Elevate Your Shopping, Old Saybrook Style

With its jaw-dropping waterside views, lively shopping district, and streets brimming with charm, a day of shopping in Old Saybrook is more holiday cheer than holiday chore. Old Saybrook’s historic downtown is a veritable treasure trove of boutiques, eclectic shops, and gift stores stocked with special finds you won’t see at home.

And once your shopping is through, keep the spirit flowing with a Hot Sangria at local favorite, Fresh Salt. And you don’t have to stop there. Save the trip home for tomorrow and stay the night at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina and wake up to striking views of the Long Island Sound. The next morning’s brunch and a seasonal Pumpkin Berry Peel Facial will leave you relaxed and ready for the holidays—all without stepping foot in a mall or filling up a single online shopping cart.

Put a dent in your holiday shopping list at a few of our favorites.

For the homebody

Saybrook Home
2 Main Street, Old Saybrook
This 42,000 square foot behemoth is your one-stop shop for home decor. Here, you’ll find the area’s best selection of domestic furniture, rugs, curtains, bedding, and a host of other items for the home—and beyond. Don’t miss their apparel shop, stocked with designer brands like Vineyard Vines, Eileen Fisher, and Lilly Pulitzer.

For those who want a story behind their gift

292 Main Street, Old Saybrook
A Main Street fixture since 1971, Esty’s is a family-owned shop known for local artwork and one-of-a-kind light fixtures. Find all sorts of unique treasures, from night lights and birdhouses to quirky lampshades. For holiday gifts, their hand-carved wooden ornaments are a safe bet.

For the bookworm

Harbor Books
146 Main Street, Old Saybrook
When you’re ready for a break from the bustle, pop into this cozy hideaway. Wander the jam-packed aisles to find new and used books on all kinds of subjects, including a healthy representation of books covering local history and Old Saybrook’s most beloved resident, Katherine Hepburn.

For the foodie

Fromage Fine Foods and Coffees
873 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook
Cheese lovers: prepare yourselves. This gourmet grocery store boasts a finely curated selection of cheeses—literally hundreds of cheeses—along with specialty meats, pastas, and desserts. Christine and her staff are as knowledgeable as they are friendly—they’ll even help you build a personalized gift basket!

For the fashionista

Pearls & Plaid
889 Boston Post Road
A relative newcomer, Pearls & Plaid opened in May 2016 to bring affordable fashion to the Connecticut shoreline. With a range of on-trend clothing, handbags, and accessories, find gifts that will ‘wow’ even the most discerning shopper.

For the impossible to shop for

875 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook
No visit downtown is complete without stopping at local favorite, Swag. This teeny store is packed with funky jewelry, accessories, home decor, pet toys, and an impressive greeting card selection. The stock is ever-evolving—once it’s gone, it’s gone. Keep an eye out for Avi, bulldog, store mascot, and Facebook personality.

And, of course, you can never go wrong with a Saybrook Point Resort & Marina gift card. They can be used for anything from overnight stays, spa services at The Spa, or fresh, local fare at Fresh Salt. It’s up to them!

Make It a Weekend Getaway in Old Saybrook

Stay a while. An epicenter of history, maritime tradition, fine arts, and natural beauty, Connecticut’s oldest shoreline town has more to offer than shopping. Turn your shopping day into a weekend escape.


Saybrook Point Resort & Marina is the perfect home base for your stay. It’s centrally-located and right on the water, with a full-serve spa and wellness center, well-appointed, comfortable rooms, and a top-rated restaurant with the “Best Brunch on the Shoreline.” And this time of year, the holiday decorations and roaring fireplaces take the coziness up an extra notch.

Old Saybrook is more than a picture-perfect backdrop to get into the holiday spirit. It has all the makings of an elevated holiday shopping experience—an experience you’ll want to make an annual tradition.

Ready to experience holiday shopping Old Saybrook style?

Call Saybrook Point Resort & Marina at 1-844-505-4520 or make a reservation online.