US Airways flies nonstop from Reagan National to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., with mid-September fares currently starting at $251 round trip. The Thimble Islands in Stony Creek are about 60 miles southeast, off interstates 91 south and 95 north.
40 Linden Ave., Branford, Conn.
Beautiful six-room property on Long Island Sound, with private beach, tennis courts, gardens and restaurant. Rates from $105.
2 Indian Point Rd., Stony Creek
Near the town dock and beach. Sells chowder, deli sandwiches, lobster rolls and ice cream. From $6.50.
2 E. Main St., Branford
WHAT TO DO
Thimble Islands Cruise
Stony Creek Town Dock, Indian Point Road, Stony Creek
The 45-minute cruise runs every day but Tuesday, June through August; Friday through Sunday in September; and weekends in October. Several departures throughout the day. Last tour: Oct. 15. Cost: $12.
Part of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge
Accessible by boat only; a $5 one-way water taxi departs from the Stony Creek dock early April through Oct. 8 (or call for a ride at 203-889-8365). Open daily June through mid-August, and weekends mid-August to mid-October. Free.