People are expecting a joyful atmosphere and wonderful experience in an enchanted setting.
Of course, residents and visitors come here anyway for the great shopping and dining. And the beer. Like a lot of places these days, Old Saybrook has its own brewery. But 30 Mile Brewing Co., located on Ragged Rock Rd., is no ordinary local craft brewer. Owner, head brewer and Old Saybrook native Luke Maynard works with local vendors and nothing but the freshest ingredients to handcraft his ales using a five-barrel brewing system. Going above and beyond just IPAs, 30 Mile Brewing offers a wide range of delicious beers such as their Totes Blond, Astute Stout, and Sai-Sour. Look for their upcoming American IPA, Baby Fight Club (great name), which will be available in 16 oz. cans.
Old Saybrook’s historic downtown has inspired countless Hollywood visions of Americana; the immaculate sidewalks invite dog walkers, joggers, and families out for a leisurely stroll. The nexus of Main Street and Boston Post Road boasts more fine restaurants and shops to keep anyone happy. It’s impossible not to go into Saybrook Country Barn, approaching their fortieth year in business. At over forty-two thousand square feet, the family-owned store still manages to possess small town charm. Known for impeccable and knowledgeable customer service, as well as their high-quality home goods such as indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, and even men’s and women’s apparel, SCB has furnished and decorated homes from the Cape to Maine, and all the way down to Florida and even Puerto Rico.
For the outdoorsman, Old Saybrook offers one of the few family-owned camping supply stores in the area, in Harris Outdoors. From fly-fishing gear to tents and telescopes—to one of the largest kite selections anywhere—Harris Outdoors can equip any level of interest for whatever rustic adventure they choose. A family of avid campers, hunters, and fisherman, the Harris’ only sell products they themselves use.
People love Old Saybrook for its unique viewpoint, personified by local businesses like The Feedbag. Opened in 1975, it is literally one-stop shopping for every pet need imaginable: food, grooming, bedding, toys. Faithful patrons swear by The Feedbag when it comes to care for their beloved pets whether it’s a city dog, a country cat—and any number of exotic animals, too.
After pampering your pet, pamper yourself at Old Saybrook’s Essence: Center for Beauty and Wellness. With an expert staff of thirty-five professionals, Essence specializes in all things body and mind. From their hot stone massage to their four-layer facial, Essence manages to be a great salon with a friendly vibe. Owner and founder Frank Jarrabeck has been perfecting his craft for decades, turning his vision of beauty and wellness into a unique salon experience.
For lovers of antiques and refurbished treasures, don’t miss Re-Unique, a trove of wonderful relics from furniture to musical instruments to lamps and rugs and all things in between. With most of their items hailing from Europe, and being at least a hundred and fifty years old, Re-Unique specializes in not only antiques, but in finding the stories behind their wares.
An afternoon of pleasure boating (or shopping) works up an appetite. Fresh Salt, located on the water at the gorgeous Saybrook Point Inn, is perfect. Whether it’s their famous brunches, their seafood lunches or the incredible dinner menu (try the Bacon-wrapped Monkfish) Fresh Salt offers a lovely aesthetic and a top regional kitchen. Liv’s Oyster Bar, located in the heart of downtown, has an equally impressive menu consisting of local ingredients and fresh seafood dishes like the Fennel Crusted Yellowfin Tuna, and has become one of Old Saybook’s top downtown hot spots. Aspen, also on the town’s main drag, boasts a beautifully sprawling dining area and bar. With its farm-to-chef ethos, Aspen offers homegrown ingredients in every dish. Other notable eateries are Penny Lane Pub and The Back Porch, both of which offer craft beers on tap as well as live music on weekends.
Whether you’re on a spa getaway at Saybrook Point Inn or catching a show at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook has magnetism and beauty to spare.