Captain Grant's, 1754 - Preston, CT

One- or Two-Night Stay for Two with Optional Ghost-Communication Lesson at Captain Grant’s, 1754 in Preston, CT

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18th-Century Inn with Ghostly Residents in Coastal Connecticut

Captain William Gonzales Grant erected a manor in 1754 in the woods of southeastern Connecticut for his wife, Mercy Adelaide Avery. Then he died at sea. Over the next two centuries, a multitude of his family members, Revolutionary War soldiers, and Civil War runaway slaves alternated as residents at the estate. Today, Captain Grant’s, 1754 has been restored to its old glamour, but it’s said to be haunted—guests have heard whispering voices during evening hours. The hotel embraces these paranormal visitors; it holds ghost-communication lessons where inn staff members give tips on how to speak to those beyond the grave.

The guest rooms have centuries-old decor and full private bathrooms. The Adelaide room features 1800s Gothic furniture, and the Elizabeth room, named after the last woman to reside at the property, has hardwood floors crafted from now-extinct hard-heart pine. Inn staff provide firewood for the marble-and-mahogany fireplace in the Margaret room and the Holly room's reproduction of an 18th-century hearth.

Captain Grant's all-you-can-eat country breakfasts come loaded with hearty, seasonal recipes. In autumn months, chefs draw on freshly harvested, local ingredients to concoct egg dishes laden with a variety of cheeses. Winter breakfasts feature whiskey-soaked peaches and homemade corned-beef hash, which you can enjoy next to the crackle of the dining room's fireplace. In the spring, enjoy fresh fruit and the inn's homemade jams and jellies—from pineapple rhubarb to arabian peach. Complimentary wine is served nightly.

New London County, Connecticut: Colonial and Native American History in Fielded Landscape

Stone walkways wind through Poquetanuck Village, the historical district where Captain Grant’s, 1754 resides. This coastal area is steeped in colonial-era maritime history, and you can learn about it in museums throughout the county, including Mystic Seaport, with its wooden-shipbuilding yard.

The county also boasts dozens of historical districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can see relics of the native Mashantucket Pequot nation in artisans' shops and galleries.

What You Get

Stay for two in any room except Marie room

  • Option 1: $84 for a one-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $139 value)
  • Option 2: $159 for a two-night stay with ghost-communication lesson, valid for check-in Sunday-Wednesday (up to a $298 value)
  • Option 3: $199 for a two-night stay with ghost-communication lesson, valid for check-in Friday (up to a $378 value)

Book by: 2/8/13
Travel by: 4/30/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Complimentary sherry in every room
  • Complimentary wine, desserts, beverages, and snacks
  • All-you-can-eat country-style breakfast
  • Three-story porch and 6-acre backyard
  • Billiards, chess, and cards
  • Free WiFi
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 2/8/13 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 4/30/13
  • Not valid 12/30-1/1, 1/18-1/20, 2/15-2/17, 3/15-3/17
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • Cancellation notice required within 24hr of booking or $50 fee applies
  • 7 day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply unless room is reserved by another party; 7 day policy supersedes 24 hour policy
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • 15% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One queen bed in most rooms; extra twin bed and pullout bed in Collette room
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 for most rooms; Collette room can sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per additional adult; $15 per additional child 17 or younger
  • Fireplace in some rooms
  • 250- to 450-thread-count sheets

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: anytime after 1 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $25 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 50 miles from T.F. Green Airport (PVD) and 60 miles from Bradley International Airport (BDL)
  • By car: about 50 miles southeast of Hartford, CT

Traveler's Tips

  • Gas or wood-burning fireplaces are available in the Adelaide, Elizabeth, Amy, Margaret, and Holly rooms.
  • The Collette is the only room with two beds—one queen and one twin.
  • Some area parks and eateries provide discounts for Captain Grant's guests.

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