Here’s hoping every one of you reading this had a wonderful and fun-filled recent holiday season shared with family and friends. It’s not just a time of the year when we reflect for the blessing so many of us have, but it’s also the time of the year we look forward to new beginnings and adventures. So, this BLOG post reflects on the past year we had here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, and what we’re looking forward to in the coming year.
2017 in Review
It’s that time of year when we bid adieu to 2017, and reflect on the year it’s been here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. However, before we say so long to 2017, we just wanted to extend our heartfelt thank you to all of you for being so fabulous. The “you” being those of you who visited with us this past year, and for many of you, who visit year after year. The “you” who continue to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and read our BLOG, and continue to stay connected writing about us in such positive ways. We can’t begin to express our gratitude for the countless memories and smiles that so many of you have created for us over the past year, and want you to know that you are the reason we continue to love doing what we do. We are so blessed to have the best guests anywhere, and are proud to call many of you “friends”.
What and When to Visit the CT shoreline
As for 2017, it was another wonderful year here at the inn and along the southeastern Connecticut shoreline known as “Mystic Country”. While the holiday season here in Mystic Country features many special holiday inspired things to do, many of you know it’s the spring, summer and autumn months which are ideal for getting out and experiencing all the beauty that southeastern New England has to offer. And it’s not too early to start planning those visits to Harbor Hill.
The past year allowed us to again visit some of our favorite places throughout our fun-filled and scenic shoreline region. Some of you may relate to this, but visiting some of these destinations never seem to get old. The past year we again visited Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, Stonington Borough (about 100 times), Watch Hill, Newport, Block Island and even Narragansett, RI. We visited our local wineries, brew pubs and yes, took another cruise aboard the 81’ Schooner Argia enjoying the beauty of Fishers Island Sound, and as always, met some great people at each and every one of these venues.
In addition to the above adventures, our quaint seaside village of Niantic saw yet a few more changes this past year, with even more new things expected this upcoming year in 2018. The most notable new thing in town in 2017 was the completion of the brand new McCook’s Point Park Band Shell.
This new band shell provided a perfect setting for enjoying “free” summer concerts atop a most beautiful park overlooking Long Island Sound. Several of our guests took advantage of this new facility by taking some of our beach chairs, grabbing a local sandwich and salad and simply enjoying the simplicity such a venue offers. These concerts, coupled with our weekly Farmer’s Markets, our mile-long Boardwalk, three town beaches and a wide array of fun events throughout the year continue to make Niantic Village the special place it is.
Food, food, that glorious, local and fresh seafood
Finally, and certainly one of our favorite things to do throughout the year, is visiting the number of great restaurants we are blessed to have available within an hour’s drive from our inn. We’ve joked a bit on Facebook how it would appear that we have become “Happy Hour Junkies” visiting some of our favorite shoreline eateries, and can’t even count how many photos, posts and snippets we have posted regarding some of our favorites. We start this summary with Red 36, clearly one of Sue’s all-time favorites in the area in the summertime. Great views, well prepared food, an awesome staff and warm friendly clientele make this one of our most recommended summertime eating and drinking spots.
In addition to Red 36, we also love, love, love the DogWatch Café, Ford’s Lobster (we don’t think there’s a better lobster-in-the-rough setting anywhere!), local Lillian’s Café, Matunuck Oyster Bar, S&P Oyster, The Coast Guard House and a host of others we’re ready to tell you about during your next visit.
What’s ahead for 2018?
As we look forward to 2018, we are extremely excited about yet another new restaurant set to open in town within the next week or so, and some very exciting new “action adventure” attractions that Foxwoods Resort casino will be launching this upcoming year. Two of the most noteworthy attractions are the 3,750 High-Flyer Zipline that Foxwoods will be introducing this spring. This ride will start from the top of the Fox Tower building (yep, 30 stories up) and again will descend some 3,750 feet to their neighboring Mashantucket Pequot Museum with riders supposedly capable of reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. Add to the new Zipline attractions, a new European-styled 1,500’ multi-level gas-powered go-cart track and we think these are the things some of our younger visitors are seeking and what experiences are truly made of.
So there you have it, a quick review of the year that was, and a peek into the new year ahead. While the recent holiday season provided us some of the coldest winter temperatures we have ever experienced, our hearts stay warm with the thought of seeing many of you again in the coming year.
Last, but not least, we would be remiss to not mention the incredible, dedicated and hard-working Harbor Hill crew. Without a doubt, none of what we do would be possible without all their time, talents, support, understanding and friendships.
We love you all.
In closing, we hope your 2018 is everything you hope it to be …and more.
May the New Year find you and your family happy, healthy and filled with love.
Happy New Year!
Sue, Dave and the entire Inn at Harbor Hill Marina crew
Pam, Lynn, Elizabeth, Amber, Vicky, Robin, Leigha, Julia, Nicole, Maggie, Moriah, Katelyn, Heather, James and Jacob.