Details, Old Saybrook and the Connecticut shore


Diners line up for lobster and other New England specialties at Abbott's, a classic dining spot in Noank, Conn. (Andrea Sachs/FTWP)
September 23, 2011
If You Go

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:

Getting There

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.

Where to Stay

Deacon Timothy Pratt B&B

325 Main St., Old Saybrook
860-395-1229

www.pratthouse.net

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

860-739-0331

www.innharborhill.com

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.

Where to Eat

Tissa’s Market and Cafe

2 Pennywise Lane, Old Saybrook

860-395-1781

www.tissascountrymarket.com

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

860-536-7719

www.abbotts-lobster.com

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.

What to Do

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

300 Main St., Old Saybrook

860-510-0473

www.katharinehepburntheater.org

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

800-343-0079

www.ussnautilus.org

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

860-405-9000

www.averypoint.uconn.edu

Wander around the sculpture garden that ends at the Avery Point Lighthouse, the last one built in the state. Free.

Information

www.ctvisit.com

mysticcountry.com/coast

A.S.

All lodging and fight information valid as of press time Thursday.

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