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If you find that the simpler the pleasure the better, then Clinton and Westbrook will not disappoint. These two shoreline havens are proud to honor the more modest, traditional endeavors — such as how to put your boat in the water or how to perfectly steam a lobster. Arrive on Friday to several local bed-and-breakfasts all happy to fold down your sheets in cozy quarters: the Captain Stannard, the Talcott House, and the Westbrook Inn. After checking in, make your way to East Liberty Street in the heart of the village, where antiquing never gets old. Enjoy a Fisherman’s Platter at Bill’s Seafood to the hum of the singing bridge nearby — then dance to their Dixieland band until the wee hours or catch an outdoor flick at the Clinton Town Beach. Slumber till noon if you like, but early birds will find local sport fishing captains glad to take you out on the Sound. For another perspective on shore life, paddle through the Salt Meadow Refuge — or enjoy a cellar tour at Chamard Vineyards. Buy a bottle of soda or wine and head to Lobster Landing, where lobster in any form is a treat — or an early dinner at Westbrook’s Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale. But don’t stay up too late, because both towns feature popular malls offering discounts on high-end merchandise — so stamina matters. Not into shopping? Grab 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

  • Bluefin Sportsfishing Charters
    Grove St., Clinton, 203-245-7742
  • Catch ‘Em Charters
    Westbrook, Captain Richard Siedzik,
    860-223-1876
  • Indian River Marina kayak rentals
    58 Commerce St., Clinton, 860-664-3704
  • Captain Peter Wheeler's Sea Sprite
    Sport fishing, 860-669-9613

  • Salt Meadow 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
  • Captain Elisha White House
    103 E Main St., Clinton, 860-669-2148
  • Clinton Antique Center
    78 E Main St., Clinton, 860-669-3839
  • Bounce! Fun Center and Arcade
    18 Knollwood Dr., Clinton, 860-506-5867


  • Lobster Landing
    152 Commerce St., Clinton, 860-669-2005
  • Edd's Place
    478 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook,
    860-399-9498
  • Bill’s Seafood
    548 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook,
    860-399-7224
  • Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale
    86 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook,
    860-669-0767
  • Boom
    63 Pilots Point Dr., Westbrook, 860-399-2322
  • Café Routier
    1353 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook,
    860-399-8700

  • Captain Stannard B&B
    138 S Main St., Westbrook, 860-399-4634
  • Talcott House B&B
    161 Seaside Ave., Westbrook, 860-399-5020
  • Water’s Edge Resort and Spa
    1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook,
    800-222-5901
  • Westbrook Inn B&B
    976 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook,
    860-399-4777
  • Bushnell House Inn
    106 S Main St., Westbrook, 860-399-4777