Mary's Itineraries

Why I Wake Early

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety -

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light -
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
Mary Oliver

Girl on the Beach - Why I wake early by Mary Oliver


Morning coffee at the Captain Stannard House

Candlelit Breakfast At the Inn

Enjoy the Westbrook CT Beach

Westbrook Beach - Free and friendly  ~  just one block away

Walk the sandbars, swim, snorkel, dig for clams, make sand castles.
We have beach chairs and towels for you!
(Close enough for an interlude nap back at the Inn.)


At the Inn, or picked up at:

Picnic Basket filled by Bliss Goormet

Edd's Place

Great lobster rolls and more.

"Cuisine to go" or eat at picnic tables overlooking a salt marsh.
Relaxed, extensive menu, good food, low prices.

478 Boston Post Road, (Route 1) // 860-399-9498

Westbrook Beach  Croquet at the Captain Stannard House

Back to the Beach
Back to the Inn for a game of Croquet on the South Lawn

Boom Restaurant, Pilot's Point Marina - Westbrook

Boom Restaurant at Pilot's Point Marina (860) 399-2322

Walk one mile down Seaside Ave.   Choose the open-air covered porch or indoor comfort with A/C in summer and a lovely fire in the fall.

Bills Seafood - Boaters hangout

Bills Seafood Restaurant (860) 399-7225

Boaters hangout on the Patchoque River at the Singing Bridge.
Casual and Lively. Eat in or out on picnic tables with umbrellas.

Live music every day except Tuesday.

Ice Cream at Bills Seafood

Bill's Ice Cream Shop next door

Noon to 9:00 or 10:00 PM

Relax at the Captain Stannard House

At the Inn

Cards, Chess, Scrabble, Monopoly, Pool.

Peace and

Jigsaw Puzzle, Croquet, Frisbee, Toss