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Begin a weekend in Madison 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. The Scranton Seahorse Inn also offers deluxe digs, as does the Madison Beach Hotel. Once you’re settled in, drive east on the Boston Post for a casual seafood dinner at a shoreline favorite: Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale. In the morning, pack your towels and books and sunscreen and head for Hammonasset Beach State Park, where two miles of beach unfold like a blanket and birds fly high above Meigs Point Nature Center. It’s back in town for lunch on the patio at R.J. Café, where you’re an arm’s length from the best indie bookshop in the nation – R. J. Julia Booksellers. 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. And for the real seafaring visitor, rentals are available at East River Marine and Bayliner Boat Center. A quick shower and it’s time to browse the colorful downtown boutiques — like the nifty Nosey Goose — or one of the frequent antique, flea, and farmers markets held on the green or tour the Allis-Bushnell House and Deacon John Grave House. Dinner at Café Allegre, where Chef and owner Silvio Suppa prepares fine Italian and American cuisine, is always recommended. Or go with the seafood at The Clam Castle, Lenny & Joe’s, or 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

  • East River Marine
    21 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-8665
  • Bayliner Boat Center
    178 Cottage Rd., 203-245-7242

Nature

  • Meigs Point Nature Center
    1288 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-8743
  • Madison Land Trust trails
    www.madisonlandtrust.org
  • Bauer Park
    Copse Rd., 203-245-5623

  • 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
  • R. J. Julia Booksellers
    768 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-3959
  • Madison Art Cinema
    771 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-3456

Restaurants

  • The Clam Castle
    1324 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-4911
  • Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale
    1301 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-7289
  • Friends and Company Restaurant
    11 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-0462
  • Donahue's Madison Beach Grille
    1320 Boston Post Rd., 203-318-8362
  • The Wharf
    at Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Rd., 203-245-1404
  • Zhang's
    44 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-3300
  • Cafe Allegre
    725 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-7773

  • Inn at Lafayette
    725 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-7773
  • Tidewater Inn
    949 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-8457
  • Scranton Seahorse Inn
    818 Boston Post Rd., 203-245-0550
  • Grandfield Bed & Breakfast
    14 Stanton Ct., 203-779-5497
  • Madison Beach Hotel
    94 West Wharf Rd., 203-245-1404