Sandals and Sailors

Curved sole sneakers? Bikinis and martinis? Does it sound better than a Lobster Roll yet?

There's more than just some great outlet malls and Lenny & Joe's on Connecticut's central coastline.  These hidden treasures (or neighborhood faves) and the obligatory boardwalk stroll make it worth the visit.

SOCK & ROLL: Try Anna Mia's on Boston Post Road in Madison for the aforementioned Jack Rogers' Navajo and Eliza B. flip flops or those "shore"-fire classic brands for all ages, Sperry and Simple. Also, for those who are willing to put health benefits before the sake of fashion (gasp!) Anna Mia's is Madison's home to MBT sneakers, that looks more like the shoe of an amusement park mascot. MBT sneakers, deemed the "anti-shoe," have a curved sole that allows you to take each step with a rolling action - relieving back and knee problems and joint tension.

TIDY UP: Ever feel like the walls are caving in on you when you walk into the Container Store? Or rather, that there's so much everywhere in the store that you absolutely need to have that you need a container just to capture your rapidly growing excitement? Or perhaps a cross between the two...? The Organized Lifestyle Store - just a little way down the road from Anna Mia's - may be the place for you. Their selection is vast, but not overwhelming, and their expert organizational staff will keep you from over (or under) spending for whatever organizational project you're taking on. They even offer classes, usually seasonally appropriate, like Organized Travel or Getting Organized for School.

THE CAPTAIN MADE IT HAPPEN: All that shopping can be exhausting. While you're on the shoreline, head over to the Pavilion Beach Bar in Old Lyme, for the 7-day-a-week sandy soiree! Grab your grilled goodies at the snack bar or join in on some of their weekly events, such as the Service People Party on Mondays and Bikini and Martinis Wednesdays. They even have complimentary moorings and water taxi service for all sailors' delight. 

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