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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
When Connecticut is covered in sparkling snow, some folks can’t wait to bundle up and head outdoors. But what if you’re the hibernating type? Here are six destinations sure to coax you out of your home—both frosty activities worth pulling on boots for as well as toasty comforts that will erase winter from your mind.
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Ascot's at The Norwich Inn | Bar Bouchée | Chestnut Street Playhouse | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Earthplace, The Nature Discovery & Environmental Learning Center | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Inn at Middletown | Litchfield Distillery | Litchfield Inn | Madison Beach Hotel | Mohegan Sun | Pearl at Longshore | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RoseGarden Ice Arena | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Terrain Garden Cafe | The Inn at Longshore | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Litchfield | Town of Madison | Town of Westport | Tschudin Chocolates & Confections | Uncas Leap | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Westport Country Playhouse | White Memorial Foundation
Main Street America. We invented that. Town greens. Those come standard here. White picket fences and American flags. Got those covered, too. The charm of Connecticut can be found in its small towns and main streets. Explore unique shops and galleries, get immersed in the café culture and soak in the authentic life. There are no wrong turns.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Bruce Museum | Connecticut River Museum | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lime Rock Park | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Seaport Museum | Old Lighthouse Museum | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry | Town of Fairfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | Westport Country Playhouse | Yale Center for British Art
When the weather cools down, romance heats up in Connecticut’s hotels, inns and B&Bs. Whether getting cozy by the fire or enjoying a wintry hike in the woods, we’ve got so many ways to help you make the most of the season together. Here are just a few of the destinations where you’ll find lodgings, activities and attractions to help you set the mood. Planning a romantic escape to Connecticut? You'll always find great ideas and getaways here.
Featuring: 116 Crown | Art Essex Gallery | Black Rock Antiques Center | Black Seal Seafood Grille | Book Barn | Bruce Museum | Connecticut River Museum | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Florence Griswold Museum | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | Griswold Inn | Griswold Inn | Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy Shoppe | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Kent Falls State Park | La Belle Aurore | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Meli-Melo | Old Lyme Inn | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Rocky Neck Inn | Rolling River Antiques | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Soleil & Suns Bakery | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Company Store Antiques | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Connecticut is a great place to come to celebrate an anniversary, especially if it’s a special milestone. There’s so much to do, so close, it’s easy to arrange a romantic hotel, dining and activities for a short visit or as part of a longer stay. Check out a few interesting ideas that may require some planning ahead but are sure to be an anniversary celebration to remember.
Featuring: Argia Mystic Cruises | Boardman House Inn | Bruce Museum | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Dinners at the Farm | Gelston House | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Madison Beach Hotel | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Mystic Knotwork | Nine Main Bakery & Deli | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | The Antiques Depot | The Whaler's Inn | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | White Flower Farm | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Foundation | Winvian Farm
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: Learn to fly fish? Try skydiving? Discover your inner chef? Here are a few ideas to add to your list that are sure to give you a great sense of accomplishment for 2019!
Featuring: 116 Crown | A Yankee Balloon | Adventure Park at Storrs | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Adventure Rooms - Premier Room Escape | Aer Blarney Balloons, LLC | Art Essex Gallery | Berkshire Balloons | Black Rock Antiques Center | Black Seal Seafood Grille | Book Barn | Bridgeport Sound Tigers | Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Bruce Museum | Connecticut Chocolate Trail | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Wine Trail | Discovery Depot at Nature's Art Village | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Escape 101 | Escape New Haven | Fields of Fire Adventure Park | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Florence Griswold Museum | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | Griswold Inn | Guided Flyfishing Trips-Housatonic River Outfitters | Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy Shoppe | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Hunt Hill Farm Trust | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Norfolk) | Infinity Music Hall (Hartford) | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Jones Family Farms | Kent Falls State Park | La Belle Aurore | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Meli-Melo | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mohegan Sun | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mountain Meadow Outfitters and Charters | Mrs. Bridges' Pantry | Mystic Aquarium | Mystified Escape Rooms | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Air Museum | Nomads Outdoor Adventure | Old Lyme Inn | Panic Room | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RPM Raceway Stamford | RiverQuest | Rock Hall Luxe Lodging | Rocky Neck State Park | Rolling River Antiques | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Shoreline Segway | Shoreline Segway | Ski Sundown | Skydive Danielson | Taylor Brooke Winery | Team vs Time - Premier Room Escape | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Company Store Antiques | The Connecticut Beer Trail | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wheeling City Tours, LLC | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History | Yale University Art Gallery
Print article by Hartford Magazine highlighting great shoreline spots in Connecticut.
Published Date: 2018-05-01
Featuring: Ashley's Ice Cream (Madison) | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Clam Castle | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Fred's Shanty | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harvey's Beach | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Johnny Ad's | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Meigs Point Nature Center | Ocean Beach Park