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Connecticut inns and B&Bs offer luxury in historic places on the water, near casinos

An easy drive from New York City even for a quick weekend trip, Connecticut welcomes you to its historic and charming inns. A romantic getaway or vacation at a Connecticut inn can take many forms. The inn could be a Colonial house tucked into the Litchfield Hills with a fieldstone fireplace, antique canopy beds, and a traditional English garden. Or it could be on the historic Mystic River, near Mystic Seaport, Aquarium, and the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos.

If you want a cozy place at night, but plan to spend your day roaming far and wide, a bed and breakfast inn is a good choice. Dine in, and then hit the outdoors to visit the beaches and marshes of the Atlantic, the rivers and lakes for western Connecticut, or the state’s famous art and science museums.

If you love maritime or Revolutionary history, make a date to stay at Griswold Inn in Essex, built in 1776 and furnished with antiques and reproductions and a great tap room. Do you like to be pampered? Many inns and hotels offer spas and hot tubs. Inns of every kind offer options from guest rooms to suites, suitable for cozy couples, families with kids, and weddings or group travel.

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Carolyn Suite New - Steamboat Inn - Mystic, CT
Steamboat Inn

73 Steamboat Wharf Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-536-8300

Stunning views, central location key features of waterfront inn

The Steamboat Inn, Mystic’s only waterfront property, boasts 11 luxurious rooms, all with gorgeous views of the water and decorated with antiques, many with wood-burning fireplaces and oversized whirlpool tubs. Each room is unique: One is directly dockside, another has floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping water views. Walk outside the inn to enjoy this maritime town’s many restaurants, boutiques and shops or take a complimentary bike to explore the lovely streets of the former ship-building center. Guests may also book a trip aboard a two-masted schooner that sails right from Steamboat Wharf. The Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium are nearby, and it’s a short drive to antiques stores, golf courses, beaches and Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun resort casinos.
Essex Room Photo Credit Robert Benson 500x250 - Griswold Inn - Essex, CT
The Griswold Inn

36 Main Street Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-1776

History and hospitality are both celebrated at this lovely seaport inn

Modern amenities in a setting that celebrates history are the hallmarks of the Griswold Inn, a gem of an inn in the historic seaport village of Essex. “The Gris,” as it is fondly called, which opened in 1776, is one of the country’s oldest continuously operated inns. It features sophisticated cuisine served in historic dining rooms, an extensive and award-winning wine list, an impressive collection of marine art and illustrations and 34 exquisite rooms, each individually decorated and furnished with antiques, period reproductions and super-comfortable Leonard’s Beds. The inn is tucked onto Main Street, steps from unique shops, galleries and Essex Harbor. (Check the inn’s website for the latest information on openings and updates on health and safety regulations and protocols.)
Inn at Harbor Hill Summer Evening View - Distinctive Inns of New England
Distinctive Inns of New England

Luxurious Accommodations throughout New England , CT Phone:

Impeccably restored waterfront inn boasts both history and modern hospitality

From its scenic perch on a hill overlooking Long Island Sound, the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina is the perfect escape for those seeking that relaxing feel of days gone by along with the luxury of modern comforts. Watch the boats from the wraparound porch or your private balcony. Explore the shops and cafes of Niantic village or walk to the town’s milelong Boardwalk and beaches. In 20 minutes you can be in the fabled seaport of Mystic, or visiting a winery. But perhaps enjoying the inn’s gardens is more what you are seeking – or just sitting by your room’s fireplace (or in your hot tub). Get refreshed, get relaxed at this charming, beautifully restored turn-of-the-century waterfront inn.
Summer Patio View 500x250 - Inn at Harbor Hill Marina B&B - Niantic, CT
Inn at Harbor Hill Marina B&B

60 Grand Street Niantic, CT, 06357 Phone: 860-739-0331

Comfortable inn, quaint seaside village make for a delightful seaside vacation

Explore a captivating seaside village nestled on Long Island Sound when you stay in one of the 16 finely appointed and newly remodeled suites at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. The suites have water views from private balconies, complimentary wifi and windows that allow in sea breezes. Some have fireplaces and large soaking tubs. Homemade breakfast is served on a delightful wraparound porch, and wine and cheese are offered in the evening, along with a sunset cruise along breathtaking Niantic Bay. Stroll into the village, with an eclectic assortment of shops and restaurants. There’s a mile-long boardwalk overlooking the sound, fine beaches and a nature preserve for hiking. Mystic and New London, each a maritime treasure, are a short drive away.
Summer Sunrise Exterior Saybrook Point Inn & Spa Old Saybrook Connecticut
Saybrook Point Resort & Marina

Two Bridge Street Old Saybrook, CT, 06475 Phone: 860-395-2000 Toll-Free: 800-243-0212

Small-town friendliness, big-time amenities perfect combination at this waterfront resort

The friendliness of a small town, breathtaking marina vistas, exceptional accommodations and amenities: That’s what a vacation is like at the Saybrook Point Resort & Marina, nestled between Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River. Relax by the water in your spacious, finely appointed room or suite or in one of two unique, historic guesthouses (with a billiard room, roof deck with fire pit and private garden) or in a romantic Lighthouse Suite on the dock with jaw-dropping views. Amenities include an on-site spa, award-winning restaurant and a health club with heated indoor and outdoor pools. Area activities include everything from steam train excursions to shoreline trails, history museums and arts venues. Visit breweries and vineyards or shop for antiques in this charming area.
Queen Room with Red Dresser - Whaler's Inn - Mystic, CT
The Whaler's Inn

20 East Main Street Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-536-1506 Toll-Free: 800-243-2588

Tradition of hospitality continues at this comfortable inn in bustling, scenic Mystic

Over 125 years of hospitality continue today at The Whaler’s Inn, where guests can relax in comfortable, individually designed rooms; dine on fresh, flavorful New England-inspired meals at The Shipwright’s Daughter restaurant; and take part in the scenic region’s many activities and attractions. Lodging options at the inn include guest rooms with dramatic views of historic downtown Mystic, junior suites with bunk beds in alcoves, suites with fireplaces and air-jet soaking tubs, all with Roku streaming devices, plush linens and high-speed wireless. Nearby activities range from harbor tours and schooner voyages to visiting the aquarium, the Mystic Seaport Museum and a nature center. From ziplining to kayaking, from great restaurants to boutique shopping, there’s always something fun to do.
Spring Front View - Stanton House Inn - Greenwich, CT
Stanton House Inn

76 Maple Avenue Greenwich, CT, 06830 Phone: 203-869-2110

Tranquility reigns in this elegant inn, a short stroll to Greenwich’s shops, restaurants

Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and let yourself be transported to an elegant inn where tranquility is in the very air. At the Stanton House Inn, warm hospitality, comfortable suites and rooms and a host of modern amenities combine to ensure every guest feels relaxed and renewed. The inn, which dates back to the mid-19th century, offers 20 unique accommodations, with features from gas fireplaces and four-poster beds to private entrances and petite patios. The inn’s manicured lawns and colorful gardens are as lovely as the rooms. Complimentary breakfast is served in the sunny dining room, and afternoon tea in the Tea Room. There’s an outdoor pool, patio, and it’s a short stroll to Greenwich’s shops, galleries and restaurants.