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rehearsal dinner site near Mystic, CT

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I'm looking for a rehearsal dinner site for August, 2011. I had my heart set on the S&P Oyster Co in Mystic, but they don't do rehearsal dinners during the summer months:(

I'm looking for a place in or around Mystic, CT with great food (preferable seafood) and great atmosphere..preferable on the water. There will be about 30 people. A fun casual atmosphere is what we really want....nothing to formal or stuffy. Unique ideas are also welcome. I looked into having it at a vineyard, but it is way too expensive.

Thanks!!!!

Melissa

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  1. Seamen's Inn? Might be spelt Seaman... but it sounds like what you are looking for. Great seafood. On the water. You should check it out.....

    1. Seaman's Inn closed, it is now Latitude's. I have not been but I've heard good things about Abbotts, very casual, RIGHt on the water, clam bake and seafood. That could be fun!

      1. This may not work for you because it is not on the water but Tony D's in New London has terrific food and they have a very attractive new room that could accomodate a rehearsal dinner.

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        Tony D's
        92 Huntington St, New London, CT 06320

        1. I attended a lovely rehearsal dinner many years ago at the Daniel Packer Inn in Mystic. The place has a banquet room upstairs that can accommodate about 30 people.I t's a bit rustic and New Englandy, which also sounds up your alley.

          The food was simple but good - prime rib and seafood. (It was a while ago, so maybe things have changed.)

          1. Another idea for a setting is to have your event in the garden of a historic house. There are many in the area. I did this for my wedding years ago in NH. There's usually a small donation required to the house upkeep fund, and you need to arrange caterers to bring everything, but it can be a great option if you're willing to do the extra legwork.