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Autumn in Connecticut

One weekend during my favorite time of the year, we escaped the city to my favorite Connecticut inn. We stayed at Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa, a place I’ve visited several times in the past, most memorably when my cousin got married there.

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The main inn is right on the water and has 100 elegant guest rooms, a full-service spa (I definitely treated myself to a massage!), and a restaurant and bar.

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In addition to the main inn, the property has two historic guesthouses that are absolutely adorable. I want to live in them full time! Last year I stayed at the Three Stories guesthouse, and this time I stayed at the newer Tall Tales guesthouse.

See that window and balcony on the very top floor? That was our room!

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Isn’t it gorgeous?!

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Each of the other guest rooms are uniquely decorated, so no two rooms look alike.

The rest of the guesthouse is adorably New England. I loved the touches of fall decor!

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We wanted to enjoy every bit of the gorgeous autumn weather (and leaves!) so we headed to nearby Chatfield Hollow State Park for a stroll (I would call it a hike but my shoes were way too cute for that)!

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The park is so pretty and the leaves made it even more picturesque.

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We even stumbled upon a covered bridge! How quaint is that?! It definitely reminded me of my trip to Sleepy Hollow. Luckily we didn’t see any headless horsemen!

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Best autumn picture ever?

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We made it back to the inn just as the sun was setting, and watched the changing twilight colors reflect on the waters of the Connecticut River.

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Then it was time for dinner at Fresh Salt, the inn’s award-winning restaurant.

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We started with the Fresh Salt Parmesan Truffle Fries because they are oh so amazing!

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For entrees we had the Pan-roasted Swordfish Loin with parmesan risotto, julienne parsnip carrot, garlic, olive oil and roasted cherry tomatoes blistered in white port.

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And we had the special for the evening, which had a generous amount of lobster served with purse pasta stuffed with brie cheese and pears. It was fabulous!

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In the spirit of fall, the inn was having a contest where guests guessed the weight of this pumpkin. In case it isn’t clear in this picture, the pumpkin was absolutely massive. So I confidently shared my first guess: 57 pounds.

I was immediately teased for guessing such a low number, so I made my final guess 157 pounds, thinking that I probably went over. Nope! As was apparently obvious, the pumpkin weighed hundreds and hundreds of pounds. 587 pounds to be exact!

Clearly I’m not very good at guessing the weight of pumpkins. Oh well, everyone needs a flaw!

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Even with my crushing defeat in the pumpkin contest, it was still a wonderful weekend and the perfect escape.

To find out more about Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa, click here. For reservations, click here. And for reservations at Fresh Salt, click here.

And if you want to get away during the holidays, the inn is offering special packages for New Year’s Eve weekend that include a two-night stay, tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala and the hangover brunch the next morning (and a late checkout for obvious reasons)! You can find out more information, and view all of the current packages and specials, here.

Well autumn, it’s been fun. Now it’s on to the holidays!

~A

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