Enjoy a girl’s day in Stonington, CT! We’ve got a whole itinerary put together for you so there’s very little planning involved!
Start your day’s adventure off right with breakfast (or brunch, if it’s Sunday!) at the chef-owned and operated Noah’s Restaurant. Noah’s has been preparing “slow scratch” cooking from fresh and local ingredients for customers for over thirty years (the second oldest continually operating restaurant), in a warm and casual fine dining setting. Unique highlights from the breakfast/brunch menus include challah French toast, savory bread pudding, and pheasant sausage.
From this point on, you can choose to spend your day shopping and sipping on wine, or exploring nature trails, and participating in water sports (or some combination of all, if you’re really good at time management!).
If you’re a more active type of gal group and want to engage in some water sports, the Stonington Marina rents kayaks and paddleboards in 2-hour, 4-hour, and full-day installments so you can explore nature while you get a bit of a workout.
If a leisurely stroll through nature is more your speed, check out some of the area’s best nature trails. Barn Island Wildlife Management Area is known for its birding and well-maintained hiking and walking trails. The preserve contains over one thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, forests, fields, and grasslands. Mostly flat and wide, the three-mile loop trail and side trails are suitable for hiking in the warmer weather or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
The Velvet Mill, a thriving community for artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, hosts the Stonington Village Farmers Market indoors in the winter and in their parking lot in warmer months, on Saturdays from 10am-1pm. Items sold at the market include locally grown produce year-round, maple syrup, honey, flowers, and prepared foods such as pesto, salsa, and pot pies. On winter days, you can find a hot cup of homemade soup and score a uniquely crafted item or some greenhouse spinach or baby bok choy.
For the culinary queens, do not miss out on Capizzano’s Olive Oils and Vinegars – they have everything you need to elevate your cooking to the next level with their premium quality oils and aged balsamic vinegars that have been infused with some really exciting and unexpected flavors.
Stonington Vineyard offers plenty of educational and delicious wine tasting options and you get a keepsake wine glass as well! A founding member of the Connecticut Wine Trail, Stonington Vineyard is best known for its barrel-fermented Chardonnay and its exclusive blends Seaport White and Triad Rose. Outside food is welcomed, so consider gathering items from the Farmer’s Market to enjoy at the Vineyard!
If you’re done thinking about food for a little while, take a walk down Water Street to check out the shops, where you’ll find everything from art and antiques, clothing and accessories, home decor, and artisan jewelry.
Water Street Cafe is the dinner destination for anyone looking for an eclectically elegant experience to end the night. They provide a simple and fresh New American menu with local and fresh-caught seafood and farm-grown produce, and are also happy to offer gluten-free and vegetarian options for anyone who asks.