So why choose to stay at
    a Bed and Breakfast?

When it’s time to plan for a trip, there are a number of things to consider. How will you get to your destination? Will you be going by plane, train, or automobile? You need to figure out how much and what to pack. These are important questions that often take time and effort to plan out.

In the process of planning, you might be tempted to reserve a room at a decent hotel and call it a day. It’s a strong temptation, and certainly understandable. Hotels are businesses that are specifically designed to make sure your stay is comfortable. You’ll usually get a decent bed in a nice room, at a reasonable price. However, it’s not the only option, and in fact, it’s not even the best one.

How is a Bed and Breakfast different From a Hotel?
Bed and Breakfast

A hotel may have nice amenities, it may be clean and well-tended, and it may have good customer service however, the staff is just that, staff. It’s a place where you go to stay for a few days, ignoring the world around you and often having the world ignore you right back. You may be able to use their pool, or their gym, or one of their other facilities but at no time is a hotel ever going to go out of their way to make you feel like their room could be your home. For some people, the idea of staying at a place that tries to feel like home is unnecessary. They just want a clean bed and a television, and perhaps internet access. As long as they have that, they’re fine.

But it’s always nice to have a choice and a Bed and Breakfast does exactly that by offering a warmer, more personal option. It’s much more than simply a room in which to stay, it’s actually a place that usually feels like home (minus the laundry, leaky faucet, etc.). A B&B accomplishes this with special amenities like complimentary WiFi, a glass of wine on arrival and home cooked breakfasts, local itineraries and pleasant surroundings. Though peaceful solitude is always an option you may find sitting in one of the common areas and talking with other guests or staff members is just what you need.

A Little History about Bed and Breakfast / inns…

The custom of opening one’s home to travelers dates back to Colonial America. Lodging establishments were few and far between and wayfarers relied on the kindness of strangers to provide a bed for the night. Hotels became more common with the advent of the railroad and later the automobile and most towns had at least one prominent hotel at this point in time.

Through the years there have been several steps to the evolution of today’s Bed and Breakfast Inn. In the 1980s and 1990s, B&B’s increased rapidly in numbers and evolved from homestay B&B’s with shared baths and simple furnishings to beautifully renovated homes and historic mansions with luxurious décor and amenities. By the mid-1990s, the Internet made it more affordable for innkeepers to promote their properties worldwide; it provided on-line reservation software and allowed travelers to view detailed photos, videos, and reviews.

B&B and Inn owners have been adding amenities such as wireless Internet access, free parking, spa services or nightly wine and cheese hours. To stay competitive with the rest of the lodging industry, larger bed and breakfast inns have expanded to offer wedding services, business conference facilities, and meeting spaces as well as many other services a large hotel might offer.

Innkeepers

      Sue & Dave Labrie Innkeepers ~ Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

Today there are hundreds of thousands of B&B’s throughout the world. In the United States, B&B’s are found in all states, in major cities and remote rural areas, occupying everything from modest cottages to opulent mansions and in restored structures from schools to cabooses to churches.

Check out the benefits to staying in a bed and breakfast

Staying at a bed and breakfast is a wonderful alternative to the traditional hotel stay. Gardens are often lush and offer comfortable seating, and rooms range from cozy to luxurious. Staying in a B&B can be a really unique travel experience and not one to be missed. Check out the following benefits of staying while making your decision.

  • Although B&B rooms can be priced higher than hotels, they usually offer a better value overall. More amenities are included such as breakfast and free Internet, you get much better service, and the experience tends to be more unique than an average hotel stay.
  • You’ll get more personal service. At a B&B, there are only a small group of guests, giving you a much more personal experience. Typically, your concierge is the owner and thus is invested in making sure you have a great stay.
  • Breakfast is included. It’s a wonderful amenity usually including special homemade offerings like coffee breads and cakes with everything from a continental spread to a hot breakfast with entrée.
  • You’ll encounter unexpected luxuries. B&B’s tend to offer all those special extra touches that can make your stay feel pampering. Some facilities even offer snacks and beverages (often to include wine) in the common areas for your enjoyment and convenience.
  • A B&B is the perfect romantic getaway. In fact, B&B’s have become so popular for couples that many cater to this romantic angle, offering special romantic packages. These may include pre-planned events or excursions that are included in your stay.
  • You can get a taste of the local flavor and lifestyle. B&B’s are usually established and run by locals, and tend to have their own character. Even better, B&B owners often have lots of tips concerning the best things to do and see in the local area.
  • Many B&B’s offer additional recreational activities in their regular packages. Depending on the location, you may be able to enjoy boating, biking, hiking, canoeing, golfing, or skiing.
  • Unlike hotels, B&B’s are often located in out-of-the-way areas or off the beaten path. This provides you with a great opportunity to see less traveled parts of the community that you would otherwise miss.
  • At a B&B, there are fewer people coming and going. With less going on, B&B owners tend to keep a much higher standard of security than a hotel property with a typical hotel staff.
  • You get the privacy and peace and quiet you desire. A B&B tends to be more exclusive with fewer guests and usually don’t often cater to families but are more popular among couples. If you’re looking for a place to spend a quiet weekend, a B&B may be your best bet.

So why stay at our Inn at Harbor Hill Marina B&B?

Well, here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina we absolutely love what we do and that has been the driving force behind the inn experience that we’ve created, from the staff and team that we’ve chosen to all the little extras that we provide. We are committed to providing exactly what we value when we are traveling, and have also added important, unique items from our own traveling ‘wish list.’ At the bare minimum we all look for clean and well-appointed rooms, pleasant, accommodating and knowledgeable staff, good food and beautiful surroundings – and as you know we often don’t get them all.

However, here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina we strive each and every day to exceed all standards and also offer our 24 hour complimentary snacks and beverages, fresh, home baked warm cookies in the evening and best of all accessibility to us, our staff and our incomparable knowledge of the Mystic Country region. We take great pride in being able to make tried and true recommendations for all things Connecticut Shoreline, providing custom itineraries of things to see and do or you can peruse our restaurant book and let us help you make those very important dining decisions. Perhaps you’re looking to spend some time at the beach, and if so, we provide you with everything that you’ll need to enjoy your day. All of these things are important to our commitment to exceptional customer service and offering you the experience of a lifetime here at our B&B.

The sign below and in our Gathering Room beautifully sums up perfectly:
Enter Strangers Leave Friends

So, if you’re planning on taking a vacation anytime soon, and if you have never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, then you just might find the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina a better choice, and a better way to stay!
We hope to see you soon.

Elopement Weddings at
 Harbor Hill on the CT Shoreline

We’ve had many guests tie the knot here at Harbor Hill over the past couple of years, and we pride ourselves in helping couples coordinate the officiants, marriage licenses, flowers and photographers. We even have recommendations for small wedding cake bakeries and hair salons. Whether you choose a simple exchange of vows on a local beach or a sand-ceremony in our gazebo, we are sure that we have what you’re looking for – memories to last a lifetime.

Gazebo Decorated for Wedding

Today, with the stress, often limited time available, balancing schedules and high costs of weddings, more and more couples are choosing to have an ‘elopement style’ wedding. Couples find that by eloping, they can have a beautiful wedding at an affordable price, within their own time frame, without all of the stress. And while anytime of the year is a perfect time of year to elope with that special someone you love, it is especially so during the spring, summer and autumn seasons here on the CT shoreline. Although we have had some lovely winter elopement weddings right here at the inn it seems that milder weather, our beautiful gardens, quiet beaches and spectacular sunsets make for the most popular setting for vows and photos. Actually, ceremonies here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina are as we’ve been told, a photographers dream!

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The photos from our extraordinary and beautiful waterfront setting help tell the story of love and commitment. The inn is the perfect choice for stylish New England seaside elopements with our vintage-restored guest rooms or newer rooms with higher end amenities, our home-made breakfasts each morning and advice in arranging all the details for your perfect wedding. Your classic New England elopement was never easier with our casual seaside elegance that captures the relaxing feel of a day long past with wraparound porches, comfortable wicker and Adirondack chairs, beautiful flower gardens and magnificent water views.

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Although the State of Connecticut does not require witnesses to be present for your ceremony you may want to include a couple of friends to join you here. After your nuptials, we can recommend some local restaurants to go to for a simple yet romantic dinner you’ll enjoy as you reflect on your day, the ceremony and most importantly your future together. There are fine dining options, wonderful waterfront restaurants, stylish and intimate bistros all within walking distance or a short drive from the inn.

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The next morning sit down in our Bayview dining room to enjoy the perfect honeymoon breakfast as you enjoy the Inn at Harbor Hill’s classic breakfast buffet with a delightful hot entrée offered each morning while taking in the beautiful harbor view. You’ll be treated to one of many ‘Chef’s Choice” daily offerings to include our signature Pecan Baked French Toast, fluffy egg strata, ricotta or blueberry pancakes to name a few. The daily buffet includes fresh fruit salad, home baked muffins and coffee cake, fresh bagels, toast and English muffins along with juices, yogurts, cereals and our own delicious and highly acclaimed Harbor Hill Granola.

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What more can we say? If you are considering an ‘elopement’ style wedding, please check out our Sea Breeze Elopement Package because every now and then, right in the midst of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy-tale!

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Stoofer Elopement Ceremony

 

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