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Every holiday season, networks like Hallmark and Lifetime play romantic, sweet movies that make everyone fall in love with Christmas. This year, quite a few of these movies have recently been filmed here in Connecticut, capturing the magic of our small towns.
Featuring: Amato's Toy and Hobby | City of New Britain | Griswold Inn | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Lucky Lou's Bar & Grill | Olde Mistick Village | Silas W. Robbins House | Town of Branford | Town of Essex | Town of Mystic | Town of North Haven | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Wethersfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
No one dresses up for the holiday season quite like Connecticut. To find a few of the towns that show particularly scenic levels of festive spirit, we consulted the photo book, A Connecticut Christmas by Caryn B. Davis. We’re sharing some of her photographs that we think perfectly capture the charm of Connecticut and the warmth of the holiday season!
Featuring: City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of Torrington | Cornwall Bridge Pottery | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Falls Village Inn | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Griswold Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Libby's Italian Pastry Shop | Litchfield Inn | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Green | Olde Mistick Village | Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille | The Shops at Yale | The Village Restaurant | Thompson Chocolate | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Chester | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | West Cornwall Covered Bridge
CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of Connecticut’s most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspirations from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home. This CT Ambassadors article is from our friends at Mommy Poppins Connecticut.
Cities like New York and Boston can be fun, but just a short drive to Connecticut and you'll find 169 inviting towns that dot the countryside, hills, and coastline. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, wonderful museums with fun family programing, or just strolling charming town centers, browsing the shops and enjoying great food, you can find it all in these small towns in Connecticut.
Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Connecticut River Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Flamig Farm | Griswold Inn | Kent Falls State Park | Lobster Shack | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream | Mystic Seaport Museum | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Stony Creek Brewery | Stratton Brook State Park | Town of Branford | Town of Essex | Town of Kent | Town of Mystic | Town of Simsbury
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
Over 300 miles of Connecticut’s coastline hug the shore of Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. So it’s no surprise that many of the region’s early European settlers arrived by sea. Working seaports were among the first industries here as well, and today these coastal towns and cities still maintain their maritime character while welcoming travelers with classic New England charm. As many visitors still like to arrive in Connecticut by private boat or public ferry, we’re suggesting a few port towns that make it easy to visit for a day or even longer.
Featuring: Audubon Guilford Salt Meadow Sanctuary | Brewer Yacht Yards | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Connecticut River Museum | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Discover East Lyme | Downtown Essex | Fort Trumbull Marina | Griswold Inn | Guilford Art Center | Guilford Mooring | Guilford Walking Tours | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Bike Rentals | Mystic Pizza | Mystic Point Marina | Mystic River Marina | Mystic Seaport Museum | New London Historic Waterfront District | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Shoreline Segway | Skipper's Seafood Restaurant | Smarty's Restaurant & Pub | SoNo Nightlife | Thamesport Marina | Town of Essex | Town of Guilford | Town of Mystic
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
Six small towns... five reasons to visit each in summer. The math seems simple: that’s 30 reasons to plan a Connecticut getaway. But these suggested things to see, eat and do only hint at what awaits. There’s always something happening in these vibrant communities—something for you to discover. And no calculator can compute the joys of making a small town “your” place.
Featuring: Antiques Marketplace | Argia Mystic Cruises | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Bradley Playhouse | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Deary Brothers/Mikes Stand | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Guilford Art Center | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Kent Falls State Park | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Mansion at Bald Hill | Max Fish | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Red 36 | Rose's Berry Farm | Shoreline Segway | Steamboat Inn | The Place | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Greenwich | Town of Guilford | Town of Kent | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam
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
To some, retro is a hot trend. To others, it's the way things used to be. Whatever the take, visitors to the Mystic Country, Connecticut, region can taste from a bygone era.
Featuring: Aero Diner | Antiques Marketplace | City of New London | Hank's Dairy Bar | Harry's Place | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Ocean Beach Park | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Town of Colchester | Town of Mansfield | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam | Zips Diner
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