Posted by: Josey | June 29, 2008

Day Trips from NYC: Kayaking in Rowayton, Connecticut

by Josey Miller

Looking for a day trip from New York City? Well, I have a summer health disorder: I believe the technical term is shpilkes in my geneckteckessoint. If I don’t do something “summery” every weekend (or at least every other), I feel like I’m “wasting” the summer.  So last Sunday, I dragged Jeff on a one-hour train ride from New York City to Rowayton, Connecticut―despite the sticker shock of a $37 fee for two round-trip tickets on Metro North. (I told him we’d just have to have $37 worth of fun. He glared at me endearingly―if there’s such thing as an endearing glare―and went back to his business school homework.)

We didn’t notice a bike rental place when we arrived, but I’m not sure where we would have biked anyway since Rowayton is so small. In fact, there are so few shops and restaurants I could easily count them on one hand. But we picked up a chicken sandwich and a Greek salad at Rowayton Pizza, and that worked out fine. In fact, the reasonable price of our lunch―under $20, including a Gatorade and a Snapple―was a refreshing contrast to those train tickets. We walked down to the marina and ate on a pier while we watched the boats go by.

Next we found Downunder Kayaking. Although we didn’t make reservations―which you should―we were fortunate enough to land a bright green Malibu Two ($48) so we could kayak together. It was a bit draining given the 81-degree temps and the occasional boat wake, but it was still incredibly relaxing.

We kayaked from the Five Mile River (isn’t it really an inlet?) out to the open water of the Long Island Sound, and it was fun to fantasize about what it would be like to live in the cliffside mansions. But the best part was discovering the stagnant water near Butlers Island Road; it felt like we’d been transported to a Lousiana bayou.

After an hour and a half, we’d had our fill.  We returned our kayak and walked back to the train station in time to catch the 5:45―and we were home in time to grab take-out from our favorite Greenwich Village Chinese restaurant.

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  1. Rowayton Pizza is the best-you should have stayed for their ice cream! I’m sure you earned it after kayaking!

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