A weekend away with a gal pal is often what the doctor ordered for busy moms! Our friend and occasional contributor Traci Suppa checked out the cozy Saybrook Point Inn & Spa for some much-needed R&R. Here’s her report. –The Vacation Gals
The New England coastline may not spring to mind as a winter getaway destination, but when cabin fever hit me last month, the calm Long Island Sound was a soothing sight for sore eyes. My friend Nicky and I took a girlfriend getaway in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, enjoying luxurious accommodations, sublime food, and relaxing spa services at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa.
Accommodations at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
There are several guest room options at this picturesque property, which is why it appeals to both leisure and business travelers. The main inn has 82 traditional rooms. There are also villas, the lighthouse suite, and two guest houses – Three Stories and Tall Tales.
We stayed in Three Stories, a fully renovated Italianate home originally built in 1892. It’s the perfect place to bring a family or a bunch of friends and take over the whole house! There are eight uniquely designed guestrooms, each with a private balcony, complimentary wifi, European bedding, and original artwork by local artists. The first floor living room is a shared space with a fireplace and comfy couches, a long dining table, and a coffee and snack station.
I could not get enough of the stylish décor, courtesy of designer Lisa Silver. Everything, from the furnishings to the artwork, was purposely chosen to fit the look of historic meets contemporary meets coastal.
SANNO Spa at Saybrook Point Inn
The SANNO spa has a similar modern yet cozy vibe, decorated in light colors. There are 11 service rooms in addition to Swiss showers. The relaxation room, with a fireplace and fleece blankets draped over every chair, was my favorite spot to wait for our treatments. Water, tea, juice, fruit, and trail mix was offered, and wine was available for purchase.
You can get a range of services at SANNO, including massage, wraps, and other body treatments, skin care, and nail services. No hair services are offered. I loved my facial, which included a gentle glycolic acid peel that left my skin soft and rosy for days. I wasn’t as thrilled with the pricey shellac manicure, which wasn’t applied well and didn’t last as long as I was told it would.
The spa is adjacent to the fitness room and yoga studio, as well as the indoor pool, which leads to the outdoor (heated) pool deck. I was impressed that both pools treated with salt in an eco-friendly process which negates the need for chemical treatments.
Dining at Saybrook Point Inn
I expected to have great seafood at Fresh Salt, the Saybrook Point Inn’s restaurant, but I didn’t expect to have some of the best paella of my life. That unexpected treat was part of the amazing and extensive Sunday brunch buffet served to both guests and local fans. This restaurant is so popular among the locals, in fact, that you should make a reservation in advance for brunch and dinner before your stay.
Fresh Salt is a casual space with a long bar, and yet another fireplace. The menu features American cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, and other locally-sourced delicacies. Even the cocktail menu featured Connecticut-made hard cider and moonshine.
From nearly every table inside, or from the outdoor terrace, you’ll have views of the Saybrook Point Marina, where the property can accommodate more than 100 vessels. Beyond that, the “point” itself is where the Connecticut River flows into Long Island Sound. Two additional lighthouses are visible from here at night. It’s magical.
Highlights of Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Less than 30 miles southwest of touristy Mystic, Old Saybrook is a much smaller and laid back coastal community. Yes, it was especially quiet because we visited in January, but strolling Main Street isn’t going to take you long. That’s part of its charm. There are the small mainstay businesses that have been there for decades—the hardware store, deli, insurance agent—and a handful of charming shops (Swag) and restaurants (Penny Lane Pub). Next to Town Hall, in the middle of it all, is “The Kate,” a theater built in 1911 and named after the most famous former area resident, Katherine Hepburn. Check the venue’s online calendar in advance, in case a great show coincides with your visit.
Even closer to the inn—across the street, to be exact—we found a great park for walking and exploration. Fort Saybrook Monument Park, originally built by English settlers in the 1630’s, was also at one point the site of the Connecticut Valley Railroad roundhouse and turntable, parts of which are still intact. There’s also a boardwalk looking out on the reedy tidal marsh and bird sanctuary.
The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa hosted the author’s stay and spa treatment. Photos are courtesy Saybrook Point Inn & Spa. This article includes affiliate links, which means The Vacation Gals may earn a (small) commission if you click the links and/or make a purchase.
Traci L. Suppa drags her small-town family to see a quirky array of the world’s largest, longest, or tallest things, and blogs about it at Go BIG or Go Home.