- CTVISIT TIPS
- CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS
- PARTNER WITH US
To find where your business has been featured in the Office of Tourism’s advertising, PR, emails, and articles in the last year or more, type your business name in the search box below. As you type, you’ll see a drop down list of matches. Select your business name to see results.
Whether you go out for lunch in the sun or dinner and cocktails under the stars, Connecticut has plenty of spots to enjoy a meal “above it all.” Check out a few of our favorite rooftop restaurants, patios and decks with a view.
Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Cava Restaurant | City of Stamford | Elbow Room | Elm City Social | Florence Griswold Museum | Gelston House | Hopkins Inn Restaurant | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk | Oyster Club | Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint | Priam Vineyards | Rocks 21 | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Stony Creek Brewery | The Russian Lady | Town of Bethel | Town of Glastonbury
With so many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and festivities around the state this March, it’s easy to be green! Join in the fun and take part in Celtic traditions throughout Connecticut. There are parades, Celtic music, food and events, and plenty of good Irish cheer for all!
Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwich | City of Stamford | Infinity Music Hall (Hartford) | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Stony Creek Brewery | Town of East Lyme | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam | Town of Southington
Connecticut has always been a favorite location for filmmakers, in fact, quite a few Academy Award-nominated productions have filmed here. The variety and diversity of locations available, coupled with a helpful Film Office, makes the state ideal for television, film and digital shoots. It was difficult to narrow down the list, but here are some of the more well-known movies you may recognize—and the Connecticut towns that played a role.
Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Norwalk | City of Shelton | City of Stamford | City of Waterbury | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Pizza | Mystic Seaport Museum | Town of Beacon Falls | Town of Bethel | Town of Darien | Town of Farmington | Town of Greenwich | Town of New Canaan | Town of Redding | Town of Trumbull | Yale University Visitor Center
Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, getting ready to join or watch a parade, or just looking for a place to feel the warmth of the Irish all year round, Connecticut is filled with authentic Irish pubs and restaurants, pulling pints of Guinness and serving up plenty of corned beef and cabbage—not to mention some amazing gourmet and gastropub offerings. To get you started, we’ve suggested a few in each region of the state. Have a favorite Irish pub in Connecticut we haven’t listed? Share it with us @CTvisit!
Featuring: Christy's Irish Pub | City of Danbury | City of Stamford | City of Torrington | Donahue's Madison Beach Grille | Donovan's | Duffy's Tavern | Harp and Hound Pub | Inishmor Pub | McKinnon's Irish Pub | McLadden's Irish Public House | O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant | Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant | The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House | The Public House | Town of Fairfield | Town of Plainville | Town of Southington | Vaughan's Public House | White Horse Country Pub
Nightlife in Connecticut is as diverse as the activities you can enjoy here during the day. Live music, festive cocktails, comedy, dancing, billiards, karaoke...however you like to spend your evenings out, Connecticut has all kinds of entertainment destinations that come alive when the sun goes down — especially in the summer. So grab your friends or get a sitter for the kids, and get out and experience these places that really light up after dark.
Featuring: BAR | Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | City of Hartford | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge | Infinity Music Hall (Hartford) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mohegan Sun | Music Mountain | Nomads Adventure Quest | Norfolk Chamber Music Festival | Rolnick Observatory | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Shrine at Foxwoods | Toad's Place | Town of Newington | Town of Old Lyme | Town of South Windsor | Town of Southington
Thanksgiving is about coming together with family or friends. And in Connecticut, we’ve got all kinds of ways to make the holiday even more special, from farm-raised foods to community events, to honoring Native American traditions. Here are a few ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving in Connecticut.
Featuring: Artisan Restaurant, Tavern & Garden | Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | City of Stamford | Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard | Copper Beech Inn | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Fire at the Ridge | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Gozzi's Turkey Farm | Griswold Inn | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Hopkins Inn Restaurant | J House Greenwich | Madison Beach Hotel | Maple Bank Farm | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mill on the River | Millwright's Restaurant | Mystic Seaport Museum | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | Silverman's Farm | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Todd English's Tuscany | Town of Greenwich | Town of Manchester | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | elm Restaurant
There are so many fabulous cuisine offerings in Connecticut that you’ll always have an abundance of choices. But don’t take our word for it. Get the scoop straight from those who know Connecticut dining best – locals! The following are just a few of the many worthy restaurants voted the "Best" by the readers of Connecticut Magazine in its 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Featuring: City of Ansonia | City of Middletown | City of Stamford | Ichiban Restaurant | Max Burger | Town of Fairfield | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Stratford | Water's Edge Resort & Spa
There’s nothing like discovering something unexpected. For our “Locals Love” town series, we put the spotlight on Stamford, asking a handful of locals about the best things to do, eat and see in their city. From cocktails with a view to a carousel ride in the park, to a treasure hunt through an antiques wonderland, they gave us great recommendations. So, if you want to experience Stamford like a local, start with the suggestions below. Then visit Stamford Downtown for even more ideas.
Featuring: Amtrak | Avon Theatre Film Center | Capriccio | Cask Republic Stamford | City of Stamford | Coalhouse Pizza | Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Downtown | Franklin Street Works | Hotel Zero Degrees Stamford | Lorca | Mianus River State Park | Mill River Park & Greenway | Sheraton Stamford Hotel | SoundWaters | Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Teff Stamford | United House Wrecking Co.
But first, brunch! It’s no secret that #brunch is one of the trendiest topics on Instagram and to provide some inspiration for your feed, we’ve rounded up some of the most mouthwatering spots in the state. From old-school diners to modern bistros and cafés — feast your eyes on these tasty, picture-perfect brunch spots in Connecticut. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Cafémantic | City of Hartford | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Firebox Restaurant | The Corner Restaurant | Town of Mystic | Town of Wallingford
We’re excited to welcome a new CT Ambassador, Kevin Mardorf of CTBeer.com! Kevin has given us a list of great spots for beer lovers over the next few months! Check out his list below, and make sure you bookmark CTBeer.com for upcoming beer fests and other events!
It's officially beer fest season! Now is the time to get your train tickets or designated drivers in order. Here's a heads up on 10 upcoming Connecticut spring & summer beer festivals to put on your to-do list.
Featuring: City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | City of Waterbury | Eli Cannon's Tap Room | New England Brewing Company | Ski Sundown | The Connecticut Beer Trail | Town of Fairfield | Two Roads Area 2
Summer nights, warm breezes, stars up above and music filling the air – how divine! With many outdoor concerts happening around the state this summer, you can enjoy musical days and nights with family and friends. Bring a picnic, relax, and savor the melodies of summer. Here are just a few of the annual music events going on right now in Connecticut. To find events near you, visit our Events Calendar.
Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Bushnell Park | Cava Restaurant | City of Bristol | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of Stamford | Elbow Room | Hill-Stead Museum | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | RiverQuest | Sharon Playhouse | Town of Branford | Town of Durham | Town of East Haddam | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Guilford | Town of Hamden | Town of Norfolk | Town of Putnam | Town of Simsbury | Town of Stonington | Town of Washington | Town of Woodbury | Two Roads Area 2 | Two Roads Brewing Company
Think you need a car to visit Connecticut? Think again. There are quite a few great places to explore (and great deals to be found) when you visit by public transportation, too. We’ve even got a few ideas here that will save you money. Time to leave the traffic (or the city) behind!
Featuring: Amtrak | Bruce Museum | Cask Republic | City of New Haven | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Cross Sound Ferry | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Greenwich Historical Society | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New London Historic Waterfront District | Simsbury Free Bike | Stanton House Inn | Stony Creek Brewery | The Glass House | Town of Clinton | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Seymour | Town of Westport | Two Roads Brewing Company