Beyond the Sale: Connecticut Homes & Living

Water’s Edge Resort and Spa, Westbrook CT

Looking for a resort getaway but don’t want to travel very far? You don’t have to! Water’s Edge Resort and Spa is the perfect getaway destination and you don’t even have to leave the state to enjoy it.

My husband and I have been visiting this spot every summer for the last 9 years. The drive is just under an hour for us, so it has become part of our date night rotation. We celebrate almost every anniversary there as well. Something about the beautifully manicured grounds and the salt air just makes for instant relaxation.

This past weekend was our first time making it a family trip with the kids and I have to say that it was a wonderful time. We arrived on Sunday around noon. Our good friends, Nick and Brittany and their two kids, Ryan and Decker,  came to meet us and we immediately hit the beach.

The waves there are nice and calm, so it was a nice spot for our oldest kids to play in the sand and run in and out of the water. There are also kayaks available for rental at the beach. I will be taking advantage of that on our next (childless) stay for sure!

My youngest, who is just about one, was instantly covered head to toe in (and snacking on) sand, so we packed up and headed over to the pool. The luxury of options is SO important with the family in tow.

Once settled in at the pool, we ordered lunch from the poolside bar- a nice addition to the grounds made in recent years. The food menu is classic cookout foods: hot dog, hamburgers, chicken sandwich… Frozen drinks on the menu include Margaritas, Pina Coladas, and Daquiris. For more options you have to head over to the Sunset Bar and Grill or Dattilo, the fine Italian dining restaurant in the main building of the resort.

Splishing and splashing in the pool did wonders for making the little ones tired. Brittany and I took the babies for a ride around the grounds in the stroller. We put the cup holders to good use with some of those frozen margaritas.

It was really nice to just walk around and observe for a little while. There’s so much beauty all around at Water’s Edge- when you go, take a moment to sit in the row of Adirondack chairs and take it all in.  Also, I’m slightly jealous of the amount of hydrangeas they have blooming over there.

The dads took the big kids over to the field for an impromptu game of soccer. The resort is perfectly set up to do all things outdoors, even if just sitting by the beach isn’t quite for you. The fields even have a corn hole set-up! My husband can never resist a good game of bags.

 

During our walk around, we realized that the water had receded and it was low tide. The cool thing about low tide at Water’s edge is that you can walk out to the little island off shore and the water never gets deeper than a couple feet at the most. During this time of day, you can see many people taking a watery walk out there to explore!

My husband, kids, and I stayed in a Junior Suite. I didn’t get any photos of the room because our stuff was all over the place as soon as we checked in. Any photos I would have taken would not have done the room justice. You can check out all of their rooming options here.

After we checked in and cleaned ourselves up, we went over to the Sunset Bar & Grill for dinner. My husband and I are generally big fans of Dattilo, but with the kids in tow, fine dining just wasn’t an option. Upon arriving, we were pleasantly surprised to see a live band. The kids started dancing and were having a great time.

The food was good, drinks were strong, service was fast, and the atmosphere was awesome. The best part- it was a short walk from our room. They have a wide range of entertainment through out the summer that includes a summer rock concert series, playhouse shows, jazz music, brunches, karaoke, and much more. Check out upcoming events  here.

We weren’t quite as lucky weather wise for our second and final day there. It started off cloudy, so we took our chance at the pool in the morning. Even in crummy weather, it’s still so pretty!

Once it started to rain, we packed up and headed to the outlets. It’s nice to have options for rainy days at resorts like this. Luckily, the Westbrook Outlets and Clinton Crossing are both close by.

Overall, our first experience to Water’s Edge with the entire family plus some friends went really well. It’s nice to know we don’t have to travel far in order to enjoy an amazing family vacation. Don’t forget that Water’s edge makes for an amazing wedding and event venue as well.

Another reason to love where you live!



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