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Connecticut is home to towns and cities rich with history. From the Native Americans to the earliest European settlers, the revolutionary war era to the industrial revolution, so much of our past is so well preserved, it’s worth planning a visit just to travel back in time. Once you’re there, you’ll walk in the footsteps of forefathers and enjoy a modern taste of these vibrant, welcoming destinations. You can find a wealth of historic information on any of these towns and many more from our friends at ConnecticutHistory.org.
Featuring: Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | Argia Mystic Cruises | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Black Rock Fort and Fort Nathan Hale | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Chester Bulkley House B&B | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of Norwich | Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum & Sanctuary | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Connecticut's Old State House | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Guilford Walking Tours | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Historic Mystic Harbor Tours | Hyland House Museum (1713) | Indian Burial Grounds | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Leffingwell House Museum | Marriott Hartford Downtown | Mount Crescent House B&B | Mystic River Historical Society | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Museum | Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center | Ogden House & Gardens | S&P Oyster Co. | Spa at Delamar Southport | Steamboat Inn | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Dudley Farm Museum | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Study at Yale | Thomas Griswold House | Town of Fairfield | Town of Guilford | Town of Mystic | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Wethersfield | Uncas Leap | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Weir Farm National Historic Site | West Lane Inn | Wethersfield Historical Society | Yale University Visitor Center
Just a short ride from New York City and Boston, Connecticut offers a blend of cultured living and outdoor fun with something for everyone—and this includes the LGBTQ community, residents and visitors alike. In 2008, Connecticut became the second state to legalize gay marriage, and our open and inclusive energy continues to draw and welcome gay visitors to the state. Plus, Expedia.com recently named Hartford, Connecticut one of their most “exciting LGBTQ-friendly cities around the world.”
While anyone should of course feel welcomed at any business, hotel or restaurant in Connecticut, we asked a few friends for recommendations on places to start planning your visit— from gay-owned B&Bs to gay bars and events that appeal to many LGBTQ interests and lifestyles.
Featuring: 168 York Street Café | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Daniel Rust House | Delamar Greenwich Harbor Marina | Delamar Southport | Delamar West Hartford | House of 1833 B&B | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Inn at Middletown | Partners Café | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Spring Hill Inn | The Old Mystic Inn | Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe | Town of Fairfield | Town of Plainville
Spring is in the air! Celebrate springtime and the warmer weather with a visit to one of the state’s many seasonal festivals and events this April and May. Gather the family and friends for a joyous outing – it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy springtime in Connecticut! From flowers and farms to crafts and music, fun activities around the state abound! Here are some ideas of how to explore and celebrate Connecticut this season:
Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | The Last Green Valley | Town of Fairfield | Town of Vernon | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wadsworth Mansion
When the snow and ice finally thaw and things start to turn green again, that’s the perfect time to take a trip outside the city and experience springtime in Connecticut. Late March through mid-June, everything from flowers and fishing to farm animals and food trucks re-emerges from hibernation, ready to be experienced. Got a springtime fling we haven’t mentioned? Let us know @CTvisit.
Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Belknap Preserve | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Brignole Vineyards | Chamard Vineyards | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Audubon Society Deer Pond Farm | Connecticut College Arboretum | Connecticut Wine Trail | Earthplace, The Nature Discovery & Environmental Learning Center | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Flamig Farm | Gillette Castle State Park | Hill-Stead Museum | Housatonic Anglers | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Lavender Pond Farm | McLean Game Refuge | Middlebank II | Mine Hill Preserve/Roxbury Land Trust | Mountain Meadow Outfitters and Charters | Mystic Aquarium | Rum Runner | Scoot & Paddle | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Taylor Brooke Winery | Town of Fairfield | University of Connecticut Animal Barns Self-Guided Tours | Westmoor Park
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
Situated along the edge of Long Island Sound, and, further east, the Atlantic Ocean itself, Connecticut’s lighthouses are among the most photographed in New England. From Revolutionary War-era beacons to lights that guided over a century of maritime history, here’s a list of some of Connecticut’s best known lighthouses, along with a few ways to capture the experience yourself!
Featuring: Chief | City of Norwalk | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Custom House Maritime Museum | Downeast Lighthouse Cruises | Lighthouse Point Park | New Haven Green | New London Historic Waterfront District | Old Lighthouse Museum | Project Oceanology | R/V "Spirit of the Sound" | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Fairfield | Town of Mystic | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Stratford
Halloween is not the only time to have a chilling encounter in Connecticut, but there's something about autumn evenings that can really give you the chills. There are many places in Connecticut where ghosts are said to lurk; in fact, Connecticut is said to be one of the states with the most paranormal activity in the country. After all, this is where the nation’s first witch trials and hangings occurred – three decades before the more famous trials in Salem, Mass. Here are a few places around the region to explore your dark side. (Warning, some aren’t for the faint of heart!)
Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | Bruce Museum | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Captain Daniel Packer Inne | Captain Grant's, 1754 | Cedar Hill Cemetery | City of Bristol | City of New London | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Grove Street Cemetery | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Litchfield Inn | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Milford Historical Society | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New Haven Crypt at First Church of Christ | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Shubert Theatre | Sleeping Giant State Park | Tarrywile Park & Mansion | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Town of Derby | Town of Easton | Town of Fairfield | Town of Preston | Town of Waterford | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
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
Filmmaker Mark Kotlinski not long ago discovered that Connecticut is hot dog paradise. In his film, “A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour,” he documents his mouth-watering road trip to some of Connecticut’s very best hot dog stands. From steamed to grilled, and even deep-fried, and including house specialties and local hot dog culture, “A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour” is an entertaining examination of a true American favorite. And now it’s time to go grab a dog of your own at:
Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | City of New Britain | Frankie's of West Haven | Jake's Diggity Dogs | Town of Fairfield | Town of Hampton | Town of Portland
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
Shredding through mountain trails or gliding along an open road along the coast or through the countryside, there are so many ways to enjoy biking in Connecticut. We’ve pulled together a few recommendations and resources to help you find the ride that’s right for you.
Featuring: Bicycle Tour Company | Bluff Point Coastal Reserve | City of New Haven | City of New Haven | Collis P. Huntington State Park | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Mohawk State Forest | Mountain Biking at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Mystic Bike Rentals | Nathan Hale State Forest | Pedego SoNo Electric Bikes | Rockland Preserve | Simsbury Free Bike | Town of Clinton | Town of Derby | Town of East Hampton | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Putnam | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Simsbury | Town of Trumbull | Town of Vernon | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport
One thing that's great about Connecticut's compact, manageable size is that you're never far from a great roadside meal, especially in summer. In fact, there are so many good ones that we couldn't stop at five or 10 or even 15 - our list of 20 doesn't even cover the entire scene, of course, but it's a good place to start. Here they are, in brief and in alphabetical order. Can you get to them all?
Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Blackie's Hot Dogs | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | City of Bristol | Clam Castle | Glenwood Drive-In | Guida's Drive-in Restaurant | Harry's Place | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Stowe's Seafood | Town of Bethel | Town of Fairfield | Town of Guilford | Town of New Milford | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Southbury | Town of Southington | Town of Stratford
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 – local