You Have Made It, Now It’s Time to Live Like A Local

Just ten minutes from the Mystic drawbridge lies Stonington Borough, called “the most beautiful seaside village in New England.”

No. 1 Breakfast in the Borough

Start Your Day The Locals Way:

When you live in the Borough, the day starts with breakfast at either the Yellow House Coffee and Tea room or Noah’s Restaurant.  “ Yellow House” as it’s known in town, serves locally roasted coffee, breakfast sandwiches and a view of the morning activity along Water Street. Noah’s, (www.noahsfinefood.com) which has been in business for 35 years, attracts loyal customers from near and far for a stack of their famous blueberry pancakes.

No. 2 Toms News Stand

Some Things Should Never Change

The Borough remains a place with a newsstand where you can pick up an actual hard copy newspaper, catch up on local news and if you’re a kid, get a handful of candy. Stop in and pick up on the local gossip, say hello to the locals and watch the local birds have a treat in the street.

No. 3 Stonington Farmers Market

Enjoy The Fruits Of Our Labor!

If it’s a Saturday, head to the Farmer’s Market at the Town Docks mid-May until the end of October. On November 1st the market moves indoors at the Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Ave in Stonington. If you think you’ve stumbled upon a dog show, don’t worry you’re at the right place. The locals love their dogs and bringing them to the Farmer’s Market is a ritual.  Take in the sights while shopping for fruits and vegetables, cheese, baked goods and seafood just off the nearby fishing boats.

No. 4 Shopping in the Borough

Shop to your  hearts content:

We shop locally for our one of a kind clothing, gifts, jewelry, antiques and housewares.

No. 5 Stonington Waterfront

The Long & Winding Road

When you’re done with your retail therapy, head out for a walk along Stonington Harbor. You can pick up the path at the waterfront gazebo in front of Stonington Commons on Water Street.   Dodge Paddock, the site of a former pottery factory at the end of Wall Street is another popular destination. There are spectacular views of the coast as you meander along the short nature walk.

No. 6 Stonington Lighthouse

Make Like A Lighthouse & Shine!

Lighthouse aficionados and history buffs can’t leave town without visiting the Old Lighthouse Museum at the end of Water Street. Climb the circular staircase to the tower for a stunning view of three states.  The Lighthouse lawn overlooking Little Narragansett Bay is a favorite place for the locals to sit and watch the boats go by.

No. 7  DuBois Beach

Life is a Beach, DuBois Beach!

If the weather is nice head to DuBois Beach located at the tip of the peninsula.  If you’re here for an extended stay you can purchase a summer beach pass through the Stonington Community Center. For shorter visits, you can buy a day pass right at the beach.  There are no fees during the off season.

No. 8 Dining in the Borough

Eat, Drink and be Local!:

“Where is a good place to eat around here?” That’s probably the number one question we locals get from visitors. We’re fortunate because we can honestly say every place is great it just depends on what you want to eat.  Here’s the skinny… Dogwatch – casual seaside dining, Noah’s – casual fine dining, Water Street Café – Oyster bar, seafood, innovative cuisine, Milagro Café – Authentic Mexican, Yellow House Coffee and Tea Room – breakfast and lunch.

No. 9 The La Grua Center

Arts & Culture:

On Saturday and Sunday evenings, we head to the La Grua Center, our own amazing local arts venue. Nearly every Saturday evening, there is a concert with music ranging from classical to folk. Sunday nights feature lectures from an international array of speakers such as Iraq’s representative to the United Nations.  The events are open to the public.

No. 10. Sunsets at the Point

End Your Day The Locals Way:

Almost every day ends the same way…with awe inspiring sunsets over Stonington Harbor.  The best place to view the light show is from “The Point” at the very end of Water Street.  If you’re a visitor, the sunset will encourage you to come back to Stonington Borough…if you’re a local it’s one of the reasons you stay.