Riverwind Inn Bed and Breakfast

209 Main Street, Deep River, Connecticut 06417
Innkeeper(s): Stacie & Mike DiNello
  • Introduction

    Riverwind Inn Bed and Breakfast, front view

    Riverwind Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Deep River, CT. Owners and innkeepers, Stacie & Mike DiNello, invite you to relax, step back in time, and enjoy a stay amid an enchanting collection of New England country antiques and reproductions in the rambling 18th century farmhouse that is Riverwind Inn. Riverwind Inn invites you to enjoy fine dining, antiquing, sightseeing in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, picture postcard seasons, superb dining, exceptional theater, and the relaxed pace of our small villages are only a few of the many reasons visitors travel to the Connecticut River Valley. Riverwind Inn is nestled between Essex and Chester in quiet, historic Deep River central to the Connecticut River Valley's many pleasures. Bring bikes to experience the beautiful scenery and wildlife preserves found on our many back roads, or hike in Canfield-Meadow Woods Nature Preserve, over 300 pristine acres of trails located less than a mile from the Inn. It will soon become clear to you why the Nature Conservancy has designated this area as "one of the last great places".

    In addition to seven uniquely delightful guest rooms, Riverwind offers a multitude of common rooms providing you with many fascinating spaces for mingling or privacy. Four of these common rooms boast fireplaces, including a breathtaking twelve-foot stone cooking fireplace in the keeping room. Cold and hot beverages are always available in the upstairs coffee room.

    Riverwind Inn Bed and Breakfast, Dining Room

    Crackling fires greet our guests during fall and winter. In spring or summertime you may find visitors rocking away a lazy afternoon in one of our many comfortable rockers that line the spacious wrap around porch.

    Exquisite dining starts each morning with the Inn's complimentary full country breakfast which includes chilled juices, hot coffee or tea, and either a fresh fruit salad, cold fruit soup, along with fresh baked coffee cake, bread, or muffins, accompanied by a chef's choice entree.Our full breakfast is served in candlelit dining rooms between 8:30 and 9:30 AM. Early morning coffee and tea is also available for the early risers. With its wonderfully appointed guestrooms, numerous common areas and informal country atmosphere, Riverwind Inn is more than just a place to stay. It's a destination providing you with a restful and memorable haven from which all of the Connecticut River Valley's historical and recreational bounties may easily be enjoyed.

    "Every corner says, "Life is a good thing! Riverwind Guest Book"

    Riverwind Inn Bed and Breakfast, Hearts and Flowers

    All of the rooms at our Connecticut bed and breakfast, The Riverwind Inn, are uniquely decorated with period antiques and private baths. Most have queen-size beds, and some rooms can accommodate 3-4 guests.

    Our Connecticut country inn is thoughtfully appointed for your comfort. Guestrooms are air conditioned, and many have ceiling fans and individual heating. Clock radios, hair dryers, and bath amenities are provided along with free wi-fi. Robes are available upon request. Two rooms have private porches, and rooms with fireplaces and Jacuzzi's are available. Start each morning with a full country breakfast, served individually in our candlelit dining rooms between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. For those early risers, coffee and tea are available in our upstairs coffee room.

  • 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 Stacie & Mike DiNello for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Our biggest attraction is theater. We have 3 great theaters located within 10 minutes from the Inn. They are Goodspeed Opera House, Norma Terris Theater and the Ivoryton Playhouse. Guests also come for the Connecticut River. The Essex Steamtrain and Boat, Gillette Castle State Park along with hundreds of antique dealers.

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

    We are best known for the quaintness and comfort of this inn. It is a colonial style inn which is carried though with the wide pine flooring, post and beam ceilings and 12’ granite fireplace. The thing I love most about this inn is that it has numerous common areas for guests to sit and read, converse, or just enjoy one of our fireplaces. Guests are not confined to their rooms, but encouraged to enjoy our common areas.

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

    The Connecticut River. The quaintness and the beauty of this area.

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

    It is in pristine shape for the age and also it is immaculate.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The small towns and villages and the Connecticut River in this area.

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

    Goodspeed Opera house, Gillette Castle, Essex Steam train, River Quest, Florence Griswold Museum and antiquing.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Yes, we are at the end of Main St. in Deep River and we have restaurants, shops, supermarket and ice cream shops all within walking distance.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The River Tavern

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Yes, they are on our website.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 7 guest rooms, all with private baths.

    Do you accept pets?

    We don't accept pets.

  • Attractions

    Riverwind Inn Bed and Breakfast, lounge area


    • Goodspeed Opera House
    • The Normal Terris Theater
    • The Ivoryton Playhouse
    • Shubert Theater
    • Long Wharf Theater


    • The Connecticut River Museum
    • The Florence Griswold Museum
    • The Fife and Drum Museum
    • Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
    • Mystic Seaport and Village


    • Riverwind Antiques
    • Old Saybrook Antiques
    • Over 400 neighboring antique centers

    Beaches and Parks

    • Gillette Castle State Park
    • Devils Hopyard State Park
    • Harkness Memorial State Park
    • Hammonasset Beach Rocky Neck State Park
    • Canfield-Meadow Woods Nature Preserve


    • Tanger Outlet Center
    • Clinton Crossing Outlets
    • Essex Village
    • Chester Village
    • Deep River Center


    • The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
    • The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry
    • Aunt Polly Riverboat Cruises
    • Foxwoods Casino
    • Mohegan Sun Casino
    • Thimble Island Cruises
    • Riverquest Excursions
    • Chamard Vineyards
    • Stonington Vineyards
    • Horse-Drawn Rides at Allegra Farms


    • Yale University
    • Wesleyan University
    • The Coast Guard Academy
    • Connecticut College
  • Directions

    Riverwind Inn Bed and Breakfast, living room

    For your convenience, we are listing directions to our Connecticut inn in Deep River. The Riverwind Inn is located between Essex and Chester, CT in the Connecticut River Valley.

    From I-91:

    1. South (including Bradley Airport): Exit 22S (a left-hand exit) to Route 9
    2. Route 9 to Exit 5
    3. Turn left on Route 80 (Elm Street)
    4. Go past a stop sign at the firehouse to a stoplight
    5. Turn right on Route 154 (Main Street) and Riverwind Inn is a short distance ahead on the left just after the town green

    From I-95:

    1. I-95 to Route 9 (Exit 69 from I-95)
    2. Route 9 to Exit 4
    3. Turn left on Route 154
    4. Riverwind Inn is 1 1/4 miles on right

    On I-95 North past the New Haven area, Route 80 is a picturesque rural road and provides a welcome alternative to our northbound guests if I-95 becomes congested.

    By Train:

    The closest train station is 10 miles away in Old Saybrook, CT.

    By Plane:

    Commercial airports are at Hartford or Providence. Private airports are located nearby at Chester and East Haddam, both 5 miles from Riverwind Inn.

    By Boat:

    Brewers Deep River Marina is on the Connecticut River just north of Essex, and is within walking distance of Riverwind Inn.