Boca Oyster Bar: the newest waterfront dining destination in Fairfield County

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Fair weather makes one want to enjoy the outdoors.  Finding that perfect dining spot where you can take in the sun can be challenging.  With so few waterfront dining spots in our area, we were pleased to dine recently at Boca Oyster Bar.

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The Outdoor Bar overlooking the water

Located in the newly developed coastal neighborhood at Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor, Boca Oyster Bar takes its place as the anchor restaurant and event venue within this urban multi-use destination.  Sitting right on the waterfront this restaurant is but a minute drive from Exit 28 on Interstate 95, so getting there is a snap. The entire Steelpoint Harbor area is being redeveloped with all new dining and shopping.

With a seafood inspired food concept, which fits in perfect on the New England waterfront, spirited beverage program, and waterside location Boca’s location in city of Bridgeport makes this unique restaurant a true standout within Fairfield County’s constantly evolving restaurant scene.

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Great cocktails are just one reason to head to Boca

The restaurant located on the first floor of a brand new building is quite large.  Indoors features a large rectangular bar, a wall of windows facing out to the outside deck and marina,  antique maps of the harbor, as well as a mast from a 1870 schooner that once plied the waters of Long Island Sound.   There is plenty of seating in this space with  ash wood tables, and nautical rope globe lights that soften the look of this modern space.

On our early August visit we elected to dine outside in the late afternoon sun.  The deck of Boca is very large and composed of brick pavers and flanked by a metal railing much like a sailing vessel.  The view is a mix of the new marina,  industries across the water as well a view directly out into Long Island Sound.  There are plenty of tables outside, a lounge area of comfy outdoor couches, and a beautiful four corner bar that would be right at home in a Caribbean resort.

The bar has a list of wines, local craft brews and some excellent tropical cocktails to put you in the mood.  Appetizers are plentiful as is a fine selection from the raw bar.  Feeling in a seafood mood, then grab a few like minded friends and try to conquer the three tiered Boca  Raw Bar Platter with east and west coast oysters, clams, ceviche, jumbo shrimp cocktail and topped with a 10 oz. lobster tail.  Bring your appetite.

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Other starters include the delicious Grilled Octopus served hot in an iron skillet, and the wonderful Crab Cakes.  If seafood is not your passion, the Marinated Flank Steak Tacos and the Chicken Avocado Flatbread was the perfect appetizer for one or to share.

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Flatbread

Salads include the Sashimi Tuna Salad, a perfect blend pan-seared sushi grade ahi tuna, mango, avocado, mixed greens,  and a cilantro ginger vinaigrette.  The Boca Salad was another hit perpared with burrata, seasonal fruit jam, heirloom tomato, bruschetta, red roasted peppers, crostini, evoo, balsamic glaze, and fresh basil.  There is even a Vegetable Tower.

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Sashimi Tuna Salad

Main dishes range from steaks, to roasted chicken, Chicken Milanese Stack, and  French Cut Porkchops.  Plenty of seafood options also and we recommend the delicious Chilean Sea Bass with Mussels and the Blackened Salmon.

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Sea Bass with Mussels

Boca Oyster Bar has something for everyone on the menu.  There are happy hour specials and check the website for live music events.  So get out into the sun and enjoy the latest addition to the waterfront dining scene.

 

Boca Oyster Bar

10 East Main Street Bridgeport Ct

web  https://www.bocaoysterbar.com

 

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Sound Waters HarborFest 2019, a great way to spend the day on the harbor in Stamford, Saturday August 24th

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Sound Waters HarborFest brings the community together through the initiative to educate and create a great experience on the harbor for Stamford and surrounding areas. Hosted in Harbor Point, Stamford CT Saturday, August 24th from 10am – 9pm, located at 2200 Atlantic Street. Plenty of free parking is available in the Harbor Point garages and parking lots. Something for all ages Harbor Fest 2019 is a FREE event that allows the community a fun day on the water.

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The Schooner, “Sound Waters”

We attended Harborfest last year and enjoyed the food trucks, strolled along the harbor on the walk, witnessed the cardboard boat races and even sailed out for a short ride on the 80 foot sailing schooner, “Sound Waters”

Complete event information:  SoundWatersHarborFest.org

Part of the activities for the day will be the  Race for the Mayor’s Trophy in the Aquarion Cardboard Kayak Races. The wildly popular Cardboard Kayak Race is returning. Teams will build their boats from 1:00 – 3:00pm from supplied materials and race their boats on the Harbor. The race will take place at 3:15pm. The race is open to all comers, but teams must register in advance and space is limited. There is a $100 team registration fee to cover the cost of materials.

Stay all day and enjoy, Good Eats & Drinks on the Harbor, Listen to Live Music, Touch a Truck, Boat Rides, Oyster Lounge , Corn Hole Competition, Mini Golf, Under the Sea Doggie Costume Contest, Tour of Harbor Village, Painting with Pinot’s Palette, Tours the boats of the Harbor, and so much more.

The City of Stamford will be sponsoring FIREWORKS this year!   So come out and enjoy a beautiful day on Stamford harbor at Harbor Point.

You can learn about Sound Waters and their mission to educate children on what an amazing resource that is Long Island Sound and how we need to protect the sound.

Sound Waters Harbor Fest

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SoundWatersHarborFest.org

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Olde Rhinebeck Inn : relax and restore at this historic Hudson Valley inn

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We live in a busy world that where every minute of the day you seem to be bombarded with the demands of modern life. We recently stayed and inn in the heart of the Hudson Valley which is the perfect tonic for the hectic lives we lead.

The Olde Rhinebeck Inn located just outside the beautiful village of Rhinebeck NY in Dutchess County  is the perfect escape.  Rhinebeck is a thriving little village filled with shops, fine dining, an arts movie house, and is home to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.  The building itself dates back to 1738 when the original structure (now the dining room) was built by Johann Michael Pultz a tenant farmer.   As his family grew as  did the family farm, the house expanded adding a room every 5 to 10 years.  The family would occupy the house for 12 generations or close to 240 years.

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It is this special historic farmhouse that is situated on a quiet country lane that is now operated as an B & B by  Jonna and Cindy.  Jonna who grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn and whose family turned their house into the city’s  first B & B  is a natural innkeeper.  Cindy at grew up in the house itself and would go on to own a inn right in the village of Rhinebeck as well as manage other properties.  Hospitality comes naturally to these innkeepers and it shows in the numerous ways they make their guests feel at home.  The Inn’s website provides more detailed history and would encourage the reader to visit their site.

Upon reaching the inn , you feel instantly transported to another era. The house is beautifully maintained as is the garden that lines your path as you make your way to the front door.  As soon as you step over the threshold the house embraces you in warmth and authenticity.  The small entrance foyer leads to a charming main room with its original fireplace, mantle and wood surrounds still wearing its original blue paint.  Wide board wood floors and low ceiling instantly remind you that you are in a special place.  The room is tastefully decorated with comfy furniture, antiques,  and repurposed items.  The effect is instantly welcoming as if you were returning to a family homestead.

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The dining room (the original part of the house) is adorned with a long communal table repurposed from barn wood which is the setting for a healthy and delicious breakfast.  Two Dutch doors lead to the outside as well as allow natural light to fill the room.

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The first floor  also features two large room suites with their own bath.  Our room was the Ryefield Suite, which features a large king size canopy bed,  a separate sitting room (with a twin bed for an additional guest) and a modern bath with rainfall shower.    The room was beautifully decorated  and featured fresh cut flowers, and a plate of welcome treats of fresh fruit, candy and chocolate dipped strawberries.   A really welcoming touch.

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The bed was very comfortable as were the pillows.  The bed was covered in fine white cotton sheets and a soft comforter.  On a steamy July day the inn we were thankful for the very effective air conditioners that were quiet and kept our room at the perfect sleeping temp.  The rooms come with flat screen televisions, free netflix, wi-fi  (if you must be connected) and comfy robes.

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There are two additional guest  rooms on the second floor .  Each room is unique and has its own charm and character.   On the first floor there is also a coffee and tea station available to the guests at all times.

After a peaceful nights rest, we joined the other guests in the charming dining room for breakfast.  We were in for a delightful morning.  Fresh juice and coffee were served followed by a fresh fruit salad.  An egg and cheese souffle was delightful with a side of sausage.  The meal was finished with a beautiful Dutch pancake with stone fruit.   A hearty and delicious way to start our day.

After breakfast we strolled the property of the inn. Outside is a stone patio with overhead string lights and a comfortable grouping of outdoor couches.  A  perfect spot to relax after you travels.  The inn also provides a peaceful and relaxing setting with a wide lawns spreading down to a small pond.

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Along the pond are 4 wicker rockers facing the water creating the perfect location spot to read or to just take in the serenity.

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Our stay at the inn was brief.  We returned to sit and talk with our wonderful hosts, Jonna and Cindy who shared stories of their passion for hospitality, local history, and or course provided us with suggestions on what to do in this special corner of the Hudson Valley.  The inn is a perfect base for exploring the area including wineries, historic sites, the Culinary Institute, Walkway across the Hudson, or cultural events at The Fisher Center at Bard College.

The Inn was voted as a 2019 Top Ten Best Romantic Inn by iloveinns website.

Jonna and Cindy have provided an experience you cannot obtain in and air bnb or a hotel.  In our brief stay we immersed ourselves in the authentic richness of the Olde Rhinebeck Inn and combined with the warmth and hospitality of our hosts,  we left feeling rested and restored by our experience.

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Olde Rhinebeck Inn

340 Wurtemburg Road

Rhinebeck NY 12572

tel. 845.871.1745

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