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Captain Grant's Inn was originally built by Captain William Gonzales Grant in 1754 for his wife Mercy Adelaide Avery. Grant died at sea, while Mercy lived into her 80's and the home continued to house three generations of the Grant Family.
During the Revolutionary War, soldiers used the home as a Garrison, and during the Civil War, the home protected runaway slaves. A major restoration took place from 1994 through 1996. Today, the Inn stands restored to its original grandeur and prominence in this national Historic Village.
Captain Grant's features wide-board hardwood floors, 253-year-old hand-hewn beams and an authentically rebuilt seven-foot-wide staircase. The original banister and balusters had been kept in oak barrels for over a hundred years until the restoration commenced. A three story deck, built on the home's east side, allows you to experience the rising sun while enjoying that morning cup of coffee.
The Home is on the National Register of Historic Places. It remains a stately beauty in this 1687 Village. Experience the stone walls and walkways, lush greenery, six acres of backyard and a glimpse of life in 1754.
The Avery Home
Captain Grant's also includes the Avery Home, adjacent to the main Inn. The Avery Home was built in 1790 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the home where the Holly and Margaret Rooms are located. Both of these rooms feature wood burning fireplaces. Holly has a whirlpool tub.
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We were featured on HGTV
Recommended by Maxim Magazine
Featured on CNN Headline News
The Inn was the back drop for A&E's Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Stage Coach Inn
To complete your options for a vacation experience, Captain Grant’s has acquired the Stagecoach Inn built in 1790. The Inn, a repose for travelers in days past is now a short term vacation rental. The 1st and 2nd floors can be rented separately or together depending on your needs. Go to www.rentstagecoachinn.com
Each Guest Room features a full private bath, color cable television, air conditioning and complimentary sherry. Rooms may also feature canopy beds, fireplaces, and authentic open-beamed ceilings. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine "compliments of Captain Grant's". After a wonderful night's sleep, you'll be greeted with a full country breakfast with coffee, tea, juice, meats, muffins, fresh fruit, fancy eggs, pancakes, American fries and a variety of breads. Homemade gourmet jellies and jams (our exclusive recipe) are a special treat. A computer is now available for guest use in our library.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Carol and Ted for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
We have the best location if you want to go to Foxwoods or the Mohegan Sun and we are only 15 minutes from Mystic. We also have steady repeat business.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are known for several things. To pick one out is difficult. We have an excellent reputation. We are distinguished for our breakfasts. We are also known for our benevolent spirits. The home is a grand old lady built in 1754. We love the B&B business and wouldn’t sell her for anything.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
This is the top vacation area in Connecticut and one of the top in New England.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
A world traveler told me that all we were missing to be a five star inn was Vermont syrup. After she left, we went out and bought the syrup.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Cemetery #17 and Lantern Hill…seriously.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
OK, here’s the list. Go to Foxwoods or the Mohegan Sun casinos; spend at least one or two days in Mystic. In Mystic is the Marine Life Aquarium, Mystic Seaport (a living museum) and a village that has barely changed in 200 years. Visit the Pequot Museum, US Submarine Museum, the Coast Guard Academy, two large ocean beaches, sail or go on an antique train ride, etc.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Only the cemeteries. There isn’t anywhere that you can stay and be within walking distance to all of the sites. Renting a car if you don’t have one is the least expensive way to go.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are so many excellent restaurants. We have a diverse population so just about anything you want is in the area.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have seven bedrooms all with private baths.
Do you accept pets?
We accept pets with conditions and charge an extra fee.
Enjoy the extra comforts seldom offered at even the finest of lodging establishments. A carafe of sherry is in each room for that extra special nip to indulge in before you retire for the night. Sweet Dreams!
All of our linens are ironed and the sheets are at least 250 to 450 counts per square inch. In the summer each bed is made with two top sheets. In the winter there are two blankets plus the quilt or spread.
All bedrooms have a full private bath accessed from the bedroom. The Holly room has a jetted tub.
Towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, alarm clock and a hair dryer are also included for your use.
Two of our bedrooms have wood burning fireplaces and three have gas fireplaces. There is also a double sided fireplace in the dining room and keeping room.
Watch your favorite movie, on TV or DVD, in the privacy of your own room. We have a private library of DVDs that we share with guests.
Wireless internet access is available in your private bedroom as well as all of the rooms in the home.
There are cookies in the cookie jar and either cake or pie on the table at all times. In a large basket are menus from all of our favorite restaurants. In a small black box are directions for the taking for the most common eateries. In the kitchen is a small fridge with wine, beer and soda for you to take compliments of the house.
In the dining room are kept the two maps that are given to you upon arrival. One of greater Mystic and one of the Mystic and More area.
Captain Grant’s has a three tiered porch. The first level is set up as an outdoor dining area. The second tier is an outdoor living room and the third tier has chairs to sit in and gaze out at the hills and fields.
In the keeping room a laptop computer has been set up for your use. No passwords necessary.
There are books to read, albums to peruse, newspapers to keep you in touch and Popcorn in our high standing popper. Seasonally a fire in our double sided fireplace can be started at your request.
Owners: Ted and Carol live in the Avery house on the second and third floors. This affords our guest at Captain Grant’s the ultimate in privacy. Concierge services are offered to all of our guests. These include extra room amenities (e.g., flowers), dining reservations, directions, reduced tickets to three area attractions, and suggestions for a fun vacation tailored just for you. We are open to help our guests with any need at any time.
Ye Olde Country Breakfast at Captain Grant’s
Welcome to the best breakfast in all the region. Even King George the 2nd would have been honored to indulge at the table of Captain Grant’s. The following are some of our typical meals for the four seasons. Remember these are typical but we may serve an alternative just as equally delicious. We serve an all you-can-eat family style breakfast. You may not want to eat lunch. We can produce a different breakfast every day for up to at least two weeks. Just imagine! Let your senses take over.
Set out early are coffee, tea and hot cocoa. The breakfast meal starts with fresh fruit consisting of bananas, apples, kiwis, red and green grapes, pears and perhaps a garnishment of maraschino cherries. Orange and pineapple juice often accompany a Spring breakfast. Following is a course of crisp bacon, cheddar cheese eggs, American fries or Berta fries and a variety of toasts or grilled English muffins. Two homemade jams will also be available to savor. This breakfast is typically served on Saturday morning.
In the Summer, breakfast is served on the open air porch. After the early coffee, tea and hot cocoa set up, breakfast is served.
Our typical summer juices include orange and grapefruit but we may serve banana strawberry juice. Fruit consists of a variety of melons, grapes, bananas, and kiwis.
On Sunday we often serve fresh baked ham, cream cheese eggs (to die for) and pancakes.
Our pancakes have a bit of corn meal in them making the recipe sought after by our guests. For a topping on the pancakes you may choose between Maple syrup or homemade Rhubarb compote. Indulge and have both.
In the fall the harvest comes in. Fresh apple cream – a delectable fresh fruit beverage - is served with fresh fruit, which consists of apples, kiwis, muskmelon, peaches, pears and grapes. Perhaps a wonderful homemade bread will be served with the fruit. On Sunday hot sausage, crispy French toast with homemade blueberry maple syrup and a wonderful egg recipe made with mustard and Swiss cheese may accompany your meal.
When the temperature drops the dining room fireplace is lit and a roaring fire awaits you at the table. Breakfast starts as usual but instead of fresh fruit you may have peaches in whiskey sauce or pears in brandy. Scrumptious!! For a beverage, you may have vegetable and orange juice and probably fresh local apple cider. Two of our most popular winter breakfasts are: Fresh baked ham, French toast stuffed with cream cheese and a variety of sweet fruits. Cream cheese eggs also accompany this meal. Our last on this page and one of our favorites: Homemade corned beef hash. Mmmm. Berta fries, grilled English muffins or bagels, homemade jams and jellies and cheese upon cheese eggs.
Historic Poquetanuck Village
As you enter Historic Poquetanuck Village there is a cove leading out to the sea. This is the cove where Captain Grant set sail for Honduras laden with grist to be traded for Mahogany. Poquetanuck Cove is one of the many scenes that make this area so beautiful. It is a National protected area due to rare bird species. Canoes are allowed on the cove.
The Inn is part of a quaint New England village with easy access to all area attractions, including Foxwoods (world's largest casino), the Mohegan Sun Casino, and the famous Seaport and Aquarium in the nearby Village of Mystic, Stonington Vineyards, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Naval Submarine Museum (where you can go aboard the Nautilus). Fly fishing, sea fishing, ice skating, ocean beaches and Gillette Castle. We are within a ten minute ride to three golf courses. Upon arrival at Captain Grant's, you will be provided with an area map showing these and other nearby attractions. Menus for area restaurants are also available and the innkeepers will assist in making dinner reservations.
To experience the true charm of New England, spend your next vacation or business trip at Captain Grant's, 1754. May you return home with the fondest of memories.
- Mohegan Sun Casino 3 to 5 Minutes
- Foxwoods Casino 7 to 10 Minutes
- Pequot Museum 10 Minutes (We have discount tickets)
- U.S. Naval Submarine Base and Museum 12 to 15 Minutes
- Connecticut College 15 Minutes
- U.S. Coast Guard Academy 15 Minutes
- Mystic Marine Life Aquarium 15 Minutes (We have discount tickets)
- Mystic Seaport 15 Minutes
- Cross Sound Ferry 20 Minutes
- Historic Downtown Mystic 20 Minutes
- Ocean State Park 25 Minutes
- Stonington Borough 25 Minutes
- Misquamicut Beach 30 Minutes
- Gillette Castle State Park 35 Minutes
- In addition, we have perks at three area restaurants
Home and Garden Television (HGTV) “If Walls Could Talk”
Six minutes of fame featuring discoveries, including a second half of a staircase, while renovating Captain Grant’s. The show has been aired eight times and will likely be on again.
CNN Headline News
Captain Grant’s was cited as being one of the best places to stay if you would like to encounter a ghost.
A&E's "Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal"
USA Today “10 great places to get in bed with a ghost”
Excerpt: “Be prepared for strange knocks at your door at unexpected hours. Guests who stay in the Adelaide Room are likely to have contact with the mysterious woman and her two children who once lived at the inn, built in 1754.”
YANKEE New England's Magazine: Captain Grant's has been named "Best of New England/Editors' Choice".
MAXIM “HAPPY TRAILS Four romantic getaways she’s always dreamed of and what’s in it for you.”
Excerpt: “Try Captain Grant’s ( 800 - 982 - 1772 or captaingrants.com) in Poquetanuck, Conn. She’ll like ye olde historic charme: you’ll like the two casinos.”
Bottom Line “Haunted bed-and-breakfasts.”
Excerpt: “Captain Grant’s Inn, Poquetanuck, Connecticut where strange knocks are reported at odd hours, 800-982-1772.”
The Dolphin (Newspaper of the Naval Submarine Base, New London) “Miami returns from regularly scheduled deployment”,
Excerpt: “Zenker learned he would receive the traditional first kiss upon returning to Groton, as well as a special gift which he never expected – a free night at Captain Grant’s Bed and Breakfast in Poquetanuck.”
Norwich Bulletin “Inn Provides Scenic View”,
Excerpt: “A full-length mural gives guests at the Poquetanuck bed and breakfast a glimpse into the past. Artist, Eric Hinze, finishes 85 feet of floor to ceiling mural of Poquetanuck Cove at Captain Grant’s bed and breakfast.”
Norwich Bulletin Communique
Captain Grant’s was chosen by the Norwich Bulletin to represent the Bed and Breakfast Community in their publication of the Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour.
Norwich Bulletin, “Capt. Grant’s B&B turns 250 years old today”
Excerpt: “Everyday, Carol walks through the town as it existed centuries ago. Standing at the top of a seven-and-a-half foot wide oak staircase, she is surrounded by a mural depicting 19th century Preston.”
The Walsh County Record, Grafton ND.
Excerpt: Former Minto graduate restores and operates successful bed and breakfast. Memories of North Dakota remain with Connecticut woman.
The above are but of a few of the more interesting press items.
We hope they entice you to choose us as your lodging of choice.
How to Find Us
- North on I-95 to Exit 76 on to I-395 (North)
- Take Exit 79A onto Route 2A. Follow to "T" intersection (traffic light)
- Turn left on to Rtes 2A/12
- After about 500 feet, take right fork on to Route 2A
- Captain Grant’s is 1.6 miles on the right
- Turn in driveway immediately before sign
- South on I-95
- Take Exit 92 onto Route 2 West
- Approximately 12 miles (and 4 miles past Foxwoods), take a left on to Route 2A (traffic light and left hand only turn)
- Captain Grant’s is 1.1 miles on the left
- Turn in immediately after the sign
From The North
- Take I-395 south to Exit 79A
- Follow to "T" intersection (traffic light)
- Turn left onto Rtes 2A/12
- After about 500 feet, take right fork on to Route 2A
- Captain Grant’s is 1.6 miles on the right
- Turn in the driveway immediately before the sign
From the New London Ferry and Transportation Center
- Turn right out of the Ferry Terminal and immediately get into the far left lane
- Follow Route 32 North for approximately 8 miles until you come to Route 2A East
- Take Route 2A East and stay in the far left lane
- You will cross a bridge and come to a T Junction
- Turn left onto Routes 2A and 12 and get into the right hand lane. 500 feet late turn right onto Route 2A
- Captain Grant’s is 1.6 miles on the right hand side