Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Old Saybrook and other towns on the Connecticut shore? Here’s what you need to know for the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2:
Southwest offers nonstop service from BWI Marshall to the closest airport, Bradley International north of Hartford, with fares starting at $166 round trip. Amtrak fare from Union Station to Old Saybrook starts at $170 round trip.
Deacon Timothy Pratt B&B
325 Main St., Old Saybrook
The 18th-century Colonial house features nine rooms with fireplaces and original details. Rates from $120.
Inn at Harbor Hill Marina B&B
60 Grand St., Niantic
Every one of 15 rooms has a view of the Niantic River. Free use of the inn’s kayak and beach chairs. Rates from $210 through October.
Tissa’s Market and Cafe
2 Pennywise Lane, Old Saybrook
Dine on Moroccan cuisine and ice cream (classic and exotic flavors) inside the historic James Pharmacy and Soda Fountain. Plates from $6.50.
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough
117 Pearl St., Noank
Laid-back dining spot serving lobster whole or on a roll, plus other classic New England fare. Closes for the season after Columbus Day. From $4.95.
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
300 Main St., Old Saybrook
Year-round shows (concerts, theater, Hepburn movies, etc.), plus free “Kate” museum. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on performance days one hour prior to the show.
Submarine Force Museum
1 Crystal Lake Rd., Groton
Navy-run museum covering the history and inner workings of subs; guests may walk through the USS Nautilus. Wednesday-Monday 9 a.m-5 p.m. through October (closes at 4 p.m. in the winter). Free.
University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus
1084 Shennecossett Rd., Groton
Wander around the sculpture garden that ends at the Avery Point Lighthouse, the last one built in the state. Free.
All lodging and fight information valid as of press time Thursday.