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Is it your turn to organize the next girlfriends' staycation? We’ve got you covered with this itinerary for a perfect Litchfield Hills BFF (Best Friends Forever) weekend getaway! No planning required; this itinerary has it all. Here’s where to stay, shop, dine, and play in beautiful Litchfield County.
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Hopkins Inn | Lake Waramaug State Park | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | Town of Goshen | Town of Kent | Town of Litchfield | Town of Morris | Winvian Farm
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
One of the best ways to experience fall in New England is to stay in a place that reflects the history, the charm and the natural beauty of the region. And this fall, you won’t find a more inviting collection of cozy B&Bs and charming inns than in Connecticut. Whether you spend a week or a weekend, they’re the perfect spot to rekindle romance, dine by a roaring fireplace, plan fall foliage expeditions and much more! Here are just a few favorites for fall—but book soon, these places fill up fast this time of year!
Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Gwyn Careg Inn | Hidden Valley B&B | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Inn | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Manor House Inn | Nehemiah Brainerd House B&B | Roger Sherman Inn | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Simsbury 1820 House | Stonecroft Country Inn | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | West Lane Inn
Connecticut’s coastline isn’t our only waterfront claim to fame. Across the state, there are over 3,000 beautiful lakes, ponds and reservoirs that offer all kinds of water activities. See where you can take a swim, go out on the boat, fish, kayak, picnic, hike, camp and so much more. And don't miss all the great restaurants, hotels and B&Bs nearby.
Featuring: Bantam Lake | Bashan Lake Mansion | Burr Pond State Park | Candlewood Lake Town Park | Club Getaway | Hopkins Inn | Indianfield Campgrounds | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Kettletown State Park | Lake McDonough | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lake Williams Campground | Lake Wintergreen | Laurel Island Cottages | Mansfield Hollow State Park | Odetah Camping Resort | Oxoboxo Lake Cottage | Squantz Pond State Park | Town of Bolton | Town of Bridgewater | Town of Coventry | Town of Griswold | Town of Middlefield | Wilderness Lake Campground & RV Resort
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
One of summer’s great rituals in Connecticut is finding the perfect place to salute the day and watch the sun go down. Whether this is experienced as a group, a couple or solo, you will find many places in the state that are spectacularly well suited – sometimes it’ll be over water, sometimes over hills and sometimes a combination of both. Here are a few locations to get you started. Get out to toast the day just passed and the night to come!
Featuring: Argia Mystic Cruises | Beach House SoNo | Black Hawk | City of Norwalk | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Gillette Castle State Park | Gulf Beach | Hopkins Inn | Mystic Whaler Cruises | RiverQuest | Stonington Borough | Sunset Bar & Grill | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | Town of East Granby | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Plainville
Nothing makes the holidays feel more like the holidays than cutting down your own Christmas tree! Throughout November and December, many Connecticut farms also offer additional activities to make the experience even more memorable — from wagon rides to the fields and tree-trimming shops to hot chocolate and visits from Santa’s helpers. So dress warm, bring your kids and your dog (on a leash, of course) and visit a few of these Connecticut Christmas tree farms.
Featuring: Allen Hill Farm | AmericInn by Wyndham Griswold | Angevine Farm | Averill Farm | Bethlehem Vineyard & Winery, LLC | Bishopsgate Inn | Castle Hill Farm | Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Farm | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Danbury Fair | Daniel Rust House | Dzen Tree Farm | Evergreen Acres Tree Farm | Fairview Tree Farm | Fire at the Ridge | Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic | Hampton Inn Danbury | Hartikka Tree Farm | Hickory Ridge Tree Farm | Hilton Garden Inn Glastonbury | Holiday Farm | Hopkins Inn | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Jones Family Farms | Joseph's Tree Farm | La Quinta Inn & Suites - New Haven | Maple Hollow Christmas Tree Farm | Maple Lane Farms | Maple Row Farm | Miller Tree Farm | Moodus BBQ | Oyster Club | Paul & Eddy's Pizza | Pinchbeck's Tree Farm | Plan B Burger Bar (Glastonbury) | Rose's Berry Farm | Rowanwood Farm | Staehly Tree Farm & Winery | Tavern on 66 | The Marketplace at the Guilford Food Center | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | The Windemere B&B | Uncle Frank's Christmas Tree Farm | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Winterberry Farm
You don't have to travel far...to get far away. Not when you get out of the city, hop in the car and head to Connecticut. Here are just a few of the stops you'll want to consider for both a little zen and a little zip.
Featuring: Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Connecticut Wine Trail | Hopkins Inn | Mystic Seaport Museum | Saltwater Farm Vineyard | The Glass House | Weir Farm National Historic Site
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
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 | Café Flo | Cava Restaurant | Elbow Room | Elm City Social | Florence Griswold Museum | Gelston House | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk | Oyster Club | Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint | Priam Vineyards | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Sign of the Whale | Stony Creek Brewery | The Blake Hotel | The Russian Lady
Overview: A big Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is one of those time-honored American traditions. These days, you don’t have to try to do it all yourself, with dozens of great Connecticut restaurants offering Thanksgiving Day seatings to fit your style, from buffet to gourmet.
Featuring: Bear's Smokehouse | Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard | Connecticut Wine Trail | Copper Beech Inn | Delamar Southport | 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 | 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 | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | elm Restaurant
Overview: August in Connecticut is the perfect time for fresh New England lobster. So we asked our friends at CTEatsOut to share their favorite places for lobster rolls, whole lobsters, lobster bisque … plus clams, oysters and more!
Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Adventure Park at Storrs | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Bantam Lake | Bashan Lake Mansion | Bill's Seafood Restaurant | Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Bruce Museum | Burr Pond State Park | By the Lake Lodge | Candlewood Lake Town Park | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Clam Castle | Connecticut Art Trail