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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)
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

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.

Where to Eat

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.

What to Do

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.

Andrea Sachs (not the one who wears Prada) has been writing for Travel since 2000. She travels near (Ellicott City, Jersey Shore) and far (Burma, Namibia, Russia), and finds adventure no matter the mileage. She is all packed for the Moon or North Korea, whichever opens first.



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