It’s no secret that the Connecticut shoreline, particularly in the Old Saybrook to Mystic area, offers some of the best cruising on the east coast, with a combination of national and maritime history and a large selection of welcoming large and small marinas. And that’s before you head up the Connecticut River to Essex, which was burned by the British in the War of 1812 and is now the quintessential small New England town, or Hamburg Cove, just up the river a bit, one of the best gunkholes anywhere, in my opinion.
But now that area is attracting more attention. Here’s a story from Town & Country saying that the area is becoming the new Hamptons as the preferred summer playground for the rich and famous. (I personally think that may be a bit overblown, but that’s just me.) In any event, take a look at T&C’s list of 27 great places there – beaches, bars, restaurants, museums and other spots. Some may be new to you. Others, say Mystic Seaport or the Griswold Inn, are probably already old haunts. In any event, see what you may be missing, particularly in time for fall cruising, when the foliage there is simply gorgeous.