Set on the Five-Mile-River edging its way down to Long Island Sound, tiny Rowayton, CT is off the beaten path. Unobstructed water views set the stage for the mere 1.28 square miles, encouraging residents to get out and enjoy nature. The village provides all of the necessities, dry-cleaner, post office and a hardware store, as well as some luxuries, with Rowayton Market’s swanky groceries & Rowayton Seafood. The latter attracts a well-heeled crowd, hungry for lobster and oysters-on-the-half-shell with breathtaking water views. The town capitalizes on its lush park and seaside location by hosting the River Ramble each midsummer, featuring canoe races, live music and kids games.

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Rowayton, CT —
The Charm of Rowayton Today

The picturesque village of Rowayton lies at the mouth of the Five Mile River, adjacent to Darien, CT. Rowayton has around 3,000 people living in approximately 1,500 households. Rowayton retains its charming village-like character and easy ambiance with a waterfront downtown that includes the only remaining volunteer fire department in Norwalk. Other attractions include the Rowayton Seafood Restaurant and store, and Brendan’s 101 - an ice cream/sandwich shop, a wine shop, cleaners, post office, all rolled into one.

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Rowayton, CT —
The Oyster Town

Edging its way down the Five Mile River to Long Island Sound, the seaside village of Rowayton offers a unique blend of salty but traditional appeal. Once known primarily as an oyster town, Rowayton has developed into a combination of suburb and resort village.

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Rowayton, CT —
Small-Town Vibe

Reminiscent of a time when neighbors felt like (and often were) family, the small-town vibe of Rowayton, CT makes even the newest of residents feel at home. Being considered a 'local' is something that we all take pride in here in this small coastal village, just 40 miles from New York City. Spanning two square miles with approximately 3,000 residents, the village is rich in oystering and lobstering history and still has an eclectic feel with beach cottages and antique Victorians that once belonged to sea Captains. If you are lucky enough to tour with a local, you may even learn about the 'secret' passageways hidden between the homes that provide easy access to beaches and quiet kayak launches along the river and Long Island Sound. Rowayton shines in summertime, as we are bordered on three sides by the Five Mile River, a hub for boaters near and far, and Long Island Sound. Time your visit correctly and you may be able to catch a Shakespearean play in the town park in early summer (while picnicking at sunset on the river, no less!) and a concert at the town beach during our Summer Music Festival which draws bands from all over the country. Throw in appetizers and drinks on the Five Mile River at Rowayton Seafood, a small, locally-owned bar and restaurant. But don't miss stopping by the local ice cream shop, Brendan's 101, for a quick cone before leaving town, also owned by a born-and-bred local.

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