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“A Ghostly Good Time...”

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Captain Grant's, 1754
Ranked #2 of 3 Preston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 July 2008

As an avid "ghost hunter", my friend and I were on a vacation and looking to spend a night in a "haunted" locale. We were heading home from a short stay in Vermont, and wanted the last night of our trip to be memorable. We definately were NOT disappointed.
I had looked online, prior to our 3day get-a-way, and came across Captain Grant's. It wasn't too far off the beaten path, close to The New London Ferry, close to the casinos of CT, and seemed perfect for a night of Ghost Hunting fun!
When we arrived, it was still daylight. Tired from our long car drive from Vermont, we pulled in the driveway, and were immediately awake and refreshed again. "WOW" was the word that escaped both our lips. We had booked the ADELADE room..supposedly the most haunted, and couldn't wait to get inside. We met Carol and Ted right away, they came and gave us a tour, and told us all about the historic inn. We met Molly, the Inn's sweet little Black cat, that keeps the spirits happy, when no one is staying there. We were told that we were the ONLY two spending the night...how lucky!!!! We had a whole night to ourselves in a "haunted" house....COOL!!!!!
Before leaving for the night, not to be seen until the next morning for a fabulous breakfast, Carol and Ted, gave us some local maps, highlighted places to see and do in the area, and said "goodnight". We figured we would go to dinner, play a few casino games in Moheagan Sun, and then come back to hunt the spirits of the B&B. It was such a great location. The B&B is in the country, yet close enough by car to the casinos...although you would never know it....VERY QUIET. We read some of the articles about the Inn, which were in some books on the coffee table in the living room, and saw that there were two OLD cemeteries nearby. We picked up the phone, and called Carol and Ted to ask where they were. To our surprise, the were directly across the street, and also in the rear of the inn, through a field. HOW AWESOME!!! A Haunted Inn, nestled between 2 Old cemeteries. My night was complete, and I hadn't even done anything yet.
After a nice meal, and losing money at the casinos, we came back to our "private" inn for two, plus Molly the cat, and went up to our room. We had some complimentary Wine and Beer, that Carol and Ted said "help yourselves" to. We looked around and got out our cameras,, and E.V.P recorder, put out some children's toys in our room ( for the ghost children to play with), and walked around the house to explore. It had just started to rain lightly, which only added to the "scooby-doo" like evening. The floors creaked a bit, and we talked to the "spirits" like we were old friends. We took lot's of pictures, and caught some orbs, and wierd lights. We were now ready to explore the cemetery across the street.
The rain had now stopped, so we headed out, with our flashlights and cameras. It was such a spooky experience. The hairs actually stood up on my arm and neck when I asked" Is there someone here with us" and got a cloud like response on my camera. I took many pictures, and it was there one minute and gone the next. Also lots of orbs. Of course, the moisture in the air played a big part in the "orbs", but the mist appeared upon command, then went away as quickly as it came. See my pictures I have posted.
When we arrived back to our room, not only had some of the toys been moved, but we heard noises down the hall. Could it have been Molly the cat??? Hmmm, our room was locked. It was a great night. We fell asleep with the TV on after excitedly reviewing our pictures. In the morning, we awoke to the smell of bacon frying in a pan. Carol was already downstairs preparing a fantastic breakfast. Ted and Carol joined us for breakfast which was great. We were able to tell them our experiences, and they were able to share our enthusiasm with stories of their own, and that of other former guests.
Overall, what a fun and creepy night we had. Carol and Ted were most accomodating, and pleasant. The Adelade room possibly had a ghost or two that resided there, but didn't scare us away, and let us sleep peacefully. The Inn had a really quaint charm to it, old, with a lot of character. I would definately recommend this B&B to ANYONE..Ghost Hunters, and NON-Ghost hunters alike. It is in a great location to everything in the area, but far enough away, to get some peace and quiet if you want. I would love to go back around Halloween. Anyone WHO may be alergic to cats however, be prepared, however Molly is the sweetest. I loved my stay, and am looking forward to my next.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 November 2007

We always consult Tripadvisor before making travel plans, and chose Captain Grant's based on previous reviews.

Carole and Ted are wonderful hosts; friendly and willing to suggest things to do and places to see. Clearly, they both enjoy what they do. Carole is an excellent cook, and breakfast time is an experience. The food is varied and plentiful, and guests have the opportunity to chat with each other, which is fun.

We stayed in the Adelaide room since my other half fancied the idea of ghostly visitations. We experienced nothing, (which came as a relief to me), but it was interesting listening to Carole's stories of other peoples' encounters. The room is small, with very limited hanging space for clothes, but we managed O.K. The bed is one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in.

We do have a one minor criticism. We were unfortunate enough to have particularly noisy fellow house guests staying in the room below ours, who had the television blaring all night. With nothing but floorboards separating the rooms, we barely slept. This was in no way the hosts' fault, but it might be worth taking earplugs as insurance against anti-social guests.

We would definitely recommend staying here, and hope to return one day.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with family
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2  Thank EnglandTourist
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Reviewed 1 October 2007

The weekends are usually booked up here, but we were the only guests in the hotel on a midweek night and stayed in the supposedly haunted Adelaide room. Apparently the ghosts had the night off. As the lone guests, we had the entire wraparound balcony to ourselves -- nice, for a pipesmoker, in an otherwise tobacco-free establishment. Everything was clean as a whistle, and a decanter of sherry came with the room (something less than full, unfortunately). Ted the innkeeper recommended an Italian restaurant where we had salmon as good as salmon gets; and the breakfast the next morning prepared by Ted's wife Carol was awesome. Captain Grant's is halfway between Cape Cod and New York, which is why we picked it, and about 10 minutes north of Mystic. A casino is two minutes away for those so inclined. All in all, a very, very good experience.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank JoeUtica
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Reviewed 25 July 2007

After numerous wonderful visits with Ted and Carol at their Captain Gran'ts 1754 Inn it seemed an appropriate time to share our opinions. From the moment we enter the quaint village of Poquetanuck and head up the driveway and overlook the stonewalls and fields we just start to relax. It feels like coming home.

The warmth of our hosts and the lovely setting aside, the Inn itself is a beautifully cared for historic home. The common rooms (almost the whole first floor!) and bedrooms are all tastefully decorated with antiques and Carol seems to be constantly adding to her collection. It is a great starting point to head out antique shopping in Montville, Old Lyme, Stonington or Mystic and centrally located if you want to head to the impressive flea market in Jewett City.

How pleasant to come in at night after a show at Mohegan Sun and be able to sit in the living room and have a complimentary glass of wine (my husband heads stright for the homemade cake and cookies left for guests on the dining room table) and stroke Molly the cat while we discuss the evenings events and check our emails. In the morning we are treated with outdoor dining if weather permits and some very original and delicious breakfasts prepared by Carol. Fresh herbs right from the garden in the eggs and home made jams and jellies plus rhubarb and strawberry compote on the French toast are just a few of the treats in store for guests. Ted keeps the wonderful coffee coming and is always ready to serve mimosa's if someone is having a celebration!

Having stayed in many Bed and Breakfasts over the years (and several in the area) this is our favorite by a mile! We hope to come back many more times.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled on business
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2  Thank Bev1800
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Reviewed 16 July 2007

My fiance' and I stayed at Captain Grant's several days on three separate occasions. We adore the decor of the rooms and the beautiful and serene landscape of the property. The innkeepers, Ted and Carol, were gracious and very accommodating to our needs. The breakfasts were outstanding, each morning a different menu, with a variety of foods. This past visit we took in the nice weather by eating breakfast on the deck. The rooms were immaculate and everything we needed was in the room--we never had to ask for anything. Ted and Carol advised us on all the best places to dine and provided us with directions and maps of the area. Captain Grant's is very accessible to mystic seaport and the casinos. We had a very enjoyable stay and are planning to return shortly.
(Melville, NY)

Stayed: July 2007
1  Thank AwayWeGoMelville
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Reviewed 29 April 2007

My husband and I recently spent several nights at Capt. Grant's. From the minute we arrived and were greeted by Ted and Carol, until we left, our stay was thoroughly enjoyable. Our room was spotlessly clean and we were pleasantly surprised to find thick Turkish towels instead of the usual see-through ones you usually are given to use.

We woke each morning to wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. Since the weather was unseasonably warm, we were asked if we'd like to eat outside on the patio, and we jumped at the chance. We were served on lovely white linen tablecloths and flowered china. The food was amazing, and we bought 4 jars of Carol's home made jams to take home.

I could go on and on singing the praises of this beautiful place, and
of its wonderful, friendly owners. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Happy_Travelers12304
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Reviewed 27 March 2007

This would have been a great stay if the owners had not given our room to someone else. The room selection had been very important to us and I had even called that day to check and make sure all was ok.
They left out this little detail. Even worse, the person they gave the room to did not even show up! Otherwise, it is a very pretty property, though there is a bit of an industrial view off to one side and it is on a busy street.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank chloeUSA
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Address: 109 Route 2a # 111, Poquetanuck, Preston, CT 06365-8539
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Region: United States > Connecticut > Mystic Country > Preston
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Preston
Price Range: £89 - £155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Captain Grant's, 1754 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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