friends of the Norwalk Islands offers a 45 minute scenic boat ride from South Norwalk to Sheffield Island.  Once there, you can tour the the two and half story, 10 room Sheffield Lighthouse!   Pack a lobster roll lunch and have a picnic in the picnic grove or enjoy the sunset.

Every Thursday evening from June through September, enjoy the famous Thursday Clam Bake  in the festive tented pavilion on the lighthouse lawn.  Depart from South Norwalk at 6 p.m. and while you explore the Island the Seaport’s caterers prepare your choice of lobster, chicken or beef dinner.  {Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:   There’s always something to do on the lighthouse lawn!

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Hammonasset Beach State Park – Long Island Sound

Best of Both Worlds – Beach and Picnic Sites!

A visit to Hammonasset Beach State Park is more than just another day the beach.  Connecticut’s largest shoreline park offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf.

Enjoy this beautiful, family friendly beach which has covered picnic areas (for your overstuffed lobster rolls, of course), a boardwalk and plenty of parking.

Why we love it:  It’s Connecticut’s largest public beach park – and there is a nature center with activities for visitors all year round!

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Stonington Old Lighthouse Museum – History in a Charming Town!

See Three States From the Top!

For more than 170 years, this modest stone citadel — a lighthouse tower attached to a dwelling  — has stood at the entrance to the harbor of Stonington, Connecticut’s only port facing on the Atlantic. Now regarded fondly as a durable symbol of a seafaring  past, in its working years it performed the valuable service of guiding ships across treacherous Fishers Island Sound.

In 1927 the Society opened it as a lighthouse museum, the nation’s first. Visitors may climb the 29 circular steps and a short ladder to reach the top of the tower, which looks over three states. There is also a perfect place for picnics on the grassy lighthouse grounds, which face across Little Narragansett Bay toward Watch Hill and Napatree Point, Rhode Island.

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

We love it:   A quintessential New England experience!

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Thimble Islands Boat Tour – Lovely Views!

 Join Captain Bob On a Thimble Island Cruise

Enjoy more of the Connecticut shoreline as you climb aboard  the 48 passenger boat Volsunga IV and venture out to discover the Thimble Islands – located in the southeast corner of Branford in the Long Island Sound.   On this 45 minute live narrated boat ride, you will hear about the natural history of the islands, the shellfish industries that thrived in town and the building boom that occurred during the Victorian Era. Listen to old stories and local legends as you witness picturesque scenery, including beautiful homes and shore birds.

Give yourself 10 to 15 minutes to find parking on the main roads around the dock vicinity and be sure to use the public restrooms in town before boarding the boat.   Boarding begins at the quarter of the hour and departs on the top of the hour.

We love it:  It’s an adventure – and a history lesson, too! There are 100-350 Thimble Islands that dot the coast. 

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  • Seasonal – Weather Permitting
  • Cash or Checks Only.  No Credit Cards
  • 4 Indian Point Road, Stony Creek,Connecticut 06405
  • (203) 481-3345
  • volsungacruises@gmail.com
  • <a href="http://www project management system.thimbleislands.com”>www.thimbleislands.com

Argia Sailing Cruise – Lobster Roll Picnic on Water

Embark on a Half Day or Sunset Cruise

Explore the seafaring village of Mystic, Connecticut, so rich in maritime history, and the surrounding islands from the spacious wooden deck of the sailing ship, Argia.  Relax as you sail by scenic coastlines and lighthouses or help the crew hoist and trim the sails aboard this elegant schooner. Each cruise includes complimentary snacks and lemonade. You may also bring your own beverages and food – coolers and cups are available (and this is perfect to bring along your own lobster rolls for a picnic on the water!)

The interesting departure and return schedule coincides with the historic Mystic River Drawbridge schedule – which opens twice for Argia with every cruise.

We we love it:  Plenty of gentle ocean breezes as you sit back and soak up the sunshine!

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  • Seasonal:  May-Mid October
  • Reservation Required
  • Seating for 49 Passengers
  • Schooner Wharf
  • 15 Holmes Street, Mystic, Connecticut  06355
  • (860) 536-0416
  • www.argiamystic useful source.com

Captain Stannard House – Close to the Shoreline

Quintessential New England

Built in 1872 by Captain Stannard, this grand house stands halfway between Boston and New York, the two largest ports/cities on the East Coast at that time; and on the Long Island Sound, known worldwide for safe anchorage. In later years, the house was converted to an inn, tavern, hotel and seafood restaurant.  Then in 1971 a fire destroyed it and eventually the house was rebuilt and re-opened as the Captain Stannard Bed & Breakfast Country Inn.

With an 80 foot covered porch, well manicured lawn, and 10 charming guestrooms featuring private baths and with names significant to Captain Stannard, this inn is a gem. Located just a block away from Westbrook Beach and close to the finest seafood and lobster restaurants such as Bill’s Seafood, you’ll enjoy what this cozy bed and breakfast has to offer!

Why we love it:  The have 3,000 square feet of indoor eat and play areas. 

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Oyster Club – Marvelous in Mystic

Farm and Sea to Table

Your taste buds will come alive when you visit this casual, fine dining restaurant.
Located in historic, downtown Mystic, Oyster Club offers an inviting menu that change daily based on the seasonality and availability of locally harvested foods task management system.  Order the lobster roll prepared with local, hand picked lobster meat, butter poached with crispy shallots, apple butter, lemon and parsley with seasoned fries!  A favorite dish bursting with flavor, this roll will not disappoint.

Venture onto the shaded outdoor deck known as The Treehouse and enjoy sea breezes and nice views of the Mystic River!  Here, you’ll want to slurp oysters and sip on signature cocktails as you sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

Why we love it:   They offer New England classics prepared with a twist!

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  • Open Year Round
  • Treehouse Open Seasonally
  • Lunch: Friday and Saturday, Dinner: Thursday – Sunday
  • Sunday Brunch
  • Reservation Suggested
  • 13 Water Street, Mystic, Connecticut
  • (860) 415-9266
  • www.oysterclubct.com

 

 

 

David Burke Prime – Mondays are Lobster Nights!

Let the Good Times Roll!

Located in the Foxwoods Resort Casino complex, David Burke Prime is an excellent choice not only for deep flavor steaks but for succulent seafood, too!   Every Monday at David Burke Prime enjoy a 3 course lobster feast for just $39.  Appetizer selections include lobster bisque, lobster dumplings, and lobster tacos. Entree choices include lobster carbonara, Kung Pao-style lobster, or steamed or roasted lobster.   With the expertly prepared food, the upscale atmosphere and the attentive service, everyone is a winner at David Burke Prime!

Why we love it:   Aside from the lobster, they feature a  5,000 plus-bottle wine tower. 

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Reservation Suggested
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338
  • (860) 312-8753
  • www.davidburkeprime.com

Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel – Overlooks Harbor

Luxury Living with Lots of Amenities

Sitting on the edge of Greenwich Harbor, this stately luxury hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Greenwich Metro North station.  The refined guestrooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and iPod docks. Some offer private balconies with water views, and suites add separate living rooms. It’s also a 5 minute walk into town and Greenwich itself is beautiful!

Free perks include continental breakfast, bicycle rentals and seasonal harbor boat cruises. In addition to an elegant French restaurant (they have lobster as part of a seafood platter on ice) with water views, there’s also a fitness center and a day spa.  This is a fancy hotel!

Why we love it:  This incredibly upscale stay is tucked away with harbor views 

Madison Beach Hotel – Yes, Right on the Beach!

Offers Sweeping Views of the Coastline

Welcome to Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton; set on the scenic Connecticut shoreline in the picturesque town of Madison! Discover a private beach and enjoy walking, biking, kayaking, fishing and bird-watching nearby. Explore downtown Madison, featuring boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops . Tour a local winery, enjoy live theater or visit one of the historic and quintessential New England villages nearby.

Savor classic New England dishes with a contemporary twist in The Wharf restaurant, boasting an expansive porch for year-round al fresco dining. The adjacent Port Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a cozy, pub-style dinner.   Want a place right on the beach, overlooking Long Island Sound?  Look no further!

Why we love it:  The walks on the beach at sunset!

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Scranton Seahorse Inn – Near Connecticut Shoreline

Cozy and Comfortable in Madison

The Scranton Seahorse Inn is located in the heart of the village of Madison on the Connecticut shoreline. This wonderful inn, is close to spectacular beaches, charming boutiques, elegant restaurants and outlet shopping.   With  seven guest rooms, each with private bath, cable TV, state of the art heat and air conditioning – enjoy a Jacuzzi bath in three of the guest rooms.

For a special treat book the deluxe first floor suite includes a charming fireplace in addition to a rain shower Jacuzzi.  Spend the weekend and make sure to have a lobster roll down by the shore!

Why we love it:  This charming Inn is within walking distance of the lovely shops in Madison.

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Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale – Historic in Heart of Downtown

Within Walking Distance of the City’s Finest Attractions

Care to stay in the city, while enjoying the coast of Connecticut?  The newly renovated Omni New Haven Hotel is located in downtown New Haven, just steps from the historic campus of Yale University.  There is also the New Haven Town Green, a wide selection of museums, the Shubert Theater and boutique shopping.

Enjoy breathtaking views from many of the guest rooms and from John Davenport’s restaurant (where of course they serve a drool worthy lobster pot pie on the dinner menu).   This downcity hotel is also a 5 minute drive from beaches and Lighthouse Point Park.

Why we love it:  City style luxury and restaurant serves lobster bisque and lobster rolls for lunch!

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The Study at Yale – Downtown and Hip

A Smart Lodging Choice in New Haven

The Study at Yale is a lifestyle hotel located in the heart of Yale University’s vibrant Arts Campus in New Haven, Connecticut and just steps away from the University’s museums, theaters, libraries, and cultural centers.  Of course, this stay is also a five minute drive to the shoreline – so best of both worlds!

Each guestroom enfolds you in serenity and features a comfortable leather chair and reading lamp, a lofty feather-topped bed, iPod music dock, and luxurious marble floored bath.  The Living Room/Lobby, outfitted with soft lounge chairs, an array of daily periodicals, and a floor-to-ceiling bookcase filled with a selection of books chosen by the renowned Strand Book Store in New York City, invites guests to linger. Also offering an on site restaurant, which serves New England Bouillabaisse  (which includes lobster.)

Why we love it:  Set in the heart of the Yale Art Scene

 

Thimble Islands Bed & Breakfast – Magnificent Views

A Hidden Gem Yet Close to Lobster Dining!

This secluded luxury B&B features magnificent views of the Thimble Islands and Long Island Sound for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Ideally located in the picturesque village of Stony Creek, 12 miles from New Haven and 75 miles from New York, it’s minutes away from beaches, boat tours, scenic village greens, quaint shops, nature walks, casual and fine dining, and vibrant cultural life.

With beautiful patio overlooking the ocean, Thimble Islands Bed & Breakfast offers two elegant guest rooms with private baths. Amenities include a spacious living room with fireplace, dining room, television room, wireless internet, screened porch, large garden terrace and parking.  A warm welcome awaits you by innkeepers Julie and Tony Broom. Enjoy complimentary soft drinks throughout the day, wine & cheese in late afternoon and a delicious home-cooked breakfast while looking out on sparkling harbor views.

Why we love it:  The waterviews are spectacular.

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The Kelsey House Bed & Breakfast – Overlooks Long Island Sound

A Lovely Victorian Summer Home Built in the 1800s

The Kelsey House looks out on the beautiful, rocky Connecticut coastline and Long Island Sound. Situated on a granite cliff overlooking Kelsey’s Island and Short Beach Bay, the Kelsey House B&B is only 8 miles from New Haven and 75 miles from New York City. Town beaches, scenic village greens, fine restaurants, island boat tours, quaint shops, nature walks, sailing, kayaking, fishing, hiking trails, and the lively cultural life of New Haven are just a few minutes away.

The incredible views from most parts of the house (including the porch) are layered with history.   The area has long been home to the Kelsey family, with an on going boat building business next door to the B&B which has been in business since the 1930’s.  In earlier history, Kelsey Island across the small bay originally saw many schooners docking there with their loads of fish from the 1860’s to the 1910’s. Some of the original buildings from this family business are still in existence today and in use on the island as summer cottages online project management tools.  Come – relax and recharge.

Why we love it :  The peace and quiet views are spectacular.  

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  • Open Year Round
  • 2 Night Minimum Stay on Weekends
  • Welcome Children 14 and Older
  • 2 Payne’s Point, Short Beach, Branford, Connecticut 06405
  • (203) 481-5207
  • kelsey.HouseBB@gmail.com
  • www.kelseyhousebb.com

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Old Lyme Inn – Tucked Away and Charming

History Circa 1856 with a Modern Twist

The Old Lyme Inn is located on historic Lyme Street in beautiful Old Lyme.  The essence of a small New England town, Old Lyme is home to wonderful museums, specialty shops, beaches and leisure activities.  The Inn is situated almost exactly between Boston and New York City and a lovely spot to enjoy the Connecticut coast.

This charming and historic Inn offers a fantastic restaurant (they have lobster rangoons on the menu) and jazz.  Originally, the main building was constructed circa 1856 by the Champlain family and the estate remained a working farm until the Connecticut Turnpike construction began in the early 1950s.  Today, much of this historic landmark has been renovated – be sure to stay in the lovely modern rooms.  Old Lyme is the perfect stop for experiencing the beautiful CT shoreline, foliage during the fall season, specialty shopping and locally-driven restaurants.

Why we love it:  A great base to explore Connecticut

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  • Open Year Round
  • 85 Lyme Street,  Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371
  • (860) 434-2600
  • www.oldlymeinn.com

14 Lincoln Street – Nestled on Connecticut Shoreline

A Lovely Respite Tucked Away by the Shore

With just four guest rooms, 14 Lincoln Street, in the historic seaside community of Niantic, is a truly private escape with personalized, impeccable service.  The Inn is a lovingly restored 1800s church with soaring pressed tin walls and ceilings, lavish moldings and dramatic up lighting. The Inn is cozy yet airy and almost a storybook stay in summer.

Each guest room has a private bath with Jacuzzi tub, a flat screen television, Wi-Fi, and the best of modern amenities. The rooms have inviting beds piled high with pillows and lush comforters.  In cooler months, sip wine by the fireside on a plush overstuffed leather sofa. Enjoy tea and homemade scones in the “Secret Garden” patio surrounded by soaring specimen trees, abundant perennial filled gardens or take a short stroll to Main Street with charming shops, eateries and three pristine beaches!

Why we love it:  Located in a charming New England village nestled on Niantic Bay.

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Mermaid Inn of Mystic – Walk to Everything

Delightful Bed and Breakfast

An enchanting 1843 Victorian, the location of this hidden gem is within walking distance to the little downtown area and the Seaport Museum.  Downtown Mystic is completely charming and only adds to the great getaway this Inn has to offer.  A full gourmet breakfast is offered each morning to set the stage for a lovely day.

A perfect lobster themed day at Mermaid Inn of Mystic?  After a relaxing morning, stroll to town and browse unique shops in the quaint town area. Have a lobster roll lunch at one of our favorites, Captain Daniel Packer Inne or choose another great spot! Head back with a full belly and settle in on the Mermaid Inn porch for the afternoon  – it offers a great view of the Mystic River.

Why we love it:  A local artist transformed each uniquely decorated guestroom!

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Guilford Lobster Pound – Fresh Lobster Rolls!

Lobsters Caught Daily

Owned by Captain Bart Mansi, Guildford Lobster Pound is the place to go for locally harvested, fresh lobster!   Waking up at 4:00 a.m. every day, Captain Bart climbs aboard his 42′ lobster boat “Erica Page”  and goes lobstering in the Long Island Sound. He brings his catch back to the pound where he weighs and sorts the lobster by size.  Then, he gets to work!

Built right on the docks with picnic tables and umbrellas on the deck, you will love what Guilford Lobster Pound has to offer! Fresh, hot buttery lobster rolls, homemade clam chowder, hot dogs, chili dogs, ice cream, friendly service and incredible views of Faulkner Island to the South, Grass Island to the East and acres of protected Salt Marsh to the West.  Having a party? Captain Bart can accommodate you with a catered lobster bake, tent and more.   He’ll even let you rent his deck for your event by the water.    Now, that’s a really good time.

Why we love it:  BYOB!  Bring a bottle of champagne and celebrate summer as you savor every bite of your perfectly prepared lobster roll. 

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The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood – A Favorite!

Sustainable Seafood Dining Overlooking the Water

For an upscale dining experience featuring New England fish and lobster and an incredible view, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood ranks high on the list.  Voted “Best Seafood” by Zagat for six years in a row and most recently honored to receive “Best Seafood” in Yankee Magazine’s “Best of New England” issue, this eatery will make your taste buds come alive!  Located right next door to Rowayton Seafood Market which was once an old fishing shack and the oldest lobster coop on the Long Island Sound, the culinary teams buys only the freshest and finest from this establishment.

Serving innovative seasonal dishes such as Truffled Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Spring Rolls, Maine Lobster Benedict, Maine Lobster Spinach Fettuccine – and tried and true favorites such as the Hot and Cold Lobster Roll and Lobster Grilled Cheese, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood is a shining star along the Connecticut shoreline.

Why we love it:  They partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seafood Watch Program which means they care about healthy oceans and seafood for the future!

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch
  • Reservations Suggested
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Docking Available for Boats and Yachts
  • 89 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, Connecticut 06853
  • (203) 866-4488
  • www.rowaytonseafood.com

 

Stowe’s Seafood – A Treasure Chest in Connecticut!

Lobster Rolls Across from West Haven Beach

Rough and rustic, Stowe’s Seafood will delight lobster lovers looking for a fun and fresh seafood eating experience!  Located directly across from the beach, Stowe’s Seafood offers the perfect summertime hangout.  With limited indoor seating and plenty of outdoor seating, Stowe’s offers swashbucklers delicious beach food including fried lobster rolls served in a paper boat!  Family friendly, Stowe’s Seafood is open daily for lunch and dinner.   Ahoy Matey!

Why we love it:  It’s so beach casual.  

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Ford’s Lobster – Locally Caught Seafood

A Lobster Shack with A View! 

Visit this low frills local landmark on the Mystic River at Haring’s Marine for fresh seafood and incredible views of buoys, boats and beautiful sunsets!    Open most of the year, Ford’s Lobster offers outdoor seating right on the docks.  (Hello seagulls and salty air!)  All the food is cooked outside during the warmer months and when the air chills, everything moves inside where it’s casual and cozy!

With lots of choices for a scrumptious meal, let’s talk about lobster!  Choose from the hot or cold lobster roll, the steamed lobster with drawn butter for the purist at heart, and the Lobster Bomb or the Lobster Bisque Bomb –  made with tons of  lobster meat topped in thick and delicious lobster bisque.   Bring your own beer or wine – and remember to drink responsibly.

Why we love it:   It’s a local hotspot.  Plus, Ford’s (renamed Ferriera for the movie) was seen in, “Mystic Pizza”!

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