Friday, March 25, 2016

Weekend at Tall Tales Guest House at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

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Tall Tales Guest House at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

Every year around this time the winter doldrums set in.

Here in New England we can't wait for the days to get longer, the air to get warmer, and for spring to peek its sleepy little head out. When an invite rolled in for me to visit the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa in Old Saybrook CT and experience their new Tall Tales Guest House, I said, count me in!

This weekend getaway was just what I needed to get a jump start on spring fever!

Tall Tales Guest House
Saybrook Point Inn Spa and Marina

On a beautiful sunny Friday in early March, we traveled up to Old Saybrook Connecticut for some rest and relaxation! We had a mid-afternoon check in, followed immediately by a tour of the property with general manager, John Lombardo.

Welcome to the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

The property is comprised of the main Saybrook Point Inn that has over 80 luxury rooms, two guesthouses -  'Three Stories' and 'Tall Tales', a Lighthouse Suite (currently under construction) (and yes, it is an actual lighthouse), South Cove Cottage, and a Marina with over 100 slips.

Left: Three Stories Guest House
Right: Tall Tales Guest House
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

Lighthouse Suite at Saybrook Point Inn

Lighthouse Suite at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

In addition, there is an upscale restaurant, Fresh Salt, and, the ultimate luxury, an on-premise, full service spa, Sanno.

Fresh Salt at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

Sanno Spa at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

And as if that wasn't enough, they also have an on premise health club complete with a full gym, exercise rooms, and two pools, one indoor, the other outdoor...and the outdoor pool is open year round!

We absolutely loved our room, with its casual and beachy feel. Our room was the Adriaen Block room, with direct water views, and its own private balcony. Rooms at the guest houses and suites in the inn are named after famous New Englanders, and Adrieaen Block has the distinction of naming Block Island, a fun place to visit and a short ferry ride away from Old Saybrook using the nearby New London ferry. (Read about my earlier trip to Block Island HERE).

Comfortable seating in the Adriaen Block guest room
Front water views of Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River

Balcony - Adriaen Block
Tall Tales Guest House
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

What I loved best about our room was the gorgeous 'great room' right outside our door. Although shared by all the guest house visitors, I could just imagine family vacationers, or girls weekend get togethers utilizing this space. With a large dining table and a comfortable seating area, it's sure to be a hit with guests! There's also a little kitchenette off the room so staff members can also prepare meals and snacks for visitors!

The Great Room - at Tall Tales Guest House
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

In addition to the "Great Room" on the first floor, there is a billiards room, and a club room, on the upper floors. All public rooms are available to guests of the Tall Tales Guest House.

After our tour I spend a luxurious hour getting pampered at Sanno, Saybrook Point's on premise spa, enjoying a wonderful massage. Also available are facials, wraps, manicures and pedicures and the staff will be  happy to tailor a visit to your needs. A wide array of products are also available.

Sanno Spa Products

Photo Courtesy Saybrook Point Inn and Sanno Spa:

Right after my visit to Sanno we headed over to Fresh Salt for cocktails and dinner. Fresh Salt is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is known throughout Connecticut for serving one of area's best brunches on Sundays.

We were able to sit out on the patio by the fire pit to enjoy some pre-dinner cocktails due to the unseasonably warm evening before returning to Fresh Salt for dinner.

The cowboy and I did our versions of surf and turf - I ordered one of the evening's specials, the Scallops with BACON JAM (!!!) and he had the mouth watering Filet Mignon.

Scallops with Bacon Jam and Quinoa with Roasted Cauliflower
Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn

Filet Mignon
Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn

After dinner we retired to our room for some relaxing time by the in room fireplace before bedding down for the night. We woke up early enough to see an amazing sun rise over Long Island Sound before heading back to Fresh Salt for breakfast.

Breakfast Omelette at Fresh Salt
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

We met up with our travel companions Deb & Brian from the Front Door Project (read Deb's post about the historic aspects of the Inn HERE) and Julie and Matt from Happy Strong Home (read Julie's post about her romantic getaway HERE) before heading out to do some solo shopping and sight seeing.

Our Group of Travel Writers

The cowboy and I meandered around the grounds admiring the carved pilings on the dock and then drove to the center of town to do some shopping in downtown Old Saybrook.

Carved Pilings at the Saybrook Point Inn's Marina

After our excursion we headed back for lunch at Fresh Salt, enjoying a delicious Cobb Salad and a Flatbread Pizza.

Cobb Salad: Lunch
Fresh Salt at the Saybrook Point Inn

Flat Bread Pizza: Lunch
Fresh Salt at the Saybrook Point Inn and Sp

We had such a fun weekend enjoying the Tall Tales Guest House at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa for some relaxing time, great food, and fun. The grounds were absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to return when the weather is warmer and the flowers are all in bloom!

We loved getting 'away from it all' at the Tall Tales Guest House. While it is just across the street from the main inn - it is just far enough away that you have a bit more privacy from the hustle and bustle of the busy hotel and marina.

In fact, we felt like we had rented our own private 'beach cottage' for the weekend!

As the afternoon faded to dusk, we said goodnight to our beautiful guest house, Tall Tales, and promised her we'd be back!

Tall Tales Guesthouse
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
Thanks to our hosts for an amazing weekend getaway! 

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

19 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Reservations: 860.395.2000

Disclaimer: We were invited to the Saybrook Point Inn by members of the Inn's marketing and management team, however, all views, opinions, and our experiences are our own. 


  1. Wonderful post Bonnie!! You especially did the food at Fresh Salt great justice!! Such a great weekend and locale!

    1. Thanks Deb! We had such a great time and we are already planning to return when everything is in bloom. What a beautiful location!

  2. What a great post! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Love the group shot - fun seeing some of my favorite CT bloggers all in one photo :)

    1. Thanks Meredith! It was a great time! Saybrook Point is gorgeous!


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