Historic lodging in CT places you in the heart of the Constitution State
Connecticut is rich with historic places where the actions, decisions, and battles of the Colonial and Revolutionary periods actually took place. Many buildings from those times are alive and in use, remaining strong and dynamic through centuries. Staying at a historic inn
or bed and breakfast
or other type of lodging puts you in the heart of this state's foundational American history. Historic lodgings man be located in ancient buildings that actually served as hotels for travelers on horseback or stagecoach. Some are in re-created buildings, like old main street stores or industrial buildings. In all cases, the spirit of the places are carefully maintained.
36 Main Street
Essex, CT, 06426
Where historic ambiance meets excellence in lodging and cuisine
One of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country, The Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn., opened its doors for business in 1776. For more than two centuries we've catered to overland travelers, sailors, and later yachtsmen. Today Essex' golden era of steamboating is remembered well in our outstanding collection of marine art from the period. Prints by Currier & Ives and Endicott & Co., ship's portraits by James Bard, Antonio Jacobsen, and others, and illustrations by Samuel Ward Stanton and Norman Rockwell cover the walls. Through the later 20th century, dining rooms were expanded and the owners purchased nearby historic properties to offer additional lodging. Today the "Gris" remains the center of a thriving community, offering a unique experience and a comfortable connection to the past.
One Haynes Street
Hartford, CT, 06103
Victorian beginnings not forgotten in chic Hartford hotel
In the building that J.P. Morgan once called home, 21st century guests can expect to be treated like members of the upper crust. That’s because The Goodwin hotel, which began life in 1881 as an apartment building, has retained 19th century standards of attention to detail and exceptional service. But that’s not the only thing the boutique hotel has retained. Nods to the past include original fireplaces in some rooms, restored built-in wood closets, a stately black marble reception desk and the hotels’s iconic, ornate terra cotta facade. Although The Goodwin’s exterior says Victorian era, on the inside, modern touches include spacious bathrooms and seating areas in guestrooms and suites, a fitness center and two sophisticated but cozy dining/bar venues.
7 Main Street
Middletown, CT, 06457
Boutique lodgings fit sweetly in a 19th-century Main Street home
Built in 1810 as a Main Street residence, the Inn at Middletown recalls an era when the city was an important seaport. And as a boutique hotel, we strive to retain the building's charm and historic character. Our 100 elegantly-appointed guest rooms and suites evoke classic New England living, with colonial-style mahogany furniture and classic gold-framed paintings. In our on-site Tavern at the Armory restaurant, relax by a crackling fireplace as you dine on classic New England fare. The area around our hotel is a wonderful historic setting. We're nestled beside the scenic Connecticut River, surrounded by the charming shops, boutiques and authentic ethnic restaurants that line Main Street. And we're just two blocks from the campus of Weslayan University.