Lighthouse Inn Resort
6 Guthrie Place
New London, Conn.
What we liked most: Wandering around the sprawling inn that some guests say has a resident friendly ghost.
What we liked least: Front-desk employees who were unable to answer even the most basic questions about the inn.
What surprised us: The obvious investment in the inn to restore it to its original grandeur.
You know you're at the Lighthouse Inn Resort when . . . your head nods as you sit in front of one of the common fireplaces.
Rates: $99 midweek off-season to $369 for a suite in season. We paid $175.50 for Room 28 in midweek.
Directions: New London is about 105 miles from Boston, about a two-hour drive. Take Interstate 95 south to exit 83, following signs for downtown New London. Continue straight onto Huntington Street, which becomes Tilley Street. At the sixth traffic light, turn right onto Bank Street. At the first light, turn left onto Howard Street. At the first traffic circle, take the third exit, which takes you to another traffic circle. Here, take the first exit (