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If you came to the shore to simply relax, then Clinton and Westbrook will not disappoint. Indeed, they are the kind of shoreline havens where the simple pleasures are the best. Arrive on Friday to several local bed-and-breakfasts all happy to fold down your sheets, including the Captain Stannard, the Bushnell House Inn, and the Westbrook Inn. Want something with more of a resort atmosphere? Try Water’s Edge Resort & Spa. After checking in, make your way to the Rambling River Antiques on the Boston Post Road, and after a “find” or two, find yourself a seat at Bill’s Seafood and enjoy a Fisherman’s Platter to the hum of the singing bridge nearby — then dance to their Dixieland band until the wee hours. Need to stretch out and digest a bit? Bring a blanket and catch an outdoor flick at the Clinton Town Beach. Sleep late if you like, but early birds will find local sportfishing captains glad to take you out on the Sound for a day of angling. Clinton Town Beach is just right for digging your toes into the sand and your brain into a good book. Paddle through the beauty of the Stewart B. Mckinney National Wildlife Refuge. Or enjoy a tour and tasting at Chamard Vineyards, where, if the sun is high, you can also grab lunch at The Bistro. A nice shower. An even nicer nap. And it’s time to explore. Head to East Main Street for a visit to Cindy Stevens Fine Art — a studio, a gallery, and a neat place for “people of all ages to get creative,” then on to Clinton Antique Center. When it’s time for dinner, either buy a bottle of soda or wine and head to Lobster Landing, where lobster in any and every form is a treat — or grab a table at Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale, where everything comes highly recommended. For waterfront dining, try Boom at Pilot’s Point Marina. And if elegant French cuisine tempts, head to Café Routier. But don’t stay up too late because both towns feature popular outlet malls offering discounts on high-end merchandise — so stamina matters. Not into shopping? Pick up some sandwiches at Edd’s Place and spread a blanket at West Beach in Westbrook, where the sandbar stretches far into the Sound and the swimmin’ is easy.

Expanded tour of Clinton

Expanded tour of Westbrook

  • Clinton Town Beach
    foot of Waterside Ln., Clinton, 860-669-6901
  • West Beach
    Seaside Ave., Westbrook, 860-399-3095

  • Stewart B. Mckinney National
    Wildlife Refuge
    Old Clinton Rd., Westbrook, 860-399-2513
  • Peters Memorial Woods
    Valley Rd., Clinton, 860-669-6901

  • Chamard Vineyards
    115 Cow Hill Rd., Clinton, 860-664-0299
    chamard.com
  • Captain Elisha White House
    103 E Main St., Clinton, 860-669-2148
  • Clinton Antique Center
    78 E Main St., Clinton, 860-669-3839
  • Rambling River Antiques
    172 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook,
    860-664-9270