Guidebook for Groton

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Guidebook for Groton

Food Scene
A great place to get fresh farm/sea to table food. It is a little pricey, but they have good happy hour deals as well. Go for a full dining experience, or just the bar for a fun cocktail and oysters.
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Oyster Club
13 Water Street
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A great place to get fresh farm/sea to table food. It is a little pricey, but they have good happy hour deals as well. Go for a full dining experience, or just the bar for a fun cocktail and oysters.
Southern inspired food, great local selection of beers on tap, interesting cocktails. Inside is very industrial/rustic feel and lively bar. Deviled eggs are a great snack, amazing burgers and specials. Also a great spot for brunch on the weekend, you can build your own bloody mary with great options to add in.
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Engine Room
14 Holmes Street
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Southern inspired food, great local selection of beers on tap, interesting cocktails. Inside is very industrial/rustic feel and lively bar. Deviled eggs are a great snack, amazing burgers and specials. Also a great spot for brunch on the weekend, you can build your own bloody mary with great options to add in.
Delicious, fresh pressed juices & smoothies! Owners are super friendly and will offer suggestions to what you may want
Biologic+
12 Cottrell St
Delicious, fresh pressed juices & smoothies! Owners are super friendly and will offer suggestions to what you may want
Great local coffee, the London Fog is my personal favorite
Vault Coffee Roasters
27 Coogan Blvd
Great local coffee, the London Fog is my personal favorite
Extremely fresh brews of coffee. Good smoothies too (fruity green is my favorite)
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Macondo
530 Stonington Rd
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Extremely fresh brews of coffee. Good smoothies too (fruity green is my favorite)
Great Casual dining, with an outdoor area perfect for the warmer months, bistro lights throughout. They also have live music outside pretty often.
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Pizzetta
7 Water Street
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Great Casual dining, with an outdoor area perfect for the warmer months, bistro lights throughout. They also have live music outside pretty often.
You can either make a reservation, which will get you a table upstairs with a fabulous menu (use the front door). The brown sugar glazed salmon is amazing. Or, for a more casual setting, the stone basement has neat menu and long bar with a fun atmosphere (use back door entrance). A lot of people will go here for night life as well, and has live music almost every weekend night. It can get quite crowded downstairs, so tables are somewhat close together.
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Captain Daniel Packer Inne
32 Water Street
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You can either make a reservation, which will get you a table upstairs with a fabulous menu (use the front door). The brown sugar glazed salmon is amazing. Or, for a more casual setting, the stone basement has neat menu and long bar with a fun atmosphere (use back door entrance). A lot of people will go here for night life as well, and has live music almost every weekend night. It can get quite crowded downstairs, so tables are somewhat close together.
Great breakfast/brunch on the water! Be prepared to wait for a table in the summer.
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Kitchen Little
36 Quarry Road
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Great breakfast/brunch on the water! Be prepared to wait for a table in the summer.
Newer spot, really good breakfast. Challah french toast is a must! BYOB if you want mimosas.
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Rise
10 Water St
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Newer spot, really good breakfast. Challah french toast is a must! BYOB if you want mimosas.
Great Italian restaurant! Manicotti is delicious.
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Paul's Pasta Shop
223 Thames Street
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Great Italian restaurant! Manicotti is delicious.
Lis' is a great little cafe/ bakery for a quick pastry and cup of joe while you're around town.
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Li's Bake Shop
15 Holmes St
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Lis' is a great little cafe/ bakery for a quick pastry and cup of joe while you're around town.
In Stonington Borough, great water views and some outdoor lawn games. Really busy brunch on the weekend!
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Dog Watch Cafe
194 Water St
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In Stonington Borough, great water views and some outdoor lawn games. Really busy brunch on the weekend!
A great place to bring a larger group and family friendly. They have a few firepits, and tables spread out around the entire outside area.
Dog Watch Mystic
20 Old Stonington Rd
A great place to bring a larger group and family friendly. They have a few firepits, and tables spread out around the entire outside area.
A great romantic happy hour or dinner, a little bit of a drive from the house but worth it. They have an awesome 3 course pre-fixe menu every Thursday night, $75 for two people TOTAL, which also includes a bottle of wine. A steal! The Inn is historic, but decorated with mismatched local artists, and makes for an eclectic experience. They have music and other events happening every so often, so check out their website!
Bee & Thistle Inn
100 Lyme Street
A great romantic happy hour or dinner, a little bit of a drive from the house but worth it. They have an awesome 3 course pre-fixe menu every Thursday night, $75 for two people TOTAL, which also includes a bottle of wine. A steal! The Inn is historic, but decorated with mismatched local artists, and makes for an eclectic experience. They have music and other events happening every so often, so check out their website!
Drinks & Nightlife
Inside the Village, a neat bar with kings' community table layout, board games, and lots of taps to choose from!
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Jealous Monk
27 Coogan Blvd
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Inside the Village, a neat bar with kings' community table layout, board games, and lots of taps to choose from!
Right off the main road of downtown, a neat little irish bar in a stone basement atmosphere. Gets pretty busy in the summer nights, since they have live music many nights of the week!
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The Harp and Hound
4 Pearl Street
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Right off the main road of downtown, a neat little irish bar in a stone basement atmosphere. Gets pretty busy in the summer nights, since they have live music many nights of the week!
Also has some food, but I haven't tried it yet. Usually go for an interesting cocktail. They have a smoked martini that may not be on the menu but is really good. Very casual, fun atmosphere.
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Chapter One Food and Drink
32 W Main St
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Also has some food, but I haven't tried it yet. Usually go for an interesting cocktail. They have a smoked martini that may not be on the menu but is really good. Very casual, fun atmosphere.
An old airport hangar converted into a vineyard. They have tasting bars, as well as a large open area inside and outside to hang out with a larger group. You can also bring your glass of wine on a long walk around the vineyard.
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Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Elm Street
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An old airport hangar converted into a vineyard. They have tasting bars, as well as a large open area inside and outside to hang out with a larger group. You can also bring your glass of wine on a long walk around the vineyard.
Great local brews!
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The Beer'd Brewing Company
22 Bayview Avenue
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Great local brews!
Another great vineyard with a lot of outdoor space to hang out for the day.
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Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Main Road
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Another great vineyard with a lot of outdoor space to hang out for the day.
Parks & Nature
Gorgeous lawn on the water. If you want to go have a picnic, fly a kit, relax on the grass, walk around the gardens.
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Harkness Memorial State Park
Great Neck Road
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Gorgeous lawn on the water. If you want to go have a picnic, fly a kit, relax on the grass, walk around the gardens.
A great place to go for a hike, the trail ends at the beach. You can bring your own kayak and set out from there, or bring a mountain bike.
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Bluff Point State Park
55 Depot Rd
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A great place to go for a hike, the trail ends at the beach. You can bring your own kayak and set out from there, or bring a mountain bike.
Shopping
A little off the beaten path of the main road downtown, lots of beachy, rustic items. Everything is from local artisans. Artwork, jewelry, home decor, unique cards, soaps & oils, gifts, etc.
Salt Mystic
18 Holmes St
A little off the beaten path of the main road downtown, lots of beachy, rustic items. Everything is from local artisans. Artwork, jewelry, home decor, unique cards, soaps & oils, gifts, etc.
Sightseeing
Many people come to Mystic to check out the historic seaport. Great for a family day activity.
Seaport Marine
2 Washington St
Many people come to Mystic to check out the historic seaport. Great for a family day activity.
Entertainment & Activities
A fairly small aquarium, but has some great exhibits. Be prepared to pay for a couple specific ones, even with an annual pass.
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Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard
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A fairly small aquarium, but has some great exhibits. Be prepared to pay for a couple specific ones, even with an annual pass.
Arts & Culture
A great museum with interesting exhibits and special events. Check out their website for upcoming art shows. They also have an outdoor area on the water and will sometimes use the outdoor space for special exhibits, like the fairy garden exhibit with a different theme each year.
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Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
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A great museum with interesting exhibits and special events. Check out their website for upcoming art shows. They also have an outdoor area on the water and will sometimes use the outdoor space for special exhibits, like the fairy garden exhibit with a different theme each year.