Beautiful, Friendly, and So Very Enjoyable
On The Water
Photo courtesy Cedar Island Marina, Clinton, Conn.
Clinton Harbor serves as the mouth of the Hammonasset River, which is navigable for many miles with small craft, canoes or kayaks.
For sailors and yachtsmen, the cruising grounds between Clinton Harbor, to Nantucket Island, and out to the western end of Long Island are considered among the finest in southern New England, with many beautiful harbors, islands, yacht clubs and quaint towns to visit. Fishing off the eastern points of Long Island, just 20 miles from Clinton breakwater, can be quite rewarding.
The fishing is also excellent right in Clinton’s waters, with the sustained catch at Six Mile Reef earning Clinton the title of “Bluefish Capital of the World.”
Parks and Forests
Close by are an astonishing variety of public parks and attractions. Hammonasset State Park is the largest beach in Connecticut, and is visible from The Hammocks.
To the north lie Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, Cockaposset State Forest in Chester and Gillette Castle State Park in Haddam.
In addition, the entire lower Connecticut River Valley (from Haddam to Old Saybrook), has been included as one of the “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy.
Towns on the Shoreline
The surrounding towns are quintessentially New England, with picturesque greens and centuries old colonial homes.
Old Saybrook is the site of a 17th century colonial fort, and its town center is reminiscent of the congenial marketplaces which existed before malls. The Borough of Fenwick, lifelong home of a certain grand dame of American cinema, has a seaside golf links that are small town New England’s answer to Pebble Beach.
Old Lyme has been a renowned artists’ colony for more than a century, and remains as scenic now as in the Victorian age, still keeping art lovers busy in the galleries and at elegant luncheons at its inns.
Walking down Main Street in Essex is like stepping back 200 years in time, our local version of Newport. The Connecticut River Museum offers fascinating exhibits and programs, and of course the famous Griswold Inn is ready with food and drink when one feels the need. The historic homes here and their relationship to the water was one of the inspirations for The Hammocks.
The center of Chester, with its art galleries, restaurants and unique shops, feels like an undiscovered French village.
A small ferry boat crosses the Connecticut River from Chester to East Haddam, and is still the nicest way to travel to Gillette’s Castle and to the Goodspeed Opera House, one if the many local theatres in the area which continually stage delightful productions.
In addition to these theatres, the renowned Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven) and Hartford Stage Company are only a short drive away, as are the symphony and ballet.
Coming and Going