Saybrook Inn & Spa and Fresh Salt Restaurant

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa Entrance

Enter with me to tour part one of our Saybrook Point Inn & Spa. Experience history, seaside charm and nature. 

Fun. Relaxing. Elegant.

My mom called me Monday morning, after our weekend getaway, to say thank you for taking her to Saybrook Point Inn & Spa. It was fun, relaxing and elegant. What a great sentence to sum up our perfect weekend.

Saybrook Point charm

I had never been to Old Saybrook, CT before,  but I have fallen in love with this seaside town. It has a  rich, charming history  that spills over into Saybrook Point Inn and Spa. Photos of Katherine Hepburn hang on the walls as her family home is less than 5 minutes away. You’ll see photos of the Rat Pack with a description under their photo saying they “owned” the bar. They were there so often that people thought they did. A room in the Fresh Salt Restaurant holds the historic former name of the Terra Mar bar.

Saybrook Terra Mar

President Kennedy made his presence often. It’s also been said that mob members sat in corners of this bar as well. There is so much history in this inn, that I thought perhaps at times I would possibly  bump into one of the famous who walked the halls here in the past.

Old Saybrook Point History Photos

Mom and I strolled into history, heading to Main Street where there were antique and gift shops. The Saybrook Country Barn on 2 Main St, has  something for everyone. There was also Walt’s Food Market, where Katherine Hepburn would go to when she was in town. Residence spoke of her riding down the street on her bike to head to Walt’s for her needs for the weekend. Take a tour or see a show at The Kate: The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.

Main St. Old Saybrook, CT

 Drive, borrow a bike from the Inn or walk not far from The Saybrook Point Inn to head to a cove. You’ll cross a bridge where you’ll see some locals fishing. You may spot several swans seeming to perform a synchronized swimming performance.

Old Saybrook Swans

  You’ll make your way to a golf course where you can stroll the edges and admire the beautiful homes, flowering trees and do some bird watching. This too is where you can see Hepburn’s home.

Saybrook Nature

 The Saybrook Point Inn is as charming and as beautiful as its surroundings.  My next segment will bring you into several rooms of the inn where you’ll see no two rooms are the same. You’ll see marina views, the dining atmosphere, fine food and ways to pamper yourself.  I’ll also introduce you to their other properties adjust to the inn, one is called Three Stories. Until then, look at their gallery photos, take a virtual tour and book a getaway for you.

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Saypoint Inn Marina View

Enter with me to tour part two of Saybook Point Inn & Spa. See it’s charm, comfort and its atmosphere. 

Whether you’re looking to relax or to be active, you can find it at Saybrook Inn & Spa. My mom and I went away here for Mother’s Day and honestly, with me leaving 5 kids at home and my mom leaving a lot of work behind, we were looking for comfort and relaxation and we found it. I met another mom and her daughter at the Inn and they were playing mini golf nearby, went biking and shopping while they were there. So see, you can definitely find either one!

Saybrook Point Main Inn CollageWhen you walk in to the main inn, you’re going to say something like “Wow!” or “Ooohh, how beautiful!” We were greeted by David who took our bags, made notice from our license plate that we were from NH, asked us how our ride was. He was a handsome young man, with a warm smile who made us feel welcome right away! One thing I loved about David is that he asked us our names and over the weekend when he saw us, he spoke to us using our names. He was just as friendly and warm with other guests as well.

David brought us and our luggage to our room and explained some of the hotel ammenities as well as some history to us along the way.

Now, when you get into your room, you’re going to repeat the same “Wow and Ooohhs” as you did when you enter you entered the inn. The rooms are simply elegant. I later took a tour and got to see several of the other rooms and came to the conclusion that not all rooms are the same. There’s something a little different to each room. The rooms are all spacious. Most all rooms have a wood burning fireplace, the bathrooms are stunning, with some having large whirlpool bathtubs. The beds were so comfy with lots of pillows which I love. I honestly didn’t mind if mom and I stayed in our room the entire time of our visit. I had found my haven!

 We didn’t stay in our room though, of course. We enjoyed the outdoor pool, indoor pool, took a walk along the marina, sat out at the patio, had a spa morning at Sanno Spa and enjoyed wonderful meals at Fresh Salt.

As I’m writing this, I’m wishing I could tap my heels three time and find myself back at Saybook Point Inn! 

Sanno foot bath

Ah, okay, where was I? Mom and I enjoyed some time in the Sanno Spa. It was buzzing with ladies in their robes sipping tea or infused water, very happy that they’d be getting an all about them morning. The waiting room, the powder room, the pedicure room,  all had unique touches and details. I loved the glass-like foot baths!

Whether you have breakfast in the dining room, dinner out at the patio fire or lunch by the pool, you’ll enjoy every presentation and taste put before you at Fresh Salt Restaurant.  The care and time is evident on each plate the chefs prepare.

Fresh Salt

 I felt so blessed to be able to share Mother’s Day Brunch at Fresh Salt. When I walked in the ball room, I just observed everyone’s reaction. It was moving was the consensus I heard repeatedly and truly it was!

Saybrook Inn & Spa and Fresh Salt Restaurant host many company events as well as weddings most every weekend. After the Mother’s Day presentation I was present at, I see that this would be a dream come true for many brides.

Mother's Day Ballroom

 Read more about Saybrook Point Inn and perhaps book your getaway.

Disclosure: ECP brings you this review in trade from a past stay at the inn. As always, all opinions  are our own. Saybrook Point Inn & Spa has the ECP stamp of approval!  

Foxwoods Resort: A Family Itinerary

 Foxwoods Resort & Casino features deluxe accommodations, fine dining, a wide variety of entertainment, attractions and shopping! Let’s not forget to mention pools and spas! Many of you know Foxwoods Resort and Casino as a casino. Well, certainly it is, but it is an amazing resort as well.  Disclosure:  We’re glad to be working with Foxwoods Resort & Casino. Some of our trip was comped in trade for our review and experience. All opinions are our own. 

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Many of you know Foxwoods Resort and Casino as a casino. Well, certainly it is, but it is an amazing resort as well.

My husband has gone there for years to play in card tournaments, I’ve tagged along a couple times myself too-at the casino. Recently though, we discovered there was so much more there. My husband and I went on a mini getaway and I fell in love with this place. There’s so much to do as a couple-there are indoor pools for over 21, shows, night clubs, gourmet restaurants, spas, shopping and more. Our trip was first class and my husband was going to hear me ask when we could go back, quite often! :-)

This summer we’ve been taking some  little mini getaways instead of the week or two vacation all at once. One trip I planned was a family Foxwoods trip. I had a feeling there was going to be enough to keep everyone busy, and it turns out there was so much keeping us busy that we didn’t even get to do everything I had set out to do with the family!

DSCF0377We stayed in the Fox Tower Hotel. There are four hotels on site, but this one had the outdoor pool. The Concierge is so attentive. If you have a special occasion, let them know. They can help you set up a nice surprise for your loved ones. They’re there to help you plan your trip at the resort and around the area as well.

We loved our welcome message in our windows when we walked into the room.The kids got a kick out of it! They also found a huge tray of cookies, milk, popcorn and candy too! Camden, my 11 year old, announced Foxwoods was his favorite hotel!
Foxwoods art messageWe spent the entire afternoon at the pool.  Junior’ s Restaurant is right off the pool and they have waitresses come along to take your order. The food here is very good. We had a fun day!  The kids also got a bonus that day when they saw the their favorite jokesters, from the show Impractical Jokers. At the end of the day they got to get their picture taken with them. You just never know who you’ll see when you’re at Foxwoods Resort and Casino!

DSCF0398Our day could have ended then with smiles on everyone’s faces, but it wasn’t over yet. We made our way to the Theater to see the Legends perform. It was a super show and I swear I was looking right at the real Michael Jackson. They were great impressionists.

DSCF0414Though it’s late at night, you feel the energy all around. The band is playing in center court, the restaurants are all open. Who wants to go to bed? I say, head to Hard Rock Cafe for more fun and food! You’re on vacation.

DSCF0362Everyone slept great in the extremely comfortable beds. The kids slept in later than they do at home. When we finally got out the door we explored the stores then landed in the Treehouse Arcade for several hours. They have several game packages to choose from, plenty of games and lots of ways to win those tickets. Mine and Olyvia’s  favorite games were Deal Or No Deal and Connect Four! I’m not a big video player like the rest of the family, but I found myself planted on those stools just like one of the kids.

DSCF0425We were going to hit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, but time got away from us and we couldn’t make it in time before they closed. We’ll have to head there on our next trip. We had a great night planned though-we were headed to the High Rollers Luxury Luxury Lanes and Lounge.

DSCF0443High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge is another huge highlight of our trip! It certainly isn’t like a bowling alley like I’ve ever seen! It was AMAZING! There were comfy loungers, TV’s EVERYWHERE!!! They even had big screen TV’s framed all along the back wall. Could you image Sunday football here? WOW! We ordered a couple pizzas, some delicious buffalo chicken tenders on a stick and the most scrumptious lobster dip!  If we could have stayed another night, we would have landed back here again, for sure. But we will be back sometime soon, right Honey!  :-)

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Whether you go to Foxwoods as a family, as a couple or by yourself, you’ll feel how grande your surroundings are.

DSCF0457We could have easily stayed a couple more days with the family.  There are other attractions nearby the resort for the family to experience. On Sunday we went into Mystic and went to the Mystic Aquarium-home of the Beluga Whales and Foxwoods Sea Lion live show. Next to the aquarium is the Olde Mistick Village with over 60 shops, there’s also Mystic Seaport where you can board a whaling ship and explore America’s largest maritime museum.

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