Tidewater Inn Bed & Breakfast

949 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut 06443
Innkeeper(s): Victoria Kolyvas
 
  • Introduction

    Open Year Round

     
    Tired of staying at hotels and motels?
    Are you looking for lodging accommodations
    where you will be pampered and greeted by name?
    Explore coastal Connecticut
    while relaxing at the Tidewater Inn B&B.
    Located in the shoreline village
    of Madison, CT, the Inn offers a cozy
    and elegant atmosphere of antiques
    and estate furniture.
     
    The Inn overlooks the Boston Post Road in a wooded residential area. The large shaded back yard slopes down to meet Fence Creek. The English garden (pictured below) on the side of the house is a favorite spot for relaxing in nice weather. The tidal wetlands of Long Island Sound are visible across the road in the front.

    English GardenThe Tidewater Inn is

    2 hours from Manhattan
    2 1/2 hours from Boston
    1 hour from Hartford
     
    20 minutes from New Haven
    20 minutes from Yale University
     
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Victoria Kolyvas for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Because they’ve heard about us from their friends, family or colleagues, or because they’ve found us on the internet and liked what they saw and read.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are known for our warm welcome, our delicious and inventive breakfasts, and for how we help to plan your days.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We’re a small New England seaside town, not a city, and that’s why travelers come … to be by the sea, but not in a sea of humanity … and to celebrate special occasions and to make new memories.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    How totally refreshed, restored and relaxed guests feel after a stay with us … even after the shortest stay … as if they’ve been a world away .

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Nestled halfway between New York City and Boston there are seven seaside small villages or towns in a row along CT’s center shore that I call a “string of pearls,” and Madison is the center or Heart of the CT shoreline. Quaint, like Nantucket, but without the crowds, these are gems of seaside charm with big city style. Calm and restful, but never boring. Here to be discovered by travelers curious enough to wander off the beaten path of Interstate 95.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    It all depends on the traveler’s interests, of course. For those who like the outdoors, several state parks and land conservation trusts in the area offer many miles of hiking trails and bicycle routes. Water lovers can enjoy the beaches, go sailing, kayaking, take a lighthouse cruise or the thimble islands cruise. Antiqueing can keep one busy for many days. Historic sites and small gems of museums abound. Art museums and galleries as well as studios welcome visitors. Yale’s many art and history museums are nearby. An evening of live theater should not be missed, or even an outdoor concert on a town green. The charming centers of our seaside villages are perfect for an afternoon stroll, and unique boutiques and shops are perfect for treasure hunting.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    First of all, The Beach! Madison has the best beaches in CT – Yankee Magazine even says so – and we are just a short walk away … about half a mile. The center of our quaint New England town also begins just a block away from our inn, with unique boutiques, a famous indie book store, our Historical Society, the Lee Academy (Historic site) and the Deacon John Grave House (Historic Museum). One mile away is the entrance to Hammonasset Beach State Park and the Meigs Point Nature Center, and the Shoreline Greenway Trail begins there too.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    This part of the CT shoreline is a foodie’s heaven. There is fine dining to be had in every price range.Within walking distance of our B&B are Bar Bouchee (authentic French) and Elizabeth’s Café (Contemporary American), two of Madison’s finest restaurants. Just another block away are R.J. Café and Café Allegre (Italian), and around the block are Bradley & Wall Italian Deli and Jai Mei, Chinese take-out, and five minutes to the right or left of us you’ll find Friends & Co and Donahue’s – two more of our favorites. For waterside dining in Madison, there’s The Wharf restaurant, and we don’t want to forget to mention Malone’s, a hideaway pub that we locals often keep a secret. The best lobster roll is also just down the street at Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale. And that’s just Madison! Within 10 miles in either direction from our B&B we have the finest in any cuisine you can imagine, whether waterside, fireside, casual, romantic, rustic … it’s all here for you to enjoy.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    VisitCTShoreline.com

    CTVisit.com

    VisitNewHaven.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 8 rooms in our B&B inn and one separate one-bedroom cottage.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, we do not accept pets. The Whiskers Inn, nearby, can accommodate kittens and cats, and several kennels nearby can welcome dogs. Advance reservations are needed for both.

     

  • Breakfast

    Monte Christo French Toast w/Poached Pear GarnishAt breakfast we try to be creative with both our menus and our presentation.
     
    Coffee, tea, decaf and a selection of hot and cold cereals are available by about 7:30 AM on weekends and by 7 AM mid-week Many guests enjoy their first cup of coffee in front of the fireplace in our beamed sitting room, or, in nice weather, outside in the English garden.
     
    Our hot breakfast service begins at 8:30 and continues until 9:30. At their convenience, our guests arrive in the dining area and select a seat at a table for two, a table for four, or a table for eight, all in front of a sunny bay window.
     

    Summer Fruit Plate

    Breakfast begins with a fruit course and juice. The second course is our hot entree of the day accompanied by a breakfast meat such as bacon or sausage and either toast or baked goods.
    At breakfast we try to be creative with both our menus and our presentation.
    Coffee, tea, decaf and a selection of hot and cold cereals are available by about 7:30 AM on weekends and by 7 AM mid-week Many guests enjoy their first cup of coffee in front of the fireplace in our beamed sitting room, or, in nice weather, outside in the English garden.
     
    Our hot breakfast service begins at 8:30 and continues until 9:30. At their convenience, our guests arrive in the dining area and select a seat at a table for two, a table for four, or a table for eight, all in front of a sunny bay window.
    Dining Room

    Available everyday: 

    Coffee, Decaf, Tea, Orange Juice, Hot & Cold Cereals

    First Morning

    • Citris Fruit Plate with Blueberries
    • Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
    • Sausage Links
    • Blueberry Sourcream Coffee Cake
    • Blueberry & Strawberry Garnish

    Second Morning

    • Mixed Melon Fruit Cup
    • California Egg Puff
    • Ham
    • Toast or English Muffin
    • Tomato Garnish

    Third Morning

    • Oranges in Marmalade
    • Lemon Cream Waffles
    • Sausage Patty
    • Lemon Bar Deluxe
    • Kiwi Garnish

     

  • How to Find Us

    From Hartford: 1 Hour

    (Bradley Airport)
    1. Rt. 91 south to Rt. 9 South
    2. Rt. 9 to Exit 13 - Rt. 17 South
    3. Rt. 17 through Durham to Rt. 79
    4. Rt. 79 South to Madison
    5. Left on Rt. 1
    6. The Inn is about 1 mile on the left.

    From NYC: 2 Hours

    (Kennedy & LaGuardia Airports)

    1. Rt. 95 North to Exit 61
    2. Right off the exit ramp onto Rt. 79
    3. Left at the third light onto Rt. 1
    4. The Inn is about 1 mile on the left.

    From Boston: 2 1/2 Hours

    1. (Logan Airport)
    2. Rt. 95 South to Exit 62
    3. Left off the exit ramp onto the Hammonasset Connector
    4. Go about one mile and turn right onto Rt. 1.
    5. The Inn is about 1 1/2 miles on the right.

    From Providence: 1 1/2 Hours

    1. (Green Airport)
    2. Rt. 95 South to Exit 62
    3. Left off the exit ramp onto the Hammonasset Connector
    4. Go about one mile and turn right onto Rt. 1.
    5. The Inn is about 1 1/2 miles on the right.
  • Area Attractions and Activities

    About the Area

    Madison is a beautiful shoreline town on the coast of Connecticut, bordering Long Island Sound. The shoreline area offers many opportunities for relaxing, shopping, touring, and dining. Area towns are known for their Long Island Sound waterfront as well as their historic town greens lined with specialty shops, fine art galleries, and restaurants. There are many antique shops in the area and two outlet malls nearby. The Inn maintains a selection of brochures about area attractions, as well as maps and information on local events. The Innkeepers, who have been in the shoreline area for many years, are always happy to assist guests in planning their day or finding that special restaurant.

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