Old Saybrook: Main Street and More

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Old Saybrook, population 10,000 is a large town with a small town feeling. One place that makes this coastal town so special, is its Main Street.

Old Saybrook’s Main Street has been revitalized. What a lovely place to stroll and shop. Or you can relax with a cup of coffee while reading a book from  Harbour Books, a store with new and used books.

Further down Main Street is Old Saybrook’s cultural arts center, The Kate. This century old building is named after Katherine Hepburn, who lived in Old Saybrook. The Kate offers a variety of entertainment for children and adults. Can’t make a show but would like the see the building? Call ahead to schedule a tour of the theater and its museum.

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At the south end of Main Street is the historical James Soda Fountain. In 1877 it was a pharmacy. In 1896 a soda fountain was added. In 1917, Miss James ran the pharmacy and was the first African American pharmacists in the state.

Keep traveling south and you’ll reach Fort Saybrook Monument Park, site of New England’s first fortification. This is located where the CT river meets Long Island Sound.

Just a stone’s throw from the park is the Dock and Dine. Although part of the restaurant is under construction due to Hurricane Sandy, the restaurant is open for the summer. Diners can enjoy gazing out over the Connecticut River while eating fresh seafood. It’s well worth a visit.

What’s a trip to Old Saybrook without a drive along South Coast Causeway? You can drive, walk or ride your bike along this road and enjoy spectacular views of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.

So head on down to Old Saybrook and enjoy a day of relaxation.

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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