This place has “one of a kind” written all over it. Check out the old-school broom near the front door. This beloved beach retreat has known just one family since it was built more than a century ago in 1897 and is listed with the local historical society. Cottages along the Connecticut coastline are as quintessential as cottages get and are the stuff of summertime memories, no doubt. This sign was ordered as a gift for the owner by his brother-in-law to commemorate the cottage’s sentimental value to the family and its place in local history.
Our family also hails from the Nutmeg state, where the beach was just a 50-minute drive away — a trek that was boldly made on bicycle once or twice through some pretty hilly countryside. As kids, we spent summer weekends in Black Point, a few miles from Old Lyme at great Aunt Flo’s beach house on Niantic Bay, just a short barefoot walk from the beach.