A one-of-a-kind Bed & Breakfast, the James Pharmacy history embodies progressive New England attitudes and bears witness to the equality, acceptance, achievements, and appreciation of three remarkable women whose success would be noteworthy even today.
A general store in 1790, the town’s first pharmacy in 1877, and later a soda fountain and ice-cream parlor where townspeople would gather. Now, this historic building has been lovingly repurposed into an elegant Bed & Breakfast.
Three guest rooms – named for accomplished women who made their mark here – feature four-poster beds by Noir with luxurious Italian linens, modern oversized showers, gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and high-speed wifi. These modern amenities are set within quirky and private rooms devoid of right angles, revealing hand-hewn beams, white-washed original paneling, and wide-board floors.
Even the luxuriously large, modern private bathrooms have been designed to reveal elements of the historic structure. Guests and locals gather downstairs at the cafe for breakfast, lunch, pastries, the finest American and Italian coffees, and Simpson & Vail teas. As a nod to its soda fountain past, today’s patrons are treated to gelato, made daily on the premises.
And the women? If these walls could talk, they might tell tales of slavery, as told by novelist and best-seller Ann Lane Petry whose African-American parents were the original owners of this historic site. You might hear starstruck whispers about Academy-award winning actress Katharine Hepburn, an Old Saybrook resident, who visited often. And, you might overhear the sage advice of Miss Anna James, the first African-American female pharmacist in Connecticut, who ran the beloved pharmacy for 55 years.
This historic landmark is a remarkable blend of past and present with tradition and authenticity sustained by surprise and delight.
Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Limited Spa Service, Restaurant On Site, National Historic Registry, Concierge Services,
Food & Wine
Meals Offered: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Restaurant on Premises: Open to the public
Special Diets Accommodated: Vegetarian , Vegan , Gluten Free
Breakfast Service: Full
Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables , Set Times , Flexible Times
Dining Amenities: Complimentary Beverages , Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments , Complimentary Snacks , Complimentary Early Coffee Tea , Complimentary Warm Cookies before bed , Picnics Available
Rooms & Suites
Rooms feature four-poster beds by Noir with luxurious Italian linens, modern oversized showers, fair-trade toiletries, gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary high-speed wifi. These modern amenities are set within quirky and private rooms devoid of right angles, revealing hand-hewn beams, white-washed original paneling, wide-board floors, and historic windows with Main Street or garden views.
# of Rooms: 3
Beds: Twin, Queen
Room Entertainment: Cable TV
Handicap Accessible: Not handicap accessible due to historic nature of property
Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Antique Furnishing, Feather-beds , Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Ironing Boards, Private Entrance
Internet Service: Wireless, Complimentary
Front Desk/Security: OnSite, Business Hours
Corporate Rates: Yes
Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Limited Spa Service, Restaurant On Site, National Historic Registry, Concierge Services
Location Type: Suburban, Small Town/Village, Coastal
Minimum Stay Required: Weekends, Holidays, Peak Season
Smoking Policy: Smoke Free
Family Friendly: No
Weddings & Events
Wedding/Events Capacity: 50-99
Events Supported: Private Parties, Ceremony, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon, Elopment
Wedding Services & Amenities: Wedding Planner, Officiant, Caterer, Florist, Photographer, Decorator
Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor
Business Travel & Events
Meeting Types: Business Meeting, Retreats, Social
Meeting Amenities: Dedicated Conference Center, Onsite Catering
Meeting Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor