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A great weekend in Madison might begin with a late Friday afternoon check-in at the charming Tidewater Inn, the luxurious rooms at the Inn at Lafayette, or The Grandfield B&B across from Hammonasset Beach. And don’t despair if they don’t have rooms to let. You’ll find the Scranton Seahorse Inn is also a great place to settle in, as is the Madison Beach Hotel. Once you’re unpacked, drive east on the Boston Post Road for a casual seafood dinner at Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale — a shoreline favorite. In the morning, pack your towels, books and sunscreen and head for Hammonasset Beach State Park, where two miles of beach beckons and birds fly high above Meigs Point Nature Center. Then it’s back in town for lunch on the patio at R.J. Café, where you’re an arm’s length from R. J. Julia Booksellers, one of the best indie bookshops in the nation. And when you’ve recharged, catch a first-run hot flick at the cool Madison Art Cinema or a cool breeze from a kayak you can launch right on the East or Hammonasset rivers. For the real seafaring visitor, rentals are available at East River Marine and Bayliner Boat Center. A quick shower and it’s off to do something touristy, like browsing the colorful downtown boutiques, such as the Nosey Goose, taking a stroll through the antique, flea, and farmers markets usually held on the green, or soaking up some history at the Allis-Bushnell House and Deacon John Grave House. Then relax and enjoy a dinner of fine Italian and American cuisine at Café Allegre, fresh seafood at The Clam Castle, or something casual and savory from Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille.

Expanded tour of Madison

Beaches

  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
    1288 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-2785
  • Surf Club Beach
    Surf Club Rd., 203-245-5623
  • East Wharf Beach
    Middle Beach Rd., 203-245-5623
  • West Wharf Beach
    West Wharf Rd., 203-245-5623

Boats

Nature

  • Allis-Bushnell House
    853 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-4567
  • Lee Academy
    14 Meeting House Ln., 203-245-4567
  • Deacon John Grave House
    581 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-4798
    deaconjohngrave.org
  • R. J. Julia Booksellers
    768 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-3959
    rjjulia.com
  • Madison Art Cinema
    761 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-3456
    madisonartcinemas.com

Restaurants