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"Just Add Water" in Connecticut for the Freshest Lobster Rolls, Chowder and Seafood Creations

Dining on the Edge...of Rivers, Lakes and Streams
     

HARTFORD --- August 2, 2006 ­ A myriad of appetizing waterfront restaurants are on the menu in Connecticut. With one of America's most picturesque and popular coastlines, Connecticut offers casual, elegant, romantic and fun venues for the family. Connecticut's waterside restaurants ­ on the coast, lakes, rivers and streams, many with their own docks and accessible by boat ­ represent one of summer's most refreshing and delightful experiences.

Along the Coast On The Waterfront
Locals say that legendary Abbott's Lobster in the Rough overlooking Noank Harbor is "hard to find but impossible to forget." This seaside favorite specializes in giant lobsters so bring an appetite. Pull a boat up to Skipper's Dock in Stonington, which sits on a 600-foot pier with views of Fisher's Island. Check out the memorabilia-filled dining room that captures the heyday of ocean cruising in the 1930's. Sea Swirl in Mystic is ranked at the very top of Connecticut "clam shacks." More than 24 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurts add to the appeal. At Saybrook Point in Old Saybrook, the aptly-named Dock & Dine restaurant is open year-round and has amazing views of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.

Sage American Grill & Riverside Bar in Chester boasts a waterfall view along the Connecticut River and the Sage American Oyster Bar & Grill in New Haven is one of the most popular dockside restaurants in the area. The double-decker deck offers spectacular views and is the perfect setting for a romantic evening. The Rusty Scupper in New Haven is on the harbor and within walking distance of the Long Wharf Pier. This is a great place to catch a glimpse of New Haven's tall ships, including the Amistad and the Quinnipiack.

Built in 1836 with native granite, Guilford Mooring, on the Long Island Sound treats diners to traditional New England ambience and indigenous "nor'eastern" seafood.

A hip crowd gathers in the outdoor patio at Stonebridge Restaurant, which overlooks the Wepawaug River waterfall. Outriggers at Brewers Stratford Marina in Stratford is eclectic in more than its menu ­ casual ambience takes on a tropical flair with staff dressed in Hawaiian shirts.

Fairfield County is rich in waterside dining experiences. Sophisticated L'Escale at the Delamar Hotel on Greenwich Harbor is located in Connecticut's first independent five-star luxury hotel. Diners enjoy views of the busy harbor filled with luxury yachts and cruisers.

Views of the Saugatuck River are available from every seat that surrounds the immense central riverstone fireplace at River House Tavern in Westport. Try Italian fare at Positano's, located at the beach's edge in Westport.

Lakes and Rivers Rushing By
Waterfront dining takes on an entirely different character in the hills and valleys of Connecticut, a more serene and tranquil experience than along the Long Island Sound. In the Litchfield Hills region, picturesque Lake Waramaug is home to a number of restaurants and inns that feature waterview dining. Since 1847, Hopkins Inn in New Preston perched high above the northern shore, has welcomed visitors with accommodations, dining and the Hopkins Inn beach just below. Also in New Preston is The Boulders, designed and built in 1890 as a stately Dutch colonial mansion. Completely restored in 2003, the inn and restaurant is a charming example of a lakeside New England country inn. One of the most enticing addresses on Lake Waramaug ­ 62 Flirtation Drive ­ is home to the legendary Doc's Trattoria & Pizzeria, offering a zesty combination of flavorful, Italian-inspired dishes, pizzas and seafood.

The Farmington River region is one of the most historic and scenic parts of Connecticut. Award-winning Ann Howard's Apricots in Farmington is noted for its sophisticated ambience and its expertly prepared specialties such as rack of lamb. The Old Riverton Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, overlooks the tumbling west branch of the Farmington River ­ popular for tubing, kayaking and white water rafting ­ from its grindstone terrace and Hobby Horse bar. The Farmington River rushes by the windows of the charming Grist Mill Restaurant, which has won awards for its romantic atmosphere and French/Continental cuisine.

The magnificent Connecticut River Valley offers several memorable places for waterfront dining, where the mouth of the river meets the Long Island Sound. The Blue Oar in East Haddam is noted for its backyard-grilled fresh seafood specialties and spectacular views of the river.

Further north, the romantic Mill on the River Restaurant is located on the shore of the Podunk River in South Windsor. Adjacent to a rushing mill stream, the restaurant offers a promenade deck and garden gazebo.

If a water view is not enough, Connecticut offers a wide range of opportunities to set sail, put to sea (or the river) and eat well at the same time. There are dinner cruises of the Thimble Islands, lobster cruises, themed riverboat excursions on the Connecticut River, glamorous party boats for special occasions and many other choices. For complete information, visit www.CTvisit.com.

For more details about waterside restaurants as well as the 52 Getaways to Connecticut guide; restaurants, resorts, country inns, B&Bs and other places to stay; please call 888-CTvisit (888-288-4748) or log on at www.CTvisit.com . Connecticut offers visitors a multi-faceted wealth of attractions; historical, cultural and recreational activities; diverse natural landscapes,; parks, beaches and wilderness sure to fulfill any getaway desire.

 

Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank, 860-536-7719, www.abbotts-lobster.com
Ann Howard's Apricots, Farmington, 860-673-5405
The Blue Oar, East Haddam, (860) 345-2994; http://www.blueoar.com/
The Boulders, New Preston, 860-868-0541, www.bouldersinn.com
Doc's Trattoria & Pizzeria, New Preston, 860-868-9415, www.docstrattoria.com
Dock & Dine, Old Saybrook, 860-388-4665, www.dockdinect.com
The Grist Mill, Farmington, 860-676-8855, www.thegristmill.net
Guilford Mooring, Guilford, 203-458-2921, www.guilfordmooring.com
Hopkins Inn, New Preston, 860-868-7295, www.thehopkinsinn.com
L'Escale, Greenwich, 203-661-4600, www.lescalerestaurant.com
Mill on the River Restaurant, South Windsor, 860-289-7929, www.themillontheriver.com
The Old Riverton Inn, Riverton, 860-379-8678, www.rivertoninn.com
Outriggers at Brewers Stratford Marina, Stratford, 203-377-8815, www.outriggersrestaurant.com
Positano's Restaurant, Westport, 203-454-4922, www.positanoswestport.com
River House Tavern, Westport, 203-226-5532, http://www.riverhousetavern.com/
Rusty Scupper, New Haven, 203-777-5711
Sage American Oyster Bar & Grill, New Haven-203-787-3466, Chester-860-526-9898, www.sageamerican.com
Sea Swirl, Mystic, 860-536-3452, www.seaswirlofmystic.com
Skipper's Dock, Stonington, 860-535-0111, www.skippersdock.com
Stonebridge Restaurant, Milford, 203-874-7947, www.stonebridgerestaurant.com




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