Why visit Red 36 Restaurant in Mystic?

Red 36 Restaurant Mystic, CT

Red 36 Restaurant Mystic, CT

So, throughout the summer we here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina have been recommending a local Mystic based restaurant called Red 36. And what’s not to like, great food, awesome setting and everything that embodies New England waterfront dining. Well, not only has Red 36 been a popular destination for our summer guests, our autumn guests have been enjoying it every bit as much. And so to that end, we thought we give you a bit more info on Red 36 via this blog post.

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Think – Stars and stripes hanging from the rafters of a huge whitewashed clapboard building on the Mystic River. You’re inside a stunning restaurant called Red 36 at Seaport Marine on Washington Street in historic Mystic. Opened in summer 2014, this glamorous, glorified clam shack has everything going for it. Mystic has gained fame for its relationship with the sea, so opening a waterside restaurant to capitalize on that connection seems like a recipe for success. The real challenge is actually taking that premise and making it work on a daily basis.

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All summer long Red 36 has been one of our favorite places to visit, dine and recommend; especially for lunch. Great well prepared food and awesome views make this a perfect spot. Aptly named for the red buoy that marks the starboard side of the channel when returning from the sea, it’s the quintessential seaside eatery—think, wide wooden decks, sturdy picnic tables surrounded by comfy Adirondack chairs and platters of fresh seafood. In the summer, walls of windows completely open and lead to an outdoor bar, multiple lounge areas and dining tables. In the winter, the roaring fireplace and the intimate indoor dining and bar area create a cozy atmosphere with stunning views. The eclectic American menu changes seasonally, always offering fresh seafood and an extensive raw bar. A diverse appetizer selection, multiple burgers and great flat bread pizzas complete the menu, creating something for everyone. We also like the fact that in addition to the aforementioned offerings, they also offer one of the best orders of nachos around (very tasty).  However, one of Dave’s favorite dishes is the Truffle Mushroom Ravioli’s with seared local Stonington scallops.  #absolutelydelicious

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Their food is prepared somewhat upscale as Red 36 which is owned by the same owner of Bravo Brave and Olio, which are two of the more of our favorite restaurants in the Mystic Country region.  Next time you visit with us, be sure to ask us about visiting Red 36.

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Our Top 10 Things To Do in Mystic Country this Summer

The weather has warmed, our inn is looking amazing and we are ready for the busy summer season here in Niantic, CT. If you’re still looking to make summer vacation plans and wondering what there is to do in the area, we put together a list of popular summertime things to do in our Mystic Country region. So, without further ado, our Top 10 Things To Do while visiting the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina are:

# 1 – Visit Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport — The Museum of America and the Sea — is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Explore American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village or watch a working preservation shipyard in action.

Yes, Mystic has so much to see and do and we find that most of our guests who have never visited the area are very interested in visiting Mystic Seaport. And why not, it is truly one of New England’s most cherished treasures.

Click here to read more about Mystic Seaport

# 2 – Take a Day Trip to Block Island
Block Island Southeast Lighthouse

Thousands of years ago, a glacier left rolling hills and ponds behind, forming what is now known as Block Island.
Block Island features 17 miles of pristine beaches, protected by lighthouses and spectacular bluffs, and surrounded by rolling roads and winding paths.

If you have never been to Block Island and enjoy outdoor activities and exploring new places, then Block Island beckons. You’ll find that ‘Block’ is a special destination in so many ways. You’ll take a high speed ferry and find that this little island is a terrific place to explore. Whether you enjoy a laid-back beach day, a vigorous bike ride or a simple day of shopping and lunch, it’s all just a short walk from the Ferry dock. Consider visiting the iconic and beautiful southeast Lighthouse and breathtaking bluffs.

Getting out to ‘Block’ is so easy and affordable! The high speed ferry leaves several times a day from the New London Ferry dock which is just 15 minutes away from the inn!

Click here to read more about Block Island

# 3 – Visit and Picnic at one of our local Wineries
Wineries

If you enjoy unique wines, tranquil settings and an overall relaxing day, we recommend visiting one of the several local wineries on the southeastern CT shoreline. We also recommend that you take a lovely picnic to enjoy at the winery. We can’t begin to tell you just how many of our guests enjoy this recommendation. Most of the local wineries are within a 30 minute drive from our inn, and some of them offer entertainment.

Click here to read our BLOG post about Connecticut Wineries

# 4 – Visit Watch Hill and “The Ocean House”
Ocean House Rhose Island

This charming village is nestled along the shore of Block Island Sound in the southwest corner of Washington County, Rhode Island. Watch Hill is situated on a peninsula that is nearly surrounded by ocean, further adding to its awe inspiring beauty. Outdoor activities in the area include rowing, swimming, ocean sailing, fishing and hiking. Additionally, local shopping and fine restaurants combine to make this a favored resort area. Did you know that this is where Taylor Swift chooses to make her summer getaway?

Click here to read more about Watch Hill

Perched high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort. Ocean House welcomed guests for 135 years, but as with many historic hotels, over time, neglect took its toll. The Ocean House was closed in 2003 when it was deemed beyond feasible repair. In 2004 a new structure replicating the original exterior design was conceived. Today, this much-loved beach hotel has been recreated to convey the romance of its storied past and the rich character of Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Click here to read more about the Ocean House

# 5 – Take a Sailboat Cruise aboard the 81′ Schooner Argia
Mystic Schooner Argia

We can’t begin to tell you just how special it is to take a sailboat cruise aboard the 81′ Schooner “Argia”. Step aboard the traditional sailing ship ARGIA for a relaxing sightseeing cruise. Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Mystic River and smooth sailing in Fishers Island Sound. Beautiful views of lighthouses, islands, and historic homes await you as the gentle lapping of the water and the smell of salt air surround you. Day cruises are available for 2 ½ hours at morning, afternoon or sunset and are very reasonably priced.

Click here to read more about the Argia

# 6 – Bike through our local Beach Communities
Bike Riding along the Beach

So, who doesn’t like a bike ride along beautiful coastline and looking at everything from beaches, beautiful birds, boats, waterfront estates, houses and bungalows. Here in Niantic we have some beautiful seaside bike routes as well many others fit for every kind of biker. Whether leisurely or intense we have ideas to share with you here at the inn.

Click here to read more about our ‘Bike-inn’ by the Sea package 

# 7 – Spend a day at our local Beach!!!
CT shoreline beaches

Overlooking Niantic Bay is McCook’s Point Park. The park consists of a beautiful bluff between two white, sandy beaches. On the bluff, there is a green lawn shaded by copper beeches, perfect for picnics, games or quiet contemplation.

From the Point, you can see Fisher’s Island, Plum Island, and Orient Point across Long Island Sound. McCook’s Point beach, on the west side of the bluff, and Hole-in-the-Wall beach, to the east, provide plenty of room for sunbathing and swimming.

Here at the inn we provide beach passes and all of the beach gear you could possibly need for a day of fun in the sun.

Click here to read more about Niantic Beaches

# 8 – Visit one of our favorite outdoor dining spots
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Outdoor dining is on everyone’s mind during summer on the CT shoreline when the sun comes out and temperatures warm. Visitors and locals alike scramble to occupy every breezy patio and waterfront restaurant in sight. To help you score the most coveted alfresco tables, we’ve identified some of our guest favorite restaurants with outdoor seating. Below are just some of the favorite outdoor/waterfront dining spots.  Please feel free to call us (860.739.0331) or email us (info@innharborhill.com) with anyquestions about these or other restaurants in the region:

The Back Porch
Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock
Skipper’s Seafood
Ford’s Lobster
S&P Oyster Co.
Main Street Grille
The Black Sheep

# 9 – Explore the areas Antique & Boutique shops
Antique Shops

Is your “inner collector” eager to scout out vintage artifacts?
Antique shops can be a treasure trove of undiscovered delights, whether your passion is industrial art, 19th century glassware, estate silver or nautical kitsch.

Browse Mystic Country’s array of antique dealers, quaint gift shops, general stores, bookstores, art galleries and specialty boutiques, many of which can be found in CT’s Coastline and Countryside village centers.

FYI: Bargain shoppers will love our numerous outlet stores…

Pack comfy shoes to ensure you’ll have fun every step of the way…
so explore, shop… and come away with that perfect find!

Click here to read more about the Mystic Antiques Trail

#10 – Last, but not least, Relax here at our Inn
Relaxing at Bed and Breakfast

With so much to see and do in the area some of our guests forget why they wanted to getaway in the first place. To relax! But we have found that both exploring the area and relaxing here at the inn can be accomplished all in one trip. So come enjoy the beauty and quaintness of our inn and you won’t be disappointed.

Click here to read more about relaxing at the inn

In closing, we hope that our ‘Top 10’ list gives you some idea of the many things there are to see and do while staying with us. And also note, we have much more info and directions for each and everyone one of these adventures right here at the inn, as well as many other suggestions for things to do. We hope you find our Top 10 Things To Do list helpful in considering a getaway to our inn.
Below are some additional helpful links:

Click here to check “Room Availability”

Click here to view our “Specials & Packages”

Lobster (and more) in the Rough
   at Ford’s Lobster

If youve ever been to the southeastern coastline of Connecticut, you may have heard of Abbots Lobster. And why shouldnt you have. They are a CT lobster-inthe-rough rock star and have been in business since 1947.

HOWEVER just before Abbots and a short 20 minute drive from our inn is Fords Lobster & Harings Marina also in the village of Noank. Fords Lobster in Noank, CTWe feel its a bit more authentic and offers that quintessential New England seaside dining-out experience that so many of our guests seek.
This gem of a lobster shack is what many of our guests rave about when looking for a Lobster Roll or dinner at a place with great views. The tables literally sit outside on the docks, all food is prepared outside, the sights and sounds of the marina and shipyard with all of the sea views and salty smells – making this dining experience like few others in the area.

They serve only the freshest ingredients available and have something for everyone on their menu, lobster, risotto, seafood dishes including – halibut, cod, scallops, steamed lobster dinner and hot or cold lobster rolls oh did we say LOBSTER rolls well how about the Fords lobster bomb it can be served hot or cold, but if you get it hot you can convert it to the lobster bisque bomb which is a massive amount of lobster meat topped in thick and delicious lobster bisque. OH Yum! Specials change daily and include soups, salads, mussels, clams and as we noted above a variety of seafood entrees as well as some chicken, steak and pasta offerings. As a matter of fact, Dave recently ordered a New York Strip Steak dinner special that was finished in a Portobello Mushroom and Marsala Wine sauce and felt it was as good steak a steak as anyones in the area.Fords Lobster Steak

ALSO, liked by many of our guests, is that Fords allows BYOB which is a rarity here in CT. For BYOB, Fords provides glasses and wine openers so plan ahead. Fords is open year round and in the winter months dining and prep moves inside in their cozy indoor dining space!

This delightfully small place with awesome sunsets and views has a simple seaside setting and a very casual dress code. But bring a jacket at night because it can get chilly sitting right by the water. If you are visiting with us, be sure to ask us about Fords Lobster.

Below are some photos of Fords Lobster’s outdoor dining area and more.

 

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Outside Dining area (approx. 12 tables)

 

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Fords Lobster in the Rough

 

Fords Waiting Area below:

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Fords Waiting Area (for before and after dinner) Recommendation; bring a cooler & 2 bottles of wine 🙂

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Sitting, waiting for your name to be called and sipping some wine.

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Not on the menu…. 😉