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When it’s just the two of you, nothing is better than a small town with romantic charm. From coastal Connecticut to the state’s northeastern “Quiet Corner,” the state is home to stylish towns and quaint villages that are perfect for sparking, or recharging, romance. Here are just a few of our favorites, and some things you can do to make the visit even more romantic.
Featuring: Bar Bouchée | Boardman House Inn | Brushmill by the Waterfall | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Clam Castle | Club Getaway | Cooper Creek B&B | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Gillette Castle State Park | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Madison Beach Hotel | Main Street Antiques | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RJ Café & Bistro | Riverwind Inn B&B | Rolnick Observatory | Roseland Cottage Museum | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Soleil & Suns Bakery | Tavern on Main | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Good Elephant Bistro | The Inn at Longshore | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | Town of Chester | Town of Kent | Town of Madison | Town of Westport | Town of Woodstock
With its appealing, historic architecture, village greens and tidy shops, Connecticut still does “charming” very well, especially in the autumn. In fact, there are immensely attractive little towns all across the state that—with their shops, restaurants, galleries and inns—are perfect for a visit and even an overnight stay this fall.
Featuring: Ballou's Restaurant Wine-Whiskey & Food | Bernard's + Sarah's Wine Bar | Boardman House Inn | Brushmill by the Waterfall | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Copper Beech Inn | Delamar Southport | Guilford Art Center | Guilford Walking Tours | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Inn at Fox Hill Farm | Inn at Stonington | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Litchfield Distillery | Litchfield Inn | Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art | Martha's Herbary | Noah's Restaurant | Old Lighthouse Museum | Pequot Library | River Tavern | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Stonington Vineyards | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Kelsey House Bed & Breakfast | The Vanilla Bean Café | The Windemere B&B | West Lane Inn | West Street Grill | White Flower Farm | White Horse Country Pub
Step out in the cool, crisp weather this season and refresh yourself with fun fall adventures and gorgeous autumn scenery! From family hayrides, scenic leaf-peeping journeys and historic sites to romantic getaways, cultural outings and fabulous food, you’ll find an abundance of New England fall favorites here.
Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Berkshire Balloons | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | City of Norwalk | Gillette Castle State Park | Hopkins Inn | Lady Katharine Cruises - Middletown | Litchfield Saltwater Grille | Macedonia Brook State Park | Miranda Vineyard | New Britain Museum of American Art | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Yale University Art Gallery
What better way to experience the past? Make Connecticut your premier antiquing destination. If the idea of spotting a tiger maple table in the corner of an antiques shop or finding an original, mint-condition 18th century Chinese Canton porcelain plate or stumbling upon a standout mid-century modern Lucite chair is thrilling to you, then you’ve come to the right place.
Featuring: ANTIQ'S LLC | Abrash Galleries Rugs & Antiquities | Antique & Artisan Gallery | Antiques Marketplace | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Connecticut Antiques Trail | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Edwin C. Ahlberg Antiques | Good News Restaurant & Bar | Grand & Water Antiques, LLC | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harry's Place | Hopkins Inn | Madeline West Antiques | Martell & Suffin Antiques, LLC | Miranda Vineyard | Nathan Liverant & Son Antiques, LLC | Old Beautiful | Old Lighthouse Museum | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Sadler's Ordinary | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Seymour Antiques Company | Spring Hill Inn | Stratford Antique Center | Tavern on Main | The Shops at Marlborough Barn | The Vanilla Bean Café | United House Wrecking Co. | Wayne Mattox Antiques, LLC | White Horse Country Pub
Overview: To find a picture-perfect pumpkin for Halloween, follow a few tips from our favorite Instagrammers. Check out their photos from some of Connecticut’s best farmer’s markets here.
Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Angevine Farm | Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Berkshire Balloons | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Gillette Castle State Park | Gwyn Careg Inn | Hidden Valley B&B | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Inn | Infinity Bistro (Norfolk) | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Isabelle et Vincent | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Litchfield Saltwater Grille | Lyman Orchards | Macedonia Brook State Park | Manor House Inn | Metro Bis Restaurant | Miranda Vineyard | Mountain View Green Retreat | Nehemiah Brainerd House B&B | New Britain Museum of American Art | Roger Sherman Inn | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Silverman's Farm | Simsbury 1820 House | Stonecroft Country Inn | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Last Green Valley | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | Town of East Hampton | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | West Lane Inn | Whittle's Willow Spring Farm | Yale University Art Gallery
Online article from AAA World highlighting things to do and see in the Connecticut River Valley and along the Connecticut River.
Published Date: 2018-05-01
Featuring: Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Connecticut River Museum | Eagle Landing State Park | Florence Griswold Museum | Gelston House | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Griswold Inn | Nehemiah Brainerd House B&B | RiverQuest | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Town of East Haddam | Town of Essex | Town of Lyme | Town of Westbrook
Online article highlighting things to do in the Connecticut River Valley.
Published Date: 2018-07-20
Featuring: Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Connecticut River Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Florence Griswold Museum | Gillette Castle State Park | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Griswold Inn | Ivoryton Playhouse | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Town of Old Saybrook