Kirks OpenRoad Adventures in the USA travel blog

driving on the beach road near Old Lyme Shores

a beautiful home near Old Saybrook Point

homes near Old Saybrook

home with widow's walk on Old Saybrook Point

colonial home in Old Lyme built in 1709

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

just one example of the beautiful stone walls in the area

Niantic by the Atlantic--a fine campground with lots of character and very...


We left Birchview Farms cg in Pa and travelled north, skirting NYC, and travelling up the Connecticut coastline. Luanne Rice is my (Reta's) favorite author and I wanted to see the area she writes about in many of her books. We enjoyed the little coastal towns as we drove along and arrived at our campground Niantic by the Atlantic in Niantic, CT about 4pm. It is an old but charming family owned cg near the Atlantic coast. The area is beautiful with forests growing right down to the beaches. The stone walls in this area are numerous and the New England style homes picturesque. The following day we got up early and drove down the coast to the point in Old Saybrook. We walked around the harbor and visited the site of a fort from the early 1700's. Old Saybrook is a beautiful resort town looking out on Long Island Sound. We drove back east to Old Lyme and spent several hours just walking the lovely tree lined streets and taking pictures of churches and homes many of which date back to the 1600's. It is a beautiful little town, exactly what you would expect a New England town to look like. We drove back to Niantic for lunch and had our first lobster rolls ever (Luanne mentions them in her books so had to try them!). We ate them at a little restaurant with an outside deck overlooking Niantic Bay. They were delicious and the view outstanding. We stopped at the Hole in the Wall Park and walked thru a literal hole under the railway bridge out onto a boardwalk that goes along the bay. We returned to our cg that evening tired from all the walking but with a better understanding of the area Luanne writes about. It is indeed a magical place, just as she describes. There is much more to see there and when we return, we will allow more than one day to visit the area.

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