Ok, ole man winter has certainly overstayed his welcome this year, and spring has been a “late arrival” here in romantic Niantic by the Atlantic. However, the robins have started to appear, our daffodils and tulips have pushed through the earth and are now in full bloom, and some of our seasonal clam shacks and ice cream stands have reopened for the season. Yes friends, these long awaited early signs of spring coupled with longer daylight hours and the warmer temperatures are all signs that spring has truly sprung here on the CT shoreline in romantic Niantic, by the Atlantic.
Hiking and Walking Trails in Mystic Country
So now that spring has arrived, what are we recommending our guests’ do while visiting with us here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. Well, we think spring is one of the best times of the year to explore and experience some of the great walking and hiking trails throughout southeastern Connecticut shoreline and the Mystic Country region. We feel our recommended walking and hiking trails are some of the best hiking trails in all of Connecticut, and so special in fact, that we have recently created our own Inn at Harbor Hill Marina “Walking and Hiking Trails” guide. Like the many other custom day trip itineraries that we offer, our new Walking and Hiking Guide highlights nine of the most beautiful trails to explore while enjoying the beauty of spring weather here on the CT shoreline. Complete with summaries of the trails and what makes them special, we even provide custom directions from our inn to the trails. Be sure to ask for your complimentary copy during your next visit.
Our Favorite Walking and Hiking Trails
Nothing beats exploring the region like a good day’s stroll or hike enjoying some of Mystic Country’s most scenic walking/hiking trails. To showcase all that the Mystic Country region in Connecticut has to offer the outdoor enthusiast, we have created a list of our favorite hiking/walking spots. All are within 40 minute drive of our inn. Are you looking for slow stroll along the coastline? How about a challenging hike? A hidden gem? There’s something here for everyone, and the trails we recommend offer a variety of woodland, river, marsh and shoreline scenery. Below is a list of our favorite regional hiking and walking trails:
1. Avery Point
2. Niantic Bay Boardwalk
3. Harkness Memorial State Park
4. Oswegatchie Hills
5. Rocky Neck State Park
6. Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve
7. Gillette Castle State Park
8. The Arboretum at Connecticut College
9. Devil’s Hopyard State Park
Clams, Lobster Rolls and Onion Rings
Aside from getting outdoors, and getting some leisurely exercise and fresh air, another sign that spring has arrived is by seeing the re-opening of so many of our favorite summertime clam shacks, waterfront restaurants and ice cream shops. Their window shutters removed, their lights illuminated, their outdoor dining spaces cleaned of winter’s debris, and their grills and deep fryers already creating a buzz and crowds throughout the shoreline. For those of you who have visited in the past, you know we are big fans of several special outdoor dining spots, and would love to share some of our current favorites with you during your next visit to the inn.
So bring on those crunchy clam strips, our sweet and tender local Stonington scallops, the butter-drenched hot lobster rolls, the rich creamy New England clam chowder served in those classic Styrofoam cups, and those sweet thin-cut onion rings. Oh yea, throw in a serving of those classic and delicious local Niantic Bay oysters, Littleneck clams and some steamed in white wine mussels; well, we think you get the picture.
Bottom line, when our beloved clam and lobster shacks start re-opening we know spring has sprung. Surely summer can’t be far behind. Here’s to a wonderful spring season everyone, and look forward to hosting you and your this spring season.