Ladies and Gentleman,
  Start Your Engines – Naskart
  Go-Cart Racing has arrived

Here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina we work hard to keep abreast of new and exciting changes throughout our Mystic Country region, and are always in search of new attractions, new restaurants and new places to visit. And why not, it’s what keeps so many of our guests returning time and time again. Like a good seafood restaurant, we try to keep it fresh!

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NASKART Indoor Go-Cart Race Track just 15 minutes from our inn.

Well, we are happy to introduce something we think those of you seeking fun and adventure will absolutely love – NASKART, the largest indoor multi-level go-cart track in the world!

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Naskart Racers getting ready to race

The 110,000 square foot, 11 million dollar facility houses two very diverse multi-level tracks offering challenges for both beginner and experienced drivers. The two tracks are reminiscent of those formula-one / grand prix type of tracks you see on TV. Anyway, when all is said and done, the 76 all-electric, zero emission karts will get your adrenaline pumping as they reach top speeds of up to 45 mph. That might not sound like much, but when you’re only a foot off the ground, that’s zipping.

On your mark, get set, go

Naskart Grand Prix Track

The Naskart go-cart racing facility is a short 15 minute drive from our inn, and again is the perfect activity for those seeking something different to do while visiting. And after a few laps, you can enjoy an adult beverage at Naskarts full service “Pit Stop / Sports Bar”. That’s right, beer, wine and mixed drinks are offered in a bright and airy space ideal for watch car races and other sporting events. They even offer pub food (burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and more) at their “Fuel Up Café”.

NasKart Pit Stop Sports Bar

The “Pit Stop” Sports Bar serves beer, wine and mixed drinks, and the “Fuel Up Cafe’ offers burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and more.

So if you’re a race fan or kid at heart longing for the good ole days when your parents would take you to a go-cart tract, we here to tell you the good ole days have returned in a big way here on the Connecticut shoreline at the new NASKART indoor go-cart racing track. This new fun thing to do is the ultimate racing experience, and something to consider while visiting with us during those winter and early spring getaways.

For additional information, check NASKART’s website (http://naskartracing.com/ ) for hours of operation, pricing and other related details.

Why Visit Mystic Seaport this Winter.

Sure our Mystic Country region is well known for all the great things to “sea” and do during the warmer summer months, but that reality is changing with the ongoing development of new attractions in the region suited for winter time visitors to the area. And nothing currently reflects this more than Mystic Seaport’s new Thompson Exhibition building and inaugural “Sea Change” exhibit.

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Its very shape of the new Thompson Exhibition Building mirrors the sea. The breathtaking new Thompson Exhibition Building, now open at Mystic Seaport takes its design inspiration from the geometry of the sea and the curved hulls of the ships that sailed from the town of Mystic. With sweeping views of the Mystic River, it captures the soothing movement of the ocean in its graceful arch design, reflecting skeletal forms of marine animals while welcoming guests as the anchor of the Museum’s Gallery Quad.

The Thompson Building is the cornerstone and final element of the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle, a project which integrated existing buildings and grounds with new construction and unified the buildings of the north end of the Museum by focusing on their common role as formal exhibition galleries.

Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport

With a grand and welcoming lobby, the state-of-the-art 5,000-square-foot exhibition space will allow Mystic Seaport to host major exhibitions and take the experience of America’s maritime story to new levels. The bold design reflects a distinct departure from the Museum’s traditional architecture. Relying on inspiration from the sea is a wholly new approach to the design feel at Mystic Seaport and introduces the Museum into a new, modern, and exciting exhibition era.

Wade Thompson, the which the new building was named after, was a Mystic Seaport trustee for 27 years who believed passionately in the need for contemporary exhibition space and its importance for the future of the Museum. The Thompson Building houses the Collins Gallery, a 5,000-square-foot hall featuring soaring ceilings and a flexible layout that provides the caliber of conditions required to curate not only exhibits from the Mystic Seaport collections, but also permit the borrowing of outstanding art and artifacts from other museums around the world.

Mystic Seaport Sea Change Exhibit

A green building, it includes geothermal heating and cooling systems and recycled roof material and carpet tiles. It is constructed with Douglas fir, red cedar and mahogany. Douglas fir is the wood used on the spars on the Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last wooden whaling ship. The first exhibit featured in the Thompson Building is titled “Sea-Change,” a dramatic presentation of a range of beautiful and unique objects drawn from the collections of Mystic Seaport. A special grouping of these intriguing artifacts will be on display for the first time, and all will be presented in a new setting which reveals surprising stories of transformation that continue to impact a contemporary audience and its experience with the sea.
The new Thompson Building and “Sea Change” exhibit opened on December 10, 2016. Come check it out.

Mystic Seaports Thompson Exhibition Building

Come Experience a Traditional Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Just hear those sleigh bells ringin’, jing-jing-jing-a-ling too ~ come on its lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!

If you’re looking for something unique to do this winter to help celebrate your anniversary, a special birthday or simply are simply seeking a new winter adventure, let us help you. Sure, we’re known more for our summer time activities here on the Connecticut shoreline, but we must say it is every bit as beautiful and relaxing even in the winter. And, with rooms being more available with our quiet season rates in effect, it’s no wonder so many people still come to visit and stay with us. And why not, we have so many romantic and exciting ideas to make your experience unique and enjoyable – including traditional horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Whether you are looking for romance, relaxation, or a splendid taste of the New England countryside, enjoy it in an authentic horse driven sleigh or open carriage. Bring along a heart for adventure and some cozy companionship, and we’ll do the rest! There is nothing so enchanting as the sound of sleigh bells and the whisper of runners on fresh snow! Come have a “Currier and Ives” experience as you bundle up in furry lap robes and hand muffs, and let the sleigh take you from this bustling century to a more tranquil time of the past.

Now in their fourth decade, our local Allegra Farm is the largest authentic “livery stable” in Connecticut, catering solely to those who desire a unique experience with a bygone era. Located on beautiful Lake Hayward in East Haddam, Connecticut (just 35-40 minutes from our inn), Allegra Farms offers scenic romantic horse-drawn carriage rides around the lake or antique sleighs offering an invigorating ride through the New England snow.

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While it’s true the 19th century is well over 100 years behind us now, our good friend John Allegra and Allegra Farm are keeping this era alive with the restoration of vintage horse drawn carriages, sleighs, wagons and equipment. Allegra Farm is home to the Horse Drawn Carriage and Sleigh Museum of New England, and full time carriage service is their only business. From the carriages to the horses, proper attire to proper etiquette, the meticulous eye for historical detail will carry you away to the Victorian Age.

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Sue and Dave enjoying an open air horse-drawn sleigh ride

 

Virtually every carriage, in addition to being a true antique, has a history of having transported famous actors or individuals in numerous movie or television productions. Movie productions are a specialty, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad”, “The Time Machine”, and “Kate and Leopold.” Television appearances have included, “Sex in the City”, and “Ed”. A number of Allegra Farm’s horses and carriages are often seen at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut, virtually year round.

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A Sleigh ride is a wonderful way to take in the sights and sounds of winter, simply relax, and chase away the winter blues. As the snow starts to fall, it’s time to enjoy an adventure in the comfort of a horse-drawn sleigh. Bring your own refreshments to warm your body and spirit and just sit back and relax as you tour the countryside the way folks have for centuries. Experience a different sort of horsepower, as the sled runners glide across the snow and the sleigh bells jingle on. And if there’s no snow, don’t worry, Allegra Farms offers horse-drawn carriage rides around the beautiful Lake Hayward. Truth be told, there have been many wedding proposals made during the rides.

DINE Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride

So if you’re looking for that unique something to do this winter, give us a call and ask about a traditional horse-drawn sleigh ride at our local Allegra Farms. As its been sung, giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up let’s go,
come look at our show, you’ll be riding in a wonderland of snow; giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up it’s grand, just holding hands in our wintery fairyland….
Alright, alright enough already. Just give us a call at (860) 739-0331 to help arrange your horse-drawn sleigh ride.