Visit Stunning Beaches, Beautiful State Parks and Peaceful Nature Centers in Mystic Country
Niantic Bay Boardwalk
Built in 2005, the Niantic Bay boardwalk is within walking distance of the inn and offers 1.1 miles of breathtaking views overlooking Niantic Bay and Long Island Sound. Walk the accompanying beach or soak in the sun relaxing on one of the many benches positioned along the boardwalk.
McCook Point Beach & Park, Niantic, CT
Located right here in Niantic, our town beaches and park requires seasonal passes and here at the inn, passes are complimentary for our guests.
Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme, CT 860-739-5471
The large stone pavilion, diverse trail systems, and gently sloping beach looking out to Long Island Sound make this park ideal for hikers and bikers. Only a 5-minute drive from our Inn at Harbor Hill!
Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford 860-443-5725
Formerly a private summer estate, the formal gardens, picnic areas and beach for combing and fishing make for an interesting walking tour and picnic. No swimming.
Ocean Beach Park, New London, CT 800-510-SAND
Walk and swim from the “sugar sand” beach or swim in the saltwater swimming pool. Grab your choice of snacks at the boardwalk concessions or bring a picnic lunch. There is also a water slide, nature trail, carousel, children’s rides, playground, mini golf, and arcade… what fun!
Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT 860-526-2336
Full of puzzles and tunnels this unique authentic Fieldstone castle was once home to “Sherlock Holmes”, the legendary stage actor, William Gillette. Situated on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River there are 184 peaceful acres with hiking trails and picnic areas.
Devil’s Hopyard State Park, East Haddam, CT
Enjoy 860 acres of hiking trails, fishing streams, picnic spots and then visit the 60 foot Chapman waterfall.
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic, CT
Natural history exhibits, live animals, birding, eight miles of hiking trails and a gift shop make up this 200-acre nature sanctuary.
Misquamicut Beach ~ Westerly, RI
Visit miles of beach, ocean and surf and enjoy beach side shops, restaurants and amusement rides.
UConn Avery Point Campus, Groton, CT 860-405-9000
The beautifully landscaped “point” overlooks the New London Ledge Lighthouse and Avery Point Lighthouse. Stroll the brick-lined memorial trail along the banks of Long Island Sound (LIS).
Experience all that our amazing region has to offer by exploring one of the following scenic, historic and fun-filled destinations. Our intimate knowledge and custom create itineraries will provide you directions and recommendations on what to see, what to do and where to eat to make your journey a pleasure beyond your expectations.
Niantic, CT ~
(our very own little New England Village – Home Sweet Home)
The village of Niantic is located just 20 minutes south of Mystic nestled in the heart of Mystic Country. Niantic boasts being the only town in Connecticut where its Main Street boarders the water and the Connecticut shoreline. While staying at the inn, enjoy history, beaches, shopping, dining and so much more without ever leaving town. Niantic is perfectly located within 20-30 minutes of almost every attraction in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island.
About Niantic (http://www.innharborhill.com/niantic.html)
Mystic, CT ~
20 min drive from the Inn at Harbor Hill
Mystic is scenic, historic and quite possibly the absolute quintessential historic New England seaport town. One thing for sure is that whether you want to walk through history at the Seaport, swim with dolphins at the Aquarium or maybe just eat, shop or just observe, Mystic is a number one town to do that in at any time of the year.
Stonington Borough, CT
~ 20 min drive from the Inn at Harbor Hill
Just minutes from downtown Mystic, Stonington Borough is a charming seaside village situated on a mile-long peninsula. Visit the lighthouse museum or stroll down Water Street with its many excellent restaurants and wonderfully eclectic shops such as antiques stores, boutiques, jewelry and clothing stores, the Borough a must see destination.
Watch Hill, RI ~
Located about 45 minutes from the inn is this quaint seasonal picturesque seaside village resort with lots of Victorian charm. Bay Street, is home to the oldest operating carousel (circa 1876) in which the horses are suspended from chains. The street is lined with over 50 cute boutiques, cafes, restaurants and breath-taking water views from almost everywhere. Watch Hill is an affluent coastal village. It came to prominence in the late 19th century as an exclusive summer resort with wealthy families building sprawling Victorian-style “cottages.” Today, it is best known as the backdrop for the famous Ocean House… and the town where Taylor Swift purchased her summer house.
Block Island, RI ~
1 hr. high-speed ferry from New London or traditional ferry from Point Judith, RI
The Nature Conservancy added Block Island to its list of “The Last Great Places”; the list consists of twelve sites in the Western Hemisphere. “Block” is a popular summer tourist destination and is known for wonderful dining and shopping, its bicycling, hiking, sailing, fishing, and beaches. The island has two historic lighthouses, 250-foot bluffs and seventeen miles of beach. Block Island is known for its relaxed way of life.
Newport, RI ~
90 min drive from the Inn at Harbor Hill
Newport is a city in the New England state of Rhode Island, set on Aquidneck Island. Newport in its heyday was a great seaport and also known for the Gilded Age mansions built by America’s wealthiest on Bellevue Avenue – think Great Gatsby or the generations of Vanderbilt. Most are now museums and historic landmarks where you can see or take guided tours. Visit lots of boutique shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes or perhaps a sailing cruise or sightseeing,.
Essex, CT ~
20 min drive from the Inn at Harbor Hill
Historic Essex Village is on the Connecticut River with an excellent harbor for boaters from Long Island Sound. A deep history, quaint boutique shopping, excellent dining and ‘The Gris’ known for its historic Tap Room, where lively music rings out nightly are all exciting segments of this Village. Surrounded on three sides by water, historic Essex Village – the perfect small town – juts into the Connecticut River and a few miles south, the river empties into Long Island Sound in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
Quiet Corner ~
A 60 min scenic drive from the Inn at Harbor Hill
Head to the northeastern corner of Connecticut and drive along Rte. 169, nominated one of the top ten scenic highways in the US by Scenic America. Travel through northeastern CT, especially scenic during the foliage season, and visit towns such as Putnam, Pomfret and Woodstock. Enjoy shopping, antiquing, dining and autumn leaf-peeping.
Boating / Sailing:
Our most popular boating excursion! Explore the seafaring village of Mystic CT, so rich in maritime history, and view the surrounding islands from the spacious wooden deck of this elegant 81’ schooner, ARGIA. Relax as you sail by scenic coastlines and lighthouses or help the crew hoist and trim the sails. Seasonal cruises.
Mystic, CT (860) 536-0416 argiamystic.com
Mystic River Cruises
Relax and enjoy all that Mystic River has to offer on a 1947 classic wooden motorboat, with picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views of Mystic and the Seaport. Cruise in comfort for 90 minutes as you go under the drawbridge and out to Long Island Sound. Seasonal cruises.
Mystic, CT 860-536-0416
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Ride
Ride a 1920’s coach pulled by an authentic steam locomotive, then board the riverboat Becky Thatcher and cruise along the Connecticut River. A great 2 ½ hour adventure!
Essex, CT 860-767-0103 essexsteamtrain.com
Classic Lighthouse Cruises
Come experience the Connecticut shoreline and the historic lighthouses throughout Cross Sound Ferry’s Lighthouse Cruises. Get a new perspective on the history of Southern New England and Long Island when you do your sightseeing from the water – aboard the comfortable high-speed SEA JET. Choose from either of two great tours; the Classic Lighthouse Cruise where you will enjoy views of 9 lighthouses from New London to Long Island, plus two Revolutionary- era forts, and more or the new Mainland & Fishers Island Lights & Sights Cruise paralleling the mainland coast out of New London Harbor exploring mansions and ritzy waterfronts from Watch Hill, RI to Fishers Island, NY. And they still make stops at eight different lighthouse.
New London, CT 860-444-4620 lighthouse.cruises
RiverQuest Boat Cruises
A 50+ passenger vessel docked at the Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, CT offering excursions and eagle watches on the Connecticut River.
Haddam, CT 860-662-0577
Offers sail cruises on the Mystic River out to Long Island Sound.
Mystic, CT 800-697-8420
Lady Kate Cruises
Lunch & Dinner cruises down the Connecticut River.
Haddam, CT 866-867-4837
Captain John’s Nature Cruises
Seal, bald eagle and lighthouse cruises aboard the 100 ft. Sunbeam Express.
Cruise 2-1/2 hours aboard Enviro-lab for a hands-on oceanographic trip to explore the Ledge Lighthouse or enjoy a Harbor Seal Watch.