Last summer, I decided to go someplace not The Cape and not coastal Maine, so when my sister told me about this little place right off the water called Noank, CT, where you had to ask for directions because it wouldn’t show up on a GPS, I was sold. Here is my list of things to do in Noank, CT.
Noank CT, a village outside of Groton, CT with a population of 1800 – if you blink, you might miss it – is a tiny little coastal village that one would travel to only if they have heard about or eaten at Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough.
Even if you haven’t been to Abbott’s Lobster, Noank is a quaint little place to set up camp for a week in the summer. This is how I found myself spending last summer, with my dog Brinkley, and we were pleasantly surprised. On a trip that spanned from Ledyard, CT down through Mystic, Noank was a cute little detour for us as we navigated our way through the Connecticut coast.
Places to Eat
- Abbott’s Lobster – Fresh lobster rolls served hot or cold (your choice) and delicious Noank-style clam chowder (clear chowda with potatoes). Pet friendly tables by the water.
- Ford’s Lobster – Friendly service and a beautiful deck area. Less crowded than Abbott’s, and the lobster is fresh here too. Well-behaved pets are welcome.
- Costello’s Clam Shack – Looking for more than lobster? Try Costello’s. Another favorite of locals and tourists a like, I tried the best whole belly clams here of my life. The views don’t hurt either.
Things to Do and See
- Noank Community Market (now Sherman’s Market) – Dive into the local gossip over at the market. Taste some fresh local cheese, beer and check out the catch of the day here. Timeless place.
- Take a walk – seriously, did I mention how tiny this village is? Go walk off your lobster and enjoy the scenery, will ya?
- Mystic Knotwork – Pop into this cute little hand-goods store with items made entirely out of boat sails. Don’t forget your pup – they have the longest lasting chew toy on the market and it’s all natural.
If Noank is at the end of your trip, make sure you circle back over to Mystic to enjoy all that coastal Connecticut has to offer.