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Local Attractions

Nestled along the river in southern Connecticut, The Riverwind 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 our many state parks. We'll offer maps and advice to anyone interested in an outdoor excursion. 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'll find no shortage of wonderful dining choices throughout the area, several within walking distance of the inn.

Dining table


We're fortunate to have many great dining choices throughout the area, from steak & seafood to Italian and Japanese. For fine dining to a casual lunch, the area boasts incredible food for all tastes.

The Red House
Rustica Ristorante 
River Tavern
Brushmill on the Waterfall
The Griswold Inn 
The Black Seal
Cafe Routier
La Marea
The Essex
Blue Oar

Ferry ride


Southern Connecticut is known for it's 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


Great shopping and antiquing awaits 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 8 miles away.

Deep River Center
Historic Essex Village
Chester Village
Tanger Outlet Center
Clinton Crossing Outlets
Old Saybrook Antiques
(Over 400 area antique centers)



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



Beaches and Parks

The regions 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  



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

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

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