Bee & Thistle Inn and Lounge – Old Lyme, CT

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The Bee & Thistle Inn and Lounge | 100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371 | 1-860-434-1667


Built in 1756, The Bee & Thistle Inn  is a Georgian style landmark listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

The Inn provides guests an authentic feel for New England history while featuring four-diamond services, contemporary cuisine, and Wi-Fi connectivity.253181_10151094868338406_1468039058_nThe property features over 5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds along the Lieutenant River, and 10 guest rooms adorned with antiques and one-of-a-kind artwork. resized-hallwayIn fact, when it comes to art, the entire property is a platform for various art forms by local artists. Latest installation is Room 4 by artists Pola Esther and Brian Keith Stephens  See article by Patti Murphy

**Learn more about the inn’s 10 distinctive guestrooms are located next door to the Florence Griswold Museum, walking distance to art galleries and antique shops, and within minutes to beaches, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching and many nature activities.


  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • No pets
  • Smoke-free, outdoor smoking permitted
  • LBGT friendly
  • Overnight guests must be 16 years and up.
  • Petanque court and Boules


  • Spa Services – massage, facials  – Learn More HERE
  • Weddings
  • Life Celebrations
  • Business meetings and corporate events

Inn hours:          

  • Off season – 24 hours Wednesday to Sunday
  • May 1 to Oct 31 – 24 hours, 7 days    

stirring-2  SPECIALS & PACKAGES:


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Everything Package


Romance package

Midweek Getaway Package

** Click HERE for list of current specials and packages available at The Bee & Thistle Inn and Lounge.


Whether you’re coming in for a casual meal or a special celebration in one of the beautiful dining area, The Chestnut Grille and Lounge is the perfect choice for any occasion. The menu changes weekly; focusing on the most fresh, local and seasonal ingredients that the Connecticut River Valley has to offer. 10922813_10152864947568406_2916908268267115267_n

The Chestnut Grille and Lounge:    

  • Open year round, Wednesday to Saturday 5-9pm, Sunday 4-8pm
  • Live music Wednesday and Sunday 6pm
  • Happy Hour Wednesday to Friday 5-7pm, Sunday 4-5pm


Trip Advisor – 2015 Certificate of Excellence

The Shoreline Book – 2015 Top Restaurants



The inn hosts numerous performers and artists throughout the year. For an up-to-date calendar click HERE.


details-collageThe Bee & Thistle Inn is the perfect destination to hold your wedding at. molly and mercades 048

Remarkable Cuisine

Say ‘I Do’ to the Details….from the cake, flowers, and tent decor, The Bee & Thistle Inn can assist you with every detail to enhance your special day! 


Destination Old Lyme: 

~ A Historic New England Coastal Town, perfect for your weekend wedding in Connecticut
~ Elegant charm of a historic country estate built in 1756
~ Next door to the home that drew American Impressionist to paint “en plein air” along the river
~ 2 hours from New York and Boston


Old Lyme is part of a historic settlement established by the Earl of Warwick in the 1600’s. Beginning in the late           1800’s, our town became famous for a flourishing artists’ community of the emerging “American Impressionism” movement. This tradition has been maintained and expanded over the years by educational and historical institutions such as the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyme Art Association, and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Today, we still maintain our rural history while vacationers enjoy our historic beaches, the celebrated state park “Gillette Castle”, the classic summertime Hamburg Fair, and our own Fourth of July parade which celebrates our local history as well as that of the nation.molly and mercades 049Located halfway between New York and Boston on the east bank of the picturesque Connecticut River and the shore of Long Island Sound, the Lyme and Old Lyme areas include splendid and unspoiled tidal marshes, tributaries and estuaries. Boating, canoeing and kayaking opportunities are abundant with several areas of public access available. Waterproof maps of canoe and kayak routes are available at our Town Halls. Hamburg Cove, located in Lyme, is well known as one of the most special and popular boating destinations in the northeast.

  • Old Lyme are your gateway to Connecticut’s Freedom Trail, Wine Trail, Art Trail, Women’s Heritage Trail.
  • The perfect home base to discover “still revolutionary Connecticut.”
  • Art colony history – Florence Griswold Museum.
  • Original settlers at Duck River Cemetery

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One Response to “Bee & Thistle Inn and Lounge – Old Lyme, CT”
  1. gg2106 says:

    Looks like the Bee and Thistle is perfect for all occasion.

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