The Owenego Beach and Tennis Club, otherwise known as the Owenego Inn, or simply "The O" to local residents is a popular Branford, CT beach club and event venue. In operation as a boarding house in the late 1800s the Inn now operates as a private club with a public banquet facility and is currently owned and managed by Jane Rosenthal.
The Inn still offers several rooms and suites for overnight accommodations and its reception hall and banquet facility is most popular for those wishing a shoreline wedding or affair.
Where did it get the unusual name? The Owenego Inn is named after the son of an Indian Chief of the Montowese Tribe that once inhabited the Branford area and Connecticut shoreline. And how do you pronounce it? "Oh-WAH-nee-go"
We recently attended the St. Therese Parish Picnic on the grounds of the Owenego Inn and because I was an early arriver I was able to take lots of pictures without disturbing or infringing on the privacy of the club members.
Folks can you believe the view? It is utterly fantastic!
And please don't think this is a stereotypical private beach and tennis club.
This is not a club for the pompous folk...more like a gathering area for the locals - or at least one that has a membership fee attached. (chuckle)
Speaking of membership fees...they're affordable with individual seasonal membership starting at around $500.00. There are varying scales based on families and shared cabanas.
See the fees here: Owenego Membership Fees and Contract Information *
*Note these are 2012 season fees and subject to change for the 2013 year.
Also, there are plenty of areas for quiet reflection and alone time. Simply find a rocking chair in a hidden corner...
or some open greenspace to enjoy some solitude and breathe in the salty sea air.
Please view the Britely flipshow I've prepared from my visit. Click on the arrows to flip from picture to picture.
Unfortunately the day I was visiting there were no receptions or inside events, so the inside banquet tables are not "dressed" for the occasion. If you peruse the Owenego website you'll find information on event planning at "The O" and see how beautiful the tables are when prepared with white linens and such for weddings and special events.
Thanks for coming along with me on my visit to the Owenego Beach and Tennis Club.
Visit "The O" and tell them Home Place sent you!
40 Linden Avenue
Branford, CT 06405
For additional pictures visit: Home Place Owenego Pictures
Also, view the Owenego's Storm Pictures: Tropical Storm Irene August 28, 2011
Have you ever visited the Owenego Beach and Tennis Club?
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