Get to Know Your CT Towns – Deep River



By Simply Local CT
Founded in 1635 (as part of the now-defunct Saybrook Colony), Deep River is a small Middlesex County town with a character and style all its own. While the center of town has always had the name designation of Deep River, it wasn’t until 1947 that the town as a whole took on that name, as it was the last remaining part of Saybrook colony and residents wanted to move forward with a new identity. Within the past decade, Main Street in Deep River has become a destination for great dining, grocery shopping, unique specialized shops and boutiques, and even a center for nightlife with such options as the Red House and the Ivory Restaurant & Pub.
The Red House and The Ivory are fast proving that Deep River still has plenty to offer to young people who are looking for a fun night out on the town. With excellent food, live music, full bars, karaoke nights and more, both of these establishments are helping Deep River to take back the night. By day, there are also many great small eateries to stop at, such as:
• The Whistle Stop – a small diner on the North side of town serving breakfast and lunch
• El & Ela’s Fine Foods – a deli and bakery serving sandwiches, soups, and take-home prepared dinners
• Hally Jo’s Corner Restaurant – a friendly little breakfast and lunch stop on the corner of Main Street and River Street
• Pizzeria DaVinci – an Italian restaurant serving thin crust pizza and subs (with 11 other locations throughout CT)
• Deep River Pizza – a restaurant serving Greek style pizza and several other Greek specialties
After you’ve eaten, you can indulge in some unique and sophisticated shopping at some of the town’s revamped stores, boutiques, and even a cozy bed & breakfast. Some of the most notable ones include:
• Celebrations – a family-owned gift shop that has been on Main Street in Deep River for 30 years and has withstood the ups and downs of the economy through it all.
• Anchor & Compass – a men’s clothing store and gift shop that prefers to bill itself as a “Store for Guys”
• Chaos- Unique Boutique - a unique designer clothing and jewelry store,
• Ideal Skate Shop – a specialty store catering to the extreme sports crowd
• Deep River Hardware – an old fashioned full service hardware store equipped with all the tools you could ever need and a knowledgeable staff always willing to lend a helping hand
• Fine Line Tattoo Parlour– a great place for anybody living on the edge and looking for some skin art. Just make sure you hit here BEFORE you go out for drinks
• Leah’s Bella Vita – a professional salon that’s fast becoming a hit with local women and the place to go for prom hairstyling
• Riverwind Inn – a historic bed & breakfast with luxurious inns and suites that harken back to a time where hospitality was a more personal thing
• Main Street Sweet Shoppe – an ice cream and dessert shop filled with scrumptious sweets and friendly faces
• Deep River Toy Company – a toy store with toys, games, and educational fun for children of all ages
While Main Street’s new attractions are certainly bringing more people in to town and making for a bustling downtown area, it is truly a mix of the old and the new that make Deep River such an appealing and enjoyable town in which to visit, live, work, and play. Since 1954, Deep River has played host to the Deep River Ancient Muster, an annual July event that has become the largest single gathering of fife and drum groups in the entire world. If delving back much deeper into history is more your style, the Deep River Historical Society at the Stone House has several fascinating exhibits that display the special and proud local history that our town has enjoyed. In addition to this, Deep River’s Town Hall is one of the only flat iron municipal buildings left in America.
Deep River also has several beautiful spots where you can just relax and take in the wonders of nature. The Deep River town landing is a great spot to stop and view the Connecticut River and to see some breathtaking foliage during fall. The Essex and Riverboat make a stop at this location on their tour and on any given day, you can expect to periodically see an authentic steam engine pass by filled with waving hands and smiling faces. You’ll also be able to see the Becky Thatcher, an old fashioned paddle-wheeler riverboat that makes regular runs up and down the lower Connecticut River.
The next time you find yourself cruising Route 9 or Route 154, take the time to stop and pay a visit to Deep River, the quaint little Connecticut town that has both a rich history and a bright future and tons to offer to anyone willing to stop and take a look.
ANCHOR & COMPASS
163 Main Street
Deep River, CT
(860) 322-4327

CELEBRATIONS
161 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417
(860) 526-5134
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CHAOS - UNIQUE BOUTIQUE
114 Main Street
Deep River, CT, 06417
(860) 526-6878

DEEP RIVER TOY COMPANY
202 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417
(860) 526-0818

EL & ELA'S
159 Main Street
Deep River, CT, 06417
(860) 526-9377

ESSEX STEAM TRAIN & RIVERBOAT
1 Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT, 06426
(860) 767-0103

FINE LINE TATTOO PARLOUR
160 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417
(860) 526-2011

HALLY JO'S CORNER RESTAURANT
165 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417
(860) 526-8838

IDEAL SKATE SHOP
126 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417
(860) 334-5277

MAIN STREET SWEET SHOPPE
162 Main Street
Deep River, Ct, 06417
(860) 526-9012

PIZZERIA DA VINCI, DEEP RIVER
181 Main Street
Deep River, CT, 06417
(860) 526-0884

RED HOUSE
158 Main Street
Deep River, CT, 06417
(860) 526-2600

SIMPLY LOCAL CONNECTICUT
Deep River, CT, 06417

THE IVORY RESTAURANT & PUB
1 Kirtland Street
Deep River, CT, 06417
(860) 526-2528

THE RIVERWIND INN
209 Main Street
Deep River, CT, 06417
(860) 526-2014

WHISTLE STOP CAFE
108 Main Street
Deep River, CT, 06417
(860) 526-4122