Connecticut August 06, 2018
Journey To The Last Town In Connecticut For A Magical Day Trip
Road trips are always full of fun and adventure, but you don’t have to travel clear across the country to find a great destination. Stonington is the last town on the shoreline before you reach the Rhode Island border and although it might seem distant to some, this coastal gem is a fantastic location for a day trip. Full of gorgeous scenery and history, a tour around this Connecticut town might be just what you need to satisfy the explorer lying within you.
Stonington is a harbor town with its roots deep in the fishing, whaling, sealing, and trading industries. There are plenty of gorgeous water views and fun places to explore in this seaside town.
The most well-known landmark in Stonington is its stone lighthouse. Although small in size, this light became the first lighthouse museum in the U.S. in 1925. Climb to the top of the tower to take in the unrivaled view or browse the maritime exhibits to brush up on your history.
Visit the Old Lighthouse Museum at 7 Water St.,
Stonington, CT 06378, Thursday - Monday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Enjoy a visit to a local winery for some unparalleled scenery and time to relax. Stonington Vineyards has tours daily at 2 p.m. and tastings every day.
The vineyard is open from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. On Saturdays between June 1st and October 1st, the hours are extended until 7 p.m. Visit Stonington Vineyards at 523 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, CT 06378.
If you happen to visit Stonington on a Saturday, make your way down to the town docks and visit the farmer's market. From fresh produce to local honey, the Stonington Farmer's Market has a great selection of homegrown goodness.
The Stonington Farmer's Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Memorial Day - Columbus Day. Find the market at the town docks at 1 High St., Stonington, CT 06378.
The town docks are a place of busy waterfront. Watch commercial fishing vessels head out to sea or come back in with their catch. Drink in the salt air and take a stroll.
A trip to a coastal town would not be complete without sinking your toes into the sand. Dubois Beach is a charming spot to spend some time on the water. Enjoy the views all the way out to Fisher's Island at this little seaside treasure.
Visit this family-friendly beach on Water St.,
Stonington Village, CT 06378.
Spend some time wandering around the town. It's full of fun shops, eateries, and local charm.
Take a tour of Stonington by water. You can rent a stand-up paddle board and get an amazing water view of the last town in Connecticut.
You can find SUP rentals at Coastline Surf & Paddle. Visit them at 228 N. Water St., Stonington, CT 06378.
Take a trip out to Ender's Island just offshore for some quiet and reflection. The Catholic Retreat welcomes visitors to stroll the beautiful and serene grounds or spend time in the church.
Visit the island Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sample some of the local cuisine at the Dog Watch Cafe. You'll love the casual seaside atmosphere overlooking the boatyard and delicious food. Try the fried oysters, scallops, or fish and chips. Yummy!
Visit the Dog Watch Cafe 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday. Find the restaurant at 194 Water St., Stonington, CT 06378.
Have you been to visit the last town on the coast before the border? What did you love most about this shoreline town? If you love exploring Connecticut’s towns, take a look at
this list before you plan your next outing.