Shore, Sights & Seafood

  • Start this getaway with a visit to picturesque Stony Creek, I-95 Exit 56, and a cruise around the storybook Thimble Islands.
  • Then go east on scenic Rte. 146 to historic Guilford and visit the Henry Whitfield State Museum (1639), the oldest stone house in New England. Dine in elegance on the Town Green or head east on U.S. 1 for some lobster in the rough.
  • A few miles up the road you’ll find the bargains at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, Rte. 81, and Tanger Outlet Center in Westbrook, Rte. 153.
  • Tour Gillette Castle home to legendary stage actor William Gillette. Park overlooks the Connecticut River. Then do dinner and a show at the Gelston House and Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Rte. 82.
  • Next day, take a sightseeing excursion on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Rte. 154,
  • then browse the shops in the quintessential New England villages of Essex and Chester.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between 1 & 6 are 48 miles.

Henry Whitfield State Museum

Connecticut’s oldest house (1639) and New England’s oldest stone building, built as a minister’s home and stronghold, Colonial Revial restorations 1902 and 1930s. 17th- to 19th-century furnishings, herb garden, museum shop, visitor center. National Historic Landmark

Gillette Castle State Park

Unique field stone castle was home to legendary stage actor, William Gillette. The 184 acre park is situated on a hill overlooking the Connecticut River. Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage, designed his house with intricately carved locks and wood doors. The grounds have extensive hiking trails and picnic spots.

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