The Back Porch ~
  one of our favorite
  summertime restaurants

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For those of you who have visited with us, you know we LOVE to eat out and try our best to recommend the best local restaurants based on what our guests are looking for.  That said, we’re often asked, what’s our favorite restaurant.  The simple and honest answer is we really don’t have a favorite restaurant.  Actually, we like many restaurants in the area, and usually dine out based on the type of food, atmosphere and setting we’re looking for.  So, being that its summer and all, we thought we would write about one of our favorite summertime restaurants ~ The Back Porch in Old Saybrook, CT.

The Back Porch is a short 20 minute drive from our inn and isn’t fancy by any means, but usually has a lively crowd and great views overlooking the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.  Nice beer and wine options with half-price Happy Hour on Monday thru Saturday nights from 4:00 till 6:00, and good food at a fair price makes this place one of our regular dine out spots.  As noted earlier, we like this place for its setting, and like its name is literally a big covered porch that overlooks the water and several marinas.  However, they also have a large/nice indoor dining room as well.

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The Back Porch Dining room with the “Back Porch” in the background.

We are big fans of their Salmon, either over an entrée salad or as a dinner entrée.  Dave personally likes the Blackened Salmon and feels it might be one of the best pieces of Blackened Salmon in the entire area.  And the Salmon dinner entrée is served with “Lobster Mashed Potatoes”.  That’s right, LOBSTER MASHED POTATOES!!!

Anyway, The Back Porch features a variety of starters, homemade soups, salads, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and more.  Some of our Back Porch favorites include Lobster rolls, Fried Clams, ½ lb. Black Angus burgers, and the “Lobster Grilled Cheese” sandwich.  The Back Porch is a must try if you’re in the area, and live bands usually play from Wednesday’s thru Sunday’s.

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Blackened Salmon over Lobster Mashed Potatoes

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Live entertainment Wed. thru Sun.

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The Back Porch is a must try if you’re in the area, and worth the trip if you’re not.

 

Niantic, CT. ~ Connecticut’s
    “Fan Favorite Town”

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Welcome to the Village of Niantic

Located along the shores of Long Island Sound sits the quaint seaside village of Niantic, CT.  Our small town has made a big impact with residents and tourists alike recently, and thanks to them Niantic was voted Connecticut’s “Fan-Favorite Town” in 2013 in a contest spearheaded by the state’s Department of Tourism.

What makes Niantic so special, you ask?  Well, many things, but let’s start with location, location, location.  If you were to drive two hours north you’d end up in Boston.  Head two hours south and you’d be entering New York City.  Our seaside escape lies halfway between these  two  major cities.  And if you’re a local, you know that Niantic is within 20-30 minutes of almost every attraction in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island.   For a quick insight into Niantic, check out the video the State of CT. created about Niantic here:   (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmEWbw_Vfc)

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Niantic ~ Connecticut’s Fan Favorite Town of 2013!!!

It’s all well and good that being based in Niantic one could cover a lot of ground, but we feel that you really don’t have to.  Niantic has a lot going on throughout the year.  Our town’s Events Calendar (http://www.discovereastlyme.com/calendar.php) is filled with events from our annual Winter Light Parade (the oldest and largest in all of New England) to our annual summer bash-on-the-bay  festival called Celebrate East Lyme, and tons of things in between.  Our Farmer’s Market draws huge crowds from June to October and in the winter Holiday season you can see our Main Street light up and transform into a classic New England Village.

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Hole-in-the-Wall Beach overlooking McCook’s Park

While we enjoy our annual events, we in Niantic also love the laid back beach lifestyle, which is good because our town features three town beaches AND Rocky Neck State Park.  It’s not uncommon to spend an entire summer day soaking up the sun’s rays and swimming in the calm waters of the Long Island Sound.  Niantic is also a mecca for boaters and fisherman alike and boast numerous marinas as well as charter fishing boats.  And, as a side note, after spending the day at the beach or out on the water be sure to stick around to witness some of the most amazing sunsets right from the lawns of our inn.

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The beach may take up a lot of our time in the summer, but we always find time to visit our handful of local restaurants and shops, most of which are open year-round.  In future BLOG posts we will be highlighting some of our favorite local places and events just to provide a more detailed look at what our town has to offer.  We love Niantic and hope you’ll have a visit and see for yourself why we are one of Connecticut’s best kept secrets.