If we know New England winters (and we do!), the brisk winds and gloomy greys of the season may not be a dream of the past. Until the first buds of spring pop up under our feet, we’ve decided just to embrace the winter rather than fight it. Join us in our efforts by exploring these cozy winter getaways in Connecticut, and experience the dual joy of winter beauty and extreme snugness. With a cozy Connecticut vacation, you’ll stay warm and serene until winter has passed you by.
Eat Your Way Across Connecticut
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who find comfort in food and those who don’t. Personally, we identify with the former group, so we can think of no better cozy winter getaway than to eat and drink your way across Connecticut. Warm up on the Connecticut Wine Trail by tracing a path to 25 wineries across the state. With rich, cool-weather varietals such as Cabernet Franc and Riesling, Connecticut wine offers flavors to excite your palate and stimulate your mind. When you’re chilly from the inside out, we’ve got a trail for that, too: the Connecticut Pizza Trail. Stop into Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana for a classic White Clam Pie or stock up on movie merchandise at Mystic Pizza. Just be sure to set out with a full heart and an empty stomach, ready for piping hot mozzarella and crispy pizza crust.
Go Museum Hopping
Coastal Connecticut’s snug museums transport you to a time when a crackling fire and a warm hearth were the best defense against winter chills. Our historical state has left a littering of old historical homes that creak against the outdoor elements and make you appreciate the warmth of shelter. Go to the home of the impressionists with a visit to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. This late-Georgian home once served as a boarding house for some of the most noted names in American Impressionist, including Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, and Matilda Browne. Wander the halls of this historic home and discover why these artists found inspiration in the Connecticut countryside. However, Florence Griswold’s home isn’t this museum’s only attraction — the campus also includes gardens, the Chadwick Studio and the Krieble Gallery of Art, perfect for finding fresh motivation in the winter months. In nearby New London, take shelter within the granite walls of Shaw Mansion. Originally built in 1756, the building survived the burning of New London during the Revolutionary War and is a prime example of a wealthy merchant’s accommodations during this time period.
Explore Connecticut’s Quaint Villages
When the weather is windy and the waves are walloping, continue your retreat into the Connecticut of yore among the quaint and historic towns of southern Connecticut. Venture up the Connecticut River to Essex, CT, where you’ll discover Federal-style architecture and a close-knit feel. Once you’ve wandered to your heart’s content, hop aboard the Essex Steam Train and see the Connecticut countryside from the comfort of your train car. For a double dose of comfort, head to Old Saybrook at the end of February for their Annual Chili Fest in Old Saybrook. Cure your cabin fever by gobbling up 20 different types of chili from vendors all over town. Though the tip of your nose might take a chill, your belly will warm you from the inside out.
Take a Spa Day
For many of us, the promise of spring means restoration. Plants emerge from their dormant states, life returns to the city streets, and , most importantly, we begin to feel like coming out of our own shells again. Escape from seasonal chill and get into the spring mindset at Sanno Spa. Here, you can shed your winter skin with a full body ritual. For a classic spa experience, get “The Kate,” named for Katharine Hepburn, and receive an exfoliating body polish, refreshing rinse, and an application of moisturizers to nurture the body. Even just a pedicure can feel transformative on your cozy winter getaway. After months of wool socks and snow boots, your feet deserve some love and plenty of time soaking in a footbath.
Round Out Your Cozy Winter Getaway by the Fire
After consuming the coziness of Connecticut, round off your warmth with a comfy stay in our inn or guest houses. Don’t venture into the cold for your meal — at Saybrook Point, our award-winning restaurant Fresh Salt is located right on-site. By dining-in, the warm glow you feel from feasting on warming winter cocktails, Fresh Salt-style chowder, and our piping-hot cioppino won’t be diminished by a walk in the cold. For a full cozy winter experience, return to your room where you can call our bellman to light your fireplace. From our on-site accommodations to our in room fireplaces, Saybrook Point is ready to welcome you for a cozy winter getaway.