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Local Activities

Scenic Stonington Borough is the oldest borough in Connecticut dating back to its charter in 1808. Geographically the borough lies within the Town of Stonington, Connecticut, but as a borough, it maintains a separate governing body.

Stonington Borough's historic roots are evident by the many historic sites such as the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House and the Old Lighthouse Museum.
Settled in 1753, Stonington Borough started out with the building of a wharf so farmers could ship goods. Homes were built and the population grew. The Stone Lighthouse, called the Stonington Harbor Light, built in 1823, was moved at one time to its present location, and operated until 1889. It is now the Old Lighthouse Museum, where you can learn about ships, the whaling industry and historic naval battles.

You can also enjoy wonderful views including parts of three states, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.

While in Stonington Borough enjoy the many galleries and a variety of unique gift and antique shops.

Whether its a gourmet breakfast, casual lunch or an elegant night out, the restaurants in Stonington Borough are sure to satisfy your cravings. There are seven restaurants to choose from in the borough, all within walking distance from Orchard Street Inn. Try local favorites Noah's or the Water Street Cafe for the freshest seafood and daily specials straight from the Stonington docks. Bomster's scallops from Stonington Seafood Harvesters are renowned in New England and are featured in many local and far away restaurants.

Outdoor, waterfront dining at its best can be experienced in Stonington Borough including Dog Watch Cafe and Skippers Dock. For fantastic authentic mexican and the best margaritas in town, try Milagro for lunch or dinner. And, for a casual, eat in or take out lunch of soups, salads, and sandwhiches, try Theresa's or the Yellow House Coffee & Tea Room.

Stonington Borough is a short distance from Mystic, Connecticut, where even more attractions await you including Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and a wide variety of shops and restaurants.
For beautiful beaches and even more shopping take a short drive to Watch Hill in Westerly, Rhode Island. Spend a day at the Napatree Point or Misquamicut Beach.
And, if that's not quite enough to do, try a visit to nearby Saltwater Farm Vineyard located just outside Stonington Borough. Since 2001, the vineyard has received rave reviews. Set on 100 bucolic acres, the vineyard features a vintage 1930's airport hangar converted into a winery. Also in the area, visit and stroll through J. Edwards Winery or Stonington Vineyards. The Vineyards offers daily tours and wine tastings. Visit their web sites for more details.

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