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The Kelsey House looks out on the beautiful, rocky Connecticut coastline and Long Island Sound.  Situated on a granite cliff overlooking Kelsey’s Island and Short Beach Bay, the Kelsey House B&B is only 8 miles from New Haven and 75 miles from New York City.  Town beaches, scenic village greens, fine restaurants, island boat tours, quaint shops, nature walks, sailing, kayaking, fishing, hiking trails, and the lively cultural life of New Haven are just a few minutes away.

The Kelsey House is the perfect place from which to explore the area.  Some of the possible activities and attractions in our area include:



  • Fine local dining opportunities from the grand to the homey, local seafood places are abundant

  • Antique shopping

  • Various colleges and universities all with in a few minutes driving distance

  • Art galleries

  • Museums

  • Live performances in nearby New Haven at the Shubert, Yale Repertory Theater, and Long Wharf Theater, also the Goodspeed and the Ivoryton theaters are about an hour's drive

  • Hiking trails in local land trust designated areas close by

  • Local town and community beaches

  • Jazz Thursday's on the Branford Green during the summer

  • Thimble Island boat tours

  • All sorts of boating activities: from fishing, sailing, and kayaking opportunities with rentals close-by

  • Picnicking on the grounds or nearby parks

  • Historic Shore Line Trolley museum and an opportunity to ride on the historic restored trolley cars

  • Summer outdoor concerts

  • Yale’s Corinthian Yacht Club and Sailing Center is just a short walk

  • Champagne and gourmet treats for special occasions can be arranged with advance notice

  • Connecticut Wine Trail

  • Or simply just relaxing in a rocker on the porch with a good book watching the tides ebb and flow

We are happy to help you with reservations, directions and have local papers available for perusing the weekly local activities. 



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