Each season of the year has its own charm at the cottage and on the lake. During the winter, it’s the perfect time of year to get cozy by the wood stove and enjoy the view of the lake through the large living room windows. Also, even in the cold you can enjoy the hot tub overhanging the water and under the stars. When it’s really cold, you can ice skate on the lake. If you want to explore the area, the old Mystic village is decorated with lights galore and the mystic seaport hosts latern light tours and Christmas events. Foxwoods entertainment, restaurants, and shopping is also only 5 minutes away.
The cottage feels like you are at a cabin up in Maine. It has a rustic feel and it is on a quiet lake where time seems to have been forgotten. It is literally right on the water, as you can see in the pictures. The cozy cottage is perfect for a vacationing couple, or two, or a family.The waterfront cottage has 2 bedrooms with queen beds and a spacious living room. The large screened-in porch is a favorite place for meals overlooking the water. A large oak tree provides shade with picnic tables, chairs, and a hammock viewing the lake. The kitchen is fully stocked and ready, just bring your food. There is a gas grill and two outdoor fire pits which also overlook the water.
Kayaks and a canoe are provided for your use at no additional charge. We also have horseshoes, internet, DVD player, basic TV, a few lawn games and indoor games. If you choose, we have a discount paddleboard rental for just $20, and hot tub rental for $100 or less depending on the length of your stay. (We can not guarantee hot tub availability.) The tub sits over the water and under the stars, or enjoy a campfire with firewood provided with no charge.
We also have a massage therapist that you can schedule a massage with, right by the lake. And, if you are interested, I am an artist and can offer you a “paint night” customized to your requests. Furthermore, I am a portrait photographer, and can also offer family/child/couple/individual portraits if you want!
There is also a small, organic "Earth Friendly Farm" that sells vegetables at the beginning of your street.
Stay at the cottage enjoying the serenity of nature and the lake, or, you are just a 10 minute drive from Mystic-- a favorite tourist town, 5 area wineries, the Connecticut Shoreline, and 5 minutes from Foxwoods casino. Take a walk or a bike ride along the coast, through Mystic, or in the woods such as up Lantern Hill. You can also enjoy activities in Westerly Mystic and New London such as weekly free outdoor summer concerts.
There are endless recommendations for all sorts of places less than 20 minutes away. Here are a few suggestions:
Local “New England Feeling” Attractions:
-Buttonwood Farms in Griswold is famous for its delicious farm fresh ice cream and over 14 acres of sunflowers that will peak during the end of July. From mid-September through October the farm has a corn maze and several fun family activities
-Holmberg’s Orchard in Gales Ferry is a beautiful place to go pick your own fruit of the season, whether that’s blueberries, peaches, raspberries, apples, or even nectarines this year. Tractor rides will bring your family to the perfect picking location. In the fall, there are fields of pumpkins, as well as squash, gourds, Indian corn, hay bales, and mums. There are also events, such as Farmer’s Markets.
- Mystic Aquarium is great for families!
-The Mystic Seaport Museum, a Historic Whaling Village from the 1800’s, has many attractions indoors and outdoors, with incredible sights and tours of historic ships.
- The Pequot Indian Museum is very interesting and Smithsonian-quality. Interactive for children and quite educational. Open Wed- Sat 9am-5pm, a 6 minute drive from the cottage.
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT,
-Old Mystic Village and its many shops are great for both adults and children
-If you’re looking for a sunset excursion and tour of the Mystic River, my brother has an inflatable boat and is willing to give boat tours for our cottage guests for a small fee.
-Clydes Cider Mill is a hot spot in the fall! Sample or purchase cider (and hard cider), and homemade goods (the donuts are highly recommended). 129 N Stonington Rd, Pawcatuck
FRESH SEAFOOD AND RESTAURANTS:
-If you would like to indulge in New England’s fresh seafood, be sure to visit the restaurants and markets in Pawcatuck, Mystic, Stonington CT and Westerly, RI. If you need directions or recommendations, please ask us for more information.
-MYSTIC has a variety of restaurants, both casual and high-end. Some popular places include: Mystic Pizza, Pizzetta, S & P Oyster House, Latitude 41, the Engine Room, Bravo Bravo, and Go Fish. Karma Kitchen is a healthy cafe with smoothies, nutritious juices, acai bowls, & more. Drawbridge Ice Cream is very popular on the bridge.
- Ledyard and neighboring towns have many interesting parks offering a variety of trails. Listed are some of the more popular:
-Lantern Hill- There are great views overlooking cliffs on a mountainous trail, which is about 30 minutes to the top. There are two trailheads: One is at the far rear of the parking lot of the Two Trees Inn, and the other one is .4 in from Route 2 on Wintechog Hill Road in North Stonington, CT, (6 minutes away)
-Copp Park - Offers a number of trails and two dog park areas
-Bluff Point - This is a beautiful 2.5 mile round trip dirt road that you can walk or bike on. Beautiful views of the shallow waters, and open ocean with sandy beach at the end of the road..
Depot Rd., Groton, CT, (17 minutes away)
-Haley Farm State Park is a popular trail for biking or jogging, along with Bluff Point.
- Long Pond of course! You are welcome to take the kayaks or the raft and bring them over to the nice rock areas of Long Pond to swim off of.
-if you are looking for swimming in the sound or ocean, these are the closest beaches:
-Ocean Beach - on Long Island Sound,
-Misquamicut Beach - Beach is on open ocean. In Westerly, RI (30 min away)
-Watch Hill and East Beach. A touristy area with restaurants, ice cream, a carousel, and shops. A beautiful walk to the beach. (Taylor Swift’s summer house on the edge of the beach)
-Tastings, and often entertainment or events
-Jonathan Edwards - Call to see if there is entertainment, 74 Chester Maine Rd, North Stonington, CT
-Maugle Sierra Vineyards - Entertainment Friday Evenings 6-9pm, & most Sundays 2-5pm. 825 Colonel Ledyard Highway Ledyard, CT
-Stonington Vineyards - Entertainment most Saturdays, look online or call for schedule. 523 Taugwonk Rd - PO Box 463, Stonington, CT
- Lake of Isles - 1 Clubhouse Drive, North Stonington, CT, (10 minutes/3.7miles away)
If dates are full or if you are looking for a second rental nearby for a family and friends, please check out our other cottage on this same lake. The listing is HomeAway #3945127 to see pictures and reviews. If you have trouble finding it, just send us an inquiry and ask.
Book early if you need specific dates. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, email us for more information or ask us to call you back.