Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
1750 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: (860) 399-7973
Fax: (860) 399-7387
Opened in September 2009, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (also known as "The Kate") is the Shoreline's premier entertainment venue, hosting stand-up comedy, theatrical performances, live music and lectures throughout the year. The facility is housed in what used to be Old Saybrook's historic City Hall (built in 1910) and is named for the Academy Award-winning local actress, Katharine Hepburn, who resided in the town until her death in 2003. The theater features 250 seats (with unobstructed views) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of The Kate are available from June to September.
Renowned borough in Middlesex County, Connecticut, Fenwick has recorded the least population in the state as per the Census of 2000. The Fenwick Historic District spans over a land cover of 195 acres (79 hectares). The district is inclusive of around 60 buildings in its center and an exquisite golf course called as the Fenwick Golf Course. As many as 17 buildings out of the total exemplify the Shingle style of architecture while most others follow the Victorian or Queen Anne styles.
The Essex Freight Station is a station that is located on 2 acres (0.81 hectares) of land. This railroad station is a passenger station and serves as a office and a ticket station for the Essex Freight Station. Daily attracting passengers and visitors this train station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
Originally built as the school structure for the locals as a house of education, the Hills Academy in Essex is currently a home to the Essex Historical Society. Spread over 0.3 acres (0.12 ha) of land, the structure is said to be the only one contributing to the area. Currently the house continues to be the meeting hall and a place of exhibit where one can view the beautiful artifacts and collections of photographs and archval records. It is accessible to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Operational since 1897, the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library has been a constant storehouse of knowledge. A free library, it has excellent books on Old Lyme. If you are looking for some extra information on the area, then this library will not disappoint you. It also has best sellers and other well known books for people of all ages. It boasts of a Community Center and also recreational room for children. The library in collaboration with other institutions holds many events. While in Old Lyme, check out this library and spend some quiet hours reading.
Located in the serene and lush area of Connecticut is this private art college, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Here, the 200-odd students are offered degrees in painting, sculpture and illustration. The academy is popular for its stance on the importance of the study of nature and the figure which is amply seen with focus on the tradition of representational art. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. A degree from this esteemed institution will gear you to gain an entry into the coveted art world. Varied exhibitions and events like talks and art sales too take place. Check the website for further details.
Take a 20-minute drive east to Hammonasset to enjoy year-round shoreline vistas and a boardwalk for long walks and relaxation. Offering 1000 acres of campgrounds (550 sites), parks, beaches, walking trails, bike paths and fields for kite flying, Hammonasset is the quintessential pleasure destination. Meigs Point Nature Center offers fresh and saltwater aquariums and live reptiles and amphibians to touch and enjoy. Pack your in-line skates or bike, the park is grand.
After its restoration in the early 1970s, the Old Town Hall built in 1795 started serving as a meeting place and cultural center for the town of Chester. It is called the Chester Meeting House.
The Deacon John Grave House has been the home of seven generations of the Grave family. In 1983, the Deacon John Grave Foundation was founded to avoid demolition of this wooden frame house. Currently a museum, it hosts interesting events throughout the year. Check website for details.
Over 700 acres (283 hectares) of beachfront, marshland and wildlife preserves fill this lovely area of East Lyme along Long Island Sound. Enjoy an afternoon of hiking around and exploring the different terrains of this park. If you prefer the beach, there are lovely sandy beaches to lounge on, build a sandcastle or picnicking. From May through September, you can camp at the park or fish during the appropriate seasons.
Stage actor William Gillette, known for playing Sherlock Holmes on Broadway for several years, had this unique mansion built top the Seven Sisters hills alongside the Connecticut River in East Haddam, a short ride from Hartford. The peculiar castle is made of stone and contains bizarre features, such as strange door knobs and puzzle locks. The 115-acre State Park is a treat for adults and children.
The Fox Hopyard Golf Club is open from March through November in the lovely Connecticut River-town of East Haddam. This is a Par 71 golf course that spans roughly 7000 yards (6400 meters) and includes facilities such as a restaurant, tee shop, sports bar and banquet hall. The club also houses the on-site restaurant, On the Rocks, where delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served.