Destination guide

A scenic slice of New England

Set on the Long Island Sound shoreline, Guilford is a laid-back summer town just 20 minutes from Yale University. This makes Guilford vacation rentals eternally popular with parents, students and professors alike. The town is a haven for sun seekers, with a handful of sandy beaches to enjoy, not to mention forested walking trails, scenic paddling routes and a friendly local golf course. History buffs will be in their element, as Guilford boasts one of New England's largest collection of historic homes.

Things to do

Touch base with van Gogh

Whether you're attending a graduation ceremony or simply visiting an Ivy League college, Guilford is a short drive from Yale University. The 300-year-old New Haven campus is dotted with Gothic and Victorian-inspired buildings. You can sign up for a guided walking tour or visit world-class galleries like the Yale Center for British Art. If van Gogh is on your wish list, don't miss Yale University Art Gallery, where you'll find masterpieces like "The Night Cafe". Closer to home is the characterful Hyland House Museum. It's housed in a red saltbox building and showcases a fascinating collection of local artifacts.

Activities

Hit the sand or the green

One of Guilford's biggest drawcards is its pristine coastline. It's laced with sandy beaches and low-slung dunes that lure a constant stream of sun seekers. Want to maximize your time at the beach? Guilford vacation rentals put you just steps from the water. With breezy living areas, sun decks and sweeping views of Long Island Sound, summer cottages make it easy to slip into vacation mode. If you want to stretch your legs, why not enjoy a round at Guilford Lakes Golf Course? Non-members are welcome so don't be shy about booking a tee time.

Weather

Gear up for graduation season

Visitors flock to Guilford in the summer, when the town is drenched in East Coast sunshine. Long weekends always fill up fast with New Yorkers wanting to escape the city. Visitor numbers also soar during Yale's annual University Commencement in May. It's held at the historic Old Campus and sees university degrees formally conferred. Followed by a sea of flying graduation hats, of course. Planning on watching a loved one graduate? Swap shoebox hotel rooms for spacious Guilford vacation rentals. All you need to do is supply the bubbly.

Natural features

Escape the Big Apple

While it's just 100 miles from New York City, Guilford feels worlds away from the buzz of the Big Apple. Protected by Long Island Sound, Jacob Beach treats visitors to calm water and plenty of picnic spots. Nearby Chaffinch Island Park is another local favorite, with sweeping views of Long Island Sound. The rugged Thimble Islands sit just offshore and are popular with boat cruises and kayakers. Discovered in 1614, they were once used for farming, quarrying and bootlegging. Today, they're a haven for local wildlife, including seals and great blue herons.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Guilford

The nearest airport is in New Haven, CT (HVN-Tweed - New Haven Regional), located 10.7 mi (17.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Oxford, CT (OXC-Waterbury - Oxford), which is 25 mi (40.3 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Guilford Station.

Where to stay around Guilford?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 407 vacation rentals near Guilford. From 234 Houses to 109 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Guilford for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Guilford?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Guilford:

  • Westbrook Center: 71 vacation rentals
  • Saybrook Manor: 42 vacation rentals
  • Madison Center: 38 vacation rentals
  • Old Saybrook Center: 23 vacation rentals
  • Fenwick: 18 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Guilford?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Guilford. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Guilford Station: 472 vacation rentals
  • Guilford Art Center: 431 vacation rentals
  • Hyland House Museum: 428 vacation rentals
  • Bill Miller’s Castle: 393 vacation rentals
  • Bishops Orchard and Winery: 397 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Guilford listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Guilford?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 234 Houses in Guilford. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Guilford include:

  • Cottages: 109 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 109 rentals available
  • Cabins: 109 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Guilford?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 25 vacation rentals with pool available in Guilford. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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