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The population of this area of Coastal Connecticut is around 11,000.
Hartford, the state capital, is about 35 miles northwest of Old Saybrook, and Old Lyme is 5 miles to the northeast.
At the Chamard Vineyards, wine connoisseurs and newbies alike can learn about the region's winemaking traditions, before savoring a glass of the end product.
Feeling lucky? Take on the blackjack dealer or simply enjoy the high-stakes atmosphere at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
Pack a few snacks and take some time out in the peaceful, green surroundings of Hammonasset Beach State Park and Plattwood Park. Machimoodus State Park and Crystal Lake Town Park are two more excellent places to while away a lazy day over a good book.
Breathe in the fresh air, meander along the water's edge and listen to the seabirds squawking overhead at Harvey's Beach.
Grab a buddy or two and explore some of the many exhibition spaces nearby. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the displays at the Essex Steam Train and the Museum of Fife and Drum. Another two to look at are the Connecticut River Museum and Adam Stanton House and General Store Museum.
Admire the interesting exhibits and examine the illuminating artifacts at the East Haddam Historical Society and Museum.
General William Hart House and Nathan Hale Schoolhouse are certainly worth visiting, even if you're not that into history. When it comes to days of old, the stories are countless. Pratt House and Allis-Bushnell House and Museum are two more great places to check out.
Take the time to make a trip to Major General Joseph Spencer Memorial and reflect upon this area's place in the history.
Take advantage of this area's reputation as a great place to shop. Find the perfect accessory, enjoy a snack or just enjoy the atmosphere at Tanger Outlets and Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets. North Madison Shopping Center and Logee’s Greenhouses are also lots of fun to stop by.
The Goodspeed Opera House and the Ivoryton Playhouse regularly attract travelers that appreciate quality entertainment. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and the Norma Terris Theater are two more hotspots for local and touring performers.
A nice way to enjoy a bright day is to walk the greens of one of the area's popular fairways, such as Banner Country Club and the Fox Hopyard Golf Club.
Once you've checked out all the star attractions in Old Saybrook, take the time to explore a couple of its lesser-known gems. Essex Island Marina and the Scranton Memorial Library might be just what you're after. If you have more time to spare, also visit Indian River Marina or the Essex Library.
This Westbrook resort is on the beach, 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Tanger Outlets, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Harvey's Beach and Indian River Marina. General William Hart House and Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Old Saybrook, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Florence Griswold Museum, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and General William Hart House. Pratt House and Essex Steam Train are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in the historical district, this inn is steps away from Essex Island Marina and Connecticut River Museum. Pratt House and Essex Library are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Old Saybrook, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, General William Hart House and Harvey's Beach. Tanger Outlets is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.
Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from General William Hart House and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Harvey's Beach and Florence Griswold Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Clinton, this motel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Adam Stanton House and General Store Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Indian River Marina and Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets. Chamard Vineyards and Hammonasset Beach State Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in Saybrook Manor, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, General William Hart House and Harvey's Beach. Tanger Outlets and Florence Griswold Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Madison hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Deacon John Grave House and Scranton Memorial Library. Allis-Bushnell House and Museum is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.