But, even today, it has its - um - "perks" as in coffee.
Yes, Ashlawn Farm has opened a new coffee shop right next to the historic Old Saybrook railroad station...
I spent a wonderful afternoon there recently sipping coffee and watching the trains go by.
The trains that went by were Acelas though - by the time I got out to take a photo, they were already gone.
It's a great place to spend a few hours - and if you get hungry, Pizza Works (which is in the old freight house) is right next store and has two operating model railroads(!)
'Tis the Season!