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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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

Award-winning bed-and-breakfast inn provides the classic waterfront experience

A classic boutique inn experience with many charming touches is yours at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, with 16 uniquely decorated and newly remodeled suites, many with fireplaces, large soaking tubs and water views. Start your day with a complimentary homemade breakfast buffet on the wraparound outdoor porch or dining room. In the evening, gather for wine, cheese and conversation or take the inn’s pontoon cruise along the bay. You’re within walking district of the quaint village of Niantic, with appealing shops and restaurants, lovely beaches and a mile-long boardwalk overlooking Long Island Sound. If you’re coming by boat, the inn’s marina offers slips on sheltered Niantic River, making the inn perfect for fishing and water sports enthusiasts.
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

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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.
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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.
Spring Front View - Stanton House Inn - Greenwich, CT
Stanton House Inn

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

Begin your Greenwich vacation with breakfast in this charming inn’s sunny dining room

What could be lovelier than beginning your day in a sunny dining room where your inn hosts have placed a complimentary seasonal buffet and continental breakfast? At the historic Stanton House Inn, guests are made to feel they are relaxing in their home away from home, with personalized service and private, individually decorated rooms and suites. Lush gardens invite leisurely strolls, an outdoor pool beckons on a hot day, and afternoon tea in the Sunday tea room is a must. Some of the 20 rooms and suites have fireplaces, garden views, and cozy seating areas. It’s a short walk into town for shopping, fine dining and gallery hopping. Take a day trip into New York or visit a variety of nearby museums, theaters and nature trails.