The Tolland Inn
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Tolland is twenty miles east of Hartford on Interstate 84, roughly halfway between Hartford and Sturbridge, MA. The town was named in 1713 and grew around an intersection of the New York to Boston, and Norwich to Springfield post roads. As the old county seat, and with the post road crossing, travelers have found shelter in Tolland for most of its long history. Taverns, inns, and hotels have at various times offered accommodations on the village Green.
Hot tubs, fireplaces, relaxation in an 1800s Connecticut bed and breakfast seven miles from the University of Connecticut campus. Perfect for travelers, rendezvous, romantic getaways, wedding nights, Connecticut honeymoons, business travel, and of course UConn lodging, UConn Family Weekend, UConn Graduation.
Tolland Inn is proud to be awarded the AAA Three-Diamonds.
The last of these, the Steele House, began taking guests in January of 1914. Their guest register, that first year, showed guests from New York, Boulder, Colorado, and Changli, China. The Steeles ran the guest house until 1942, and owned the place until 1959. Susan and Steve Beeching bought the property in 1985 from a couple who were the last registered guests of the old Steele House. An extensive restoration and updating of the inn began, and two years later we opened as the Tolland Inn.
The inn has three first-floor rooms for all our guests to use: The Living room, Dining room, sunporch, with Rumford fireplace and windows looking out over the back yard. Walk out to the yard from the sunporch, under the grape arbor and onto the wrap-around porch complete with wooden rockers or relax by the pond.
Wonderful breakfasts are served each day at the cherry trestle table in the dining room or on the sunporch. Enjoy fresh fruit, muffins, specialty scones or granola to complement main dishes of Belgian Waffles, French toast, baked omelettes, and seasonal treats!
Meet The Innkeepers
The Innkeepers are Susan and Steve Beeching. Susan is a Nantucket native and third generation innkeeper. Her grandmother owned Haddon Hall and her mother owned Eighteen Gardner Street Guest House. Both of these wonderful Nantucket inns are in operation today. Susan is a teacher with a career in Special Education. She currently teaches second grade and supervises our innkeeping. Steve is a designer and builder of fine furniture. His furniture pieces are in homes across this country, as well as in Japan and Italy. His work can also be seen throughout the inn mixed with the inn's antiques, as well as in the hand-tooled raised paneling and coffered ceiling of the sunporch. His touch is evident in hundreds of features of the inn: our canopy beds, dining room table, the "fainting couch", pierced tin lighting fixtures, mirrored wall sconces in the upstairs hall, bedside shelves, the design of our t-shirts and mugs, down to the tissue holders in the bathrooms...
What’s there to do?
Here are just a few ideas of things to do during your stay in Tolland…
For single night stays, we find our guests most often arrive in the afternoon, get settled and see the inn, help themselves at the tea cart and look over menus for nearby restaurants. Generally, restaurants from very near to ones as far as West Hartford are “local” to us, and offer a wide variety of dining possibilities. Some of our favorites are on our Restaurants page.
Hartford has a few clubs for evening entertainment, Black-eyed Sally’s notably. Also in Hartford, the Hartford Stage Company is our professional theater company. The Bushnell is Hartford’s concert venue. The University of Connecticut is just seven miles from us and has excellent theater and concert events, also. (See links.) For movies, the theater and Buckland Hills, Manchester, is the nearby multi-plex. The Shops at Evergreen Walk provide high-end shopping, (or window shopping,) ice cream parlor and three good restaurants.
Two excellent destination-dining experiences can be had. Reservations are a must(!), so plan ahead to fully enjoy these activities. Still River Café, a cutting-edge restaurant in an antique, rural setting provides a memorable, fascinating and romantic evening.
Sharpe Hill Vineyard is a working, picture-perfect winery with tours, tastings, and a beautifully intimate dining room.
-Two nights, (plus) stays-
For stays of two nights or more, besides the ideas above(!)
With a whole day to spend in the area, you might think about:
A DAY IN HARTFORD: The Mark Twain House, and the Wadsworth Atheneum are fascinating, worth-while attractions, and call for seasonal Connecticut River cruises! Experience downtown shopping in West Hartford Center where there are also fine restaurants.
MYSTIC area attractions are about an hour and fifteen minutes from us. Mystic Aquarium, and Mystic Seaport, Nautilus submarine (in Groton,) are the big attractions. Equally appealing might be the town of Mystic and its two neighbors Noank and Stonington Borough which offer a great look at coastal Connecticut with shops, antiquing, art galleries and restaurants.
The CASINOS! Two of America’s premier casinos are here in Eastern Connecticut. Foxwoods, and Mohegan Sun.
Make a day of touring the scenic CONNECTICUT RIVER TOWNS of Chester, Essex, and the Haddams. Step aboard the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat rides. Don’t miss Gillette Castle State Park, just across the river!
OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE/ BIGELOW HOLLOW STATE PARK, and the antique shops in Putnam, Connecticut are just a half hour East of here.
MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, just fifteen minutes from the inn, is the home of one of the largest shopping districts in the East. Buckland Hills Mall, and the new Shops at Evergreen Walk are just the start of the retailers located there.
How To Find Us
From Boston: Mass Pike (I-90W) to Sturbridge exit, I-84W to exit #68
I95 N to I91 N to I84E to exit #68 -or- Henry Hudson Pkwy N to Sawmill River Pkwy to I-684N to I-84E to exit #68
I-6 to I-295 n to Route 6W to Route 101W to Route 44W to Route 74W to Tolland Green. We are on the left.
From UCONN Campus: Route 195N to Tolland Green. We are on the left.
From Albany, NY; Vermont; Springfield, MA
I-91S into Connecticut, past Bradley Int. Airport to I-291E to I-84E to exit #68
From Bradley International Airport I-91S to I-291E to I-84E to exit #68
From I-84 exit #68:
turn North on Rt 195, (I84 East-bound--left turn; I84 West-bound--right turn.)
The Inn is 3/4 mi ahead on the left hand side of the road, just after the intersection Rt. 74.
Our address: 63 Tolland Green; Tolland, CT 06084
Our location: 41Â° 52â€™ 21â€ N 72Â° 22â€™ 11â€™â€™ W