Here is a little photo diary of a memorable few days spent at the Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook Connecticut. I hope it inspires you to get out of NYC and explore quaint towns and hotels like this gem. <3
The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is a family owned, AAA Four Diamond rated Inn located where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound.
Here I found the most sincere, genuine, polite and accommodating staff I have ever encountered.
They gave me this entire mini mansion to myself for 3 days and I have never felt more relaxed. The name of this grand Victorian Italianate house is “Three Stories” and there is also a new grandiose building being built next door which will be done next year. Me and some of my closest friends felt like kings and queens – thank you from the very bottom of my heart Saybrook:) Highly recommend this gem to EVERYBODY. And their whole family/friend group – you can fit about 8 small families in here fyi;)
The house was originally built in 1892 as a private residence for William Vars, a train engineer responsible for transporting passengers from Hartford to the Shoreline. After the house was vacant for many years, the Tagliatela family, owners of the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, lovingly renovated and expanded the house to offer seven guest rooms including a luxurious two bedroom suite and comfortable, sophisticated common areas.
“We’re thrilled to finally make our dreams a reality and open the doors to this historic property for all of our travelers to enjoy,” said Stephen Tagliatela, innkeeper and co-owner of the inn, which was opened by his parents, Louis and Mary Tagliatela in 1989.
Named in honor of prominent Old Saybrook residents, the unique guest rooms are carefully appointed to reflect each individual’s personal history. Katharine Houghton Hepburn’s room features memorable photographs celebrating her daughter’s life as a celebrated actress. Another room pays tribute to Anna Louise James who was the first female African-American pharmacist in Connecticut and owned the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook. Other rooms pay homage to local businesswoman, Steffie Walters who was the first women to own the Dock and Dine Restaurant, and John N. Buckridge who was the lighthouse keeper of Lynde Point Lighthouse also known as Saybrook Inner Lighthouse from 1883 to 1902.
Wrap around porches, private gardens, and common rooms with billiards and books offer guests places to relax and rejuvenate. The property’s unique architectural features include eight individually designed rooms each with a private balcony, fireplace, European bedding, fine linens, heated bathroom floors, multiple showerheads, extensive water views and original artwork by local artists. And as a testament to its rich history, each room tells the profound story of a famed local resident who made sure that the history of the community was well preserved.
Looks like a fairytale no?
“Every place has its own history and feeling, and we thought people would like to come here and be able to feel a bit of our history when they stay at the guesthouse.” says Tagliatela.
Each room has a private bath with heated floors, fireplace, flat screen television, and sumptuous European bedding as well as a mini-bar with refrigerator. A private balcony outside each room invites guests to relax and savor the tranquil water views or join other lodgers outside by the fire pit on the third floor.
For recreation, guests can play checkers or chess by the fireplace in the cozy first floor living room or venture down to the lower level Yale room. This cavernous, luxurious space includes an elegant bar area with comfortable seating to sip an evening cocktail. A large wooden table stands in the center of a back room which could easily serve as a meeting space. However, concealed under a custom-made tabletop, a pool table that once belonged to Louis Tagliatela Sr., has been completely refurbished for guests to enjoy.
Rooms at the Three Stories guest house at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa can be rented individually or the entire property is available for large groups such as corporate retreats, family reunions or wedding parties.
Tagliatela added, “It’s always a dream when you do this to have a perfect inn. For some people, perfect is a few rooms with a living room, a place for board games, and porches, and we wanted to be able to offer that to guests who love that kind of experience.”
And they have local artisans create custom masterpieces like this one. They each tell a significant story about the history of Saybrook.
Here is the main hotel with a beautiful view of the dock and my dream yacht – Lucky 7.
Also while here make sure to check out SANNO Spa – you deserve it.
ANDDD I got to test drive a Tesla…Best day ever? Yes.
Saybrook Point Marina.
Inside the beautiful lighthouse.
Rose by the water? Yes way.
The lovely fire pit where friends gather around to enjoy some tasty cocktails, wine and beer at Fresh Salt.
Crop top: Tess Giberson; Necklace: Marc Jacobs; Sunnies: Tom Ford; Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger
The owner of Saybrook Point Inn, Stephen Tagliatela, gave me the ultimate tour on their golf cart around the town and taught me all the history behind every single thing. It’s pretty incredible how rich the history is in Saybrook.
Tagliatela is carrying on what his family started and is continuing to create unforgettable experiences for thousands of people every year. He really inspired me in a lot of ways and it was refreshing to encounter so many kind-hearted people.
He has a real passion which is definitely exuded in the way he tells stories about the property and town surrounding. The community is very tight knit and very Italian – my favorite type of people:) I feel like a part of the family now<3
On the last night we sat outside on the porch drinking wine and watching the thunder and lightening – it was pretty magical.