In this affluent village, located on the Five Mile River and Long Island Sound, even without movie theaters, gas stations, or fast food restaurants, there is always something to do. Rowayton, Conn. enjoys its simplicity; all of its attractions are found on its main street of Rowayton Avenue.
The Rowayton Market: It’s stocked to provide you with your grocery needs, but it serves more as a deli and hang out. The locals frequent this store to grab a sandwich made fresh from the deli or munch on a cake from the home goods section right out on the back porch. The porch overlooks the Five Mile River and into the neighboring town of Darien. It’s a great perch for a sunny summer afternoon.
Below Deck: Just after you’ve enjoyed your lunchtime treat from the Rowayton Market, walk directly down the porch steps to Below Deck and rent a kayak. The best way to experience the Long Island Sound is right on the water. The Five Mile River will lead you past stunning contemporary homes in Rowayton and Darien. It is peaceful and relaxing and you’ll also get a great work out. Don’t worry if you are feeling timid, there are kayak instructors available for help.
Pinkney Park: Just a block from the Market is the town’s only park, where the Rowayton Historical Society is located. The Historic Society is interested in preserving Rowayton’s past by preserving the history of Rowayton since the time of the first Native American settlement.
Their primary focus is the period when oystering was the main industry, boats were powered mostly by sail, and visitors came by train, trolley and steamer to Rowayton’s Roton Point Park because it was supposedly the "prettiest place on the Long Island Sound" to spend a summer’s day.
The Pinkney house usually hosts an event participatory event to help visitors absorb interesting details about the town of yesterday and today. An example would be Rowayton’s River Ramble. It is a day long festival, held annually, celebrating local artwork including fun games and events for children.
Rowayton Seafood, "The Restaurant": Just called The Restaurant, is the town’s choice for upscale dining. Rowaton Seafood is known throughout Connecticut and the lower New England Seaboard as one of the finest resources for fresh seafoood. Located on the Five Mile River, further down Rowayton Avenue, The Restaurant has a cozy and intimate environment. The décor is nothing extravagant; a glassed in porch for dining and main dining room, with a whole-in-the-wall bar, but the place attracts customers from all over. The food is best enjoyed with a glass of wine; the selection is endless. The Restaurant is ceaselessly busy and reservations are a near must. Vale Parking is included.
The River Cat: Once you’ve eaten your weight in lobster and had your wine fix, why not head on down to the River Cat Grill. This is where the bar scene is at. Another intimate stop on the strip, the River Cat provides you with dim lighting and a full drink list. You can hang out by the bar or enjoy the Rowayton weather on their outdoor patio overlooking the town.
Whether you are in the mood to hang by the water or dress to the nines, Rowayton has got you covered.