Chester Village West is the ideal setting for a senior independent living community. With the charming New England village of Chester right at our doorstep and all of the cultural, recreational, and social opportunities of the lower Connecticut River Valley nearby, you’ll have the chance to experience everything our area has to offer while having fun and making new friends.
There’s plenty of great shopping in Chester and in the nearby towns of Essex and Old Saybrook. You’ll find eclectic clothing shops, beautiful housewares, gourmet culinary shops, unique artisan jewelry, and artwork of all types. Chester Village West is also close to major outlet centers in Clinton and Westbrook.
- The Hammered Edge Studio & Gallery
- Dina Varano Gallery
- C&G Boutique & Gallery
- Crystal Mall in Waterford
- Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets in Clinton, CT
- Tanger Factory Outlets in Westbrook, CT
Exceptional cuisine can be found in and around Chester. You’ll find a variety of innovative dining experiences, featuring locally grown ingredients, fresh seafood, and, of course, delicious New England specialties.
Explore some of our local dining venues:
- River Tavern in Chester
- Brushmill by the Waterfall
- Copper Beech Inn at Ivoryton
- Aspen Restaurant in Old Saybrook
- Griswold Inn in Essex
- Water’s Edge Resort & Spa
- Inn at Middletown Historic Hotel
- Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
Art galleries abound in Chester, and our very own Chester Village West community features a number of talented artists as well. Residents also enjoy the renowned musical theater of the Goodspeed regional theater company at the Goodspeed Opera House and the Norma Terris Theatre. In nearby Old Saybrook, you can enjoy a wide variety of concerts, comedy shows, musicals, and live theater at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (“The Kate”).
Check out some additional cultural opportunities in the Chester area below:
- Connecticut River Museum in Essex
- Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam
- Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme
- Whitfield State Historical Museum in Guilford
- Cedar Lake in Chester
- Ivoryton Playhouse
- Garde Arts Center in New London
- Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
Chester Village West is adjacent to the Cockaponset State Forest, the second largest state forest in Connecticut. Just east of the town of Chester is the beautiful Gillette Castle State Park featuring the medieval fortress-like home of famed 19th-century actor William Gillette. This area is full of picturesque woods and streams, perfect for hiking and exploring on foot. Also nearby is the oldest working drawbridge in America.
The Connecticut River Valley offers many hiking trails, biking trails, a marina for boating, and much more. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love this locale.
For more information on activities and attractions in the surrounding area, explore here : VisitChesterCT.com