Step aside, Long Island — there’s a new waterfront haven in town. Less than two hours from the heart of Manhattan, Old Saybrook, CT, offers the easy peacefulness and luxury feeling of the Hamptons without the crowds. With its small town charm, waterfront beauty, and comfortable convenience, this coastal Connecticut town may just be your new favorite weekend getaway from NYC.
Just a two hour drive away, Old Saybrook makes an easy weekend getaway from NYC by car. However, if you want to embrace vacation from the moment you leave your front door, we recommend going old school and hopping aboard a train out of the city. Plus, from Penn Station, you can take an Amtrak all the way to Old Saybrook’s station with no stops! Give us a ring ahead of time and we can come pick you up and ferry you to your vacation home.
Things To Do On Your Weekend Getaway From NYC:
Taste the Local Libations
While southern Connecticut may not have as many bars per capita as New York City, our region is infused with the same craft sensibilities of the city, minus the hipster fervor. Head out on a brewery tour and taste craft beers as you overlook the Connecticut River, or relax with a refreshing libation at Saybrook’s Marina Bar.
Spend A Day On The Water
Although Manhattan is an island, the crisp, clear water of the Connecticut provides a welcome respite from the Hudson. River cruises like the Essex Riverboat or the Lady Kate River Cruise can carry you off for an evening of spectacular views and romance. If you’re happy just watching the waves go by, plan to spend a leisurely day on the balcony of your room or walking along the causeway.
Hit The Shops
Shopping in southern Connecticut may not have the reputation of SoHo, but from expansive antique stores to outlet malls, it may just be the best destination to find a hidden gem. Connecticut is known for its antiquing — spend your weekend getaway from NYC adding character to your home or your wardrobe with finds dating back to the 18th century. If you’re looking for a bargain, Connecticut’s craft fairs feature handmade items at a fraction of those city prices. With its simple charms and historic style, southern Connecticut shopping will add some local color to your weekend getaway from NYC.
Where To Stay:
Punctuate your weekend getaway from NYC with a stay on a quiet marina along the Connecticut River. At Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, find ultimate coastal relaxation with our waterfront views, luxury spa, or award-winning dining. With so much to do just steps from your room, you won’t even need to leave the property to savor your weekend away.