With seven beautifully appointed guest rooms to choose from at our B&B in Deep River, CT, you are sure to find a room that will provide you with your perfect getaway. Our rooms reflect Colonial charm, casual elegance and are comfortably appointed and individually decorated. Come stay in a room that features a four-poster bed, a gas fireplace, and a soaking tub. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a relaxing weekend or a sightseeing excursion, you will find the perfect accommodation for your stay.

Centrally Located

The Riverwind Inn is nestled between Essex and Chester, in quiet, historic Deep River – central to the areas’ many pleasures. Suggestions for the day’s events are always available from your Innkeepers, Stacie & Mike DiNello to help you maximize each day of your vacation or romantic weekend getaway in Connecticut. Picture-postcard seasons, superb dining, exceptional theater, and the relaxed pace of our small villages are only a few of the many reasons visitors travel to the Connecticut River Valley.

Explore Southern Connecticut

Connecticut River on a sunny day

Rocking chairs on a porch

A large wood burning fireplace

Relax & Unwind

Upon returning to the Inn, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, our own bottled water, and complimentary sherry are always available. Unwind on our wraparound porch in one of our rockers or sit under a canopy of mature trees in Adirondack chairs on our back terrace by the fire pit, or cozy up next to this fireplace. Find your slice of comfort in all seasons.

Deep River Dining

Evening brings exquisite dining with numerous cuisines from which to choose. A number of cafes are located in our small villages, and wonderful gourmet picnic fare is available for your enjoyment at any of the lovely spots along the river or in front of a fireplace at the Inn.

Within five miles of the Inn are many renowned restaurants featuring extraordinary seafood, traditional New England fare, or exemplary continental cuisine.

Restaurants & Dining

Steak and a lobster tail with asparagus and butter

The Riverwind Inn is located in quaint Deep River, nestled between Essex and Chester in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley. The original Federal Style house was built in 1854, with a seamless addition built in 1987. It has been operating as an Inn since 1985.

Black and white photo of a ship in a wide river

Initially, a shipbuilding and quarrying town, Deep River became known because of the ivory trade. The growth of the piano industry led to a new use for this exotic and long-treasured substance and linked the area to Zanzibar.

The site of Deep River’s shipbuilding industry and the spot where ivory arrived in town, Deep River Landing is now a beautiful river park and the home of the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. Across from the landing, The Lace Factory, now a unique wedding venue was once a shipyard and docking facility. The Piano Works on Main Street, now a condominium complex, was once a factory that produced piano keys. The town’s deep connection with its past manifests in historic homes, buildings and a variety of attractions.

From 1840 to around 1940, the U.S. was the world’s largest buyer of ivory and most of that ivory went to Deep River. Deep River became “the queen of the valley” due to the wealth amassed from the ivory industry. A plaque and statue of an elephant outside Town Hall on Main Street acknowledges the role that the ivory trade played in the history of the region.

Three carved elephants

Riverwind Inn exterior with sign and front porch

Deep River
Located halfway between New York City and Boston – approximately 2 1/2 hours from each, 30 minutes from New Haven, 20 minutes from Middletown and 35 minutes from Mystic, CT.

Riverwind Inn
We are centrally located in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley, between Essex and Chester, and is an easy drive from New York, Boston, Providence and many other areas of the northeast.

50 minutes from Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford.
50 minutes from T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence, RI.
2.5 hours from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York, NY.

Directions from NYC

  • Follow signs to New England via Rt. 95 North
  • Exit 69 for Rt. 9 North. Continue on Rt. 9 North for approx. 5 miles to Exit 4 – Rt. 154
  • Turn left off ramp onto Rt. 154 N/Main St. and continue for approx.1.5 miles to 209 Main Street on the right

Directions from Boston

  • Rt. 90 West to Rt. 395 South to Rt. 95 South into Connecticut to Exit 69
  • Continue on Rt. 95 South to Exit 69 – Rt. 9N
  • Continue on Rt. 9 North for approx. 5 miles to Exit 4 – Rt. 154
  • Turn left off ramp onto Rt. 154 N/Main St. and continue for approx.1.5 miles to 209 Main St on the right

Directions from Providence

  • Rt. 95 South into Connecticut to Exit 69
  • Continue on Rt. 95 South to Exit 69 – Rt. 9N
  • Continue on Rt. 9 North for approx. 5 miles to Exit 4 – Rt. 154
  • Turn left off ramp onto Rt. 154 N/Main St. and continue for approx.1.5 miles to 209 Main St on the right

Directions from Albany

  • Rt. 90 East toward Massachusetts
  • Rt. 90 becomes the Massachusetts Turnpike
  • Continue on the Mass Pike to Springfield, MA
  • Take exit 4 to merge onto I-91 S toward Springfield
  • From Rt. 91 south take left exit 22 S and merge onto Rt. 9 South toward Middletown
  • Rt. 9 south to Exit 5 – Rt. 80
  • Turn left off ramp onto Rt.80 E
  • Continue on Rt. 80 E for approx.1 mile to Main St
  • Turn right on Main St to 209 Main on the left

Directions from Springfield, MA (Mass Pike)

  • Rt. 91 south to left exit 22 S to merge onto Rt. 9 South toward Middletown
  • Rt. 9 south to Exit 5 – Rt. 80
  • Turn left off ramp onto Rt.80 E
  • Continue on Rt. 80 E for approx. 1 mile to Main St
  • Turn right on Main St to 209 Main on the left

Directions from Bradley International Airport

  • From Bradley Airport, take Rt. 20 East to Rt. 91 South
  • Rt. 91 south to left exit 22 S to merge onto Rt. 9 South toward Middletown
  • Rt. 9 south to Exit 5 – Rt. 80
  • Turn left off ramp onto Rt.80 E
  • Continue on Rt. 80 E for approx. 1 mile to Main St
  • Turn right on Main St to 209 Main on the left

From Northern Long Island

  • The Cross Sound Ferry gets off in New London
  • Rt. 95 South into Connecticut to Exit 69
  • Continue on Rt. 95 South to Exit 69 – Rt. 9N
  • Continue on Rt. 9 North for approx. 5 miles to Exit 4 – Rt. 154
  • Turn left off ramp onto Rt. 154 N/Main St. and continue for approx.1.5 miles to 209 Main St on the right

Bridgeport/Port Jefferson Ferry

  • Rt. 95 North
  • Exit 69 for Rt. 9 North. Continue on Rt. 9 North for approx. 5 miles to Exit 4 – Rt. 154
  • Turn left off ramp onto Rt. 154 N/Main St. and continue for approx.1.5 miles to 209 Main Street on the right

Amtrak/Metro-North Railroad/Shoreline East stops at Old Saybrook station, 10 miles from the Inn.
Uber and Lyft are readily available.

Safe Harbor’s Deep River Marina is less than one mile from the Riverwind Inn and offers a secluded location and safe anchorage on the Connecticut River, only eight miles from Long Island Sound and two miles north of Essex. Transportation can be provided to and from the marina.