Winter Escapes and Sleighrides

Yes, this year’s early Winter season has been a delight to many of us warm weather lovers with temperatures hovering in the 40’s and 50’s since Winter officially began back on December, 21st, but as we New Englander’s know, things change quickly and winter’s chill is just around the corner.

While we’re primarily known for our warmer weather getaways, don’t count us out as a winter getaway destination during the winter season. Chill and all, it’s still beautiful here in southern New England during the winter season and particularly by the seashore where you’ll see sights not seen at other times during the year. (Photo below is that looking up the Niantic River from our 3rd floor Balcony room #7  in the Main Inn)
01 Winter Niantic River Jan 2011

For instance, the ocean doesn’t freeze (LOL) so the beach and the waves and the gulls and all of the other shoreline accouterments never go away. There’s still beach combing/walking and some of the greatest things we’ve found while beach scavenging have been in the winter. Unusual driftwood and shells that are brought to our shores from faraway places during out to sea storms are aplenty. It’s just an entirely different experience to walk the boardwalk or feel the solitude of the docks with the boats safely tucked away in the marinas.

Additionally, we have warm rooms just waiting to envelop you as you sink into a steamy tub or cushy bed with a glass of wine, a good book or some wandering seasonal thoughts. Think back to a time long gone to days when the main form of transport was horse and carriage or sleigh as the season might warrant. Within a half hour drive from the inn we have wonderful Allegra Farms where your fantasy can become reality. Listen for … the clomping of heavy hooves as you’re squired around the farm in a beautiful winter carriage or snow permitting, a sleigh with all of the tinkling bells and comforts of furry warm lap robes as you are swooshed along the countryside in your grand historic splendor perhaps to stop for a wintry bonfire along your way. John Allegra is the owner and curator of the historic coach and sleigh museum on his farm and a wealth of knowledge on the subject. His historic transports have been used in many movies and for many more special occasions. John is the quintessential New England livery driver, guardian of historic time and his museum keeps those times and memories alive for all of us.

Horse Drawn Sleighride DINE

So, just because it is winter time don’t count us out for a winter destination getaway! The wineries remain open, the movie theaters begin showing some of the best films of the year and simple walks along the beach are just as beautiful as they are in the summer albeit with a lot less heat! And oh yea, when the last time you and your honey took a private horse-drawn sleigh ride together? So, think about coming for a winter visit. We are here and the possible adventures are only limited by your imagination!