Eastern Connecticut is dubbed “The New Hamptons”

- FILE - Beachgoers at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme (WTNH / RJ Tattersall)

EASTERN SHORELINE, Conn. (WTNH) — From its quaint downtown areas to its picturesque beaches and plethora of attractions, the eastern part of Connecticut’s shoreline is being compared to the eastern end of Long Island.

old saybrook 1 Eastern Connecticut is dubbed The New HamptonsThe New York Post first penned an article about the area entitled “The next ‘new’ Hamptons that many vacationers may overlook” and then Town & Country listed “27 Reasons This Part of the East Coast Is Being Dubbed “The New Hamptons.”

old saybrook 2 Eastern Connecticut is dubbed The New Hamptons“It’s better. It’s more local. It’s more charming, The proximity to both New York and Boston,” said Nancy Bell who splits her time between Houston and Old Saybrook.

old saybrook 4 Eastern Connecticut is dubbed The New Hamptons“It’s a sleeper don’t tell anybody,” she added with a laugh.

essex 1 Eastern Connecticut is dubbed The New HamptonsToo late. Among the attractions listed are Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, and the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme but also highlighted are The Griswold Inn in Essex and affluent areas like the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook where Katherine Hepburn‘s former house is back on the market.

essex 2 Eastern Connecticut is dubbed The New HamptonsThis is the second time The Bowerbird in Old Lyme was mentioned by the magazine in an article comparing Connecticut to the Hamptons.

bowerbird Eastern Connecticut is dubbed The New Hamptons“Everybody loves our tag phrase which is impulsive necessities and you walk in and see things that you didn’t know you need,” said owner Chris Kitchings.

She says the buzz is good for business.

florence griswold museum Eastern Connecticut is dubbed The New Hamptons“I think everybody’s kind of curious when they read about a place that they’ve never been to and why not why not pop in,” said Kitchings.

old saybrook 3 Eastern Connecticut is dubbed The New HamptonsAfter all it can be just a quick ride from the city on Amtrak or Metro North. Many New Yorkers summer or have second homes in the area. One local welcomes the influx of summertime residents and visitors.

“It triples in population from winter to summer so it’s kind of refreshing when you start to get a lot of activity and energy back into the town after a long winter,” said Aaron Swerchesky of Old Saybrook.


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