Story by Barbara Angelakis
Photography by Manos Angelakis and Barbara Angelakis

Saybrook Point Entrance

Two Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

At the preternatural point of land where the fresh waters of the  Connecticut River merge with the salty waters of Long Island Sound, you  will find Saybrook Point, at the hamlet of historic Old Saybrook,  Connecticut. And strategically located, just at the tip of land that  fronts the mouth of the river, is the Tagliatela family owned and  operated, Saybrook Point Inn & Spa.

Saybrook Point Reception

Innkeeping has been a Tagliatela family tradition since the 50s when the current  co-owner, Stephen Tagliatela’s grandparents, hosted such famous guests  as Charlie Chaplin, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Durante and the like, in their  Castle Inn hotel. In 1989 the family opened the elegant Saybrook Point  Inn & Spa. From the outside, the sprawling buttercup yellow Inn  looks like any other pristine New England seaside building, but once  inside the tasteful décor and attention to detail is reminiscent of old  world grand hotels... with services to match. The lobby winds around to the Fresh Salt Restaurant named in tribute of the commingling of the waters of the river and  sound, and ends in an al fresco dining and bar area overlooking a flower rimmed walkway along the marina with its vast variety of motor and sail boats bobbing in the water.

Saybrook Point Three Stories Guesthouse

In 2014, the Tagliatela family’s tradition in hospitality marched forward with its newly opened Three Stories Guesthouse. The 1892 landmark Victorian Italianate home just across the road from  the Inn, had fallen into disrepair when the family, in consonance with  their deep roots in the community, decided to purchase the old house and restore it... not to its prior glory, but to a state-of-the-art, green  guesthouse. Every effort was made to replicate the designs of the  period including leaving intact the wrap-around porch - a nod to a gentler time when many social activities were played out in public - restoring the wainscoting in the dining area on the first floor, and the balustrades on the winding staircase in the entrance, at one time the  only access to the upper floors. Of course the restoration of the  building has incorporated the latest in technology, but accomplished in a tasteful homey manner.

Saybrook Point Guesthouse Bedroom

The Three Stories guesthouse has eight individually designed and decorated  rooms, all with water views and private balcony. Each comes equipped  with fireplace, flat-screen TV, European bedding, heated bathroom  floors, modern top of the line bathroom fixtures, and decorated with  original artwork by local artists. Additionally, the third floor will  feature an outdoor living room with a fire pit to stave off the cool  breezes emanating from the water. Each room is named after a prominent  historical local resident in an effort to preserve the history of the  area. We were hosted in the Anna Louise James room. Miss James was the  daughter of an escaped slave and in 1908, in true Horatio Alger  tradition, became the first African American woman to graduate from the  Brooklyn College of Pharmacy. She ran the local James Pharmacy until  1967. The room was bright and cheery, befitting the beautiful and  remarkable Miss James.

Saybrook Point Guesthouse Livingroom

This adult-only guesthouse is perfect to host visitors for events organized  at the Inn just across the road, or for small top level business  meetings, weddings, family gatherings or celebrations. It can be rented  entirely by one group, or if available, by individual rooms. The first  floor has a beautiful living room/sitting area with fireplace and a  large dining area with fully operational kitchen behind. The downstairs  has a large flat screen TV perfect for watching sporting events, a bar,  coffee bar and a separate play room with a billiards table. The  landscaping obscures an onsite parking area with a small but beautiful  flower garden adorned by a hand carved statue of another prominent local resident William Vars. Vars worked as a railroad engineer for 43 years  and Three Stories was his home... an easy commute to his job since the  railroad ran by his front door. The statue remarkably fashioned from one piece of wood insures that Vars will forever - at least in the  foreseeable future - enjoy the same river view he had for so many years.

Saybrook Point Spa Relaxation Room

I was attracted to visit the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa by their SANNO Spas unique philosophy of helping guests be well, look well, and feel well. SANNO is a Latin word meaning to make sound or to heal. Unfortunately  we visited at a time when the spa was undergoing its own healing in the  guise of a major overhaul so I had to be content to luxuriate with a  SANNO signature facial called The Four Layer Treatment and hope for  another opportunity to enjoy all the spa services after the construction has been completed. The Four Layer was administered by Barbara Laraia, a talented and knowledgeable esthetician. The purpose of this facial was a virtual one stop shop for targeting fine lines, lightening age spots,  and eliminating toxins in the mature skin. It was advertised to lighten, tighten, and brighten and I must admit that my face positively glowed  after the 50 minute treatment.

Whether you are looking for a seaside holiday, a slip to house your boat while  you enjoy a treatment at SANNO Spa, or a meal at Fresh Salt Restaurant,  or simply a getaway with family or friends, think Saybrook Point Inn & Spa and the home away from home Three Stories Guesthouse.




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