Old Saybrook CT is a beautiful shoreline community where the CT River ends and the Long Island Sound begins. There are plenty of waterfront homes, beaches and a rich retail environment. Old Saybrook embodies deep historic roots with over 100 homes having historical significance as well as housing an important wetland and ecological system.
The town contains a handful of shopping centers, as well as a plethora of local businesses, restaurants and seasonal public attractions.
There are plenty of stores and outlets to satisfy your consumer appetite. Walmart sits on the back side of the Old Saybrook Shopping Center surrounded by Stop & Shop, Bella Capelli (salon), Homegoods and Marshalls. Old Saybrook also has a Staples, Nyman Jewelers, Pearls and Plaid, the Wicker Shop, Vintage Home Décor, Action Sports, Old Glory, Tractor Supply Co, and Scotts Farm Store.
Main Street of Old Saybrook is lined with numerous shops such as Esty’s (unique gifts and lamp shades), Fantasia Consignments, Harbor Books, Sound Runner (athletic apparel), and is home to the Old Saybrook Famer’s Market.
Old Saybrook is known for seafood but also has a variety of dining such as The Monkey Farm Café, Cuckoo’s Nest, Johnny Ad’s, Pizza Works, Jack Rabbits, Old Saybrook Pizza Palace, Alforno Trattoria, Red Hen Restaurant, Luigi’s, The Old Saybrook (Parthenon) Diner, Liv’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Zhang’s, and Saigon City.
The Old Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa is a lovely place to reside while visiting the area. The Inn has 82 spacious rooms ranging from standard sized rooms, lavish luxury suites and cottages complete with balconies. Guests have access to the pool, fitness center, yoga studio, the European style spa, and the in-house restaurant Fresh Salt. The hotel also services a marina which offers many aquatic amenities such as fuel, slips, chartered fishing and sea towing.
For the active outdoor type, Old Saybrook sits next to the mouth of the Connecticut River, which is a mile long estuary and tidal wetland complex. This area is home to many birds, fowl, fish and even otters. In 1993 the Nature Conservancy designated the tidelands as the “Last Great Places”. This is one of 40 biologically important ecosystems in the western hemisphere. In 1994 this area of the river extending all the way to Middletown was classified under the International Ramsar Convention Treaty as a “Wetland of International Importance”. There are only 15 such designations in North America.
Old Saybrook is conveniently located near the shopping and dining amenities to Westbrook, Clinton, Guilford, Old Lyme and a short drive away from New Haven and New London.