Join us on our journey north along the Connecticut shore as we stop in at some of the best local hotels, restaurants and seaside villages.
These are the waterways that are travel routes for an array of world-class vessels and the vacation stops that will introduce you to historic points of interest and certainly highlight your summer yachting itinerary.
Delamar Greenwich Harbor
The romantic Greenwich Harbor prides itself on its rich maritime heritage which dates back to 1902. This elegant waterfront property boasts 75 guest rooms, seven luxury suites, a private dock for yachts up to 150 feet, and the award- inning Spa at Delamar. The Executive Presidential Suite spreads across 1,200 square feet on the hotel’s concierge floor and is wrapped with spectacular views which articulate its New England charm.
Spend the day on the water, or stroll amidst historically-rich attractions, including The Greenwich Polo Club, local art galleries, The Philip Johnson Glass House, The Capitol Theatre, Bow Tie Cinema, or an extensive shopping mecca along Greenwich Avenue. “The Avenue,” as locals call it, is dotted with over 600 retail stores and restaurants, including all of the top brands and is only a short walk from Delamar Greenwich Harbor.
After a day of fun, it is highly recommended to visit the renowned l’escale restaurant which draws diners into the beauty of Greenwich Harbor with extensive outdoor seating along the hotel’s more than 500 feet of dock. The alluring ambiance captures the essence of Southern France, as 200-year-old stone terra cotta tiles from Provence adorn the floors, and a working, wood burning fireplace, which was imported from a castle in the south of France, lends an unmistakable charm and beauty.
Chef Kieffer has designed an inventive Provençal menu that will transport you to Côte d’Azur with the highest-quality seafood and shellfish, seasonal vegetables, regional herbs and spices and a noteworthy wine collection from around the world.
Madison Beach Hotel
A recipient of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for both 2013 and 2014, Madison Beach Hotel, whose reincarnation is still somewhat in its infancy, has certainly made a good impression.
With three stories and 33 rooms all facing the Long Island Sound, and a luxurious lobby that opens onto a dining porch with marbletopped tables, the first impression is one of welcoming beauty. The rooms are outfitted with a luxurious king-size bed and a wide array of creature comforts and amenities, but the standout is the large, comfortable porch, where one could while away the day gazing at the beautiful views of the Long Island Sound.
Spend the day antiquing, strolling the charming New Englandesque downtown area, searching for the ultimate lobster roll (which we found at Lobster Landing) and then enjoy a cocktail on the hotel porch as the sun gently goes down. The onsite restaurant, The Wharf, serves farm-to-table cuisine that allows the flavors of the Atlantic northeast to shine through. By using locally-sourced ingredients and classical preparation techniques, they have created a menu that is sure to please.
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa – Three Stories
The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is highlighted by the historic Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark yachting dock conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River with easy access to the Long Island Sound. It can accommodate vessels up to 200 feet and has received numerous premier Connecticut marina awards.
Owned and operated by the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Three Stories invites guests to unwind and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a completely renovated Italianate home. Wraparound porches, private gardens and common rooms with billiards, dining areas and a library, offer guests extremely comfortable spaces in which to relax and rejuvenate.
Situated among the picturesque coastal community of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut in the hamlet of Saybrook Point, Three Stories features seven individually-designed rooms, each with a private balcony, fireplace, European bedding, fine linens and original artwork by local artists. As the exclusive guest house of the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Three Stories affords travelers the luxury and comfort of casual fine dining and spa amenities at the nearby main inn. Originally built in 1892 as a single-family home for William Vars, the landmark Three Stories guest house reflects the authentic New England character of a region known to value its past. Each guestroom tells a story about a famed local resident, from Katharine Hepburn’s mother who was a co-founder of Planned Parenthood and a leading suffragette, to Anna Louise James, who had the distinction of being one of the first woman and African American pharmacists in America and ran the James Pharmacy locally.
The Seaside Town of Mystic, CT
Home to the tall ships of Mystic Seaport and New England’s only beluga whales at the Mystic Aquarium, the town of Mystic exudes bNew England charm. Shop one-of-a-kind shops downtown (with its landmark Bascule Bridge) or at the quaint Olde Mistick Village. Linger over candlelight and an after-dinner drink at one of the cool eateries, or you can even cozy up in the mansion where Bogie and Bacall honeymooned.