Isn’t it amazing how “antiquing never gets old!” If you’re into shopping and unique is what you seek, browse Mystic Country’s array of antique dealers, and galleries many of which can be found in CT’s Coastline and Countryside village centers. Travel to the northeast where the Quiet Corner of Connecticut awaits or head further south on the shore and explore Old Saybrook, Westbrook and Essex or just hop on the Mystic Country Antiques Trail where it’s all laid out town by town.
Old Red Saltbox
Great shop for this area! Primitives, Antiques and more! The Shop is packed with great things for your Country, Primitive and Beach home décor, even wonderful candles for any home! Be sure not to miss this great store!!!
Niantic, CT (271 Main St – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 691-1597
Past to Present Collectibles
Fantastic place to find treasures! Sport Cards and awesome antiques which are always changing… and the entire back room full of $1 items. Also, if you’re ever looking for hand tools, hardware, oddities, etc. – there are shelves and shelves full of items.
Niantic, CT (260 Main St – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 449-3312
Anna Pearls Curiosities
Anna Pearls is a treasure. These retro and antique jewelry and accessory pieces are arranged like a mini art gallery. The items are reasonably priced so there is no way to leave without rings on your fingers and necklaces or pins in your bag. Also peruse sea-themed pieces such as mermaids, starfish and boats.
Niantic, CT (281 Main St – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 912-9619
Home Craft Country Store
This shop is loaded with Country & Amish made furniture, pictures, shelves, barn stars, accessories and gifts. Linens include shower curtains, table runners, valances and placemats in addition to Braided Rugs of all sizes, stair treads, chair pads and so much more!
East Lyme, CT (Boston Post Rd – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 691-1244
The Past Antique Market & Museum
Discover an extensive collection of rare and unique antiques including everything from furniture, vintage wares, antique jewelry, framed art, figurines, coins, collectibles, decorative items and so much more! With new items added regularly, you never know what rare treasures you will find to add to your new or growing antique collection.
Montville, CT (Rt 85 – see inn’s yellow map and brochure) (860) 437-3615
Old Saybrook Antiques Center
The center offers something for everyone, A multi-dealer shop specializing in American/Continental furniture, silver, estate jewelry, porcelain, glassware, pottery and fine art.
Old Saybrook, CT (756 Middlesex Tpke) (860) 388-1600 oldsaybrookantiques.com
(Putnam, Pomfret & Woodstock, CT)
Our custom itineraries will provide you with directions for a scenic drive along one of the top ten most scenic roadways in the United States offering beautiful rural settings with scenic vistas, rolling hills, miles of stone walls, many antique shops and even a bit of nostalgia. This route is a very popular drive for fall leaf-peeping.
Putnam, Pomfret & Woodstock, CT quietcornerct.com
Located just 30 minutes from our inn, is the quaint New England seaside village of Stonington Borough which features not just antiques but many excellent restaurants and wonderfully eclectic shops such as antiques stores, boutiques, jewelry and clothing stores. Visit the lighthouse museum or stroll down Water Street with its many historic buildings – the Borough is a must see destination.
Stonington, CT (95 North to exit #91) stoningtonboroughct.com
Walk To One-Of-A-Kind Shops and Restaurants right from Inn at Harbor Hill Marina or Visit Nearby Outlets and Malls for Great Shopping Adventures
Locally, our Niantic Village is within walking distance from the Inn at Harbor Hill and offers unique shops, a variety of eateries and plenty of seaside charm. Below are just some of the shopping options:
Visit Grace, and get inspired by this lifestyle shop and destination in the heart of Niantic. Enter a serene shoreline boutique, offering a curated selection of woman’s clothing, jewelry and accessories as well as home décor and gifts.
Niantic, CT (46 Pennsylvania Ave – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 739-4333
Bayberries Fine Gifts
Pamper your soul with fine gifts to adorn your person or your home from a carefully curated selection of gifts and lovely items. Find Vera Bradley, Crabtree & Evelyn, Beanpod Candles, Bennington Pottery, and much more in this unique and charming gift shop nestled on the shore.
Niantic, CT (32 Pennsylvania Ave – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 739-2977
Great stuff! They have the most unique selection of clothes, handmade local crafts and jewelry, accessories, gifts… not to mention their HUGE selection of music… CD’s and vinyl galore!! This is the place to shop for your NIANTIC sweatshirts and tees!
Niantic, CT (325 Main St – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 739-9018
Thistle Beads & Gifts
This shop shines! Beautiful beads, supplies, and gifts are displayed wall to wall. Purchase everything you need for your beading crafts and take lessons if you’re a beginner or looking to learn more. Find that perfect bead or accessory all in the same shop.
Niantic, CT (24 Pennsylvania Ave – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 739-6552
Gumdrops & Lollipops
This bright yellow building in downtown Niantic looks and feels like an old fashioned diner featuring great burgers, lobster rolls, fries, candy and pies. However, Gumdrops and Lollipops also offers Homemade Fudge, specialty truffles, nostalgic candies, chocolates and local ice cream, and some of the best malts found anywhere! Step inside this charming retro 1950’s candy shoppe, ice cream parlor and diner where everything is served with a smile at the happiest place in town!
Niantic, CT (334 Main St – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 739-7800
Indigo – Threads with Integrity
All products are designed, sourced and produced with the purist of intent to reduce the impact on the planet. Clothing, accessories and gifts have been hand chosen to reflect conscious awareness and fabrics are fair trade, sourced directly from women in Africa and a portion of each sale is independently donated to their cause.
Niantic, CT (413 Main St – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 691-1283
Book Barn – Multiple locations throughout Niantic
A Used Book / Book Junkies bonanza!!! Like the rumors of Mark Twain’s death, the reports of the demise of books—you know, those things with paper pages and bindings—have been greatly exaggerated. Niantic Book Barn is home to nearly half a million books and may, in fact, now be the largest book venue in New England. Everyone loves the Book Barn!
Niantic, CT (41 W. Main St – see inn’s yellow map) (860) 739-5715
Other Mystic Country region shopping options:
Olde Mistick Village
Discover over 60 shops and restaurants in a Colonial New England setting.
Come spend a relaxing day anytime of the year in Olde Mistick Village. Enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720. There are over 60 shops & restaurants, picturesque settings of flowers, trees & duck ponds that surround you as you relax and unwind. Shopkeepers pride themselves on offering some of the most interesting and unique items from around the world.
Mystic, CT (exit #90 off i-95) 860-536-4941 oldemistickvillage.com
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
70 famous-name Outlet stores all in one location.
Clinton, CT (exit #63 off i-95) 860-664-0700
Tanger Outlet Center
Over 65 famous-name outlet stores all in one location – guiding you towards the best deals at from favorite designer and brand-name stores.
Westbrook, CT (exit #65 off i-95) 860-399-8656
* Tanger also has an outlet location in Foxwoods Resort Casino
Crystal Mall and Waterford Commons
Name brand stores, restaurants and specialty shops.
Crystal Mall is a newly renovated, two level regional Mall with over 125 stores in a comfortable and climate controlled indoor environment. Dining at the Mall includes a modern food court and three full-service restaurants. It is conveniently located between I-95 and I-395 in Waterford, CT.
Waterford, CT (exit #82 off i-95)
The Velvet Mill in Stonington
This destination is really the old American Velvet manufacturing mill located in Stonington which during the 19th century kept landlubbers employed while others were at sea. Today, tenants in this unique growing community are fine artists and small businesses, among them are multiple artist studios, artisanal bakery, cheese and organic juice shops, Beer’d Brewery and weekend flea market.
Stonington, CT (exit 91 off I-95)
Amazing Museum Adventures In And Around Mystic: Learn To Swim With Whales or Explore the First Nuclear-Powered Submarine
The Museum of America and the Sea – the nation’s leading maritime museum.
Mystic, CT 860-572-5315 mysticseaport.org
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
World-class aquarium. Daily marine mammal demonstrations, gift shop, new waterfront cafe and home to Dr. Robert Ballard and his team of scientists and explorers with the Institute for Exploration. Swim with the Whales!
Mystic, CT 860-572-5955 mysticaquarium.org
Florence Griswold Museum
This is the home of the Lyme Art Colony and America’s best known center of American Impressionism.
Old Lyme, CT 860-434-5542 florencegriswoldmuseum.org
Lyme Art Association
Annually, offers 8 major exhibitions as the oldest art colony in the U.S.
Old Lyme, CT 860-434-7802 lymeartassociation.org
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Life-size dioramas, changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures create the largest tribal museum and learning center in the world. High-tech museum!
Mashantucket, CT 800-411-9671 pequotmuseum.org
Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum
Visit the Navy’s official Submarine Museum and step aboard the first nuclear-powered submarine.
Groton, CT 800-343-0079 ussnautilus.org
Denison Homestead Museum
View five generations of Denison family history and heirlooms while touring the Denison 1717 Homestead.
Mystic, CT 860-536-9248 denisonhomestead.org
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Regularly changing exhibits highlight Contemporary, Modern and Primitive Fine Arts, American Decorative Arts, and Connecticut Impressionist paintings.
New London, CT 860-443-2545 lymanallen.org
Connecticut Art Trail
Discover Connecticut’s artistic treasures—fifteen world-class museums and historic sites across the state, four of which are in Mystic Country.
Mystic Art Association-Galleries Studios
Take an art workshop, purchase a “piece of Mystic” to take home with you and view the best artwork by the Region’s finest artists.
Mystic, CT 860-536-7601 mysticmuseumofart.org
Children’s Museum of SE CT
One of Niantic’s treasures, this hands-on interactive museum for children ages 1 to 12 is a delight for all ages.
Niantic, CT 860-691-1111 childrensmuseumsect.org
Old Sturbridge Village
Experience re-enactment of New England in days long past as you stroll this 200-acre Village.
Sturbridge, MA 508-347-3362 osv.org
Connecticut River Museum
The Collections of the Connecticut River Museum have developed over the past five decades and are closely focused on the Museum’s mission to celebrate the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River with particular interest in the navigable waters.
Essex, CT 860-767-8269 ctrivermuseum.org