Clinton and Essex Small-Town Charm


Clinton, Connecticut, is a village with a mixture of small-town quaintness and historic charm. The Clinton Village Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area represents a well-preserved mid-19th-century town center. It has architecture dating from the late 17th to mid-20th centuries.


Places to see and things to do

  • Learn more about the local wildlife at Meigs Point Nature Center. In addition to the nature center, you can visit the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, a 950-acre park providing safe refuge for many birds and waterfowl.
  • Enjoy a traditional lobster roll at Lobster Landing.
  • Spend the day at Clinton Town Beach.
  • Attend a wine tasting at Charmed Vineyards. The vineyard has a wine-tasting room as well as a cozy cafe.
  • Visit the historic Benjamin Bushnell Farm, developed around 1790. The property includes a well-preserved Federal period farmhouse and an example of a 19th-century cranberry house. The farm is so significant that it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Weather | Clinton

In Clinton, the summers are warm and humid. The winters are very cold, wet, and windy. It is partly cloudy year-round. Over the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 81°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 88°F.

Marinas | Clinton

Indian River Marina offers 35 slips that can accommodate sail and powerboats up to a maximum length of 22 feet and a maximum beam of 8 feet. Additionally, the marina provides power, fresh water, a bathroom, an outdoor shower, changing rooms, a picnic and BBQ area, and a screened gazebo. Because the Indian River is tidal, navigating certain bends at low tide can be difficult.  For this reason, the marina provides monthly custom tide charts for their location.

Cedar Island Marina’s amenities include an inground pool, whirlpool, fitness center, restaurant, snack bar, picnic area, playground, recreational facilities, children’s activities director, laundry, electricity, fuel, pump-out, and free Wi-Fi.


Essex, in Middlesex County, lies on the Connecticut River. This charming small town is lined with sidewalks and historic homes — perfect for walking and exploring.

Places to see and things to do

  • Climb aboard the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat for a memorable excursion across Connecticut’s rivers.
  • Visit the Connecticut River Museum. This museum focuses on the maritime heritage of the Connecticut River Valley.
  • Sample unique cuisine at Abby’s Place, Olive Oyl’s, and The Griswold Inn.

Weather | Essex

In Essex, the summers are warm and humid. The winters are frigid and wet. It is partly cloudy year-round. Over the year, the temperature typically varies from 23°F to 81°F and is rarely below 9°F or above 88°F.

Marinas | Essex

Saybrook Point Marina offers indoor and outdoor heated pools, hot tubs, a sauna, a steam room, concrete floating docks, fixed docks with breakwater, docking assistance, and a 12-foot depth at low water. Also, the marina provides shuttle service to Historic Main Street, bicycles, loaner vehicles for short trips, a fitness club, picnic areas with gas grills, ValvTect marine fuel, and free Wi-Fi. Additional amenities include a marine supply store, laundry, restaurant and bar, European Style Spa, and mail service.

Ragged Rock Marina provides bathhouses, a swimming pool, and free Wi-Fi. Although in a rural area, this clean, quiet marina has modern 24-hour monitored security.

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