Stonington Travel Guide

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  • Stonington Borough is a peninsula packed w/ beauty
    Stonington Borough is a peninsula packed...
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  • Things to Do
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Stonington Things to Do

  • Walk, shop, photograph.... ooow and...

    Water Street is the main street through the business district of Stonington Borough. Beautifully restored 1800's homes are scattered among the chic shops and interesting eateries. Water views peek between many buildings... benches on the sidewalks allow the weary a moment's rest to absorb and enjoy the sunshine. There is an interesting shop that...

  • Tour the Lighthouse Museum

    This is the neatest little museum I've seen a long time. The space is small, but so well designed and arranged. Everything is done well and appropriately; making the best use of the small rooms of the original caretaker's living space. The climb to the top is a spiral steep climb - which my son and daughter did - and from there.. you see 3 states....

  • Light House Museum

    Possibly smallest lighthouse museum in the world. Lovely display of Americana in two floors of the historic building, located at the very end of the Stonington Village peninsula. Visit the top of the lighthouse and view the village as well as Fisher's island, Watch Hill and (on a clear day)the tip of Long island. Museum items include artifacts of...

  • Nathanial Palmer House

    Nathaniel Palmer was reportedly the first 'person' in the world to set eyes on Antarctica (often reported as the discoverer of Antarctica in 1820 or so, though he was not on an exploratory expedition). The two museums offer a good overview of maritime history - whaling, sealing and shipbuilding and the first America's Cup race. Nathaniel Palmer's...

  • Lighthouse museum - the view

    The Lighthouse Museum is at the end of the main street of the part of Stonington known as Stonington Borough / Boro. The street is like a less busy Mystic, with boutiques and restaurants and historic homes.As part of your $5 admission one may also visit the Nathaniel Palmer house - reportedly the first 'person' in the world to set eyes on...

  • Old Lighthouse Museum

    Very quaint and a nice bit of coastal history. Stonington is actually a little tricky to get to and navigate in. Make sure you have a good map. (I rarely get lost driving - I got lost.)Make sure to climb to the top. The lighthouse isn't very tall, but it's still a good view.The museum is small, and the front entrance is also the staircase to the...


Stonington Hotels

  • Inn at Stonington

    60 Water St, Stonington, Connecticut, 06378, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Another Second Penny Inn

    870 Pequot Trail, Stonington, Connecticut, 06378-2234, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Seabreeze Inn

    812 Stonington Road

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

Stonington Restaurants

  • Fresh seafood with a water view

    Strange name - very popular - great food - aware of gluten free! Who could ask for more? I enjoyed a great lunch one weekday when travelling to Stonington on business.

  • Memorable Mother's Day Lunch

    We were lucky to get a terrific booth table w/ views to the street on Mother's Day... a very busy day in most restaurants. Our server was a peach in spite of being busy. The food.... amazing. Sunday is brunch all day, but you can have a burger or a grilled Salmon dinner such as the wonderful dish I enjoyed. My daughter had their fabulous poached...

  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood and the...

    Skipper's Dock is a great restaurant that is built on a dock in Stonington Harbor. You can sit outside in the sun and see the bluefish chasing the bait fish among the sailboats. You can drive your boat up and dock. There is a view of the east end of Long Island Sound and Fisher's Island that is no less than spectacular. Why would you eat anywhere...


Stonington Local Customs

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    Enjoy being trusted!

    by airkarat Written May 29, 2006

    While waiting for a restaurant to open, we drove down to the town dock to see the fishing boats and to find out a little more about the industry.

    There we found a little store that sells the local catch of scallops as well as other frozen seasonal fish and seafood. We recognized the store as the one featured on a Dateline TV special about 'Freakonomics' - this episode about businesses operating on the honour system and how the chest freezer is open, unattended, 24/7, with a cashbox and credit card swiper for customers to use on trust.

    Check out for the story of the proprietor Bill Bomster (the writers claim that you will 'enjoy being trusted'), and view the link below for a picture tour of the Stonington Jo - a scallop trawler.

    Bill told us that the Lobsterfest going on in Mystic was using lobster from Canada (as they are not in season, and are less costly from Canadian suppliers). Thats fine, but we drove from Canada for fresh local seafood - he gave us a good list of restaurants to try.

    You can find the trawlers at the Town Dock in Stonington Borough - not at the point, but at the harbour - off of High Street. As you come over the metal bridge into the borough, it will be to your right.

    Overlooking the Memorial for fishermen lost at sea
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