If you have ever heard of Saybrook Point Inn and Spa you might only think it is a special place to host or attend a wedding. When we visited this past weekend we often overheard people saying, “I’ve been here for a wedding but I never thought to come here for dinner”. Now that we’ve had the chance to dine, relax at the spa, take in the view and spend the night, we can tell you that the Saybrook Point Inn is much more than a wedding venue, it’s a destination!
We started our visit at the front desk where we were greeted by friendly staff who had everything ready for our stay. Because it was Mother’s Day there was a special treat waiting outside for guests, a horse-drawn carriage ride. We jumped on-board and talked with the owners, Terry and Elaine Joseph of Cedar Knoll Farm, who shared how they have driven this carriage in the Macy’s Day parade and had Joan Rivers as there guest. Their carriage and horse were also used for Ashley Simpson’s wedding at The Tradewinds. The horses are well taken care of and live on there farm in Lisbon. They also shared there knowledge of the area including the fact that Yale College started right down at the point in Old Saybrook. There is small monument that marks the spot.
After we settled into our room at the “Pink” Three Stories Guest, a recently renovated Italianate house, just down the street from the main Inn, we ventured down to the living and dining area. (The Three Stories Guest house is only open to adults.) The Three Stories Guest house has eight distinctly decorated rooms and makes you feel like you are right at home. Play chess or billiards, sit by the fireplace, read a book, and if you are hungry, grab a homemade scone and some fresh brewed coffee. After strolling through the private gardens, be sure to take an afternoon break on the balcony of your room, taking in the afternoon warmth of the sun. On those chilly nights, let the heat of the rooftop fire pit take the chill off. Snacks are available almost all day long. Each guest here gets full breakfast at Fresh Salt.
The weather was a perfect 76 degrees and sunny so we lounged on the deck overlooking the Long Island Sound. There were many boats docked at the Marina but since this is early May it wasn’t quite full. By the end of the month all of the slips will be filled and the Marina will be alive with activity. From our viewpoint we could see boaters visiting on the docks and some were reading in their cabins. This day was meant for lounging and taking in the view. A lot of people were mingling around, sipping cocktails. We fancied a local CT beer from Timble Island Brewery at the Marina Bar while we bask in the sun in lounge chairs.
It was so warm that some people were even in the outside pool. The Inn has a very nice heated inside pool and hot tub as well as a separate heated outside pool. There are locker facilities and a full-size gym with professional equipment for guests to use.
Did you know that you do not have to be staying at the inn to take advantage of their fitness center the entire year by simply becoming a member? By becoming a member you will have access to the fitness center and pool, using a plan around your schedule and fitness goals. Plus discounts at Sanno spa and Fresh Salt, as well as special rates for personal training.
They offer fitness classes daily and with a wide array of options for the beginner to the expert. Start your day with rhythmic aqua classes or dance to the sounds of our zumba class.
Both of us enjoyed a little pampering at the Sanno Spa, where we had “mini” manicures and pedicures, a couple of the numerous available services. During your spa visit, relax in their resting area while sipping a refreshing cold or hot beverage or a glass of wine to unwind from that hectic day.
Once evening came, we ate dinner at the Fresh Salt restaurant. At Fresh Salt, the chef creates dishes using a simple approach honoring fresh and seasonal local ingredients of Connecticut resulting in delicious and quality culinary delights. While enjoying our meal, we took in the pleasant views of the Long Island Sound where it intertwines with the Connecticut River.
If you are looking for a “lighter” early evening bite, take in their Happy Hour, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm every Monday through Friday, bunching on some small bites, such as a trio of sliders or tacos paired with a flight of wine, martinis, or beer while lounging in the bar area or outside on the patio near the fire pit.
The Inn offers a variety of rooms in the main building, ranging from a “Standard” room to a “Full One Bedroom Suite” where the King bedroom is separate from the living and dining areas. Allow the cozy fireplace to take care of those cooler evenings, but for the summer nights sit on the balcony with a glass of wine and enjoy the spectacular water views. Some rooms offer Jacuzzi-style bathtub where you can ease away your efforts at the fitness center.
For those you want a more nautical stay, try the unique “Lighthouse Suite”, seen in the upper left-hand corner of the picture below. The Lighthouse Suite is located on the main dock of the marina, overlooking the natural beauty of Long Island Sound and Connecticut River. Within this 900 square feet accommodation is a living room, dining area, and kitchenette, all for your own relaxation. Available seasonally for nightly or weekly rentals May through October.
After a full day of touring the Inn, indulging at the spa, relaxing on the walkway, and a delightful cocktail and delicious dinner, we decided to call it a day and slowing made our way back to our room. Once back at our room, we decided to cap off the evening with coffee while sitting on the balcony enjoying the clear skies and surrounding view.
Waking the next day, we skipped breakfast, but satisfied our slight hunger with a freshly baked muffin and coffee from offerings at Three Stories Guest House.
Least, I fail to mention, Saybrook Point Inn offers several different packages that will make your stay even more memorable. They even have one for your pet, “Doggie on the Go Package” where your “Very Important Pet” is treated to an assortment of goodies and a doggie bed, while you enjoy a bottle of wine upon arrival and breakfast the following morning.
Be sure to book your get away at the histrionic Saybrook Point Inn as it has all you need for that “mini” waterfront vacation; stunning views, personable hospitality, and numerous amenities.