Bee & Thistle Inn and Lounge – Old Lyme, CT

Built in 1756, The Bee & Thistle Inn is a Georgian style landmark listed on The National Register of Historic Places. We provide guests an authentic feel for New England history while featuring four-diamond services, contemporary cuisine, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The property features over 5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds along the Lieutenant River, and 10 guest rooms adorned with antiques and one-of-a-kind artwork.  In fact, when it comes to art, the entire property is a platform for various art forms by local artists. We are located next door to the Florence Griswold Museum, walking distance to art galleries and antique shops, and within minutes to beaches, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching and many nature activities.

Call our inn directly for information on spa packages, getaway packages, and seasonal specials. 860-434-1667.


  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • No pets
  • Smoke-free, outdoor smoking permitted
  • LBGT friendly
  • Overnight guests must be 16 years and up.
  • Petanque court and Boules
  • Spa Services – massage, facials
  • Weddings
  • Life Celebrations
  • Business meetings and corporate events

Inn hours:

Off season – 24 hours Wednesday to Sunday

May 1 to Oct 31 – 24 hours, 7 days

The Chestnut Grille and Lounge:

Open year round, Wednesday to Saturday 5-9pm, Sunday 4-8pm

Live music Wednesday and Sunday 6pm

Happy Hour Wednesday to Friday 5-7pm, Sunday 4-5pm

Trip Advisor – 2015 Certificate of Excellence

The Shoreline Book – 2015 Top Restaurants