CT’s Quiet Corner ~
    the perfect autumn day trip

About an hour north of our inn, in the Northeastern corner of Connecticut, is what is known as the “Quiet Corner”. The Quiet Corner is much more rural and country-like than our inn’s southeastern CT waterfront location and is especially noted for its rural and rustic small towns, great antiquing, unique dining options, boutique shopping and vistas like no others. Getting there is just one of the highlights as we send our guests up Route 169, a 32-mile National Scenic Byway which runs north-and-south through the region.

Route 169, a 32-mile National Scenic Byway

            Route 169, a 32-mile National Scenic Byway

The Quiet Corner has been written about as a great place to visit by numerous travel writers in several well know publications such as Yankee Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Connecticut Magazine, Worcester Living and more. While that part of our state is beautiful all year long, it is most popular during fall foliage season when blazing autumn colors draw leaf peepers from all over the world.

Why visit the Quiet Corner you ask? Well, we personally think it is as beautiful as any place one could visit during the autumn season, and one of the best places anywhere to view the beauty of autumn’s fall foliage. With its winding and stonewall flanked scenic roads, rolling hills, old faded red barns and farmhouses amid fields of corn and hay, well simply put, it’s the quintessential New England setting. Without a doubt, it is one of our most recommended “Day Trips” during the autumn foliage season (i.e., from late September thru October).

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   Beauty surrounds you heading to the Quiet Corner of CT.

As you head up to the northeast hills of Connecticut via Route 169, it becomes very clear why this corner of our state is called the Quiet Corner. Few visitors to Connecticut ever get to experience the old-fashioned ways of the state’s “Quiet Corner” where sparsely populated towns seem a world away from the rest of the state. The ‘Quiet Corner’ has a reclusive allure: people who use to leave New York City for the Litchfield Hills; now seek the uninterrupted tranquility of the Quiet Corner.

As you begin your day trip passing through the town of Lisbon you can’t help but notice weathered-clapboard homesteads around every bend. Continuing up Rt. 169 you’ll see tons of stone walls and never ending fields as you come into Canterbury. Here you’ll find the Prudence Crandall Museum that honors a courageous white woman named Prudence Crandall who was ahead of her time when she educated African American girls from 1833 to 1834 before a club-wielding mob brought an end to her school.

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                         The Prudence Crandall Museum

Continuing your journey you will eventually come to Brooklyn, CT, which was settled in the 1600’s and is known for their famous Brooklyn Fairgrounds, site of the oldest agricultural fair in the country. For a special treat, visit The Golden Lamb Buttery, a 1,000-acre estate just off Route 169. Enjoy a late-afternoon hayride or relax with a cocktail while sitting on their deck overlooking the lake, and their roaming and meandering stone walls. In our opinion, they are one of the most unique restaurants in the state, and if you can get a reservation, try their roast duckling, a house specialty that’s so tender it falls off the bone. Even if you don’t feel like visiting for lunch or dinner, do stop by just to see this gorgeous setting and take a few pictures; we guarantee you won’t regret it.

The Golden Lamb Buttery Restaurant

                            The Golden Lamb Buttery Restaurant

As you travel on, a stunning path of giant trees cast long shadows as you pass faded red barns, orchards thick with apples and picked out cornfields, rolling hills, farm houses and ancient stone walls all set with breathtaking beauty as autumn’s colors surround you. Another place you may want to visit is the Vanilla Bean Café, voted Connecticut’s Best Country Café by Yankee Magazine. The Vanilla Bean opened in 1989 with a seating capacity of 16, but today seats 90 inside and 40 outside! It is located in a restored, early 19th century barn in scenic town of Pomfret and features home-made soups, sandwiches and decadent desserts. This small country town is also home to Sharp Hill Winery and Celebrations Gift Shoppe and Tea Room ~ both worth more than a casual stop!

Celebrations Gift Shoppe, Gallery and Tea Room

  Celebrations Gift Shoppe, Gallery and Tea Room

As your ‘day trip’ continues through the country side you will enter the antiquing capital of Connecticut, and maybe all of New England ~ historic Putnam, CT. Putnam is home to the largest antiques market in the state, the Antiques Marketplace. While perusing their 350 showcases and booths, 22,000 square feet on four levels, you will most certainly find a treasure that you must have for your own! Finally, if at this point you’re feeling a bit fatigued from your travels this is the place to take a stop to refuel. Try the 85 Main Bistro, The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub, Bellas Italian Bistro or The Courthouse Bar & Grille where you will find some wonderful food in this small town location.

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                         The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub

Finally and sadly, we’re onto our last little town on this autumn adventure. Woodstock is just twenty-six miles from the start of your trip and is host to a historic huge annual country fair every Labor Day weekend. Stop and visit Taylor Brook Winery for a relaxing glass of wine and continue through this little town to historic Roseland Cottage, a beautiful raspberry colored Gothic Revival house built by a local boy who struck it rich. He and his family returned to the cottage every summer and their original furnishings are still on display here.

As we end, we hope the above adventure is something you get to experience one day, and hopefully during one of the most beautiful times of the year ~ Autumn in New England!

Autumn Getaway to Connecticut

If you have ever been to our inn and the southeastern portion of Connecticut known as “Mystic Country” you may have been surprised to find how much this beautiful area of the country has to offer. Well, we’re often asked about autumn getaways and specifically, what does this area have to offer guests looking for a classic New England getaway here on the Connecticut shoreline.

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Welcome to the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

Let’s face it, autumn or fall conjure up thoughts of New England highways and byways surrounded with beautiful vistas of trees decked out in spectacular, colorful foliage. Is there a more beautiful place to be in autumn than in New England?  Many folks forget about Connecticut (and Rhode Island) when they think about taking a fall getaway to New England. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and even Massachusetts are most popular when planning those New England leaf-peeping escapes. However, we’re here to tell you that all of the magnificent beauty and charm of autumn can be found right here in southeastern Connecticut.

We have it all!  For instance, B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill (which operates the oldest Steam Powered Cider Mill in the United States) makes and offers fresh apple cider, apple pies and wonderful apple cider donuts.  Then there are the host of other seasonal farm stands with fresh vegetables, pumpkins and gourds.

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          B. F. Clyde’s Cider Mill

 

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Oldest Steam Powered Cider Mill

 

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Cinnamon Donuts by “Sugar Daddy”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or how about a simple relaxing drive up through the northeastern section of Connecticut known as the “Quiet Corner” ( a vast patch of sparsely populated towns that seem a world away from the rest of the state).  Take in the stunning views while travelling up Route 169, an award winning scenic byway, that takes you along winding country roads with rolling hills and country fields, farm houses and ancient stone walls all set with breathtaking beauty as autumn’s colors surround you. You will also meander your way through scenic country towns for some real New England small town fairs, antiquing, dining and shopping.

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Rt. 169 ~ a National Scenic Byway

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           Beauty in the Quiet Corner

Or may we suggest visiting a local winery as autumn marks many annual “Harvest Festivals” with wine, music and fun or how about taking a scenic trip along the colorful banks of the beautiful Connecticut River on the old fashioned Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and cruise by the historic Gillette’s Castle.

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                   Gillette Castle

Bottom line, these are all things found right here on the CT shoreline and treasured right here in “southern New England”.

In closing, autumn is a brilliant time to visit our inn. For us locals, it is one of our favorite times of the year. The days are still sunny and warm, perfect for walking the beaches or visiting our host of shoreline attractions and the summer beach crowds have come and gone. At night the crisp, cool ocean air off Niantic Bay provides the perfect excuse to light the fireplace in your guest room while sipping a glass of wine and relaxing after a long day spent exploring the southernmost New England state ~ Connecticut.

A Visit and Day Trip
   to Block Island

If you have every stayed at our inn, you know that we are big fans of sending our guests to places throughout the region via our “custom itineraries”. Our custom itineraries provide our guests a brief summary of the place of interest and our personal recommendations on how to get there as well as what to see or do once you are there.  Well, one of the places we love to recommend for a summer day trip is Block Island.

Welcome to Block Island

         Welcome to Block Island

Why visit Block Island?  Well, just like our inn and our village of Niantic, we like the laid back atmosphere and casual mode of life on ‘Block’.  Block Island is probably unlike anywhere you have ever visited with ferry boats that bring you into “Old Harbor” where most of the shopping, restaurants and beaches are located.  We personally take the relaxing trip each summer to just browse the shops, people watch, have lunch and maybe, just maybe, have an early afternoon libation.

One interesting note about Block Island; you will not come across a single traffic light or a big chain business, but you will be blown away by the natural landscape with stone wall-lined rolling hills, breathtaking bluffs, and pristine beaches.  To us, its a place that time seems to have forgotten.

Many of our guests and people who visit Block Island will rent a moped or bicycle to tour some of the island lighthouses, bluffs and beaches.  A couple of must-sees, at least in our opinion, are the Southeast Lighthouse and the Mohegan Bluffs.

Scenic view of the cliffside Southeast Lighthouse. Block Island, Rhode Island.

The Southeast Lighthouse

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Block Island Bluffs

Walk down the Bluff steps to the Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what do we recommend when you get hungry and/or thirsty? Well, Dave’s most favorite place for lunch is the Mohegan Café & Brewery or the National Hotel which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Both are located right on Water St. and a short 5 minute walk from the ferry boats. The Mohegan Café offers a nice variety of craft and bottled beers, a very good Pan Blackened Mahi-Mahi sandwich, burgers, fish & chips, salads, sandwiches and tex-mex favorites.

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One of our favorites ~ The Mohegan Cafe

The National Hotel also offers pretty good food and breathtaking views with tables on their big shaded porch overlooking scenic “Old Harbor”.  It’s no wonder why this place is so popular with visitors. We also like Aldo’s for a cup of coffee and pastry if we arrive early in the day or we stop in for a mid-afternoon cup of Gelato.

What many people don’t realize is just how easy it is to get to Block Island from our inn. Only 12 miles off the Rhode Island coast, we personally like taking the ferry out of Point Judith, Rhode Island which is an hour drive from our inn. The reason we like taking the 55 minute ferry ride from Point Judith, is the quintessential look and feel of the classic New England commercial fishing community that also resides in Point Judith.

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We also like that you can sit outside on the Pt. Judith ferry boats and catch the beautiful Rhode Island and Connecticut coastlines as you cruise to Block Island. For those who don’t want to take an hour drive to get to Point Judith, you can take a high-speed ferry from New London, Connecticut which is just 15 minutes from our inn. The Block Island Express gets you to “Old Harbor” in just over an hour on a high-speed catamaran which runs from May thru September.

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The Hi-Speed Ferry from New London

You can relax, renew and refresh at our inn and head out to where we go to do the same – on Block Island.  And oh yea, September is one of the best months to visit Block Island.  Be sure to ask us about Block Island and other great day trips when visiting with us.

 

Lobster (and more) in the Rough
   at Ford’s Lobster

If you’ve ever been to the southeastern coastline of Connecticut, you may have heard of Abbot’s Lobster. And why shouldn’t you have. They are a CT lobster-in–the-rough ‘rock star’ and have been in business since 1947.

HOWEVER … just before Abbot’s and a short 20 minute drive from our inn is Fords Lobster & Haring’s Marina also in the village of Noank. Fords Lobster in Noank, CTWe feel it’s a bit more authentic and offers that quintessential New England seaside dining-out experience that so many of our guests seek.
This gem of a lobster shack is what many of our guests rave about when looking for a Lobster Roll or dinner at a place with great views. The tables literally sit outside on the docks, all food is prepared outside, the sights and sounds of the marina and shipyard with all of the sea views and salty smells – making this dining experience like few others in the area.

They serve only the freshest ingredients available and have something for everyone on their menu, lobster, risotto, seafood dishes including – halibut, cod, scallops, steamed lobster dinner and hot or cold lobster rolls – oh did we say LOBSTER rolls … well how about the Fords lobster ‘bomb’ it can be served hot or cold, but if you get it hot you can convert it to the lobster ‘bisque bomb’ which is a massive amount of lobster meat topped in thick and delicious lobster bisque. OH Yum!  Specials change daily and include soups, salads, mussels, clams and as we noted above a variety of seafood entrees as well as some chicken, steak and pasta offerings.  As a matter of fact, Dave recently ordered a New York Strip Steak dinner special that was finished in a Portobello Mushroom and Marsala Wine sauce and felt it was as good steak a steak as anyone’s in the area.Fords Lobster Steak

ALSO, liked by many of our guests, is that Ford’s allows BYOB which is a rarity here in CT.  For BYOB, Fords provides glasses and wine openers so plan ahead. Ford’s is open year round and in the winter months dining and prep moves inside in their cozy indoor dining space!

This delightfully small place with awesome sunsets and views has a simple seaside setting and a very casual dress code.  But bring a jacket at night because it can get chilly sitting right by the water.  If you are visiting with us, be sure to ask us about Fords Lobster.

Below are some photos of Fords Lobster’s outdoor dining area and more.

 

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Outside Dining area (approx. 12 tables)

 

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Fords Lobster in the Rough

 

Fords Waiting Area below:

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Fords Waiting Area (for before and after dinner) Recommendation; bring a cooler & 2 bottles of wine :-)

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Sitting, waiting for your name to be called and sipping some wine.

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Not on the menu…. ;-)

 

 

 

 

Mystic, Connecticut ~
  The Town that Isn’t

Located just 20 minutes north of our inn is the historic settlement called “Mystic” (circa 1654) actually located within the towns of Groton, CT. and Stonington, CT., and bordering both the east and west sides of the Mystic River.  Hence, though Mystic, Connecticut is not a legally recognized municipality it is the most visited settlement, town, municipality or destination within the entire state of Connecticut.

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Identified in the New York Times #1 Bestseller, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (A Traveler’s Life List by Patricia Schultz), Mystic is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of New England. Mystic offers visitors many things to see and do, and features two of the region’s most popular tourist attractions, Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium. However, Mystic offers so much to see and do that it’s a popular place to visit and re-visit many times during any time of the year. You might find our Taste of Mystic Getaway Package of interest – just follow the link!

Anyway, for those of you who have never visited Mystic just sit back and picture this – those of you that have – think of the chance for new memories (maybe without the kids?).

There’s sparkling water bordering most everything in town. Listen to the sounds of the gulls and sea birds flying overhead. Imagine a sea of boats, including sailboats and historic Tall Ships and schooners like the Argia all in your view. Walk through the unique shops of Olde Mistick Village and boutiques offering treasures to be snatched up and taken home for your enjoyment or to be shared with others. Smell the wonderful smells of the sea combined with some of the best cooked lobsters and local sea scallops or look for the best place in town to enjoy a nostalgic piece of Mystic Pizza or maybe just a big sloppy ice cream cone. Plan to come for the Chowder Days or the Lobster Days or the Mystic Arts Festival or the Mystic Blues Festival.  As you might sense, there’s a little something for everyone, anytime of the year!!!

A View of Mystic Seaport from across the Mystic River.

A View of Mystic Seaport from across the Mystic River.

At any given time you might also visit beluga wales, penguins, sea lions and everything aquatic that you can think of at the beautiful Mystic Aquarium. Regular and unusual new exhibits give a new excitement to the aquarium every time you visit.
Also right down the street you’ll find friendly folks that showcase times long past and entertain you as you enter into the history of America at Mystic Seaport, considered to be one of the jewels of Mystic Country and is home to a world renowned maritime museum. People dressed as they did in the 1600’s all working in their shops in the village, building their sea vessels and taking their day to day routines all in stride. The Mystic Seaport hosts interesting and unusual capsules in time to include historic special sailings of beautiful Tall Ships like the recently launched Charles W. Morgan and Holiday Lantern Light Tours through the Seaport.

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Beluga Whales at Mystic Aquarium

Yes, as you might imagine, it does get busy and crowded in Mystic, but we think Mystic is also scenic, historic and quite possibly the absolute quintessential historic New England seaport town to sea.  One thing is for sure; whether you want to eat, shop, stroll or just observe, Mystic is one town (or not) to do that in any time of the year!

The Back Porch ~
  one of our favorite
  summertime restaurants

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For those of you who have visited with us, you know we LOVE to eat out and try our best to recommend the best local restaurants based on what our guests are looking for.  That said, we’re often asked, what’s our favorite restaurant.  The simple and honest answer is we really don’t have a favorite restaurant.  Actually, we like many restaurants in the area, and usually dine out based on the type of food, atmosphere and setting we’re looking for.  So, being that its summer and all, we thought we would write about one of our favorite summertime restaurants ~ The Back Porch in Old Saybrook, CT.

The Back Porch is a short 20 minute drive from our inn and isn’t fancy by any means, but usually has a lively crowd and great views overlooking the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.  Nice beer and wine options with half-price Happy Hour on Monday thru Saturday nights from 4:00 till 6:00, and good food at a fair price makes this place one of our regular dine out spots.  As noted earlier, we like this place for its setting, and like its name is literally a big covered porch that overlooks the water and several marinas.  However, they also have a large/nice indoor dining room as well.

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The Back Porch Dining room with the “Back Porch” in the background.

We are big fans of their Salmon, either over an entrée salad or as a dinner entrée.  Dave personally likes the Blackened Salmon and feels it might be one of the best pieces of Blackened Salmon in the entire area.  And the Salmon dinner entrée is served with “Lobster Mashed Potatoes”.  That’s right, LOBSTER MASHED POTATOES!!!

Anyway, The Back Porch features a variety of starters, homemade soups, salads, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and more.  Some of our Back Porch favorites include Lobster rolls, Fried Clams, ½ lb. Black Angus burgers, and the “Lobster Grilled Cheese” sandwich.  The Back Porch is a must try if you’re in the area, and live bands usually play from Wednesday’s thru Sunday’s.

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Blackened Salmon over Lobster Mashed Potatoes

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Live entertainment Wed. thru Sun.

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The Back Porch is a must try if you’re in the area, and worth the trip if you’re not.

 

Niantic, CT. ~ Connecticut’s
    “Fan Favorite Town”

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Welcome to the Village of Niantic

Located along the shores of Long Island Sound sits the quaint seaside village of Niantic, CT.  Our small town has made a big impact with residents and tourists alike recently, and thanks to them Niantic was voted Connecticut’s “Fan-Favorite Town” in 2013 in a contest spearheaded by the state’s Department of Tourism.

What makes Niantic so special, you ask?  Well, many things, but let’s start with location, location, location.  If you were to drive two hours north you’d end up in Boston.  Head two hours south and you’d be entering New York City.  Our seaside escape lies halfway between these  two  major cities.  And if you’re a local, you know that Niantic is within 20-30 minutes of almost every attraction in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island.   For a quick insight into Niantic, check out the video the State of CT. created about Niantic here:   (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmEWbw_Vfc)

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Niantic ~ Connecticut’s Fan Favorite Town of 2013!!!

It’s all well and good that being based in Niantic one could cover a lot of ground, but we feel that you really don’t have to.  Niantic has a lot going on throughout the year.  Our town’s Events Calendar (http://www.discovereastlyme.com/calendar.php) is filled with events from our annual Winter Light Parade (the oldest and largest in all of New England) to our annual summer bash-on-the-bay  festival called Celebrate East Lyme, and tons of things in between.  Our Farmer’s Market draws huge crowds from June to October and in the winter Holiday season you can see our Main Street light up and transform into a classic New England Village.

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Hole-in-the-Wall Beach overlooking McCook’s Park

While we enjoy our annual events, we in Niantic also love the laid back beach lifestyle, which is good because our town features three town beaches AND Rocky Neck State Park.  It’s not uncommon to spend an entire summer day soaking up the sun’s rays and swimming in the calm waters of the Long Island Sound.  Niantic is also a mecca for boaters and fisherman alike and boast numerous marinas as well as charter fishing boats.  And, as a side note, after spending the day at the beach or out on the water be sure to stick around to witness some of the most amazing sunsets right from the lawns of our inn.

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The beach may take up a lot of our time in the summer, but we always find time to visit our handful of local restaurants and shops, most of which are open year-round.  In future BLOG posts we will be highlighting some of our favorite local places and events just to provide a more detailed look at what our town has to offer.  We love Niantic and hope you’ll have a visit and see for yourself why we are one of Connecticut’s best kept secrets.

The Charles Morgan ~
   All Hands on Deck !!!

Are you interested in history and a fan of historic seaports and old boats?  Are you looking to getaway to enjoy springtime here in New England?  If so, you may want to set your sails for Mystic, CT on Thursday, May 17, 2014 where the Charles W. Morgan, a historic US whaling ship will embark on her 21st century ‘maiden voyage’ to ports throughout New England.

The Morgan is a US whaling ship which sailed during the 19th and early 20th century and was used to catch whales to harvest the whale blubber for commonly used whale oil. The Morgan, is a National Historic Landmark built in 1841 and is the oldest American commercial ship and wooden whaling vessel still afloat in the world.  Skilled craftsmen at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport recently completed a nearly five-year restoration.

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The Charles Morgan during renovations

On May 17th, The Morgan will set sail on her 38th voyage sailing from Mystic Seaport to New London, CT (just 15 minutes from our inn) before heading off to Newport, RI on June 14th.  During her stay in New London the ship will be open to the public with dockside exhibits on May 24-25, May 31 and June 1st.

Following her visit to Newport, RI, The Morgan will visit Martha’s Vineyard, New Bedford, MA, Provincetown (Cape Cod), and Boston before returning home to the Mystic Seaport on August 9th.  For additional information about the Charles W. Morgan or Mystic Seaport, please visit:  http://www.mysticseaport.org/visit/explore/morgan/

In closing, we would also like to wish our Inn at Harbor Hill Marina team member Julianne (“Jules”) ‘happy sailing’ and congratulations on being selected as a crew member on the ‘maiden voyage’ of the Charles W. Morgan.  We can’t wait to hear about your summer adventure.

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The Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport

Welcome to our BLOG

So, while we’re somewhat late to the field of Bloging, we hope we’re not too late to share our tales of being innkeepers and the host of beautiful, delicious and fun-filled things there are to see and do here in our Mystic Country region on the scenic Connecticut shoreline.  We also plan to share with you the host of special, unique and local places we love to escape to relax and rejuvenate.  Actually, we take great pride in seeking out special little finds to share with our guests.   So, as the saying goes, you’re never too old to learn new tricks, and with that, let our blog-“inn” begin…

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Sue & Dave

We thought we would begin our first BLOG post by giving you a little background as to who we are, and how we wound up being Innkeepers here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  Both of us (Sue and Dave Labrie) were born in Hartford, CT. and grew up in East Hartford, CT.  We met at the tender young age of just 14 years old through our mothers who worked together.

While we both went to different schools, we began dating, eventually falling “inn” love and have been in love ever since.  We eventually married, had two sons (Chris and Todd) and lived life like so many couples and families do.

Early on Sue was a stay-at-home mom while Dave began his corporate business career working as a technology specialist in the insurance industry.  Eventually Sue became an accountant at a CPA firm and then after ten years of tax preparation left to open her own hair salon while Dave eventually moved on to become a business management consultant focusing on the healthcare industry.

While working hard, raising our two sons, saving for the future, and getting older with each and every day, we both began to feel that there had to be something more in life than just working hard and saving for the future.  Well, with the loss of some very close friends too early in life we began to think about just how fast life passes by and began to develop a ten-year plan toward leaving the stresses of the business world behind, and finding something new and exciting to do, and something we could do together.

We were fortunate to have been able to travel early on in life and would often seek out bed and breakfasts and inns whenever we could.  And like most inn-goers, we would often chat with innkeepers about their lives as innkeepers.  Well, to make a long story short, we eventually decided to research the potential of owning and operating a B&B and eventually became innkeepers back in September 2002.  Yep, just one year after the September 11th tragedy in New York City (as if we needed yet another lesson on just how short and unpredictable life can be).  Anyway, if there was ever a situation that solidified our decision to find and do something new and exciting, and to do it together, it was that tragic event that did it for us.  We have a saying that “nothing in life is forever, including life” so live and enjoy each and every day as though it was your last.

Having been innkeepers now for the past 12 years, we still wake each morning and realize just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the country and to be working with each other and a great staff in such a rewarding field.  So, if you’re looking to broaden your view of New England in a place that offers beautiful scenery, water views, fun-filled things to do, beaches, interesting small towns and great culinary experiences; stay tuned.

Till our next post, be well, spend time with loved ones and happy travels.

Dave n Sue

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

Enjoy an Unforgettable Mystic Country Vacation
at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

harbor_room_pic1The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina B&B in Niantic CT is open year round and is only 2 hours from Boston and New York City, 1 hour from Providence and Hartford. Our Niantic Bed and Breakfast is easily accessible by car and boat, and is the perfect choice for Mystic CT getaways and Connecticut shoreline vacations. Inn at Harbor Hill Marina B&B is conveniently located near New London, CT, Foxwoods Casino, MGM Grand at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casino.

Mystic Waterfront Lodging and B&B Accommodations
on the Connecticut Shoreline

A magnificent Mystic Bed and Breakfast Inn in Niantic CT, the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offers beautiful waterfront lodging and accommodations on the Connecticut Shoreline. Nestled on a hilltop overlooking Niantic’s marina district, docks and the Niantic River, our Connecticut waterfront B&B Inn boasts genuine hospitality, superior service and comfort, all in a beautiful setting ~ on the water!

Boating, Fishing, and Kayaking…
Just Steps from our Waterfront Bed and Breakfast in Niantic, CT

Magnificent views and cool shoreline breezes make relaxing simple. We’re located within easy walking distance to Niantic Village restaurants, shops, antiques, a movie theater, the beach and the Niantic Bay Boardwalk. The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina is only a short drive to Mystic, a popular New England vacation destination famous for its historic Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium. There is so much to see and do anytime of year in our popular Mystic area – from wineries, historic museums, shopping and antiquing to golfing, hiking, sailing, boat and lighthouse cruises and fishing charters.
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