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A Day Trip to Old Saybrook, Connecticut

by Mary Kate Schmermund
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If you’re looking for your next day trip or a weekend getaway, Old Saybrook, CT may be just what the doctor ordered with healthy doses of Vitamins D and Sea. Drive just over 2 hours up Rt. 95 or take the train from Grand Central to land in this charming town with delicious dining, lovely shops, and access to nature. Stunning water views are aplenty as this historic town is where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound! Almost equidistant between NYC and Boston, Old Saybrook is the ideal destination to reunite with faraway friends. Read on to learn about the best places to dine, explore outdoors, and stay overnight in Old Saybrook, CT.

Where to Stay

Saybrook Point Resort and Marina | 2 Bridge Street

Saybrook Point Resort and Marina

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Relax in the lap of luxury at Saybrook Point Resort and Marina! With waterfront views, a variety of accommodations, Fresh Salt restaurant, and a spa, let the gorgeous vistas and amenities take your cares away. 

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Where to Eat

30 Mile Brewing Co. | 39 Ragged Rock Road, Unit 5

30 Mile Brewing Co.

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Started by three local friends, 30 Mile Brewing Co. is a family-friendly microbrewery offering hand-crafted Stouts, Sours, Double IPAs, and Saisons. Now outdoor and indoor seating is available along with beers on tap and in cans.

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Aspen Restaurant | 2 Main Street

Aspen Restaurant

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For a sophisticated dining experience, have lunch or dinner at Aspen Restaurant which prides itself on fresh, sustainable ingredients. Innovative seafood dishes star on the menu.

Ashlawn Farm Coffee | 455 Boston Post Road #1

Ashlawn Farm Coffee

To caffeinate your visit, head to Ashlawn Farm Coffee, a welcoming rustic cafe that originated on Carol Adams Dalke and Glenn “Chip” Dahlke’s family farm. The eatery is steps away from the Old Saybrook train station and offers ample parking. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, freshly roasted specialty coffees, and yummy baked goods, breakfast, and lunch options for dine-in or takeaway. Their homemade molasses syrup brings iced coffee to the next level.

Mirsina’s Restaurant | 162 Main Street 

Mirsina's Restaurant

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Right on Main Street, Mirsina’s Restaurant offers American and Greek cuisine for breakfast and lunch. You can’t go wrong with free coffee refills and their famous rice pudding. 

Mystic Market | 70 Mill Rock Road

Mystic Market

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For all your picnic needs, head to Mystic Market which prides itself on fresh, gourmet cafe selections to stay or go. From artisanal sandwiches to gourmet market-made and a cafe with coffee, espresso, and root beer on top, the Old Saybrook location of this Mystic, CT destination completes your day.

What To Do 

Harbor Books | 146 Main Street

Harbor Books is a charming used and new bookshop right on Main Street. Impressively high bookshelves contain gems of multiple genres including a nautical section, and a number of books about Katherine Hepburn, a lifetime resident. For those interested in genealogy and history, this is your spot for local interest books.

Harvey’s Beach | 29 Plum Bank Road

Swim, boat, or fish at Harvey’s Beach where the community often puts on yoga classes and concerts. Check the community’s calendar for a full rundown of offerings. 

Rocky Neck State Park |  244 W Main Street, Niantic

Rocky Neck State Park

A ten-minute drive from Main Street, Rocky Neck State Park offers hiking, camping, picnicking, swimming, and fishing. Stroll under the train trestle to find a beautiful beach to lounge or take a dip. 

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Saybrook Home | 2 Main Street 

Saybrook Home takes elegance to new heights with sophisticated furniture, home decor, and apparel. Take a seat in their comfortable Adirondack chairs and it may be hard to leave without one!

Saybrook Point Park | College Street

saybrook park

Take in crisp water views of the Connecticut River from all sides at Saybrook Point Park. There is also mini-golf, picnic tables, and a beautiful garden. Across the parking lot is a lovely small nature preserve for our feathered friends.

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