- Blue Oar- Delicious food, casual outdoor dining beside the river.
Midway Marina, Haddam, CT Open 11-9, April through September, weather permitting. (860) 345-2994
- Pilot House - Locally owned and operated hot dog and hamburger stand, with real milkshakes and all-American fast food
1364 Saybrook Rd. Haddam, CT Serves lunch & dinner 7 days a week in the summer (860) 345-2945
- Lupo, Mediterranean cuisine - 189 Middlesex Avenue (R. 154), Chester, CT (860) 526-4400
- Gabrielle's - 78 Main St. Centerbrook, CT 06429
- The Cooking Company - Fresh Prepared Food
1610 Saybrook Rd. Haddam, CT Mon-Fri 10-8, Sat. 10-6 (860) 345-8008
- Javapalooza - Great coffee drinks, desserts and wonderful service in a welcoming room. They also have live music evenings. Middletown
- Cato Corner Farm - Farmstead Cheeses
178 Cato Corner Rd. Colchester, CT (860) 537-3884
- Equal Exchange - Fairly traded organic coffee and hot chocolate, available now at Super Stop & Shop stores!
- O'Rourke's Diner & Catering Classic American Diner. Be sure to ask Brian about the specials!
728 Main, Middletown, CT Now reopened after post-fire renovations.
- Middlesex Fruitery - Quality fruits and vegetables, cheese and specialty foods, fruit baskets
191 Main St. Middletown, CT Open Tue - Sat 8:30-5:30 (860) 346-4372
- Aleia's - "Innovative Bistro" serving some of the best food around.
1687 Boston Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Old Saybrook. (860) 399-5050
Other cool stuff:
- Hammered Edge Studio and Gallery - Hand wrought jewelry, beads, buttons, hand woven textiles, exotic containers and carved wooden masks.
14 Main St. Chester, CT Open Thur thru Mon 11-6 (860)526-1654
- The Willow Tree - Fine vintage clothing
4 Water St. Chester, CT Open 12-5 Tues thru Sat (860)526-4297
- Thankful Arnold House - historical tour conducted by Thankful's "ghost".
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT open during office hours and by appointment (860)345-2400
- The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown's long running eclectic arts venue/bookspace. Funky and fine.
605 Main Street, Middletown, CT 860 347-4957
- Little Tibet - Tibetan Art, Carpets & Antiques
680 Main St. Middletown Open Tuesday - Sunday (860) 343-1975