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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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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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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

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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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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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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The Place Restaurant – Lobsters on the Grill!

Keeping Things Simple

At The Place Restaurant in Guilford, you’ll enjoy roasted lobster while sitting outdoors on a stump.  Yes, a stump!   An unusual, rustic restaurant with approximately 50 seats, visitors dine sit by the crackling wood fire and enjoy savory clams, smoky lobsters, sweet corn, salmon, blue fish, catfish and even rib-eye steak!   With a limited menu that stands tall in a centrally located area, a server comes over and take your order.  Everything is cooked on the 18 feet long. fire-pit!

Feel free to enhance your dining experience by bringing anything you want.  Side dishes, tablecloths, candles, beer and wine.  Almost anything goes!

Why we love it:   It’s quirky and fun!  They cut and crack your lobster shell and serve it with melted butter.

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  • Seasonal; Weather Permitting
  • Cash or Check Only
  • Dinner on Weeknights
  • Lunch and Dinner on Weekends
  • 901 Boston Post Road
  • (203) 453-9276
  • www.theplaceguilford.com

Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale – Waterfront Dining!

Great Views from Every Table

It all started in over 30 years ago with small road side clam shack and a commitment to serve only the finest, freshest seafood available, to give generous portions, to provide prompt and friendly service and to keep prices reasonable.  Today, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale Restaurants operate 3 locations on the Connecticut shoreline serving over 15,000 diners during a busy weekend!

Known for its fresh seafood and award winning Lobster Rolls –  you have to try the Connecticut hot buttered lobster roll! Or, throw on a lobster bib and crack into a perfectly steamed lobster. This casual and friendly restaurant in New Haven does not disappoint.

Why we love it:  They have Happy Hour specials!

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Lobster Landing – Popular Lobster Shack in Clinton

Fresh Lobster Rolls and Live Lobsters To Go

Located off Route 95 on some pilings overlooking the Long Island Sound, Lobster Landing has been serving fresh lobster rolls to hungry lobster lovers for decades.  During it’s 100-year history, this rough and ready shack has been knocked down twice by hurricanes and put back together!

With a very limited menu of just three items  –  Sausage, Peppers and Onions on a Roll, Hot Dog with American Cheese and the ever popular Hot Lobster Roll packed with 1/4 pound of freshly picked lobster meat on a toasted sub roll with lemon and melted butter –  Lobster Landing does not disappoint.  With a small retail market up front, live lobsters are available for your lobster bake at home!

Why we love it:   Don’t let the appearance of this weather-worn shanty’s scare you away, the Lobster Rolls are delicious! 

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The Lobster Shack – Not Your Typical Lobster Eatery!

A Fancy Food Truck By the Water

If you’re a lobster lover on a mission to find a really good hot lobster roll, you’re taste buds will jump for joy at The Lobster Shack in Branford.   Located on the water at the Birbarie Marina, this lobster eatery isn’t a shack at all – it’s a food truck loaded up with sweet, succulent lobster meat!    With plenty of outdoor seating by the water, this seasonal sensation offers a delicious Connecticut lobster roll –  lobster meat drizzled with butter stuffed in a toasted bun and blessed with quick squeeze of lemon juice.  For a heartier appetite, go with the “Whaler” Lobster Roll.  It’s a hot roll packed with 8 ounces of lobster meat.  Now, that’s a biggie!

Why we love it:   This is a low frills/high thrills kind of place.  The lobster rolls are delicious!

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