The E List Guide to Summer 2024

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Outdoor Dining

Snack Shacks

Lobster Rolls Brunch

Summer 2024
Guide to Summer on the CT Shoreline
Plus: Fairs
Farmers’ Markets
Summer Bucket List
A Simple Summer Soiree Find the Best:
& Festivals |

Hi there!

We hope you enjoy our Third annual Summer Guide, with all of our most popular need-to-know info gathered into one easy-to-read digital format! This year, we’ve added new articles and openings to update you on the Shoreline goings-on!

Inside, you’ll find all the farmers’ markets, fairs and fests, don’t-miss events, snack shacks, outdoor dining, brunch, and my personal bucket list for the season, plus so much more.

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Subscribe here! Table of Contents Outdoor Dining 6 Summer Music 12 Snack Shacks 16 Brunch 22 Farmers Markets 26 Farm Stands 32 Don’t Miss 38 Lobster Rolls 46 Fairs & Festivals 50 A Simple Summer Soiree 54 Recipe 60 Bucket List 64

Outdoor Dining

Dinner just tastes better out-of-doors and we wait all year to dine al fresco.

Here’s our list.

The Place

Fresh Salt

Dine overlooking the Sound at Fresh Salt, and feast on clam chowder, cioppino, lobster rolls, burgers, those irresistible homemade chips, and a full menu of classic coastal entrees. At The Saybrook Point Resort & Marina. 2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook

Bar Bouchee

Our favorite bistro, Bar Bouchee, serves its French classics, including Hanger Steak, Croque Monsieur, Escargot, and Profiteroles on the tented terrace in front of the restaurant.

8 Scotland Avenue, Madison


Stuff yourself with some of the best pizza on the Shoreline at Otto on their outdoor patio under their festive sailcloth tent. Their menu changes daily with new fresh and local flavors, but one of our favorite entrées is the Eggplant Parmesan—it’s the bomb. Wine, beer, creative cocktails. No reservations.

69 Main Street, Chester


Red36 offers a coastal vibe and an outdoor bar, lounge areas, and dining on the Mystic River, with a smart menu of standards. Snack on burgers, fish and chips, and fried clams, plus one of the best Bloody Marys we’ve tasted.

2 Washington Street, Mystic

Ocean House

Summer isn’t summer without at least one visit to the Ocean House for cocktails and oysters on the stunning Verandah overlooking the Atlantic. A variety of other outdoor dining options are available. Reserve your spot for Lobster Boils on the Beach on select Fridays.

1 Bluff Avenue, Westerly RI

Cafe Flo

One of the best summer lunch spots on the Shoreline, Cafe Flo has an enticing menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and entrees and comes with the most spectacular view of the Lieutenant River. The Lobster, Avocado and Corn salad is my favorite! Reservations recommended.

96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme


Kokomo’s beachfront location is likely the only place you can have your lobster roll with your toes in the sand. Caribbean specialties, raw bar, and summery cocktails.

88 Hartford Avenue, Old Lyme

Grano Arso

One of our favorites for locally-sourced Italian fare, Grano offers a festive, outdoor space for al fresco enjoyment of their hand-milled pastas, tasty main dishes (the pan-roasted chicken is Erica’s favorite!), and delectable desserts. Reservations only.

6 Main Street, Chester

Marker 37

By boat or on foot, head to Marker 37 for casual, modern American dining right on the banks of the CT river at the Chester Point Marina. Live music throughout the summer!

72 Railroad Avenue, Chester


Brand spankin’ new this summer, this wildly popular, inventive Mexican restaurant from just up the river in Glastonbury has opened its doors in Essex. Scrumptious tacos, the BEST fajitas (and queso!), lobster enchiladas done right and much more. Don’t miss the tasty margaritas made with their very own tequila! No reservations but WELL worth the wait every time.

30 Main Street, Centerbrook

Siren Kitchen + Bar

Take the shortest ferry ride to this fun and casual spot, located at Essex Island Marina. Enjoy a seafood-based menu with classic lobster rolls, plus creative sandwiches, salads, and gluten-free options.

11 Ferry Street, Essex

Monkey Farm

When newbies come to town, they can’t make heads or tails of this place, but old-timers know this is a classic spot for burgers and brews. Head to Monkey Beach, the outdoor tented terrace, for your fix of loaded tater tots, cheeseburgers, turkey clubs, fried seafood, and the famous frozen drink of New England, a yummy Mudslide (and lots more)!

571 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook

The Hangry Goose

Outdoor dining smack on the Lieutenant River. A summer weeknight go-to serving scrumptious mussels, burgers, flatbreads and much more. Perfect for rosé with a view!

11 Halls Road, Old Lyme

Engine Room

Go for beer, burgers, and bourbon at the Engine Room (in the historic Lathrop Marine building). Creative casual menu, and brunch here is fantastic.

14 Holmes Street, Mystic

Monkey Farm Noah’s Sayulita Surfridge Brewing Co.

Oyster Club

Oyster Club’s winding stairs lead up to the tented Treehouse with a view of the Mystic River, featuring local and freshly caught Crudo, raw bar, bao buns, and maki rolls. Perfect for Happy Hour.

13 Water Street, Mystic

Noah’s at 63 Main

Brought to you by the team behind Eli Cannon’s in Middletown, the menu here is driven by classic American favorites like burgers, tacos, clam chowder, a bevy of salads, raw bar, and Eli’s famous chicken wings. The bar has arguably the best view of the CT River and a slew of creative cocktails.Reservations recommended.

63 Main Street, Essex

Surfridge Brewing Company

Surfridge Brewing Company kicks off summer in Centerbrook with their lively and spacious patio featuring live music, happy hours and Sunday Brunch!

6 Main Street, Building 3, Centerbrook

Chapter One

The lush terrace behind the Guilford Green is a charming place to enjoy one of the best burgers on the Shoreline. Brunch, lunch, and dinner.

25 Whitfield Street, Guilford

The Place

Nothing has changed at this iconic Guilford restaurant since 1971, and that’s the charm. The menu is seafood, chicken, and steak grilled over an open fire. Seating is on tree stumps, plates are paper, and utensils are wooden picks. But it’s one big happy party, and there is nothing like roasted seafood with that wonderful smokey flavor. In the evening it’s a festive communal cookout. 901 Boston Post Road, Guilford

Penny Lane Pub

For classic English pub food and an expert beer list, visit Pennylane Pub back patio/garden: perfect for a lunch date or dinner, drinks, and live music. We’re partial to the Turkey Pub Club and Gluten-Free Shephard’s Pie! 150 Main Street, Old Saybrook

Bacari Social

Sit outside at Bacari Social’s vast deck at the tip end of Westbrook’s Pilot’s Point Marina offers a view of the harbor and a parade of boats, plus yummy Italian small plates, fresh pasta, a raw bar, and more.

63 Pilots Point Drive, Westbrook

Otto Hangry Goose

Summer Music

You can enjoy live outdoor music virtually every night of the week this summer.

Saltwater Farm Vineyards, Stonington: Music Series

Live Music and Food Trucks: Sunday afternoons: MayJuly; Thursday Night Music June -July: Thursdays, 5pm7pm

Connecticut Sea Music Festival, Traditional maritime folk festival. The daytime events are free, with donations accepted. Evening Concerts are ticketed. Essex, 6/76/10

Connecticut Early Music Festival, An annual festival featuring a repertoire European music written before 1800. Old Lyme, 6/1 - 6/16

Old Saybrook Summer Concert Series, Old Saybrook

Town Green, Wednesdays at 6:30 and Fridays at 7:00pm 6/12 - 8/21.

Leif Nilsson Gallery, Eclectic international and local singer songwriter artists from cool jazz to blue grass. Chester, 7/13-8/24, Saturdays, 7pm-9pm, Concerts in the Garden.

Make Music Day, 6/21, Free outdoor music celebrations at numerous locations across the region.

Esker Point Beach Concert Series, Get ready to groove with a community favorite beach concert series, Summer Sound Waves. Groton, Thursdays, 6/20-8/15, 6-8pm

Mystic River Jam, A Music Festival at Mystic Shipyard, showcasing music from rock to reggae, blues to country. 6/21-6/22

Route 154 Fest in Deep River, 6/22, Two days of live music plus food trucks, local vendors and a beer garden hosted by High Nine Brewing. Devitt’s Field in Deep River.

Essex Summer Concert Series, Tuesdays starting 7/2 on Ivoryton Town Green. Kicks off with Butter Jones.

Watch Hill Sunset Concerts, Tuesday evening concerts on the Green in Watch Hill Village. Every other Tuesday, starting 6/25.

Music at the Mansion, Food trucks and music on the Mansion’s back lawn Middletown, Wednesdays, 7/3-7/3.

Branford Jazz on the Green, Celebrating Jazz since 2009, Thursdays, 6/27-8/29 at 6:30pm.

Bill’s Seafood, Westbrook, Wednesdays-Sundays

Stonington Vineyards: Live Music on the Deck, A seasonal tradition of music, food, and wine, Fridays, July 5 - Aug 30, 6pm-9pm

Madison Cultural Arts 2024 4th of July Concert on the Green, Great American Melodies on the Green in Madison on Thursday, 7/4, 6pm

Thursdays on the Dock, Essex, 7/11-8/28, 5:30-7:30pm

Summer Concert Series, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, 7/5, 7/11, 7/28, 7/26

Summer Concerts on the Green in Madison, Sundays, 7/7 - 8/25, 6pm-8pm

Jonathan Edwards Winery, Various summer concerts and Acoustic Music Fridays 5pm-7pm in Stonington

Tunes on the Dunes, Westerly, Starts 7/8- 8/14, 6pm8pm

Music on the River at the Goodspeed, East Haddam, Mondays, 7/1 - 8/5, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Food and drink available at Gelston House or bring a picnic.

Midsummer Festival at the Flo Gris, Old Lyme featuring Locomotion, Friday, 7/26, 7pm-9pm

Friday Night Live Music Series, Lyman Orchards Golf Club, May and June, 6pm at 1741 Pub and Grille

Rhythm & Roots Festival, Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI, 8/30, 8/31 & 9/1

Psychedelic 60’s at the Gris, Essex, Fridays, 8:30pm

Water’s Edge, Westbrook, Various live music events all summer long.

Maugle Sierra Vineyards, Ledyard, Live music Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Check socials for lineup.

Surfridge Brewing Co., Essex, Live Music Thursdays at 6pm

Bacari Social, Westbrook, Live music on the patio overlooking Pilot’s Point Marina.

High Nine, Deep River, Live music indoors and out. Check Instagram for updates.

The Grassy Strip Music Series at Madison Beach Hotel returns with free, live outdoor shows. Starts Thursday, June 27 and runs each Thursday for nine weeks – with the exception of Thursday, July 4.


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Snack Shacks

Fried clams? Hot Dogs? French Fries? Yes, please! Here’s our list of (local) fast food.

Cedar Lake Snack Shack

During the summer months, Cedar Lake Town Beach is for Chester residents and guests only, but anyone can hit the Snack Shack for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy the view like a local. Under new ownership this summer, the tiny shack has had a major glow-up and the smashburger is divine!

218 West Main Street, Chester

Flanders’ Crescent Beach Stand

Offering classic breakfasts, Ashlawn Farm Coffee and “New Wave Old School” selections (yes, avocado toast!), this is a serene and sweet spot for the first meal of the day. This option for breakfast, sans crowds, complete with a calming sea view is an idyllic start to the day.

37 Bayview Avenue, Niantic


You know the sort of summer place that just looks like a good time? That’s what you’ll find at Shanks. Order your fried seafood platters or fish tacos from the folks inside the lobster boat (with a fully functional commercial kitchen), then head to the upstairs deck for a stunning view of Clinton Harbor and sailboats bobbing on their moorings. Kid friendly, BYOB. 131-c Grove Street, Clinton

Wooden Monk

New York transplants will be thrilled to know that there is finally a spot to get the classic chopped cheese sandwich! Head to Wooden Monk, the bright orange food truck on Route 1 in Westbrook to order the addictive combo of ground beef, melted cheese, onions, lettuce and tomato on a grinder roll. If you’re not familiar, think deconstructed burger. And don’t miss Kelly’s all-beef hotdogs on grilled, buttered buns. We love the Buffalo!

747 Boston Post Road, Westbrook (across from Haywire Burger Bar)

Facebook: Wooden Monk


Chris’ Dog House

I’m the girl at the barbecue, happily downing a hot dog while the rest are eating steak. It’s my summer go-to and I can’t pass by Chris’s stand in Deep River without a full stop. Besides the classic Hummel on a right-size and tasty bun (proportion is key here), there’s plenty more to order, like burgers, steak and cheese, kielbasa and red hots, but I can’t comment as I’ll always take that perfect summer dog.

The Anchor at Hays Haven

There’s a little treasure of a shack by the River serving handcut “fair fries”, juicy cheeseburgers, and rootbeer floats at Hays Haven Marina in Chester. Great for egg sammies (add hashbrowns!), homemade waffles, and Kombucha on tap, too. Check FB for “Burger Burn” details and hours all summer long.

59 Railroad Avenue, Chester

Main Street, Deep River (next to SOMA)


Summer on the Shoreline is all about farm produce, fresh catch

J&M Dockside

Brand spankin’ new this season! Brought to us by the team behind local favorites Bacari Social and Chow, you’ll find J&M Dockside at the Clinton Town Marina. Nosh on a variety from breakfast sandwiches and omelets to Smashburgers and lobster rolls. We loved the clam chowder and Chef Mike’s Classic Buffalo Wings!

37 Riverside Drive, Clinton

Simon’s Marketplace at Ballek’s

Simon’s Marketplace from Chester shares their baked goods, sandwiches, soups and coffee from a shipping container each summer! Visit Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.

90 Maple Avenue, East Haddam

Clam Castle Featuring Taco Pacifico

We’ve been chasing the Taco Pacifico truck for as long as we can remember so we were delighted that they had taken over the Clam Castle in Madison last summer. Head here for all the clam shack’s summer standards PLUS lots of fresh tacos - including lobster and scallop. Don’t miss the churros and chocolate.

1324 Boston Post Road, Madison

Lenny & Joe’s

Serving summery seafood since 1979, Lenny & Joe’s is a Shoreline standard for locals and tourists alike. The Westbrook location is full service/dine-in but the Madison spot has counter service and picnic tables plus ice cream and a carousel in back. We get our whole belly fried clams here!

1301 Boston Post Road, Madison

Liv’s Shack

Get in line and order up a hot buttered lobster roll, overstuffed with fresh-from-the-shell chunks, on a buttery, toasted bun from Liv’s Oyster Bar’s seaside shackat the mouth of the CT RIver. Don’t pass up the hand-cut truffle (or Old Bay) fries! BYOB.

26 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook

Johnny Ad’s

This roadside stand on Route 1 in Old Saybrook has been frying clams since 1957. You’ll need to get in line most hours of the day, but we’ll wait for the Fried Oyster Roll with fries. Ice Cream, too.

910 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook

Edd’s Place

You may be expecting your typical snack shack at Edd’s, but NO. The menu is fresh and fantastic with the best home-baked biscuits on the Shoreline (with fried chicken!), Red Velvet French Toast, cheddar jalapeño grits, tacos and Lobster BLT’s for lunch, and plenty of other delicacies that Liz whips up in the tiny kitchen. Dinner, too.

478 Boston Post Road, Westbrook

Kim’s Shore She Shed

Located at Harvey’s Beach in Old Saybrook (a favorite spot at low tide), you’ll find scrumptious lobster rolls (Market Price), Italian ice, Fried Dough with Marinara Sauce and Parmesan and lots more. There’s a parking fee for Harvey’s so let the attendant know you are coming for food at Kim’s and they will allow you in to the far side of the lot.

29 Plum Bank Road, Old Saybrook facebook: Kim’s Food Truck

Wooden Monk Chris’ Dog House Edd’s Place J&M Dockside


We’re big on Brunch: no better way to cure the Sunday Scaries then ending the weekend with a festive meal. Here are a few favorites.

Village Bistro, Chester

A favorite of ours for weekend brunch! We love the cozy, French-accented vibe and the creative offerings. They offer brunch on Saturdays, so you don’t necessarily have to navigate the Sunday Chester crowds if you’re in the mood for a yummy mid-day meal. From crispy chicken sandwiches and burgers to Duck Pastrami Benedict and fancy French Toast, we love it all. And don’t miss the light and refreshing (and pretty!) cocktails.

59 Main Street, Chester

Little Riggs, Branford

Brunch here is anything but basic. Chef/owner John Kronfeld takes breakfast as seriously as the evening meal, and we’re all for it: You’ll want to drink the brown butter sauce that accompanies the mini corn waffles. Cheesy grits are studded with lardons, topped with hot sauce, scallions and a runny egg to mix in to the silky dish. Don’t resist the Belly Bombs: a mound of tater tots layered with cheddar cheese sauce, crispy beef bacon lardons, and topped with a fried egg. Lighter options are available, too.

3 Linden Avenue, Branford

Edd’s Place, Westbrook

We are crazy for this waterside eatery and consider it a top pick for an easy and tasty brunch. From griddled coffee cake to fried chicken, egg, and spicy mayo between the best biscuit, we’ve loved everything that chef and owner, Liz Wood has dished. Good to know: No reservations. Dine in the porch or out at the picnic tables, overlooking a pretty marsh.

478 Boston Post Road, Westbrook

Toast & Tonic, Olde Mistick Village a treat for breakfast, brunch and lunch, (with some afternoon options, too). My crispy smashburger with bacon jam and fried onions on a brioche roll was gone before I knew it. My daughter chose healthy: a tasty salad of kale with pecans, chickpeas, butternut squash, and pear, topped with fried goat cheese. There’s sweet or savory for every taste: from shakshuka or a sweet potato bowl to grilled cheese and egg dishes. Also on offer are fresh-squeezed juices, creative cocktails, mocktails and plenty of fresh-baked treats if you have room.

27 Coogan Blvd, Building 16, Mystic


374 Kitchen + Bar

A family business that makes it to the second generation is a rare thing these days, but Flanders Fish is keeping customers fed and happy with all four kids in the biz and a recent expansion. The Formica family opened 374 Kitchen & Cocktails last winter. This new iteration, led by Liv Formica (Paul’s daughter and “best chef” according to New London Day), has a spunky attitude and a strong menu concept (everything is available every DAMN day, according to them), you’ve got lots of options for brunch.

374 Main Street, Niantic

Shipwright’s Daughter

We can’t get enough of this gem of a restaurant, nestled inside the ground floor of Whaler’s Inn in Mystic. In addition to their tasty Happy Hours, we’ll brave 95 in any season for their bright and inventive Brunch. Chef David Standridge never disappoints with dishes like Egg (Tomatillo!) Shakshuka or a platter of Chilaquiles in a perfectly spiced Mole Rojo, avocado, lime and queso. Don’t miss the biscuits with maple butter and jam and the Salt & Vinegar Onion Rings with “Pickle Powder” and “999 Island Dressing” if you see them on the menu. 20 East Main Street, Mystic

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Resort and Marina Fresh Salt’s is the sort of brunch where you’ve just got to go all in. The offerings are endless from carving, waffle and omelet stations, to seasonal salads, specialy pastas and lots more. While you’re grazing, you’ll enjoy one of the shoreline’s most spectacular views (from inside and out), as the CT River meets the Long Island Sound. Go hungry and save room for desert! Tasty Bloody Mary’s and vegetarian options, too. 2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook


I hate to play favorites, but brunch at Cocotte is a Sunday ritual. This tiny trip to France features perfect French omelettes, Croques of all kinds, and their signature cocottes filled with eggs and toppings (the Parisien is my favorite: two eggs baked in a mini cocotte with cream, chives, Lyonnaise potatoes, and bacon) and a lightly dressed Salade au Chèvre Chaud: crisp greens, melted goat cheese toasts, house-made mustard vinaigrette. The croissants and pastries are sublime, and you won’t leave the epicierie shop filled with authentic French products empty-handed. Gelato, too.

323 Main Street, Old Saybrook

Photo By: Saybrook Point Resort

Farmers’ Markets

Summer on the Shoreline is all about farm produce, fresh catch, and local meats and cheeses…

Chester Sunday Market

The Chester Village Sunday Market is a weekly townwide farmers’ market, that feels like a festival! Enjjoy a wide variety of produce, meats, cheeses, breads and so much more. Grab a slice of wood fired pizza or an ice cream while you peruse all that the vendors have to offer. Shops and restaurants open, too. Sundays, 10am-1pm, Opens 6/16

Downtown Chester Village, Chester

Lyme Farmers’ Market At Tiffany Farms

The Farmer’s Market at Tiffany Farms is now open for their 5th year. Visit this bountiful summer market as part of your Saturday routine for a selection of beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables at a bucolic setting on a family farm in Lyme. Open Saturdays, 9am-12:30pm 156 Sterling City Road, Lyme

Madison Farmers’ Market

This beautiful, bustling, and diverse market runs through Thanksgiving and is centrally located on the Madison Historic Town Green. You’ll find a wide array of CT Grown and locally produced items, including organic fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, meat, dairy, fish, bread, baked goods, honey, and prepared foods. Check out their VENDOR LISTING to learn what you can expect to find at the market each week. Open Fridays, 3-6pm Madison Town Green, Madison

Farmers’ Market At The Guilford Fairgrounds

This market is a Thursday destination for Shoreline locals through mid-fall. Select from locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods, artisan breads, meats, seafood, fresh pasta, eggs and many more specialty products, plus CT made crafts, food trucks, and live music. Open Thursdays, NEW HOURS: 4-7pm 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford

Guilford Farmers’ Market At Dudley Farm

Enjoy browsing local and organic seasonal produce and handmade arts and crafts, on the picturesque grounds of the Historic Dudley Farm Museum featuring the beauty and serenity of the Farm as it was in the year 1900. Open Saturdays, 9:30am-12:30pm 2351 Durham Road, Guilford

The Deep River Farmers Market

Don’t miss this market located in Deep River with local produce, bread, dairy/poultry farms, homemade prepared foods, artisans, flowers, candles, a mushroom farm, local coffee roaster, kettle corn, food tent/picnic areas and more. Saturdays, 10am-1:30pm, Opens 6/8

One Church Street, Deep River

Stonington Village Farmers’ Market

From Memorial Weekend to mid-October, Stonington Farmer’s Market offers a wide variety of fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, meat, seafood, flowers, handmade items and more. Craft vendors are featured each week and local musicians provide entertainment. Open Saturdays, 9am-12pm

The Velvet Mill at 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington

Ledyard Farmers’ Market

Open June 5 – Mid September, you’ll find produce and meats, baked goods and artisan wares, weekly themes, bands, entertainment and kids activities.

Wednesdays, 4-7pm, Opens 6/5

718 Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard

Old Saybrook Farmers’ Market

Certified by the CT Dept of Agriculture that guarantees everything sold at the market is CT grown or made, and much of it is harvested the same day as the market.

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-12:30pm, Opens 6/22

210 Main Street, Old Saybrook

East Haddam Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays at Shagbark Lumber & Farm Supplies. the market kicks into gear from June through September. Shop from local farmers, bakers and artisans. Enjoy food trucks and music while you support your local farmers. Wednesdays, 3:30pm-6:30pm, Opens 6/12 21 Mount Parnassus Road, East Haddam

Niantic Farmers’ Market

Celebrate fresh at this seaside market featuring an array of local produce, pies, breads, plants, herbs, greens, hummus, pork, jams, jellies, prepared foods, native wool, coffee, fresh-filled cannoli’s and much, much more.

Thursdays, 3-6pm, Opens 6/13

Methodist Street Parking Lot, Niantic


Waterford Farmers’ Market

This community driven farm market features fresh, organic local produce, meats, honey, eggs, bread, sweets, handmade goods, live music, food trucks and more. Saturdays, 10am-1pm, Opens 6/15 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford

Coventry Farmers’ Market

Open every Sunday through October, the 21st season of the Coventry Farmers’ Market is in full swing on the grounds of Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry. This market is one of the largest farmers’ markets in Connecticut, featuring some of the best of CT-grown, CT-made products at one of the most unspoiled countryside settings in the state. Open Sundays, 10am-1pm 2299 South Street, Coventry

Colchester Farmers’ Market

Sundays on the Colchester Green are the place to be seen when the town market celebrates their everything local and healthy from June through October. Shop from local produce, bakers and artisans and enjoy music while you support your local farmers. Sundays, 9am-1pm, Opens 6/16 97 Haywood Avenue, Colchester

Stony Creek Farmers Market

Explore locally grown produce and artisanal foods on Sundays from 10 - 2 at Bayview Park in Branford. Everything grown and made in Connecticut. Find the vendor lineup on Instagram.

City Seed Markets

This year City Seed celebrates its 20th Anniversary! CitySeed Farmers Markets are producer-only markets, which means all of the produce a farmer sells under their tent was grown on their farm – which also means you will only find seasonal produce that is native to Connecticut. City Seed features three markets in New Haven:

Wooster Square at Conte West School at 511 Chapel Street in New Haven: Open Saturdays, 9am-1pm

Edgewood Park at Corner of West Rock Avenue and Whalley Ave in New Haven: Open Sundays, 10am-1pm

Dixwell House at 197 Dixwell Ave in New Haven: Wednesdays, 3-6pm starting June 14th.


Farm Stands

From produce to pies, here are some favorite farm stands:

Barberry Hill Farm

In the mood for a beautiful road trip down the Shoreline for a bunch of fresh flowers and a bag of sweet heirloom tomatoes? Then head to Barberry Hill Farm in Madison. This 100-year-old family farm practices sustainable farming methods and grows their crops without the use of pesticides and fungicides. The roadside stand, on the Post Road between Madison and Guilford, is always a feast for the eyes.

Daily 9am-6pm May – October

353 Boston Post Road, Madison

Bishop’s Orchards

You can enjoy the bounty at Bishop’s all year long. From their home grown produce to their world famous pies and yes – HALF pies, as well as grab and go meals for those busy family nights, then top it off with their edible cookie dough.

Year-Round Mon – Sat 8:00am-7:00pm, Sun 9:00am6:00pm

1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford

Cold Spring Farm

Head out to the edge of Lake Hayward in Colchester and you’ll find a sprawling farm featuring their honor-system farm stand. It’s easy to spot and you can get your fill of freshly harvested produce and locally made baked goods. The fridges and freezers are stocked with organic, grass-fed meats from the farm, plus local cheese and milk. Every day, dawn – dusk. Year round. 46 Lake Hayward Town Road, Colchester

Four Mile River Farm

Family run Four Mile is famous for its burgers that turn up on many fine restaurant menus but there’s lots more than burgers here. You’ll find every cut of beef imaginable from sirloin strips to steak tips, plus nitrate free hot dogs and kielbasa. Get your entire dinner here: a refrigerated case is stocked with Four Root Farm’s salad mix, arugula and herbs, and grab some chèvre from Sweet Pea Farm. Paleo peeps can stock up on bone broth, too. Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm 124 Four Mile River Road, Old Lyme

Lakeside Feed

You might come here as much for an ice cream cone as for a rack of ribs or a carton of fava beans, but this is a fun place to hit for the whole family. From the llamas out front to the baby chicks in the feed store, the tots will love a trip here. Once you get past the tubs of ice cream, you’ll find a freezer case full of farm meats, from hot and sweet Italian sausage to bacon, burgers, stew meat and steaks. Daily 10:30am-9pm in the summer, closed on Monday

31 Lake Drive, Guilford

Sankow’s Beaver Brook

Head a mile up Beaver Brook Road in Lyme and you’ll happen upon an old farmhouse with a faded sign out front. Head out back to the farm store to find refrigerated and freezer cases full of Sankow’s award-winning cow and goat cheeses, frozen goodies like lamb and bean chili, bolognese sauce, and stacks of Shepherd’s Pie. Don’t leave without a container or two of their pesto. Next door is a shop full of wool products and the cutest socks. Daily 9am-4pm 39 Beaver Brook Road, Lyme

Scott’s Yankee Farmer

Get here early for the best hot apple cinnamon donuts available only on weekends, then browse their own hot house tomatoes and tons of freshly picked berries and veggies. Check the blackboard or their website for pickyour-own dates. Daily from 9am 436 Boston Post Road, East Lyme

White Gate Farm

This is the stand for the aesthete. This famous organic farm features meticulously displayed fresh veggies and a variety of delicacies made in the Farm Kitchen. I never leave without a bag or two of gluten-free breakfast cookies (stash them in the freezer, they keep well and don’t need defrosting) and piles of fresh greens and tomatoes.

Saturdays 9am-2pm and Wednesdays starting in June 83 Upper Pattagansett Road, East Lyme


Stone Acres Farm

This historic 63-acre working farm celebrates natural farming, sustainable food, culinary education, and the preservation of open space. They also supply the famed Oyster Club and Engine Room in Mystic. They offer a variety of florals, sweets, greens, eggs, veggies, honey, dairy, local meat. Check the website for classes, farm dinners, workshops and more. Daily 9am-6pm daily and weekends 9am-5pm.

393 North Main Street, Stonington


Folks head here for hanging baskets, veggies, Grannie’s pies and fruit wines, but we like the rows of mason jars filled with all manner of tempting treats. The spiced peaches make a handy dessert, just pile a few over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Bread and butter pickles are a staple in our house, and who could resist a jar of old-fashioned pickled beet balls? A stash of these in your pantry make fantastic hostess gifts.

278 Town Street, East Haddam

Deep Hollow Farm

This organic, no-till farm is churning out perfectly lined rows of beets, kale and heirloom tomatoes and everything in between. The farmhouse store is tucked away near the end of Deep Hollow Road and open. Also find the farm family at the Chester Sunday Market.

46 Deep Hollow Road, Chester

Scotts’ Farm & Greenhouses

Scott’s Farm in Essex offers up a variety of veggies, tomatoes and melons, and supplements their offerings with produce from neighboring farms. The fun begins in late July when the pick-your-own flowers bloom in the giant cutting garden. Sold by the pound, you can haul off zinnias, dahlias and more at a great price. Smart for DIY weddings and summer parties, or just a bunch for the house. Great for kids, too.

81 Plains Road, Essex


Don’t Miss

A few of our favorite things...

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hen + Heifer, Guilford

You’re probably well aware of the magical treats that Whang bakes up in his innovative French bakery in Guilford, but maybe not that he supplies ice cream sandwiches to Bufalina (one of our top pizza picks). The flavors rotate about once or month or so.

Bufalina, 1070 Boston Post Road, Guilford

Hen + Heifer, 23 Water Street, Guilford

Sticky Bun & Croissant

Sift Bake Shop, Niantic & Mystic

You’ve got to head over early to grab a few of Sift’s mammoth sticky buns because they always sell out. And make sure to get an extra one to pick at in the car because you won’t be able to resist this indulgent treat made with croissant dough, caramel, and pecans. They are simply the best I’ve ever had. And order a few Everything croissants while you’re at it.

185 Main Street, Niantic 5 Water Street, Mystic

Italian Food Store, Clinton

Fresh cannolis in unusual flavors are filled to order at this Italian gourmet shop. Find every gourmet goodie, from truffle powder and all shapes and sizes of gluten-free pasta (plus gluten-full, of course) to Italian sodas, and sauces. Espresso & Cappucino, too.

25 E Main Street, Clinton

The Pearl/Fairhaven Oyster Co.

The Pearl is a tiny outpost of Fairhaven Oyster Co., perched alongside the Quinnipiac River, dishing out elevated hot dogs and lobster rolls. My mission was to sample the Surf and Turf: a foot-long Hummel topped with fresh lobster salad and a sprinkling of trout roe. The unlikely combo of creamy salad and salty roe piled on a tasty dog was worth the schlep to Fairhaven! More creative takes on dogs are on the menu, plus hot or cold lobster rolls. Next time, a double-decker moon pie or Honeycone flavor of the week!

307 Front Street, New Haven


Cherry Dip Cone

Three Girls Vegan Creamery, Guilford

There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a guilt-free soft-serve cone, cherry-dipped from our favorite vegans! Made with Oatly, it’s nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free and the cherry dip is a coconut oil base. Be sure to try their savory delights while you are there.

New England Sourdough Pizza

Nana’s, Mystic

For this New England girl, you can’t really improve upon clam, bacon, potato, and garlic pizza (a riff on clam chowder). Nana’s naturally leavened pies are available as a 13” (plenty for two).

32 Williams Avenue, Mystic

645 Boston Post Road, Guilford


Duby’s Bagels, Old Saybrook

Summer on the Shoreline is all about farm produce, fresh catch

Life Bowls, Madison

Not everything we eat is gluten, cheesy, and fattening, believe it or not. When we need a break, we hightail it to Life Bowls in Madison for a fresh acai or pitaya bowl topped with yummy and healthy bits. I’m partial to the Maui Wowie: acai, blueberries, mango, pineapple, banana, lime, topped with Goji berries, superfood cereal, flax seed, and coconut. Specialty coffees from Ashlawn Farm, smoothies, oat bowls, avo toasts and salads available, too. But an acai bowl is the closest you’ll come to having ice cream for breakfast, but packs a powerful nutritional punch.

757 Boston Post Road, Madison

Is there anything better on a weekend morning than Duby’s freshly baked Everything bagel slathered with cream cheese and layered with lox? I think not. Except maybe his sourdough boule that he is rightly famous for.

785 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook

Clam Chowder

Cooked Marketplace, Centerbrook

We’ve been regularly trekking to the new Cooked in Centerbrook, a mouth-watering spot for creative, gourmet-level takeout. Chowder hounds will love this creamy, bacony, smoky goodness studded with plenty of fat clams.

5 Main Street, Centerbrook

Cooked Marketplace
Life Bowls Photo By: Three Girls Vegan Nana’s Duby’s Bagels
42 40 Elm St Old Saybrook, CT 06078 860-661-6451

Tomato Pie

Oyster River Market, Old Saybrook

We include this every year, but it’s a crowd-pleaser and a handy thing to have in the fridge for weekend guests as it works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Pop the concoction of eggs, corn, tomato and cheese in the micro or oven and serve with a toss of greens.

1057 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook

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Fish Fry Fridays

River Valley Provisions, Haddam

Mark your calendar for Fish Fry Fridays this summer! We go for the Fisherman’s Platter: piles of fried shrimp, scallops, clam strips and cod served with the tastiest crispy fries. They fry it up to order in the kitchen at the back of the store behind their bountiful deli (always scrumptious salads, house-made sausages, fresh seafood and more).

95 Bridge Road, Haddam

Oyster River Market River Valley Provisions

Lobster Rolls

The CT lobster roll is arguably the best in New England. No celery, no mayo, just fresh lobster bathed in hot butter.

Here’s where we find ours…

Flanders Fish Market

What sets Flanders lobster roll apart? Its served deconstructed. Hunks of lobster are swimming in a blend of warm butter and sherry, ready to be stuffed in a toasted brioche roll. The end result remains sturdy, not soggy and ridiculously delish. And, yes, order the clam fritters for an app!

22 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme

Lobster Landing

Many folks around here think that Lobster Landing is the ultimate roll, and I don’t disagree. A 1/4 pound of warm lobster meat tucked into a barely grilled sub roll (“imported” from Vermont), and drizzled with butter and lemon. That’s it. The secret? The roll is sturdy enough, so it doesn’t fall apart before you’ve had a chance to savor it, and the unadorned lobster, straight from the pot, is the star. BYOB.

152 Commerce Street, Clinton

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

On a dreary afternoon, the idea of a lobster roll in a cozy room where the river meets the sound, is just the ticket. At Fresh Salt, you can enjoy your roll outside or in, eliminating the necessity of a sunny day. Here, chunks of tender claw and tail are dipped in butter and overflow a grilled brioche bun. A basket of irresistible house-made, wisp thin potato chips, complete the experience.

2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook

Haring’s, Noank

It’s no easy task taking over a beloved restaurant, but the team behind Oyster Club, Engine Room, and Port of Call have just opened Haring’s at the old Ford’s. Named for the original owner, they’ve devised a locally driven and creative seafood menu. Yes, you can enjoy the perfect hot, buttered lobster roll here, overloaded with meat on a brioche roll, but do not miss the fried clams, dredged ever so lightly in cornmeal and simply the best I’ve had. Finish up with the key lime bar. Beautiful reno, new outdoor seating, and you can still arrive by boat. BYOB. 15 Riverview Avenue, Noank


Oyster Club’s Treehouse, Mystic

Head here for the freshest local raw bar, summer salads, the ultimate lobster roll, smash burgers and dogs. Happy hour features a $20 lobster roll! Veggie options, kids menu and fun cocktails.

13 Water Street, Mystic

Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock

Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock is a no-frills eatery serving up lightly buttered chunks of fresh lobster in a classic New England style toasted bun. Wedged between the train tracks and a marina, this popular spot has plenty of parking and picnic tables. A full menu of fried shore specialties, too, plus Gifford’s ice cream. BYOB. 80 Hamilton Street, New London


Abbot’s is more of a fast-food experience, though the lobster meat is fresh from the pot. Here it comes Maine style, a cone of meat on a buttered sesame seed bun, with Utz chips and slightly sweet slaw on the side. Outdoor seating on a summer day with a water view is sublime. Pick up a pint of Rhode Island broth-based clam chowder to go. In Mystic, visit Abbott’s outpost (around back).

3 Water Street, Mystic 117 Pearl Street, Noank

Liv’s Shack

The drawback here is the parking lot location, but that’s my ONLY beef. Get in line and order up a hot buttered lobster roll, overstuffed with fresh-from-the-shell chunks, on a buttery, toasted bun. Do NOT pass up the hand-cut truffle fries. BYOB!

26 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook


Guilford Lobster Pound

A simple deck lined with picnic tables and views of the Sound and Salt Island make the backdrop for this classic roll: a grilled and buttered hot dog roll, stuffed with sweet, juicy meat. It’s a happy alternative on a l ovely day to lunching on the Guilford Green, as it’s just down Whitfield Street.

505 A Whitfield Street, Guilford

Lobster at Home

Thimble Island Lobsterbakes

Another entertaining option is even easier. Ring Thimble Island Lobsterbakes, and they’ll arrive in the Lobstermobile, ready to serve up lobster rolls or an entire Shore Dinner (steamers, lobsters, chowder, corn, and salad) for as few as eight, or up to 200 guests.


Photo Credit:Thimble Islands Lobsterbakes

Atlantic Seafood, Old Saybrook

I don’t cook lobster at home anymore, but we know that out-of-town guests love a lobster roll, so here’s my method. I pick up a pound or two of boiled, just-picked-from-the-shell lobster meat at Atlantic Seafood in Old Saybrook, douse it in melted butter and stuff it in a mini Martin’s roll for a super simple summertime snack.

1400 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook

Flanders Fish Market, Niantic

This family run favorite has been clambaking since 1983. They’ll show up at the beach, pool, or backyard with their clambake wagon to get your clams, lobsters, and all the trimmings underway - for big events and intimate gatherings.

22 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme

Photo Credit: Flanders Fish Market


Summer Fun & Festivals

From classic country fairs to antique shows, here’s our list:

Beer’d Brewing 2024 Summer Block Party, Groton, 6/1, 6/8, 6/22, 12pm, Craft beer, live music, food, games and good times.

Lyman Orchards Strawberry Festival, 6/15, There’s no sweeter way to celebrate the start of summer than with pick your own strawberries, live music, food trucks, wagon rides, pie eating contests, face painting and henna.

Essex Summer Arts Festival, 6/15-6/16, Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery present this fair on the Essex Town Green.

Olde Mistick Village Art Show, 6/15, 6/16, 7/27, 7/28,8/31, 9/1 and 9/2 Fiber art, jewelry, paintings and more.

A Summer Solstice Girls’ Night Out in Old Saybrook, 6/20, The E List is teaming up with Saybrook Home to bring you a Summer Solstice Girls’ Night Out! Join us for an evening of shopping, cocktails and discounts on Thursday, June 20 from 5 - 9pm.

Celebrate Saybrook Street Party, 6/23, Main Street shuts down and is bursting with live music, delicious food, local craft beer, a mix of vendors, and lots of family fun.

The Wooden Boat Show at the Mystic Seaport, Mystic, 6/28 – 6/30, The largest gathering of wooden boats and enthusiasts in New England converge at Mystic Seaport Museum.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas New Haven thru 6/29, A city wide festival featuring concerts on the Green, dance performances, story telling, tours, lectures, comedy, drag, food vendors and more.

CT Historic Gardens Day, 6/23, Enjoy gardens and outdoor festivities at a multitude of venues throughout Connecticut.

Farm Fest at White Gate Farm, East Lyme, Starting June 29th, 3 - 7pm, the last Saturday of the month. This free gathering returns with fresh from the wood-fired oven pizzas, live music, sushi and more! BYOB is welcome. The farm stand stays open during Farm Fest until 7 pm.

Niantic Arts & Crafts Show, 7/6-7/7, Presenting New England’s finest artists and crafters displaying their creations on the East Lyme Town Hall grounds.

FloatSwella, 7/13, A pop-up paddle-craft only rally on the Mystic River featuring Bands and a DJ on a floating stage.

Guilford Craft Expo, 7/19-7/21, Over 170 modern makers from across the country will display and sell their fine craft in a variety of media.

Celebrate East Lyme Festival, 7/20, Niantic’s Main Street transforms into a spectacular celebration by the sea, filled with food, fun and fabulous activities for everyone in the family.

Midsummer Festival, in Old Lyme on 7/27, Art sales, food vendors, live music, dog parade and so much more. The annual concert on the banks of the Lieutenant River at the Florence Griswold Museum is on Friday, 7/26 featuring Locomotion.

North Branford Potato & Corn Festival, 8/2-8/4, Indulge in everything from kettle corn to curly fries plus rides and fireworks.

Stonington Village Fair, 8/3, Live bands, flowers, baked goods and more at this annual event.

Madison Arts and Crafts Fair, 8/10, 100 crafters on the Madison Green.

Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival, 8/10 & 8/11, A juried showcase of over 200 artists from around the country in downtown Mystic.

Hamburg Fair, 8/16 -8/18, This intimate family friendly fair showcases many agricultural fair traditions while highlighting top local music talent and entertainment.

Milford Oyster Festival, 8/17, Celebrateing 50 years of FUN with a great line up of bands (featuring Little Feat and In Living Color), arts and crafts, children’s activities, canoe and kayak races, amusement rides, great food, craft beer and wine, and OYSTERS.

Chester Fair, 8/23-8/25, Since 1877, a local favorite with lots of food, rides and exhibits.

Clinton Summerfest & Fireworks, 8/24, A beer garden, lots of food, kids’ activities, fireworks and so much more.

Wadsworth Mansion Open Air Market & Festival, 8/25, The historic Mansion transforms into a marketplace and festival featuring Connecticut grown or made products.

Haddam Neck Fair, 8/30-9/2, From skillet throwing to truck pulls, this fair has it all.

Guilford Fair, 9/20-9/22, Don’t miss Connecticut’s 2nd oldest agricultural fair.

Durham Fair, 9/26-9/29, Live entertainment on four stages, rides, games and lots of food.

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A Simple Summer Soiree

I love to entertain but after years of throwing bashes, I’m done with the shopping, schlepping and cooking. Nowadays I rely on take-out treats to feed my friends.

Here are some ideas:

Floral Arrangements

Bramble Co., Chester

We adore Bramble’s loose, slightly wild arrangements dripping with fruit and flora. Owner Colleen Martell creates breathtaking bouquets and floral installations. Find her inside Nora Murphy’s Country House in Chester. 1 Main Street, Chester


Olive Oyls, Essex

I love stopping by Olive Oyls in Essex for lunch, especially when they have empanadas. You can order a quantity of beef or chicken ahead and warm them in the oven—a party pleaser. 6 Main Street, Essex



Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook

Deviled Eggs are a high-protein crowd-pleaser, so order a platter from Pasta Vita. Three dozen minimum. 225 Elm Street, Old Saybrook

Flatbread by Junebug

Junebug’s Flatbreads, studded with vegetables, are wheaten works of art and almost too beautiful to eat. But you will. Order with her cottage cheese dip. Call or text to order: 917-710-5557


Lobster Sliders

Flanders Fish Market

Flanders Fish Market offers a full catering menu (and a clambake wagon!), but if you’re after something simple and irresistible for your crew, order up a tray of lobster sliders.

22 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme

Buffalo Meatballs

Olive Oyl’s

Buffalo wing fans will love the spicy chicken meatballs stuffed with blue cheese and topped with buffalo sauce. Call to order a day or so ahead at Olive Oyls.

6 Main Street, Essex


Papi’s Taqueria

Papi’s takeout is perfect for a party because you can order the corn tortillas separately from the meat, so nothing gets soggy. Warm the chicken, veggies, carnitas, or steak, and fill the bite-size tacos. We’re big fans of their off-the-cob Elotes Street Corn, chips, salsa, and guac, too. Ask them to package the tortillas and meats separately when you order.

19 Halls Road , Old Lyme

Gourmet Galley at Home, Niantic

We spied this heart-shaped truffle cheddar, which was too cute to pass up. GG to Go is also an excellent stop for frozen hors d’oeuvres to stock your freezer for an impromptu gathering.

185 Main Street, Niantic


Summer Rolls

Mindy K.’s

For a light bite and/or for vegetarians, Mindy K.’s veggie summer rolls with peanut sauce are a standard at my house. Order a day or so ahead. Shrimp and chicken are available, too.

1610 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook

Rose Sangria is a fresh spin on a summery sangria. Mix with grapefruit liqueur and prosecco, or skip the prosecco for a lighter drink and add seltzer.

Here’s the recipe:

Four parts Rosé

One part Giffard Pink Grapefruit liqueur (available at Wine Thief, Madison)

Thinly sliced cucumbers (with skin)

Optional: top with club soda or sparkling wine

Hand Pies Pursuit of Pastry

Yes, of course, you can order any of their fabulous cakes and pies in their signature turquoise box (the mousse bombe is crazy), but we also love the idea of a plate of hand pies so everyone can choose their favorite fruit (no fork required!).

719 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook

Cooked Marketplace

Alcohol-Free Cocktails

Lots of us are cutting back on alcohol, and it’s easy with the huge selection of delicious canned mocktails on offer at Cooked in Essex.

5 Main Street, Centerbrook


Potato Chip & Yogurt Onion Dip

Everyone loves onion dip, and I mix it up with 0% fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, so it’s practically guilt-free! Just mix one package of onion soup mix into 8 oz of yogurt. Serve with Big Y’s store-made potato chips.


Savour Cafe & Bakery

Savour is a favorite of ours for festive birthday cakes, all manner of treats, and yummy takeout meals and salads. You might find that perfect cake in the case, but we suggest ordering ahead.

90 Main Street, Centerbrook

Mixology Cubes

GG at Home

While you’re at GG at Home, grab some of the Luxe Mixology Cubes by Teaspresso. Drop in a flute of prosecco for a fresh and fizzy cocktail.

185 Main Street, Niantic

More party ideas:

We have a collection of cocktail trucks, a VW van photo booth, exceptional balloon installations, and more. Read about them all here:

Chips & Dip Mixology Cubes Photo By: Baked & Sauced Photo By: Wandering Blossoms
Savour Cafe Tiny Tavern Photo By: Photobooth Planet

Frogmore Stew

There are other things to boil in the summer besides corn and lobster. Here’s one of our favorite go-to seasonal recipes.

If you’re bored of the burgers and grilled chicken routine and have a crowd descending for dinner, my vote is a Frogmore Stew. This spicy seafood boil of new potatoes, kielbasa, shrimp, and fresh corn is seasonal, simple, and well, just plain fun to eat. Utensils are optional. Just pour the whole mess on a table covered with newspaper and dive in.

Serves 8 to 10


6 quarts water

1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning

2 pounds baby red potatoes

2 pounds kielbasa or andouille

(if you prefer your sausage spicy),

Cut into 2 inch pieces

8 ears corn cut in half or thirds

4 pounds large unpeeled shrimp


Boil water with Old Bay in large stockpot

Add potatoes, return to a boil and cook uncovered for 15 minutes

Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes

Add corn and cook for 5 minutes

Add shrimp and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Drain and dump on a table or large tray covered with newspaper.


Summer Bucket List

There’s so much fun to have on the Shoreline in summer, that it’s good to have a bucket list. Here’s mine:

Photo By: Salsa Wave Photo By Raven Wellness Cruises Photo By: Michelle Parr Paulson Photo By: Catherine Dzilenski/85th Day Photo By: Weekend Kitchen

The Circus Comes to Town! Canvas Sky, A brand new show from Hideaway Circus at the Essex Steam Train, June 28th - June 30th. Classical circus with a contemporary storyline, underscored by original music.

Adult Camp at The Flo Gris Museum Saturdays, June 8th, July 13th and August 10th 10 - 4pm Adult campers engage in multimedia creative projects designed to foster creativity and nurture artistic skills.

Salsa Lessons at Salsa Wave

I loved learning Bachata with Marina at Salsa Wave and you can, too. Salsa and Bachata classes in Deep River and Madison. No partner required! schedule

Take Your Practice to the Sand: Beach Yoga at Harvey’s Beach, Old Saybrook. Various dates and times: aspx?ProgramID=27958

Early Summer Wine Dinner at Weekend Kitchen, Essex, June 29th: Chef Jennifer Magrey cooks an amazing Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern Surf and Turf dinner and wine expert Tiffany Nevers will pair wines to each course.

River Tavern’s original Dinners at the Farm returns to Hunts Brook Farm: July 26 - 28 and Aug 2 - 4. Savor every bite under the stars, where each evening is a celebration of summer’s magical bounty and community spirit. July 26, 27, 28, Aug 2, 3, 4,

Summer Nights at Stone Acres Farm Stonington, 6/19 - 8/31 Wednesday - Friday and some Saturdays. Enjoy a multi-course local and seasonal menu from the Mystic-based team behind the award winning restaurants Oyster Club, The Port of Call, Engine Room and Haring’s Noank, including a boutique beverage selection of fabulous wines, local beers and spring cocktails.

Wine Classes & Tastings at Sip in Old Saybrook, from rose to great whites and beach and boat picks, expand your palate, various dates this summer: sipsaybrook. com/events

Farm Fest at White Gate Farm, last Saturday of the month beginning June 29th, 3 - 7pm. This popular free gathering returns with fresh from the wood-fired oven pizzas, live music, sushi and more! BYOB is welcome. The farm stand stays open until 7 pm. about-us/announcements/

Field House Farm in Madison hosts Chef David Borselle, June 14th, Feast on a 4 to 5 course dinner with wine pairings and desserts by Hen & Heifer,

Raven Wellness Cruises offers guided Sunset Meditation Cruises on Tuesday evenings, leaving from the Stony Creek dock. Charters available, too.

Yogapalooza, Mystic, June 20th, 12 - 7pm. Yoga Classes including Yin, Vinyasa Flow, Transcendental Silent Yoga, Kids Yoga, and more. Vegan food, like-minded vendors, kirtans, gong baths, mediation and henna at this annual festival.

At the Goodspeed, June 14th - August 11th: South Pacific

At the Ivoryton Playhouse, June 27th - July 28th: Mystic Pizza.

At The Kate: Our own hometown band from Lyme: The Brazen Youth

At The Legacy Theater, July 11-28, The Great American Mousical:

At the Garde: August 15th, Our House: The Music of Crosby Stills Nash & Young:

We never skip out annual trip with Captain Chip on the Seabird picnic boat:

Shoreline Tiki Tours offers private charters for 6 leaving from Clinton on the Tiki boat!

Bigger group? Tiki Bar Cruises leaving from Noank, fit up to 20 people.

This year, we will be sure to book an all-girls’ sail with the friendly crew at Joyride Charters:

Image: Ivoryton Playhouse

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