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June 20 – 21, 2024 Boats, Trains and Thimble Island

June 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Trip is now full a wait list is available.

Event: Boats, Trains, and Thimbles 

When: Thursday June 20th – Friday June21st 

Location: Essex Steam Train and Thimble Islands Tour 

Meeting Location and Time: TBD 

Sign up: Contact Les Barton cbmiata@verizon.net

(508) 725-9045

A two day trip down to the central Connecticut coastline. On day one we will stop at Gillette Castle for a picnic lunch and to enjoy the views of the Connecticut River.

After lunch we will take a short ferry ride across the river then travel on down to the town of Essex. We will then board the Essex Steam Train and river boat for an enjoyable 2 ½ hour journey along the river.





Dinner will follow at Market 37 a riverside restaurant. We will stay the night at the Pier Blue Hotel in Old Saybrook. 


Friday morning breakfast will be directly across the street. We will then take a short drive down to Stoneycreek to board the Sea Mist for a 45 minute narrated tour of the Thimble Islands. A small group of islands with some rather beautiful homes and interesting history. After the tour we will head to Mystic for a lunch stop before heading back home. 

Unfortunately due to size restrictions at the restaurant and island cruise I have to limit this to just 20 people.  Once I get the first twenty to sign up I will give you the information to make your hotel, steam train, and island cruise reservations. 



Hotel $89.00 Two Bedroom, $99.00 King Bedroom 

Ferry Boat: $5.00  

Steam train $34.00 (cash only) 

Island Cruise Adult $18.00, Senior $17.00 


Gillette Castle: https://www.gillettecastle.info/visitor-guide 

Essex Steam Train : https://essexsteamtrain.com/ 

Marker 37: https://www.markerthirtyseven.com/ 

Thimble Island Cruise: https://thimbleislandcruise.com/ 

Trip is rain or shine.

“By signing up for this trip, you agree to comply with the Club By-Laws and policies that include personal health safety and safe driving”





June 20
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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