Waterfront Honeymoons and Mini-Moons in CT: It’s all about you. Third in the series

sun chairs at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaWe’ve been writing about New England honeymoons and romantic getaways in this series on the Distinctive Inns of New England blog.  But what happens when there’s not time for the whole honeymoon? More and more often we’re seeing a trend toward mini-moons in New England. Whether it’s time or budget constraints, taking a mini-moon right after the wedding, then saving or waiting for the bigger honeymoon is a growing trend among New England couples.  Either way – honeymoon or mini-moon –romantic accommodations and personalized hospitality all about you is what you can expect at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). When it comes to the ideal inn honeymoon or mini-moon that’s customized to your every whim, the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England have the market cornered.

During week one we explored ideas for  Vermont honeymoons.  The next week, we explored two intimate New Hampshire honeymoon destinations where fine dining is combined with romantic touches, private fireplaces and bubbly hot tubs. Today, we’re going to focus on the Connecticut shore for a New England waterfront honeymoon or mini-moon.  Head to Niantic, CT and you just might be surprised with all there is to offer. Our focus of today’s blog about romantic waterfront honeymoons and mini-moons is the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic, CT.

waterfront rooms at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaStart with a beautiful Niantic waterfront inn, and add a room with a balcony overlooking the water, then add a porch complete with rockers to watch the boats come and go from the marina.  Add the one you love and a steaming cup of Joe in the morning, or your favorite wine in the afternoon, and you’ve got the start to a memorable honeymoon at Inn At Harbor Hill Marina.

Looking for something more active?  Spend the day at nearby Connecticut shoreline beaches or take a walk along the newly completed boardwalk.  Then spend the day exploring nearby Mystic Seaport and visit the Mystic Aquarium.

There’s wine tasting and apple picking, the Essex Steam Train, museums and galleries to explore too.  Each night, meander into Niantic and try a different restaurant featuring locally caught seafood.  Then top it all off with an ice cream cone as you stroll back to your beautifully appointed inn and watch the moon rise over the harbor.  Romantic? Nothing better. In the winter, enjoy sleighrides, galleries and shopping and the solitude of the winter season.

Each morning starts with a signature Inn at Harbor Hill Marina breakfast featuring fresh fruit and juices, home baked treats and a hot entrée.  It’s served buffet style and enjoyed by many in the dining room or in warmer weather out on the porch.  Return back to the inn after a full day of exploring the Connecticut shoreline and nearby Niantic, and enjoy a complimentary cold beer, glass of house wine and a choice of different snacks.  It’s all included with your stay.

If you want to package your romance into one all-inclusive perfect romance package, choose the Inn the Mood for Love Package, filled with everything you need to add to the intimacy of your honeymoon or mini moon including flowers, bubbly and chocolate truffles.

If the honeymoon is in the future, and it’s a proposal you seek, the innkeepers – Dave and Sue – are experienced in helping nervous partners pop the question.  Simply contact the innkeepers ahead of your stay and explain what you have in mind. They love being in on the proposal.

waterfront elopement at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaAnd finally, if it’s a waterfront elopement you seek, there’s no place better than the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  Many guests who’ve enjoyed their courtship at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina come back to get married there because of the scenic setting.  The gazebo makes the ideal backdrop for the vows, and picture taking by the marina is exquisite.  Take advantage of the location, and enjoy an elopement or honeymoon all in one at Harbor Hill Marina. And leave the planning to the experienced innkeepers here, who’ve made it easy with their elopement package, covering all the details in one simple package.

The Connecticut shoreline offers an ideal place for honeymoons, mini-moons and romantic getaways. Don’t forget to consider it for when making your plans for the ideal intimate escape year-round.

Plan your New England honeymoon getaway at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites.

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.

toasting at the beach near Inn at Harbor Hill Marina