Nestled along the Connecticut River, our romantic inn is located in one of the most scenic areas of the state. There is gorgeous site-seeing all year round along the riverfront, at nearby beaches and at our many state parks. We offer maps and advice to anyone interested in checking out the top Connecticut attractions. In addition to the natural attractions, the historic villages of Essex and Chester are just minutes away, along with several theaters, art galleries, museums and antique shops. While out exploring for the day, you will find no shortage of wonderful dining choices throughout the area, several within walking distance of the inn.

Steam train billowing smoke

Sightseeing

Southern Connecticut is known for its rich Colonial history and maritime traditions. From the historic Essex Steam Train to a relaxing river cruise, there are plenty of great sites to see.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
RiverQuest Excursions
Chester-Hadlyme Ferry
Thimble Island Cruises
Chamard Vineyards
Stonington Vineyards
Horse-Drawn Rides at Allegra Farms
Foxwoods Casino
Mohegan Sun Casino

Connecticut River on a sunny day

Museums

The area is home to several wonderful museums with both notable art and historical collections. Spend a nice day museum-hopping from Old Lyme to Essex.

Connecticut River Museum
Florence Griswold Museum
Fife and Drum Museum
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Mystic Seaport and Village
Mystic Aquarium

Goodspeed Theater exterior front at sunset

Theaters

Southern Connecticut is home to some wonderful and historic theater venues. These internationally recognized theaters offer a fantastic range of performances year round.

Goodspeed Opera House
Norma Terris Theater
The Ivoryton Playhouse
Katherine Hepburn Theater
Shubert Theater
Long Wharf Theater

Gillette Castle with a blue sky

Beaches & Parks

The region’s state parks offer a variety of landscapes for your outdoor adventure. You can picnic and swim at one of several local beaches, or spend a day hiking or biking in the woods or along the coast.

Gillette Castle State Park
Devils Hopyard State Park
Harkness Memorial State Park
Hammonasset Beach
Rocky Neck State Park
Canfield Woods Preserve
Chatfield Hollow State Park

Stone building and walkway at Yale University

Colleges & Schools

Southern Connecticut boasts some of the world’s best schools and Universities. We are located 40 minutes from New Haven, and under 30 minutes from New London and Middletown.

Franklin Academy
Wesleyan University
Yale University
The Coast Guard Academy
Connecticut College

Family of three shopping in a indoor mall

Shopping

Great shopping and antiquing await you in the quaint villages of Deep River, Essex and Chester. Or venture out to the two premium outlet centers in Westbrook and Clinton, about eight miles away.

Deep River Center
Historic Essex Village
Chester Village
Westbook Outlets
Clinton Crossing Outlets
Old Saybrook Antiques

(More than 400 area antique centers)

Make Riverwind Inn your home base

Nestled along the Connecticut River and just 8 miles from Long Island Sound in southern Connecticut, The Riverwind Inn is located in one of the most scenic areas of the state.


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