The charming seaside Connecticut resort in the village of Old Saybrook is just 100 or so miles from Boston and New York and the ideal summer getaway. With water views at every turn, a trip to this quaint village is made perfect with a stay at the Saybrook Point Inn, a luxury resort with restored historic buildings, lush gardens, world class seaside dining, a spa, marina and indoor and outdoor pools.
An Elegant New England Getaway Is Closer Than You Think
Why should vacationers in New York and Boston suffer the traffic, expense, and crowds of the Hamptons or Cape Cod? Nestled along the shoreline right between these two cities, Old Saybrook Connecticut, has history, luxury and water views galore. The hometown of Katherine Hepburn is bursting with charm and convenience, and the Saybrook Point Inn offers a luxurious way to enjoy it all.
We checked in recently for a birthday overnight (and no, I’m not saying which one!) for a seaside Connecticut resort stay. We were completely smitten by this sprawling historic resort.
Stay at a Seaside Connecticut Resort: Historic Mansion, All Freshly, Elegantly Updated
If you’re a fan of Fixer Upper or Martha Stewart, you’ll want to stay at one of the two renovated Italianate mansions, Tall Tales or Three Stories, just across the street from the main Inn.
Italianate mansions, Tall Tales
Next door, Tall Tales is immaculately restored and also offers modern comforts. Each house has spacious guest rooms named for local historical figures and are outfitted with unique furnishings and large bathrooms. The guest houses also have common spaces, such as kitchens, living rooms, game rooms and porches with the look and feel of a perfectly appointed vacation home.
Italianate mansions, Three Stories
Recently renovated, Three Stories was rebuilt from studs up. Preserving the historic details that made this home and built by railroad engineer and prominent resident Willam Vars, this is an iconic part of the town. Stephen Tagliatela, the owner of Saybrook Point Inn, found the manse in disrepair a few years ago and was able to buy it and restore it, adding modern comforts like heated bathroom floors and gas fireplaces.
These houses were designed for family getaways, weddings or corporate retreats, allowing large groups their own rooms but a common space for hanging out, shooting pool or enjoying morning coffee.
The Main Inn: Historic, Modern, and Sustainably Green
The main inn has 82 rooms, and while the building is only 28 years old, it is a has the quaint, intimate feeling of the historic guest houses across the street. The guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, with luxurious furnishings and bathrooms. Nothing here feels old, though it has a classic appeal.
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Not just a charming seaside weekend—a #Tesla test drive too! The owner of @SaybrookPointInn in Old Saybrook CT is a Tesla fan and owner, so he arranged to have the Tesla #Airstream design studio on site for the week, along with a few test models. We love these cars but are smitten by the doors and technology. Oh, and did you know many of the interior components are made by @MercedesBenz? #True! #VisitCT #travel #Carsofinstagram
Green Lodging Certified Inn
And, this Seaside Connecticut resort is the leading the green hotel in Connecticut. The first Green Lodging certified inn in the state, general manager John Lombardo is proud of the many practices the inn has instituted.
Starting with solar panels on many of its rooftops, a diesel generator heats the two swimming pools. Salt water saline pools are heated year round so you can swim in 88-degree water even in winter. The resorts low-water, low maintenance landscaping needs less leaf-blowing and trimming. Electric car charging stations in the hotel’s parking lot encourage guests to bring their electric cars. The hotel has incorporated many practices to both increase efficiency and help to keep the Connecticut coast pristine.
Stephen Tagliatela is such a fan of green energy initiatives that he’s become a Tesla devotee, hosting test drive events at the inn. We even took a test drive during our stay.
Overnight in a Lighthouse
If you want a really special getaway, you can stay in the lighthouse at the far end of the Marina. The guest room is on the second floor over the lighthouse office. And, there’s only one, so book early ($900 per night).
Weekday rates at Saybrook Point Inn start at about $200 a night, weekend rates start at about $300, and high season rates are about $500 a night.
Sit Back, Have a Dark and Stormy and Enjoy The View
You can do that almost anywhere on the property. The inn’s rooms are arranged around the water and marina so that many have a water view. Along the waterfront are the restaurant, Fresh Salt, an outdoor dining deck, a dock-side bar, several fire pits and the outdoor pool. Tables dot the deck and any under an orange umbrella are designated for full service from the restaurant.
We arrived in time for a quick bite at the marina bar, enjoying the midday sunshine and a flatbread pizza. Later that evening we returned for dinner at Fresh Salt. Even though it was a warm evening, we sat at the communal fire table; even though it was a warm evening, the fire table was just too charming to resist. As we relaxed with a glass of wine, we watched the evening sky turn from blue to pink to midnight blue over the marina.
A Menu Full of Locally Sourced Goodies, But the Lobster Roll is the Star
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Summer in #NewEngland is completed by the perfect #lobsterroll and this one was as near to perfect as you can get: lightly dressed, no veggies, perfectly toasted buttered roll, truffle fries and a delicious #pinotnoir, served waterside by the fire pit at @Saybrookpointinn. Have you ever had a lobster roll? #freshsalt #visitCT #hosted
We tried the Boston lettuce and radicchio salad with roasted Connecticut peaches and goat cheese, which was delicious. As fans of edamame, we loved the crispy edamame dumplings, superb, flavorful and accented by a spicy Asian slaw.
For our main courses, I had the lobster roll, a now classic dish that was invented just up the road in Milford, Connecticut. The roll was perfect, full of lush chunks of lightly dressed lobster stuffed into a buttered toasted roll. Exactly as it should be. A lobster roll should never, ever, ever be weighed down by onions, celery, dripping mayonnaise or heavy sauce. The point is: Lobster.
We also sampled the crisp, salty and not-overly-truffled truffle fries and the strip steak with pan gravy, potato cake, and sautéed broccoli. For dessert we shared a delicious light cheesecake—an oxymoron, yes— that was a perfect end to a lovely meal.
While relaxing over dinner, the deck at Saybrook Point Inn came to life. A wedding party, there for the next day’s ceremony, locals, weekenders and vacationers settled in around the fire pits and outdoor tables for the evening. The deck took on a life of its own.
The Ultimate Wedding Setting, Lighthouse and All
As we toured the inn, GM John showed us probably the most alluring feature. Raising his arm he pointed toward the end of the dock where the light house anchors the property. “That’s where the wedding ceremonies are usually held,” he said.
Imagine saying your “I do’s” with the sunset and light house in the back ground, your family and friends at your side. Receptions are typically held on the deck or the inn’s ballroom. The inn holds about 100 weddings a year, accommodating even large parties; the ballroom can accommodate several hundred people. The inn maintains a portfolio of wedding partners, from hair stylists to florists and even enlists other hotels to help with the overflow when necessary.
What Else to See and Do in Old Saybrook
Guests bicycling or taking the short walk into town pass by the many quaint historic homes and views of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. Downtown’s small stretch of store fronts offer local boutiques and national chains and serve the local population as well as visitors.
The weekend we visited was the annual art fair at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Just down the street was the weekly farmer’s market. And in between, the town’s shops and cafes were busy with Saturday morning shopping and dining.
Just next door to the inn is a mini golf course. Or for the real thing, the inn will arrange a tee time at the Old Lyme Country Club’s 9-hole course or at the Fenwick Golf Course, Connecticut’s oldest public golf course.
Just a few miles south on I-95 are two outlet malls: Clinton Crossing and Westbrook Outlets. Each has brand name stores and are a great place to stop for a bit of shopping on your way home. Just to make your weekend at the perfect Seaside Connecticut resort in New England last a little bit longer.