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Maritime Adventure for Two

Lot #6

See historic New England!

Explore the lower Connecticut River Valley and Long Island Sound. This tideland area is recognized by The Nature Conservancy as one of the Western Hemisphere’s “Last Great Places.” You and your guest will enjoy roundtrip airfare to the very best of the region’s rich heritage, museums, and renowned accommodations.

Start your experience in Essex Village. This quintessential maritime village has been named the “best small town in America.” Enjoy two nights at The Griswold Inn, one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the entire nation! With an extraordinary wine bar and maritime art, this is a truly gracious location on Main Street in historic Essex. Stroll two blocks down the street to the harbor where views and the Connecticut River Museum await you.

The Connecticut River Museum is located in the last surviving steamboat dock & warehouse on the River. While there, enjoy a VIP tour of the museum and their popular paddle program (canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards) that will allow you to explore the spectacular local coves.

A highlight of your trip will surely be a voyage aboard the Onrust. This “yacht” (Dutch for hunter) is a replica of explorer Adriaen Block’s 1614-era vessel. Choose a sunset cruise, and if you are there in late summer to early fall, you will likely witness the seasonal swallow migration. At sunset, thousands of these birds come from miles to perform a synchronized aerial ballet before cascading into the marshes to roost for the night.

Next, travel to Old Saybrook as your convenient hub to explore coastal Connecticut. Enjoy two nights at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, an exquisite four-star eco-friendly property. This resort is truly extraordinary. During your stay, you may choose from a full line of spa treatments or savor the local ingredients, including seafood, at the award-winning Fresh Salt. Round out your trip with two nights at The James Pharmacy B&B. This premier accommodation dates to 1790. Now repurposed, it features four-poster beds with Italian linens and modern amenities. Guests find the perfect balance of contemporary luxury and New England history (PS: Be sure to enjoy the Italian gelato – made fresh daily).

Finish your adventure at the United States’ premier maritime museum - Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. The museum is world-famous for its vast seafaring collection. Explore dozens of exhibits, hop aboard a vessel from the age of sail, and explore the recreated 19th-century sea-side village. Talk about time in a bottle!

TRIP INCLUDES: Roundtrip airline tickets; 2 nights at each of the three accommodations (The Griswold Inn, Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, and The James Pharmacy Bed & Breakfast); VIP tour and admission to the Connecticut River Museum; a two-day paddle rental; a cruise aboard the Onrust; and admission to Mystic Seaport Museum.

This trip is good through 8/31/20, based on availability. Roundtrip Tickets to Connecticut on Delta Airlines, donated by Travel Café (some restrictions apply).

Donated By:

The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, The Griswold Inn, The James Pharmacy Bed & Breakfast, Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut River Museum, Travel Café