Weekend Getaway to the Connecticut Shoreline with Our Dog

Summertime gives me a serious case of FOMO. I scroll through everyone’s lavish photos from their elaborate vacations and I want to be there, too. That feeling has been elevated lately with the current political climate keeping my husband and me at our wit’s end, and with new jobs for the two of us (AKA no time off in the foreseeable future). We found ourselves both almost surprise-booking a weekend getaway on the same day. So we decided we needed to just do it and try for something low-key. One caveat: we wanted to take our dog with us.

We managed to cobble together a dog-friendly weekend on the Connecticut shoreline, which made for our dog’s first vacation ever (!).

I think the weekend was exactly what we needed. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect (despite the forecast in the early week calling for thunderstorms all weekend) and we got to try a few new things, too.

On Saturday, we left the house early and went straight to New London, where we caught a ferry to Fisher’s Island (part of New York). I’d never heard of it before, but it was recommended on BringFido.com as very dog-friendly, with shops, places to eat, and beaches to walk along, so we figured: why not?

The ferry ride over offered some beautiful views, as did the island. But Fisher’s Island is a very small town… which unfortunately means there’s hardly anything to do. The walk to “downtown” took about 20 minutes and, when we got there, there was only one place to eat (a market and not a restaurant), a couple of shops with knick knacks in it, and an ice cream shop. It was super residential and not so tourist-friendly. Overall, the island is very pretty, but doesn’t offer much substance.

Once we were back in Connecticut, we drove to Mystic, where we stopped at the Jealous Monk for dinner and drinks. We take our annual anniversary trip down to the Niantic/Mystic area and we’d been waiting for this place to open for two years, so it was exciting to finally go! Their beer garden was awesome, the food was delicious, and they even offered a make-your-own s’mores option for dessert (which is always a resounding HELL YES in my book). Then we settled into the hotel and called it a night.

We started the next day with some breakfast at Muddy Waters Cafe, where we got breakfast sandwiches, a bagel and lox, and a cinnamon bun because it was vacation and we deserved it. The views of the glittering ocean from the patio of the cafe did not hurt one bit.

After breakfast, we went to Harkness Memorial Park, which is easily becoming one of my favorite places to visit. It’s part park, part conservatory, part beach, and it offers views of beautiful gardens, too. When the weather is good and there’s a beautiful breeze (like it was today), it’s everything. Doesn’t really get much better than being with the person and dog you love looking out at the ocean.

We wrapped the afternoon with a picnic lunch at Jonathan Edwards Winery. Then we went home, I took a long nap, and now we’re binge-watching “Insecure.” I’m about it.

Here are some photos from this weekend.


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