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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.

Inns and B&Bs in Connecticut - VisitNewEngland.com
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

Exceptional amenities, spectacular views make this inn by the marina a must for seaside vacationers

Watch the sun set and the moon rise from your private balcony overlooking Long Island Sound. Wake up to sea breezes and a bountiful breakfast buffet. Stroll into a quaint seaside village and walk the scenic boardwalk. That’s what’s in store for guests who stay at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. The boutique hotel’s 16 rooms and suites, newly renovated, have soothing decor and amenities from large soaking tubs and gas fireplaces to private balconies with water and garden views. You can also take a pontoon boat ride out onto the water, or arrange for a boat slip in the marina. Gather every evening in the dining room for wine, cheese and good company. Ask about special packages, including a Perfect Together package with champagne, truffles and mimosas.
Spring Front View - Stanton House Inn - Greenwich, CT
Stanton House Inn

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

Gracious inn with upscale amenities offers guests an elegant, relaxing atmosphere

Elegant, private and oh-so-comfortable, The Stanton House Inn has been providing a special retreat to guests for 35 years. The classic New England bed-and-breakfast offers 20 upscale rooms and suites in a relaxing atmosphere just steps from Greenwich’s fine shopping, gourmet restaurants and cultural attractions. Choose a suite with a clawfoot tub, a room with a balcony overlooking a secret garden or one with a fireplace and four-poster bed. Complimentary breakfast is served in the sunny dining room or patio. Stroll through the property’s gardens or take a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool. A cozy library offers board games, books and a fireplace for unwinding after a busy day hiking, beach-going, shopping or enjoying New York City, just an hour away by train or 90 minutes by car.
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.)
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.
Room 30 - 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

Delicious dining, comfortable rooms and suites, perfect location make historic inn a must for travelers

Start your vacation in Mystic with a hearty breakfast at The Whaler’s Inn’s on-site restaurant, The Shipwright’s Daughter. Then head out to the Mystic Aquarium (the one with the belugas), the Seaport Museum to visit a fully equipped whaleboat, the Tree Trails adventure park or nature center. Go hiking, sailing or go shopping in Olde Mistick Village, then head back to your roomy suite, perhaps with a fireplace, air-jet soaking tub and Mystic River views. Afternoons enjoy a hot cup and freshly baked cookies at Scrimshaw, the new pop-up coffee lounge, and later come back for superb dining with a menu that changes daily. The inn, whose roots go back over 125 years, is a new recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its wine list.