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Bed & Breakfasts of Mystic Coast & Country

Inn at Ocean Avenue


Come share our passionate renovation of this historic stately home built by members of one of the founding families of Connecticut. Our rooms are faithful to the original, yet modern, with original fireplaces, molding and hardware. Each room is large, offering comfortable elegance with all the expected amenities — en-suite full baths with heated floors, independently controlled central air, heat and closets.
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Beautiful and Welcoming Retreat

"Allan and his family have created a beautiful and welcoming retreat at The Inn at Ocean Avenue. They are incredibly accommodating and kind. Our room was comfortable and updated, but still exuded old time charm. The Inn is conveniently located to Harkness Memorial State park as well as other local attractions. We can't wait to come back! Thanks so much for your kindness and hospitality, Allan!"

-Cassandra Lawrence

History

The house that would eventually become the Inn at Ocean Avenue was built in 1914. At the time that Allan and Sharon Goldfarb bought the house, it was known as the Isabel Chapman House, and it needed substantial time, care and attention. The Goldfarbs rose to the challenge. The house now stands as a beautiful, modern – yet historic – home open for guests to stay the night, or several nights, in New London, CT.

As seems to be the case with many bed and breakfast owners and innkeepers, the opportunity to restore an historic, neglected building to its former glory came unexpectedly and lodged itself firmly in the minds of the Goldfarbs. They first encountered the property on a trip to Mystic, CT. Locals pointed them towards New London and Ocean beach when the couple asked where they could find local beaches. They found wonderful beaches and an equally stunning house.

New York City natives Allan and Sharon were surprised by the feel of New London. The rich culture, great restaurants and friendly community all spoke to them. Still, they had no plans to buy the red brick dutch colonial; it was a great deal more expensive than they thought it should be. It quickly faded from mind.

The next time Allan checked the price, he was elated to find that the asking price had dropped to nearly half of the price it had been listed at earlier. This was enough for Allen to decide to go see the property for himself. It was in rough shape, to say the least. Despite its state of disrepair, the Goldfarbs bought it with the idea that it might make a nice inn someday.

After more than a year of renovations, the home was finally complete. During this time the idea to turn the home on ocean avenue into the Inn at Ocean Avenue was born. Both the Goldfarbs were comfortable working with people and were great cooks, too. Opening up a bed and breakfast seemed like a great option for them.

The outpouring of support from the community made the opening of the inn a huge success. The local chamber of commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony that was attended by the mayor and over 100 other people. In the short time that the inn has been open, it's hosted hundreds of guests from across the country – and the world. Those who have had the pleasure of staying at the Inn at Ocean Avenue and meeting Allan and Sharon Goldfarb have had nothing but good things to say and can't wait to come back!

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Warm and Friendly Hosts

"The restoration and decor are remarkable. Warm and friendly hosts. Food is delightful and maybe you can get a private piano concert. Five star grand accommodations."

-Annie Chapman
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