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What's Open Now: Hotels & Other Accommodations

What's Open Now: Hotels & Other Accommodations

It’s so good to get away again. Escape to a private hotel room, kick back, rest your head, and maybe even enjoy a complimentary breakfast – sounds good to us!

And safety is the top priority, so Connecticut hotels and lodging locations are following guidelines to make sure you can just focus on relaxing when you visit!

Featuring: Circle Hotel Fairfield | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Madison Beach Hotel | Microtel Inn & Suites - Uncasville | Stanton House Inn | Starbuck Inn | The Fitch House B&B


What's Open Now: Wineries & Breweries

What's Open Now: Wineries & Breweries

It’s time to sip your favorite drinks in the summer sun, uncork, and unwind. Whether you prefer wine or hops, many Connecticut vineyards and breweries are open, so you can enjoy everything from views to brews.

And safety is Connecticut wineries' and breweries’ top priority.

Featuring: Arrigoni Winery | Charter Oak Brewing Company | Gouveia Vineyards | Preston Ridge Vineyard | Saltwater Farm Vineyard | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Two Roads Brewing Company | Urban Lodge Brewing


What's Open Now: Family Fun

What's Open Now: Family Fun

Been cooped up with the kids and tired of all the screen time? It’s time to get back out and it feels so good. The summer sun is out and Connecticut’s got family fun galore! From sailing to zoo-going, there’s so much to discover right in your backyard – and the kids will love it too.

Featuring: Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mystified Escape Rooms | PEZ Visitor Center | Poet's Lounge Charters | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Safari Golf | Slipaway River Tours


What's Open Now: Restaurants

What's Open Now: Restaurants

It’s so good to be able to escape your own kitchen for a change. Sitting back, relaxing, and having a delicious meal delivered right to your table – who came up with this amazing concept? And with many restaurants adding new features to their patios, eating out is just as great as ever.  From stunning waterfall views to chandelier-adorned gazebos, you’ll find plenty of dining options to enjoy. 

Featuring: 116 Crown | Breakwater | City of Waterbury | Cugino's Italian Restaurant | Fire at the Ridge | Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant | J Restaurant & Bar | Marty's Cafe | Millwright's Restaurant | The Mattabesett Canoe Club | Town of Chester | Villa Italia Ristorante & Bar


What's Open Now: Museums, Zoos & Other Attractions

What's Open Now: Museums, Zoos & Other Attractions

There’s something about strolling through a museum to experience art and history up close that books and screens can’t match. So, after staying home for so long, reconnecting to culture feels so good. From marine life to outdoor grounds to vintage radios, there’s much to see and learn.

Featuring: Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Mark Twain Hostel | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Air Museum | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut


Chef Tyler Anderson

Dining at Home with Connecticut Chefs

As a way to stay connected with Connecticut’s culinary scene while cooking at home and even as you begin to ease your way back to dining in restaurants, check out these great tips from noteworthy Connecticut chefs to make your experience a little easier (and tastier).

Featuring: City of New Haven | Match | Millwright's Restaurant | Oyster Club


Hill-Stead Museum

10 Ways to Enjoy a Summer Evening

One of the things we love most about summertime in Connecticut is that long, purple, very pleasant period at the end of the day. The busy affairs of the daytime have come to an end, the midday heat is easing at last and it’s time for refreshment, maybe even a picnic, and a relaxing couple of hours as night so very gradually descends. Here are some good ways to spend your summer evening hours in Connecticut.

Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Cava Restaurant | Connecticut Wine Trail | Elbow Room | Hill-Stead Museum | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Lady Katharine Cruises - Middletown | RiverQuest | Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Berlin | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Mansfield | Town of Stonington | Town of Stratford | Two Roads Area 2 | Two Roads Brewing Company


Hollister House, Washington

Essential Gardens to Visit in Connecticut

Connecticut is home to many beautiful blossoms. If you love beautiful historic gardens, our state is a paradise. Connecticut’s modest size means it’s easy to fit a lot of experiences into a short time. No matter what part of the state you’re in, you’ll be a stone’s throw away from one of these essential gardens!

Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Edgerton Park | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Florence Griswold Museum | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Harkness Memorial State Park | Hill-Stead Museum | Hollister House Garden | Pardee Rose Gardens | Wickham Park


At-Home Beer, Wine, Spirits & More: Connecticut Libations

At-Home Beer, Wine, Spirits & More: Connecticut Libations

As we abide by social distancing guidelines and #StaySafeStayHome orders, Connecticut breweries, distilleries and wineries have innovated their offerings to bring good spirits right to your home. While many have provided curbside pick-up, to-go and delivery options, some have gone the extra mile to offer virtual classes, food pairings, and kits. Enjoy this quick list of options for your next from-home wine night or virtual happy hour celebration.

Featuring: 30 Mile Brewing Company | 5 Churches Brewing | Black Hog Brewing Company | Brewery Legitimus | Chamard Vineyards | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Connecticut Valley Brewing Company | Connecticut Valley Winery | Elicit Brewing Co. | Fifth State Distillery | Fox Farm Brewery | Geronimo Bar & Grill | Half Full Brewery | Hartford Flavor Company | Hawk Ridge Winery | Hogan's Cider Mill | Litchfield Distillery | Mine Hill Distillery | Powder Hollow Brewery | Stafford Cidery | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | Taylor Brooke Winery | Town of Pomfret | Town of Ridgefield | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport | Two Roads Brewing Company | Waypoint Spirits | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms


Instagrammable Connecticut: Flower Towns

Instagrammable Connecticut: Flower Towns

It’s no secret that Connecticut has stunning scenery at all times of the year. When springtime rolls around, a handful of towns throughout the state overflow with vibrant-colored flowers and plants. Although we’re all staying safe at home, we hope these pictures give you a bit of the experience of walking amongst the beautiful blossoms.

Featuring: City of Bridgeport | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Grace Farms | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Lavender Pond Farm | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Nipmuck State Forest | Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge | Pachaug State Forest | Town of Fairfield | Town of Griswold | Town of Litchfield | Town of North Branford | Town of Vernon | Wooster Square


Mother's Day: More Important Than Ever

Mother's Day: More Important Than Ever

This year as we prepare to celebrate Mom, we recognize that festivities will be different – but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the day special. We’ve put together some suggestions for showing Mom how much she’s loved. From gift ideas, to takeout feasts, to ways to celebrate, you’ll find there are still many fantastic ways to enjoy Mother’s Day in Connecticut.

Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Arethusa Farm | Arethusa al tavolo | Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Bigelow Hollow State Park | Brewery Legitimus | Bridgewater Chocolate Factory Retail Store - Brookfield | Brignole Vineyards | Cafe Aura | Chamard Vineyards | Charter Oak Brewing Company | City Steam Brewery Cafe | City of Bridgeport | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | City of Norwich | Connecticut Valley Brewing Company | Delamar Spa West Hartford | Divine Treasures | East Rock Park | Elicit Brewing Co. | Fascia's Chocolates | Griswold Inn | Half Full Brewery | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Hog River Brewing Company | Horse Guard State Park | Kinsmen Brewing Company | Lyman Orchards | Mansfield Hollow State Park | Maugle Sierra Vineyards & Winery | McLean Game Refuge | Montana Nights Axe Throwing | Munson's Chocolates | Mystic Knotwork | Nipmuck State Forest | On Track Karting | Pine & Iron Axe Throwing - Hartford | Pine & Iron Axe Throwing - New Haven | Priam Vineyards | River - A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar | Spa at Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Spa at Delamar Southport | Spa at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Sunnybrook State Park | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The White Hart | These Guys Brewing Company | Tiffany Juliet House | Town of Bloomfield | Town of Canton | Town of Chester | Town of East Granby | Town of East Hampton | Town of East Windsor | Town of Farmington | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | Town of Newtown | Town of Simsbury | Town of South Windsor | Town of Southington | Town of Stonington | Town of Wallingford | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport | Town of Willington | Town of Woodbury | Town of Woodstock | Urban Lodge Brewing | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | Willoughby's Coffee & Tea (New Haven) | l'escale


Mystic Aquarium

In Solidarity: COVID-19 Front Line Workers

All across Connecticut, various businesses are showing their solidarity to front line workers amid COVID-19. From symbols of respect and signs of gratitude, to donations of vital equipment and resources, businesses are getting creative in order to show their thanks. Here are just a few of the many ways businesses are offering their appreciation.

If you'd like to submit an Instagram post for consideration, please contact the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | Grace Farms | Hartford Flavor Company | Hilton Hartford Hotel | Litchfield Distillery | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa | The White Hart | Town of Lyme | Town of Windham


Virtual Activities for Families

Virtual Activities for Families

As the weeks of keeping our families safe at home continue, parents are looking for virtual activities to engage, teach, and add some structure to their kids’ day. 

Many popular Connecticut attractions are now offering a wide array of virtual experiences from live animal webcams, to arts and crafts classes, science demonstrations, yoga classes for kids and nightly bedtime story readings. Enjoy these as a family, or grab a little time away without feeling guilty about your kids’ screen time.

Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to check back frequently for updates to this list and to verify offering details with individual properties.

Featuring: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | City of Bridgeport | City of Bridgeport | City of Danbury | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | EverWonder Children's Museum | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Hill-Stead Museum | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Mattatuck Museum at Ross Hill | Meigs Point Nature Center | Mystic Aquarium | Mystified Escape Rooms | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Shubert Theatre | The Children's Museum | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Storyteller's Cottage | Town of Ashford | Town of Berlin | Town of Bethel | Town of Cheshire | Town of Essex | Town of Hamden | Town of Madison | Town of Mystic | Town of Portland | Town of Stonington | Town of Wallingford | Town of Washington | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport


West Cornwall Covered Bridge

Outdoor Activities for Solitary Enjoyment

As we all stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are all the more appreciative of the ways we can still take in the outdoors, provided we follow the necessary guidelines.

Connecticut has many beautiful outdoor spaces for solitary recreation. From golfing to fishing to self-guided art walks, the state is filled with creative ways to get fresh air while practicing social distance.

Featuring: Bigelow Hollow State Park | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Black Hall Outfitters - Westbrook | Blackledge Country Club | Blue Fox Run Golf Course | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut National Golf Club | East Rock Park | Fairview Farm Golf Course | Horse Guard State Park | Indian River Marina | Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk at Riverfront | Lyman Orchards Golf Club | Mansfield Hollow State Park | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | Stratton Brook State Park | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | Sunnybrook State Park | Town of New Canaan | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Simsbury | Wall to Wall: The New London Mural Walk


Virtual Escapes

Instagrammable Connecticut: Virtual Escapes

Our minds can all use a little “escape” during this difficult time. One way to help break up our thoughts is to reflect on the beauty around us and within our state.

We’ve collected a variety of photos from Connecticut residents and visitors showcasing beautiful destinations across the state. We hope that reading through this list will provide you with a brief moment of “escape”.

We’d love to see your beauty shots of Connecticut. Please share your stories and photos on CTvisit’s social media channels using #CTvisit.

Featuring: City of Bridgeport | Gillette Castle State Park | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Historic Downtown Mystic | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Lovers Leap State Park | Lyman Orchards | Southford Falls State Park | Talcott Mountain State Park | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Portland | Walnut Beach | White Memorial Family Campground | Wooster Square | Yale University Visitor Center


Social Distance Friendly Hikes

Social Distance-Friendly Hikes

Many people are turning to the great outdoors for fresh air, exercise and the renewing power of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut’s parks, forests and trails are a great resource. Below is a list of a few you might consider. But please check for temporary closures before you venture out and follow the guidelines provided by state and local officials.

Here are steps to take to enhance “social distancing” when enjoying the outdoors.

They include avoiding popular or crowded parks; observing the CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people; and, avoiding surfaces that are touched often, like playscapes, park benches and even other people's pets.

Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Burr Pond State Park | Campbell Falls State Park Reserve | Chatfield Hollow State Park | City of Middletown | City of Norwich | Cockaponset State Forest | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Gay City State Park | Giuffrida Park | Hidden Valley Preserve | Kettletown State Park | Macedonia Brook State Park | McLean Game Refuge | Mianus River State Park | Nehantic State Forest | New Canaan Nature Center | Nipmuck State Forest | Old Furnace State Park | Pachaug State Forest | Riverfront Recapture | Ross Pond State Park | Salmon River State Forest | Shenipsit State Forest | Stratton Brook State Park | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Cheshire | Town of Farmington | Town of Hamden | Town of Mansfield | Town of Naugatuck | Town of Pomfret | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Vernon | Town of Windsor | Town of Woodstock | Wadsworth Falls State Park | Weir Farm National Historic Site | West Rock Ridge State Park | West Thompson Lake Federal Park | White Memorial Foundation | Wickham Park


Virtual Activities for At-Home Experiences

Virtual Activities for At-Home Experiences

Connecticut attractions, museums and entertainment venues have temporarily closed in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit—virtually.

Here are a few popular attractions across Connecticut that have created special online experiences or projects to entertain, teach and engage you while you stay safe at home.

Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to check back frequently for updates and to verify offering details with individual properties.  

Featuring: Artspace | Avon Theatre Film Center | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Bradley Playhouse | Brookfield Theater for the Arts | Bruce Museum | Cafe Aura | City of Ansonia | City of Bristol | City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of New London | Connecticut Art Trail | Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Creative Arts Workshop | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Eli Whitney Museum | EverWonder Children's Museum | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Fairfield Theatre Company | Fairfield Theatre Company | Florence Griswold Museum | Glastonbury Planetarium | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Guilford Art Center | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hartford Stage | Hartford Yard Goats | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Institute for American Indian Studies | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Kehler Liddell Gallery | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Lyme Art Association | Mattatuck Museum at Ross Hill | Mattatuck Museum at Ross Hill | Meigs Point Nature Center | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystified Escape Rooms | New England Air Museum | New England Carousel Museum | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Norfolk Chamber Music Festival | Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine | PEZ Visitor Center | Palace Theater | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Sea Tea Comedy Theater | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Shubert Theatre | Slater Memorial Museum | Spectrum Art Gallery | Stafford Motor Speedway | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Children's Museum | The Glass House | The Glass House | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Storyteller's Cottage | TheaterWorks | Town of Ashford | Town of Derby | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Town of Hamden | Town of Orange | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Stonington | Town of Stonington | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport | Town of Woodbridge | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wadsworth Mansion | Westport Museum for History & Culture | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Wilton Historical Society | Wilton Historical Society | Windham Textile and History Museum | Woodcock Nature Center | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History | Yale University Art Gallery | Yale University Visitor Center | Yale University Visitor Center


Dine Out While Stayin In

Ways to Dine Out While Staying In

During this trying time, many Connecticut restaurants that have shifted their offerings to accommodate safety – and have gone the extra mile to support the community and make in-home eating enjoyable.

Many restaurants in the state are now offering takeout or delivery, but we wanted to highlight a few that are offering particularly notable experiences. As the state’s situation quickly evolves, each restaurant’s offering may evolve just as quickly, so be sure to check with each spot before placing your order.

Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | Brewery Legitimus | Brignole Vineyards | Chamard Vineyards | Charter Oak Brewing Company | City Steam Brewery Cafe | City of Middletown | Connecticut Valley Brewing Company | Elicit Brewing Co. | Geronimo Bar & Grill | Half Full Brewery | Hog River Brewing Company | Kinsmen Brewing Company | Maugle Sierra Vineyards & Winery | Priam Vineyards | Sayulita | Terrain Garden Cafe | The White Hart | These Guys Brewing Company | Town of Essex | Town of Fairfield | Town of Manchester | Town of Middlefield | Town of Mystic | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Ridgefield | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport | Two Roads Brewing Company | Urban Lodge Brewing | l'escale


Unplug & Relax

Unplug & Relax

Have you got the urge to purge? Do you have what it takes to spend a few days without cellphone, Internet, social media, computer and who knows? Maybe even TV? If you're up to the challenge, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a digital detox. Escape to Connecticut to experience rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and the natural goodness of our seasonal delights.

Featuring: G Spa at Foxwoods | Madison Beach Hotel | Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun | Music Mountain | Spa at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | Winvian Farm | Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center


Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park

Bold Adventure

There's something new all the time at Connecticut's amusement and adventure parks. Here's this summer's lineup for serious fun.

Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Ocean Beach Park | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark


Connecticut Public Golf Courses

Tee Off at Connecticut’s Top Public Golf Courses

GolfWeek.com has named its top ten public golf courses in Connecticut — and we agree they are some of the most scenic, and challenging, fairways in the state. Whether you want to tee off among the trees or cast your club along the coast, there’s a public course that’s perfect for golfers of every skill level. 

Featuring: Copper Creek Mini Golf at Nature's Art Village | Fox Hopyard Golf Club | Gillette Ridge Golf Club | Great River Golf Club | Keney Park Golf Course | Lake of Isles Golf Course | Longshore Park | Matterhorn Mini Golf | Mohegan Sun Golf Club | Nomads Adventure Quest | R&B Sports World | Richter Park Golf Course | Saybrook Point Miniature Golf | SportsCenter of Connecticut | The Only Game in Town | Town of Oxford | Wintonbury Hills Golf Course


Lake of Isles (North Course)

5 Great Golf Courses You Can Play

A golf trip to Connecticut is a great idea, but which courses to play? We surveyed the most notable golf publications and websites, including Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, GOLF.com and golfweek.com to arrive at a consensus. Five layouts regularly rose above the rest. So the next time you and your golfing pals are looking for a challenge in Connecticut, why not put one or more of them on your to-play list?

Featuring: Fox Hopyard Golf Club | Golf Club at Oxford Greens | Great River Golf Club | Lake of Isles Golf Course | Wintonbury Hills Golf Course


Connecticut Rivers & Lakes

Go with the Flow - Enjoying Connecticut’s Rivers and Lakes

Where are you on the adventure meter: madcap, somewhat gutsy or along for the ride? No matter! You can have a perfect-10 experience on one of Connecticut’s clear and refreshing rivers and lakes. Check out some choices below. And if you’re not seeking thrills but just want a quiet day in nature, here are some suggestions for you, too. 

Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Candlewood Lake Town Park | Clarke Outdoors | Connecticut River Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Farmington River Tubing | Gillette Castle State Park | Hallmark Drive-In | Lake McDonough | Lakeside Watersports | Main Stream Canoes & Kayaks | Mount Tom State Park | Old Lyme Inn | Salmon River State Forest | Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area | Stony Creek Brewery | West Cornwall Covered Bridge


Kent Falls State Park

Explore the Natural Wonders of Connecticut

When it comes to nature, Connecticut is probably best known for its beautiful but modest rolling green hills, meandering streams and lovely shoreline. But there are individual natural highlights as well, each worth a visit on its own. Get out and explore them!

Featuring: Dinosaur State Park | Kent Falls State Park | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Sleeping Giant State Park | Town of Branford | Town of Cornwall | Volsunga IV Thimble Island Cruise


Natural Wonders, Dinosaur State Park

4 Natural Wonders of Connecticut

When it comes to nature, Connecticut is probably best known for its beautiful but modest rolling green hills, meandering streams and lovely shoreline. But there are individual natural highlights as well, each worth a visit on its own. Pick a nice day to get out and explore!

Featuring: Dinosaur State Park | Kent Falls State Park | Sleeping Giant State Park | Town of Cornwall


Wooster Square Trees

Connecticut in Bloom

The winters in Connecticut are long, but more often than not, spring makes it all worthwhile. It won't be long now until a number of places in the state see spring fully sprung in all its glory – indeed, there are special havens where specific flowers and flowering plants dominate the landscape. If you love life and color, here are some spots to take it all in.

Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Bigelow Hollow State Park | Denison Homestead Museum - Pequotsepos Manor (1717) | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Pachaug State Forest | Town of Fairfield | Wooster Square


Connecticut Town Greens

Classic Connecticut Town Greens

Visiting town greens is a good way to see small-town Connecticut – the grassy rectangles were where most of the towns got started and where the colonists built their first meetinghouses. Visiting these greens is also a good way to construct a one-day tour through various parts of the state.

Featuring: Connecticut DAR Governor Jonathan Trumbull House | Roseland Cottage Museum | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Canterbury | Town of Colchester | Town of Cornwall | Town of Lebanon | Town of Litchfield | Town of New Milford | Town of Roxbury | Town of Scotland | Town of Sharon | Town of Warren | Town of Woodstock | War Office


Great Garden Spots

Great Garden Spots

Connecticut’s climate, soil and varying terrain make it a wonderful place for growing and observing plants and flowers. In late spring and early summer, there are so many gardens and sanctuaries calling out for a visit that it’s hard to keep track of sometimes. With that in mind, here’s a selection.

Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Connecticut College Arboretum | Cricket Hill Garden | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Nipmuck State Forest | Pachaug State Forest | White Flower Farm


Hiking Highlights to Explore

Hiking Highlights to Explore

Connecticut has 824 miles of blue-blazed trails, spanning terrain across every region of the state and suitable for every level of hiker. Simply no better way to take in the fresh air — and leave behind the stresses and strains of daily life.

Featuring: Mattabesett Blue Trail | Mine Hill Preserve/Roxbury Land Trust | New England National Scenic Trail | Town of East Haven | Town of Wolcott


Wadsworth Falls

Make a Splash at Connecticut’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls

One of the best things about waterfalls in Connecticut is how easy they are to reach. Often located just off the trail — sometimes even just off the road — Connecticut's waterfalls make for refreshing spots to enjoy some great hiking. We've also included some suggestions for other nearby hiking (including some dog-friendly hiking trails!), scenic picnic spots and nearby swimming holes around waterfalls in CT.

Featuring: Burr Pond State Park | Cambridge House Brew Pub | Campbell Falls State Park Reserve | City of Shelton | Enders State Forest | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Gelston House | Gillette Castle State Park | Kent Falls State Park | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Lyman Orchards | Sweet Claude's Ice Cream Parlor | Town of Beacon Falls | Town of Cheshire | Town of East Haddam | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Toymakers Café | Wadsworth Falls State Park | Woodcreek Bar & Grill


Amazing Waterfalls

5 Things to Do at Connecticut’s Amazing Waterfalls

Waterfalls are awe-inspiring, and you can soak up their beauty in so many ways. Whether you kayak beneath them or climb to the top, here are five great ways to cool off at one of Connecticut’s many amazing waterfalls (since swimming in them is prohibited.)

Featuring: City of Shelton | Enders State Forest | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Uncas Leap | Wadsworth Falls State Park


Easter bunny and children

Easter Bunny Visits & Springtime Fun

The Easter Bunny is visiting Connecticut this spring! Be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny at many Easter-themed and bunny-inspired events throughout the state. Enjoy fun and glorious springtime activities to celebrate the arrival of the new season. Plan a delightful outing and step out with your young ones, your special someone or your friends. It’s time to get hopping! Be sure to check each location's website for times.

Featuring: Connecticut Trolley Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | EverWonder Children's Museum | H.C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center | New Canaan Nature Center | New England Air Museum | Olde Mistick Village | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Roaring Brook Nature Center | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Hebron | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Southbury


Bakeries Worth Traveling For

Instagrammable Connecticut: Bakeries Worth Traveling For

In Connecticut, it’s rare to find a bakery that doesn’t use fresh, locally-made ingredients for its delectable treats. A handful of pastry places also offer remarkable atmospheres, artisanal drinks, and seasonal goods like no other. Whether you want to munch on macarons in Wonderland or sip on tea next to a “fire breathing” dragon, these unique bakeries are worthy of a trip. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their eye-catching pictures! Check back often for new topics. If you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

Featuring: Alice in the Village | City of Hartford | Lorca | NoRA Cupcake Company (Middletown) | Scratch Bakery | Sift Bake Shop | Sweet Cupcasions | Town of East Haven | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Watertown | Town of West Hartford | Town of Winchester/Winsted | Town of Windsor | Victoria Station Cafe


Women's History in Connecticut

Celebrating Women's History in Connecticut

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which legalized women’s right to vote – what an exciting time to celebrate Women’s History Month in March. Connecticut is rich with stories of female trailblazers who influenced American history. Explore the state that spawned the first boarding school for women of color, the home of one of the nation’s first female architects, and more! The Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail is filled with ways to celebrate strong women from our state. Here are some historic landmarks on the trail and events to honor Women’s History in Connecticut.

Featuring: City of Hartford | City of New Haven | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail | Danbury Museum | Florence Griswold Museum | Greenwich Historical Society | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hill-Stead Museum | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | New England Air Museum | Prudence Crandall Museum | Town of Derby | Town of East Hartford | Town of Litchfield | Town of Oxford | Town of Ridgefield | Town of West Hartford | Town of Wilton | Windham Textile and History Museum


Great Places for Lobster

Great Places for Lobster in Connecticut 24/7

The American lobster has likely been a dietary staple along the Connecticut shoreline for as long as the area has been populated. Although lobster is generally viewed as a luxury food around the world, in the American colonies its abundance may have led to its initial perception as poor man’s food. There are tales of prisoners/servants/apprentices/etc. petitioning for respite from the cruelty of having to consume lobster more than twice a week. A far cry from today’s Nutmeggers, who consume lobster morning, noon and night at restaurants—from seafood shacks to gourmet palaces—that turn the daily catch into dishes anything but ordinary.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Arethusa al tavolo | Bill's Seafood Restaurant | City of Stamford | Costello's Clam Shack | Geronimo Bar & Grill | Gold Roc Diner | Jack Rabbit's Gourmet Burgers & Dogs | Kitchen Little at the Mystic River Marina | LobsterCraft | Lucibello's Bakery | Mystic River Marina | Town of Derby | Town of Newtown | Town of Old Saybrook


Unusual Dining

16 Unusual Dining Experiences in Connecticut

Dining out doesn’t have to be just eating – it can be an adventure. Connecticut has some fantastically unusual restaurants that will give you more than just a meal. You can dine with the fishes surrounded by an aquarium.  Be served outdoors while seated on tree stumps.  Solve a mystery while enjoying your entrée. Check out these places for a dining experience you’ll never forget.

Featuring: Ascot's at The Norwich Inn | City of Hartford | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | East Side Restaurant | Griswold Inn | Infinity Bistro (Norfolk) | Louis' Lunch | Mystic Whaler Cruises | The Place | Town of Pomfret | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport | Traveler Restaurant | Visit Collinsville


Spring Flowers

Connecticut's Spring Blossom Finder

Once the snow melts, springtime in Connecticut quickly takes hold, rewarding us with colorful gardens, open fields, flowering trees and wonderful spring festivals. In April and May, the cherry blossoms, tulips, daffodils and dogwoods come into bloom. Here are a few of the biggest and best viewing opportunities, as well as some suggestions for other places in Connecticut also beginning to bloom.

Featuring: Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center | Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | City of Bridgeport | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | Connecticut College Arboretum | Cricket Hill Garden | Delamar Southport | Denison Homestead Museum - Pequotsepos Manor (1717) | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Garden of Ideas | Gilbertie's Herb Gardens | Hollister House Garden | Housatonic Museum of Art | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Little Pub Fairfield | Meigs Point Nature Center | New Canaan Nature Center | Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale | Palmer Arboretum | Seaside Park | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Connecticut Pizza Trail | Town of Fairfield | Town of New Canaan | White Flower Farm | Yale Marsh Botanical Garden


Spring Festivals, Flowers and Family Fun

Spring Festivals, Flowers & Family Fun

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 | Hill-Stead Museum | The Last Green Valley | Town of Fairfield | Town of North Haven | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wadsworth Mansion


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Cat Lovers' Connecticut

Traveling with dogs is a huge trend. But why should Fido get all the attention? What about those who want to travel with or otherwise celebrate cats during a getaway? Come to Connecticut! The state has perfect places for anyone traveling with Felix. Or, if Fluffy stays home, you can still get your feline fix at one of these great cat-celebrating attractions.

Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | Book Barn | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Green Acres B&B | Harbour Inne & Cottage | Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum | Mew Haven Cat Cafe | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Shubert Theatre | Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa | The Farmington Inn | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Study at Yale | Torrington History Museum | Town of Branford | Town of Cheshire | Town of East Haddam | Town of East Hartford | Town of Griswold | Town of Monroe | Town of Naugatuck | Town of New Milford | Town of Newington | Town of Waterford | Town of Westport | Town of Windsor | Town of Woodstock


St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations!

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 | Connecticut Irish-American Heritage Trail | Garde Arts Center | H.C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts | New Britain Museum of American Art | Stony Creek Brewery | Town of East Lyme | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam | Town of Southington


Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants In Connecticut

Looking for the best restaurants in Connecticut? There are so many great spots to choose from, so we turned to the Connecticut Restaurant Association for the 2019 winners and nominees of its annual CRAzies Awards. The awards consider hundreds of contenders, select a short list of nominee finalists, and finally, award winners for the best restaurants in each region. These spots were each chosen by more than 10,000 public ballots, as well as a panel of 25 judges made up of media restaurant reviewers, food writers, influencers, critics and past winners. Hope you’ve brought your appetite!

Featuring: City of Danbury | City of New Haven | City of New London | David Burke Prime Steakhouse | Millwright's Restaurant | Oyster Club | Present Company | ROIA Restaurant | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | Stone Row Kitchen + Bar | Strega Restaurant | Tavern at Graybarns | Town of Bethel | Town of Chester | Town of Kent | Town of Stonington | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport | Winvian Farm


Comfort Food

Comfort Foods and Where to Find Them

Meet the CT Ambassadors! CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of the region's most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspiration from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home, like Kevin Masse, @kemasse, who wrote this article.

Let’s face it, sometimes we just want food that makes us feel good. Food that provides sustenance and warmth and fuels us to keep going when the days are short and cold. Whether it’s pizza, meatloaf, chicken and waffles, or stuffed baked potatoes, what each of us calls ‘comfort food’ might be different, but they share a commonality, in that they literally comfort us when we need it most.  

I spend a lot of time dining out, and I’ve got a short list of spots I like to visit when my craving for comfort food strikes. Some will be familiar, others maybe less so, but each brings their A game and delivers some of the best ‘comfort food’ in the area.

Featuring: Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | Bear's Smokehouse (New Haven) | Bear's Smokehouse (South Windsor) | Bear's Smokehouse (Windsor) | City of Hartford | House of Naan Indian Kitchen & Bar | J. Timothy's Taverne | Quaker Diner | Sayulita | Town of West Hartford


Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History in Connecticut

Connecticut is rich with Black history and stories of the trailblazing efforts that African American people have contributed to American History. With such abundant history comes many ways to celebrate it, especially during February for Black History Month. Explore the state that spawned Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose abolitionist Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped changed the world, the first boarding school for women of color, the birthplace of a famous abolitionist and more!

Featuring: Amistad Center for Art & Culture | Canton Historical Museum | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | City of Torrington | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Garde Arts Center | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Mattatuck Museum at Ross Hill | Norwich Arts Center | Prudence Crandall Museum | The Klein | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Torrington History Museum | Town of Guilford | Town of North Haven | Town of West Hartford | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


Leap Year of the Holiday Weekend

Leap Year of the Holiday Weekend

Who doesn’t love a long weekend? It gives us an extra day to rest, play or get away – and in 2020, it seems we have Leap Day to thank for more time to celebrate. This extra day in the year has rearranged our calendar to create three more long weekends and puts holidays like Valentine’s Day and Halloween on Fridays or Saturdays. Cinco de Mayo even falls perfectly on a (taco) Tuesday! For maximum celebration, we’ve put together a list of exciting ways to enjoy your extra holiday weekends in 2020.

Featuring: Agave Grill | Ashley's Ice Cream (Madison) | Avalon Nightclub | Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | Cafe Allegre | Chester Bulkley House B&B | Connecticut Wine Trail | Copper Beech Inn | Daniel Rust House | Elizabeth's Café | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Griswold Inn | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge | Historic Downtown Mystic | Homestead Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Norfolk) | Inn at Mystic | La Boca Restaurant & Cantina | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Litchfield Inn | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Madison Beach Hotel | Manor House Inn | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Meli-Melo | Milagro | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Old Riverton Inn | Oyster Club | Ridgefield Playhouse | Rincon Taqueria LLC | River - A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Sayulita | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Ski Sundown | Spa at Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Tacos La Rosa | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Whaler's Inn | Vista Lounge | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | l'escale


Bobby Flay

Connecticut’s Celebrity Chefs

In this age of televised cooking shows, restaurant-related reality shows and celebrity-chef-run restaurants, Connecticut is right in the mix. From one end of the state to the other, diners can find restaurants run by well-known and well-loved chefs, from big deals to burger joints. Here are just a few suggestions for a truly star-powered dining experience.

Featuring: Baldanza - Natural Market Cafe | Bobby's Burger Palace | Carlo's Bakery Mohegan Sun | David Burke Prime Steakhouse | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Jasper White's Summer Shack | Millwright's Restaurant | Miya's Sushi | Shake Shack - New Haven | Todd English's Tuscany


Kids Museums -Lutz Children's Museum

Kids Museums

Have you got some little ones looking to be entertained – really little ones? This itinerary should please them very much. Feel free to pick and choose here, or go all out with a multiday east-to-west museum blowout!

Featuring: EverWonder Children's Museum | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Kidcity Children's Museum | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Lutz Children's Museum | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium


Cozying Up to the Fire

Cozying Up to the Fire

A good fireplace can be a crucial decider when you make your overnight plans in Connecticut. Whether you’re going out for dinner or looking for a cozy overnight room, a fire can really add to the allure.

Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | Blackberry River Inn | Captain Daniel Packer Inne | Griswold Inn | Inn at Stonington | Madison Beach Hotel | Manor House Inn | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Stanton House Inn | Stonecroft Country Inn | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Tolland Inn | White Horse Country Pub


Maple Sugaring Activities in Connecticut

Maple Sugaring Activities in Connecticut

End of February and throughout March is the maple sugar season in Connecticut! Cold nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap yields. Local sugar makers and their many loyal customers eagerly await this annual rite of spring. Visit a local sugarhouse or attend a maple sugar festival to see firsthand how maple syrup is produced!

Featuring: Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center | City of Bristol | Institute for American Indian Studies | Northwest Park & Nature Center | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Stanley-Whitman House | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | Town of Hebron | Welles-Shipman-Ward House (c.1755)


Maple Syrup Farms

A Sweet Day Out – Maple Syrup Farms in Connecticut

Did you know that the "maple syrup" served with your pancakes in a lot of breakfast spots may be anything but? When it comes to real maple syrup, real New Englanders accept no substitute. Taste the difference for yourself with a winter visit to Connecticut’s maple farms and sugar houses. But hurry! The season here is relatively short, from early February until late March, as it requires the perfect combination of freezing nighttime temperatures and days that are warm and sunny. Want to sample some Connecticut syrup for yourself, or better yet, catch the process in action? This March, check out one of Connecticut’s busiest farms and sugar houses!

Featuring: Bats of Bedlam Maple Farm | Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust | Hydeville Sugar Shack | Lamothe's Sugar House | Northwest Park & Nature Center | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | The Dudley Farm Museum


Solo Travel, Self Care

Solo Travel in Connecticut: Time for a Self-Care Break

Treat yourself! You deserve to nurture and recharge your mind, body and spirit. And in Connecticut there are so many ways and so many places where you can step outside the traditional spa to experience truly unique and holistic approaches to self-care. Here a just a few ideas whether you’re immersing in a day-long retreat or a solo getaway.

Featuring: City of Hartford | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Salt Cave of Darien | Soulshine Salt Cavern | Town of Chester | Town of Darien | Town of East Hartford | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Greenwich | Town of Madison | Town of Newtown | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Ridgefield | Town of West Hartford | Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center


Dancing in Connecticut

Places to Dance in Connecticut

Itching to put on your dancing shoes? From ballroom to barn dancing, social clubs to club scenes—Connecticut offers something for every type of dancer to get their groove on. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular places for you to swing, salsa, even country line dance your way across Connecticut.

Featuring: Avalon Nightclub | Casona | City of Danbury | City of Groton | City of Hartford | City of Middletown | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Stamford | Club Van Dome | Mambo Bar & Restaurant | Partners Café | Shrine at Foxwoods | Town of Coventry | Town of Enfield | Town of Hamden | Town of Rocky Hill | Town of Southington | Town of Waterford | Town of West Hartford | Town of Wethersfield | Town of Windsor Locks | Vista Lounge


Bald Eagle

Tours that Soar! Eagle Watching in Connecticut

When you see an American Bald Eagle in person, you immediately understand why this majestic creature is such a symbol of our national pride. And seeing one is easier than you think, because Connecticut is the winter home of eagles who travel south from Maine and Canada when their habitats freeze over. They come here to feed, and can be found nesting along our major rivers and at large reservoirs. And as the eagles mate in January here, you’re more likely to see a pair or a nest alongside the water, where they can easily find fish.

These tour operators and wildlife experts know where the nests are, when the birds are active and the best ways to view them — from the water, from the trail, even from a train! Most eagle watching tours need reservations, so be sure to visit the links below for tour times and directions, or search "eagles" on our Events page for upcoming tours and activities.

Featuring: Eagle Landing State Park | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Ivoryton Inn | Quality Inn - Old Saybrook | RiverQuest | Riverwind Inn B&B | The Homestead Madison | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Last Green Valley | Town of Madison | Town of Southbury | Wyndham Southbury


Mystic Seaport Musuem

Instagrammable Connecticut: Winter Gems

Connecticut transforms into a winter wonderland during the cold months. And whether you’re looking to bundle up to visit a landmark or cozy up for a fireside meal—snap a photo at any of these winter gems to charm your followers.

Featuring: Angevine Farm | Bulls Bridge | GrayBarns Inn | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Hidden Valley Preserve | Lighthouse Point Park | Olde Mistick Village | Terrain Garden Cafe | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Westbrook


Valentine's Day 2020

Ready for Romance - Valentine's Day 2020 Ideas

Love is in the air! And thanks to our CT Ambassadors from UnlockingConnecticut.com, we’ve got a few amazing ways to woo your loved one this Valentine’s Day. From intimate stays to restaurants with a romantic ambiance—below are a few valentine’s day suggestions and insider tips. Hurry! Things book up fast!

Featuring: Cava Restaurant | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Manor House Inn | Millwright's Restaurant | Ridgefield Playhouse | Salt of the Earth Therapeutic Spa | The Simsbury Inn | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | l'escale


Date Spots in Connecticut

Date Spots in Connecticut for Valentine’s Day & Beyond

Coming up with a date idea is no easy feat – whether you’re planning a first date, third date, a big anniversary or something special for Valentine’s Day. To ease the stress, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Connecticut date spots, broken down by what kind of date you’re planning.

Featuring: Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | Brignole Vineyards | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Firehouse 12 | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Gouveia Vineyards | GrayBarns Inn | Griswold Inn | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Norfolk) | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Manor House Inn | Maugle Sierra Vineyards & Winery | Miranda Vineyard | Mohegan Sun | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


Winter Bucket List

Have You Started Your CT Winter Bucket List Yet?

People in Connecticut always know how to do winter right! Give us your bucket list of suggestions for the best winter activities and experiences around the state. We’ll be sure to share them on Fox61.com. You may even see a few of your ideas on TV!

Featuring: Allegra Farm & Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Rides | City of Bridgeport | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Lime Rock Park | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Aquarium | New England Carousel Museum | Pine & Iron Axe Throwing - Hartford | Ski Sundown | Sleeping Giant State Park | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | Town of Canterbury | Town of West Hartford


Dine and Drink

Winter-celebrating Places to Dine and Drink in Connecticut

Baby it’s cold outside—but that isn’t stopping these Connecticut destinations from offering unique outdoor dining options and winter-themed experiences. From winter gardens, to rooftop igloos, to “après-ski” inspired pop-up bars—bundle up and get ready to eat and sip your way through these spots this season.

Featuring: 116 Crown | Artisan | Cava Restaurant | Elm City Social | Half Full Brewery | High George Rooftop Restaurant | J House Greenwich | Town of Glastonbury | Urban Lodge Brewing


Fun Drinks

Fun Drinks for When You're Not Drinking

Meet the CT Ambassadors! CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of the region's most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspiration from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home, like the bloggers behind Unlocking Connecticut, who wrote this article.

Sober curious? Resolving to live a healthier lifestyle? We’ve got seven uniquely delicious, non-alcoholic beverage experiences from around the state you should try this month.

Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Danbury | Town of Bethel | Town of Manchester | Town of Southbury | Town of Stratford | Town of Wallingford


Immersive Travel - Guilford Art Center

Immersive Travel in Connecticut

Ever heard the expression, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”? Today, travelers are adapting this mentality more and more. They consciously look to visit destinations where they can immerse themselves in local cultures and ways of life. Immersive travel experiences offer a range of possibilities for the traveler—focusing less on fitting specific places and attractions into an itinerary, and more on experiencing the special traits that make a destination unique.

Connecticut has lots of unique characteristics and authentic experiences for visitors to immerse in. From attending staple events to meeting local artisans to working and learning on farms—here are a few ideas to inspire your immersive travel trip to Connecticut!

Featuring: B&B at Bartlett Farm | Bashan Lake Mansion | Bridgeport Sound Tigers | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Cold Spring Farm | Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library | Connecticut Sun | Fitstyle Walking Tours | Greenwich Historical Society | Griswold Inn | Guilford Art Center | Hartford Athletic | Hartford Wolfpack | Hartford Yard Goats | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Lavender Pond Farm | Lime Rock Park | Milford Walking Tour | New England Black Wolves | Silas W. Robbins House | The Blake Hotel | The Wine Press | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | Town of New Milford | Town of Southington | Town of Westport | Wall to Wall: The New London Mural Walk | Winvian Farm


Spa Specials

Spa Specials: Treats & Retreats

Feeling stressed out? In Connecticut, you don’t need to travel far to get away from it all. Whether you want to stay along the coast or deep in the country, you’ll find world-class pampering that’s just your style. And now, with some great packages available, you don’t have to spend a lot to splurge at one of Connecticut’s top destination or day spas.

Featuring: By The Sea Day Spa | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Delamar Southport | Delamar West Hartford | G Spa at Foxwoods | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Mynd Spa | Spa at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


Holiday Light Fantasia, Hartford

Follow the Lights to Holiday Cheer!

Holiday cheer is upon us in Connecticut! Get in the holiday spirit by getting out and experiencing some of the brilliant holiday lights festivals and displays around the state. Gather your family and friends for a festive, magical, memorable outing sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Featuring: Cava Restaurant | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Goodwin Park | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lighthouse Point Park | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Essex | Visit Collinsville


Black Onyx Martini

Holiday Spirits – Connecticut Craft Distilleries to Tour and Taste

The holiday season is the perfect time to come out and discover Connecticut’s growing number of craft distilleries, which are turning heads and winning awards from those in the know. Even more exciting, many of these distillers offer on-site tours and tasting experiences, like vineyards and breweries do. You’ll find many of them on the Connecticut Spirits Trail, and be sure to visit these places that are already crafting a name for themselves.

Featuring: Connecticut Spirits Trail | Fifth State Distillery | Full Moonshine | Hartford Flavor Company | Litchfield Distillery | Real Art Ways | Waypoint Spirits


New Year's Eve 2020

Fun & Festive New Year's Eve Celebrations

Ring in the New Year at one of Connecticut’s festive New Year’s Eve and First Night celebrations! Be sure to plan an entertaining outing of celebration and cheer with family and friends this year. Here’s what’s in store for welcoming in the New Year:

Featuring: Butler-McCook House & Garden | City of Hartford | Copper Beech Inn | Courtyard by Marriott - Cromwell | Fairfield Theatre Company | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Inn at Middletown | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Mohegan Sun | Saint Clements Castle | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Sheraton Stamford Hotel | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | Tamarack Lodge & Indie Glamping Resort | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


Florence Giswold Museum

A Feast of Impressionist Art

Connecticut was an important creative seedbed of American Impressionism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With art colonies of talented painters taking up residence in Cos Cob and at Florence Griswold's boarding house in Old Lyme, many of the great Impressionist scenes painted during those years are scenes of Connecticut. Because of this rich heritage, many museums in the state are now home to Impressionist masterworks. Begin with a look at the Connecticut Art Trail, a tour that will take you to 21 museums and historic sites throughout the state. As you make your travel plans, here are a few key sites for Connecticut Impressionists to put on your list:

Featuring: Connecticut Art Trail | Florence Griswold Museum | Greenwich Historical Society | Hill-Stead Museum | Mattatuck Museum at Ross Hill | New Britain Museum of American Art | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Weir Farm National Historic Site


Allegra Farm & Horse-Drawb Carriage & Sleigh, East Haddam

Sleigh Rides in Connecticut

Celebrate winter in Connecticut with a horse-drawn sleigh ride at one of four Connecticut farms!

Featuring: Allegra Farm & Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Rides | Carriages & Country Weddings - Wood Acres Farm | Cedar Knoll Farm


Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort

Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing in Connecticut

Connecticut is an ideal destination for winter sports activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing. If you’re looking for a day trip, weekend or longer getaway, Connecticut has options for ski enthusiasts of all levels, from the advanced to the novice. And there are many family-friendly winter ski destinations, offering activities for kids and adults. Grab your gear and get ready to hit the slopes!

Featuring: Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center


Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwalk

Houses of the Famous

The Beverly Hills house tour has always been a staple of a visit to Southern California, and we’ve got a tour in Connecticut, too. Except that with ours, you can go inside the houses, take a look around, learn about the famous residents and maybe even something about culture, the arts, architecture, and America, too. Here are several of the better-known houses that are open to you.

Featuring: Gillette Castle State Park | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Weir Farm National Historic Site


Antiques Trail

Welcome to a Trail of Treasures

“There are rest and healing in the contemplation of antiquities.”  -  Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

Relive the rich antiques history of Connecticut through the Connecticut Antiques Trail. Now there’s a guided way to experience antiques and the living past.  The trail officially brings together Connecticut’s antiquing community all in one place – its dealers, shops, antiques centers, auction houses, markets and shows, and historic inns – so antiquing is easier and more convenient to find, explore and enjoy. The Connecticut Antiques Trail winds through historical and scenic Connecticut. Your enlightening, restorative journey begins here.

Featuring: Connecticut Antiques Trail


Oyster Club

Chowder House Rules

When you come to Connecticut in wintertime, there’s nothing like a nice, hot bowl of chowder to warm you up. Whether you’ve been hiking through the snowy woods or skiing down a powdery slope, strolling along the shore or shopping up a storm, the chowder will quickly remind you that it’s one of the great comfort foods – savory, substantial, steamy and altogether delicious.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | City Point Kitchen | Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant | Jasper White's Summer Shack | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Lenny's Indian Head | Main Street Grille | Main Street Grille | Olio Restaurant & Bar | Oyster Club | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | Rory's Restaurant | S&P Oyster Co. | Sedona Taphouse | SoNo Seaport Seafood | Stowe's Seafood | Tavern on Main | Town of Berlin | Town of North Haven | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Southington | Town of Westport | Town of Wethersfield | U.S.S. Chowder Pot III


Roulette Wheel

Feeling Lucky at the Casinos in Connecticut

They say Lady Luck is a fickle creature, but at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, she may just sidle up to you in the midst of a game. And if she remains elusive on the gambling floor? You’ll find fortune in a fine dining experience, an extravagant spa treatment, a scenic round of golf, a headliner’s music concert and a luxurious hotel room at these famed Connecticut casinos.

Featuring: Foxwoods Resort Casino | Mohegan Sun


Connecticut Wine Trail

Hot on the Trails

Connecticut is a place of many trails. Depending upon your tastes, or just what you feel like doing this weekend, there’s probably a trail for you to get out on and enjoy.

Featuring: Connecticut Art Trail | Connecticut Barns Trail | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Connecticut Wine Trail | The Connecticut Beer Trail


Ski Biking

8 Must-Try Winter Activities in Connecticut

Snowy New England winters are legendary. If you want to make the most of outdoor fun this winter, you don’t have to travel any farther north than Connecticut, where you can try anything from tubing down snow-covered slopes to climbing a wall of ice —without spending hours in the car. Here are a few great ways to get out there and play in the snow.

Featuring: City of New Haven | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Gay City State Park | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | Town of Manchester | Town of Salisbury | Weir Farm National Historic Site | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center


Barker

Have you Discovered Connecticut’s Hidden Gems?

Most people know Connecticut’s most visited landmarks and attractions, like Mystic Aquarium and the Mark Twain House. So, we asked Facebook users to suggest a few of the state's “hidden gems,” and we were thrilled with the response! Maybe you’ve heard of some of these but never visited. Or maybe you haven’t. Either way, it’s a great list of places where you might just find a few surprises worth discovering for yourself.

Featuring: American Museum of Tort Law | Antiques on the Farmington | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Book Barn | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Lighthouse Point Park | Town of Canton


CT Science Center

The Great Indoors

The challenge of finding indoor family fun can be a lot easier: Just add a few of Connecticut’s stellar indoor attractions. Any of these will do on days when the weather isn’t saying “Come out and play” but you don’t want the kids staying in the house all day. And if you are on an overnight trip to the state, any of these will prove a highlight of your stay.

Featuring: American Museum of Tort Law | Chelsea Piers Connecticut | Connecticut Science Center | Discovery Depot at Nature's Art Village | Foxwoods Resort Casino | IT Adventure Ropes Course | KidsPlay Children's Museum | Mohegan Sun | Monza World Class Karting at Foxwoods | Nomads Adventure Quest | On Track Karting | Prime Climb Mountain Fun | SportsCenter of Connecticut | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk


Child at RPM Raceway

Winter Fun for Connecticut Kids

Our CT Ambassadors from Mommy Poppins.com are back with some great suggestions for fun family activities all across Connecticut—all winter long!

With its surprise snow days and infamous Nor’easters, Connecticut winters are the stuff that childhood magic is made out of. But when the backyard sledding and a cup of cocoa just isn’t cutting it anymore, it’s time to venture out and about. Whether you want to hit the mountain, learn to skate, explore a museum, or go on an adventure, the Nutmeg State knows how to cure the Winter Blues. See a big list of 55 things to do this winter in Connecticut or browse the Winter Fun Guide for even more winter activity ideas. 

Featuring: Bridgeport Sound Tigers | Bushnell Park | Connecticut Science Center | Discovery Depot at Nature's Art Village | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | RPM Raceway Stamford | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


39 Things to do in December

39 Things to Do in Connecticut This December

Looking for something to do in Connecticut in December? Whether you want something active, relaxing, cultural, or nature-oriented, we have you covered. Learn more!

For even more ideas, check out CTvisit.com, where you can search by type of activity under the DO navigation tab, or browse articles full of ideas under the IDEAS tab.

Featuring: Adventure Rooms - Premier Room Escape | Alice in the Village | Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center | Bantam Lake | Blue Ox Axe Throwing - Bridgeport | Bridgeport Sound Tigers | Bruce Museum | Bushnell Park | Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Farm | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Florence Griswold Museum | Goodwin Park | Guilford Art Center | Hartford Stage | Hartford Wolfpack | Hot Rod Cafe | International Skating Center of Connecticut | Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Long Wharf Theatre | Lou's Christmas Tree Farm | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mohegan Sun | Montana Nights Axe Throwing | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Britain Museum of American Art | Osborne Homestead Museum | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Ridgefield Playhouse | Salt Cave of Darien | Ski Sundown | Spa at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Sundial Gardens & Tea Shop | Tea Roses Tea Room | The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Thrillz High Flying Adventure Park | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of Madison | Town of Middlebury | Town of New Milford | Town of South Windsor | Warner Theatre | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Wilton Historical Society | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center | Wood Memorial Library & Museum | Yale Center for British Art


Cross Country Skiing

Along for the Glide – Cross-Country Skiing Spots in Connecticut

There’s more to skiing in Connecticut than downhill runs. For fans of cross-country, or Nordic skiing, there are lots of places to ski, whether you’re a beginner, weekender or expert. Burning up to 600 calories an hour, cross-country skiing can be quite a workout, but it’s also a great way to experience the calm and stillness of some of Connecticut’s most breathtaking natural surroundings at your own pace. After a fresh snowstorm, you’ll find dozens of trails come to life in Connecticut, both groomed and natural, where you can indulge your senses in the beauty of a New England winter.

Featuring: Bolton Notch State Park | Chatfield Hollow Inn | Chatfield Hollow State Park | Gay City State Park | James L. Goodwin State Forest | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Quinnipiac River Linear Trail | Sleeping Giant State Park | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center


Mall Shopping

Let’s Go Holiday Shopping!

Whether you start after Thanksgiving dinner or take a weekend to get something for everyone on your list, there are so many great places to shop 'til you drop in Connecticut. From high-end malls to open-air shopping districts, outlet centers featuring designer names to small town main streets filled with charming local boutiques, here's a list of shopping hot spots around the state.

Featuring: Blue Back Square | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Crystal Mall | Danbury Fair | Enfield Square Mall | Meriden Square Mall | Stamford Town Center | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk | The Shoppes at Buckland Hills | The Shops at Farmington Valley | The Shops at Somerset Square | Westbrook Outlets


Litchfield Connecticut

8 Connecticut Towns with Real Holiday Spirit

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


Pick Christmas Trees

Pick Your Own: Christmas Trees & More for the Holidays

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 | Boardman House Inn | Castle Hill Farm | Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Farm | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Courtyard by Marriott - Shelton | 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 | Two Roads Brewing Company | Uncle Frank's Christmas Tree Farm | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Winterberry Farm


Santa at Shore Line Trolley Museum

Santa Rides the Rails

Holiday time in Connecticut can be especially festive, fun-filled and even magical if you happen to encounter Santa in your travels! And this season, Santa plans to make stops at several of the state’s holiday railways. Holiday train rides often sell out, so to ensure a Santa sighting, be sure to make your reservations!

Featuring: Connecticut Trolley Museum | Danbury Railway Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | The Shore Line Trolley Museum


Romantic Fall Getaways

Romantic Getaway Ideas for Fall

There are dozens of reasons why fall is considered one of the most romantic seasons of the year. Between the changing leaves, crisp air and roaring fireplaces—fall is the perfect time for a weekend away to unplug and reconnect with your significant other. To help you do just that, we’ve rounded up a selection of romantic fall getaway itineraries in Connecticut. This list of possibilities offers links to distinct, full itineraries. See which one appeals most, then just pack up, go and enjoy.

Featuring: City of Hartford | Essex Clipper Dinner Train | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Lake Waramaug State Park | Town of Essex | Town of Litchfield | Town of Wethersfield


Dogs Enjoying the Fall

Instagrammable Connecticut: Fall Activities with Your Dog

Who doesn’t love a good dog photo? The fall season is one of the best times to capture and share paw-fect photos of your four-legged friends. Whether pumpkin picking, hiking for the best foliage views or enjoying a picnic, your pet will be so doggone happy you’ll need to snap a picture. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures and check back often for new topics. To share your photos, simply tag with #CTvisit!

Featuring: Angevine Farm | The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm | Town of Brookfield | Town of Easton | Town of Middlefield | Town of Southington | Town of Thompson | Town of Washington | Town of Woodbridge | West Rock Ridge State Park


Peak Foliage

Connecticut's Foliage Finder: Week-by-Week Guide

Planning a New England leaf-peeping trip? Drive no farther than Connecticut! Since we offer New England's longest foliage season, you’ll find amazing color here throughout October and into November. To help you plan your trip, we’ve provided this handy guide showing peak foliage areas by week, courtesy of our friends at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as well as suggestions for seven driving loop tours.

Featuring: City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of New London | City of Stamford | City of Waterbury | Macedonia Brook State Park | People's State Forest | Shenipsit State Forest | Talcott Mountain State Park | Town of Branford | Town of Guilford | Town of Kent | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mansfield | Town of Norfolk | Town of Simsbury | Town of Woodstock


Millwright's Restaurant

Repurposed Spaces—Unique Restaurant Experiences in Connecticut

Ever dined in a jailhouse? (As a visitor, of course.) How about brunching in a fire station? Booking a fine dinner in an old schoolhouse? You can in Connecticut. Foodies can indulge themselves at an historic mill, a post office, even a gas station. Inventive restauranteurs have transformed all sorts of landmark venues into showcases for fine food, whether it’s a brick-oven pizza, fresh seafood, farm-to-table fare, or a classic hamburger (We invented it!). Next time you dine out, just look at the amazing places you can dine in:

Featuring: Crown & Hammer Restaurant & Pub | Engine Room | Foundry Kitchen & Tavern | Millwright's Restaurant | Ordinary | Plan B Burger Bar (Simsbury) | Present Company | Schoolhouse at Cannondale | Tavern at Graybarns | The Courthouse Bar & Grille | The Stand | Town of Litchfield | Town of Naugatuck | Town of Wallingford | Town of Westport | Union Street Tavern | Willimantic Brewing Company


Spa at Norwich Inn

Great Ways to Use Your Vacation Days

No time to take time off? If you’re one of the 41% of Americans who didn’t take a single vacation day in 2016, you’re not alone. Half of working Americans don't use all their paid-time off. No doubt, you’re busy. But if your job pays you for days off, why not use them — and use them well? Take a short jaunt to Connecticut for these physically and mentally refreshing ways to make the most of your days off. 

Featuring: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Bruce Museum | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Downtown Essex | Lyme Art Association | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Britain Museum of American Art | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Westbrook Outlets | White Flower Farm | Yale Center for British Art


Stamford Parade

4 Memorable Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Connecticut

The Thanksgiving holiday is on November 28 this year, and there are so many ways to enjoy this special time of friends, family and delicious food around the state.

Featuring: City of Stamford | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Town of Essex | Town of Manchester | Town of South Windsor


Hiddle Valley Perserve

Great Towns for Hiking Getaways

Whether you are a seasoned hiker or enjoy more leisurely treks, the experience of going on a hike can benefit the mind and body. Connecticut offers hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and walking trails, including 52 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Perfect access points to these trails also happen to be nestled within some of the state's most charming towns. So to help you plan a richer adventure, here are a few suggestions for hiking getaways, including where to eat, stay and play.

Featuring: Barcelona Wine Bar | Bulls Bridge | Circle Hotel Fairfield | Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum & Sanctuary | Deacon John Grave House (c.1685) | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Flamig Farm | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Hidden Valley Preserve | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Hi-Ho | Institute for American Indian Studies | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Mohegan | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Macedonia Brook State Park | Madison Beach Hotel | Mashamoquet Brook State Park | Penwood State Park | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Rockland Preserve | Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | Roseland Cottage Museum | Talcott Mountain State Park | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Company Store Antiques | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Windemere B&B | Town of Fairfield | Town of Kent | Town of Madison | Town of Simsbury | Town of Washington | Town of Woodstock | Tulmeadow Farm Store and Ice Cream Shop | White Horse Country Pub


Connecticut Sun

Connecticut’s Got Game: Pro Teams Turn on the Excitement

No matter what your game may be, come watch the Connecticut pro teams amp up the action. You don’t have to go far to see top-flight talent with thrilling skills, close to home. Odds are great that you’ll come back for more!

Featuring: Bridgeport Sound Tigers | City of Danbury | Connecticut Sun | Hartford Athletic | Hartford Wolfpack | Hartford Yard Goats | New Britain Bees | New England Black Wolves | Sea Unicorns


Butterflies Connecticut Science Center

7 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Connecticut

Meet the CT Ambassadors! CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of the region's most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspiration from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home, like the bloggers behind Unlocking Connecticut, who wrote this article.

Not every day is beautiful outside. New England serves up different flavors of inclement weather for each of its four distinctive seasons. Thankfully, there is a ton of fun, unique, and awesome indoor things to do. Here are seven suggestions for you...

Featuring: Connecticut Science Center | Fairfield County Antique & Design Center | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Mohegan Sun | Noujaim's Bistro | Ridgefield Playhouse | Town of Woodbury | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


Bradley International Airport

Love the Journey with Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport

Moving travelers on routes both domestic and international, and serving airlines including Delta, Southwest, American, Air Canada and Aer Lingus, Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, just outside of Hartford, is the busiest airport in New England after Boston Logan.

Featuring: Avon Old Farms Hotel | Bradley International Airport | Candlewood Suites Bradley International Airport - Windsor Locks | Connecticut Firefighter's Memorial | DoubleTree by Hilton - Windsor Locks | New England Air Museum | Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport | Simsbury 1820 House | Skyline Restaurant | The Goodwin Hotel | Winners Bradley


Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

Pet-Friendly Places to Visit in Fairfield County

Meet our four-legged friend and newest CT Ambassador! CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of the region's most popular bloggers sharing their love for Connecticut, like Porter the Goldendoodle at Tripveel, who shares his pet-friendly travel journey here.

Connecticut Ambassador: Fairfield County Pet Friendly Getaway

Hi, I’m Porter the Goldendoodle! An official CTvisit Pet Ambassador. Just like you, my parents love the good stuff... and we are always on the lookout for pet-friendly places to travel. In Fairfield County, we found pet-friendly luxury hotels to enjoy a stay in, delicious cuisine (sometimes with a menu just for me) and outdoor excursions—all just a quick ride from the big city! Check it out here, and follow my adventures on Instagram at @DoodNamedPorter or on Tripveel.

Featuring: Compo Beach | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Delamar Southport | Terrain Garden Cafe | Town of Greenwich


Beyond Stars Hollow

Beyond Stars Hollow: Gilmore Girls Inspiration in Connecticut

Each year, fans gather in Litchfield County to celebrate Connecticut’s favorite fictitious town, Stars Hollow. Recreate the magic of the "Dragonfly Inn" with an overnight stay at the Bee & Thistle Inn, located in Old Lyme. Another way to explore the magic is by experiencing the Gilmore Girls Getaway. Here are some other cities and towns around the state featured in the popular television show Gilmore Girls that are worth a visit.

Featuring: ANTIQ'S LLC | Antiques on the Farmington | Archie Moore's Bar & Restaurant (New Haven) | Ashley's Ice Cream (New Haven) | Blue State Coffee (Main St., Hartford) | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | LaSalle Market | Modern Apizza | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shops at Yale | Visit Collinsville | Viva Zapata | Yale University Visitor Center


Cider Donuts!

7 Connecticut Towns for Fall Family Fun

Meet the CT Ambassadors! 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, like blogger Mommy Poppins.

From apple picking to leaf peeping, fall in Connecticut is made for family fun!  The perfect fall weekend is a mixture of quality time with the family, festivals, farms, and tons of fresh air. Connecticut has enough Fall fun to fill up an entire weekend and then some. From cider in Mystic to the farms of Easton, every corner of the Nutmeg State exudes autumnal charm just begging to be explored. Make sure to check out Mommy Poppins for more fun things to do in Connecticut this fall

Featuring: B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Breck Marshall at Mystic Seaport | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Flamig Farm | Gozzi's Turkey Farm | Mystic Seaport Museum | Silverman's Farm | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Place | Town of Cornwall | Town of Easton | Town of Guilford | Town of Mystic | Town of Redding | Town of Simsbury | West Cornwall Covered Bridge


Mounting Biking

Mountain Biking at Its Best

With its many abrupt elevation changes, well organized forest lands and long history with two-wheelers (the pedal-assisted bicycle was invented in New Haven), Connecticut turns out to be a great place for mountain biking. There are dozens upon dozens of terrific trails in the state, many of them within state parks or forests. So get out your bike and helmet and begin your travels.

Featuring: Collis P. Huntington State Park | Millers Pond State Park | Mohawk State Forest | Nepaug State Forest | Pachaug State Forest | Rockland Preserve | Sunny Valley Preserve | Town of Greenwich | Town of Manchester | Westwoods Trails


Pumpkintown USA, East Hampton

Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun in Connecticut

With historic graveyards and real-life haunted mansions, Connecticut has Halloween spirit to spare. But if you have a child spooked by things that go bump in the night, October could be a reason to hide under the bed! Have no fear, from slimy surprises to pumpkin patches, read on to discover the best events across the state that offer more treats than tricks.

Featuring: Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Ray of Light Farm | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of East Hampton | Town of Kent | Town of West Hartford


Sleeping Giant State Park

Great Places to Hike with Your Dog

Nothing beats the freedom of getting out there on the trail — and that’s true for you and your best friend. Luckily, in Connecticut, we’ve got easy access to some of the most beautiful and diverse hiking in New England. Here are just a few of the places you can take your dog for a long walk, run or swim they’ll love (some even off-leash!) As well as a few places to “pawse” and enjoy a little downtime. This is by no means a full list, just a few suggestions to get you started.

Featuring: Bigelow Hollow State Park | Bluff Point Coastal Reserve | Burger Bar & Bistro | City of Danbury | Cranbury Park & Gallaher Estate | Elbow Room | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Esker Point Beach | Gillette Castle State Park | Harry's Place | Homewood Suites by Hilton - Stratford | La Quinta Inn & Suites - Danbury | Lake Mohegan | Lovers Leap State Park | Macedonia Brook State Park | Niantic Bay Beach | Sea View Snack Bar | Shenipsit State Forest | Sleeping Giant State Park | Sunnybrook State Park | The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk | Topstone Park | Town of Avon | Town of Branford | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | Town of South Windsor | Town of Southington | Town of Washington | Town of West Hartford


Enjoying the foliage view

Savor the Best of Fall in Connecticut with These Leaf “Pairings”

You’ve heard of wine pairings. Well, in Connecticut, we’ve got a few leaf “pairings” for you— tips on experiencing the dramatic and diverse foliage of a Connecticut fall, while enjoying a few great autumn activities. For the best viewing times, use our Foliage Finder to see when color is expected throughout the state.

Featuring: Chamard Vineyards | Connecticut Wine Trail | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Gillette Castle State Park | Haley Farm State Park | Indian Well State Park | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Mansion at Bald Hill | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Glass House | Town of East Haddam | Town of Essex | Town of New Canaan | Uncas Leap | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | White Memorial Foundation | Yale Bowl | Yale University Art Gallery


Woman with Goat doing Yoga

Yoga Worth Traveling For

When visitors think of traveling to Connecticut, the first thing that comes to mind most likely isn’t yoga. However, there are a lot of unique and unexpected yoga practices that are offered throughout the state that may just change your thinking. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert yogi, you'll find an experience for everyone to enjoy.

Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of Norwalk | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Valley Brewing Company | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Lost Acres Vineyard | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Salt Cave of Darien | Still Waters Retreat | Stonington Vineyards | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Branford | Town of East Hartford | Town of Hamden | Town of New Canaan | Town of Newtown | Town of Southington | Town of West Hartford | Winvian Farm | Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center


Mystic Aquarium

Where to Go for Family Fun After Dark

Have you seen the movie “Night at the Museum”? What if you could spend a night in an aquarium? Or a science center? Or a tipi? Connecticut has so many amazing things to do when the sun shines, you might be surprised to find out how many cool things there are to do after the sun goes down. These are just a few of the great ideas for family fun after dark in Connecticut. Be sure to check each location’s website for upcoming event dates and times.

Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce | Connecticut Science Center | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Essex Clipper Dinner Train | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mystic Aquarium | The Mark Twain House & Museum


Shrimp topped burger

Mouthwatering Stops for Foodies in Fairfield County

The CT Ambassadors from UnlockingConnecticut.com are at it again! Check their list of amazing places to eat in Fairfield County. 

Hey, foodies! Fairfield County has plenty of amazingly fabulous eating establishments and we're sharing some that have impressed us during our travels. From BBQ to Vietnamese, to burgers, to wine bars, and then some, here are some spots you need to put on your "gotta try it" list! Your taste buds and belly will thank you. 

Featuring: Artisan Restaurant, Tavern & Garden | City of Danbury | Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant | The Cue | The Spread | Town of Bethel


Comstock Covered Bridge

Visit Connecticut’s Hidden Gems this Fall

Each fall, people visit Connecticut to see brilliant displays of foliage in every corner of the state. But even if you live here, there may be a few spots in Connecticut that you’ve never seen, and the fall season is a great time to discover them for yourself. Here are just a few hidden gems worth exploring during the fall.

Featuring: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Comstock Covered Bridge | Grace Farms | New England Motorcycle Museum | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Sachem Farmhouse B&B | The Vanilla Bean Café


Connecticut River Museum, Essex

Connecticut's Quaint Towns & Villages

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


Roseland Cottage

Historic Homes & Gardens You Need to Tour

Old houses have treasures to find and secrets to uncover, and in Connecticut, there are over four centuries of homes to explore. Some were home to well-known historic figures, like Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Others were built by individuals who became larger than life, such as actor William Gillette’s “castle” on the Connecticut River and dictionary namesake Noah Webster’s West Hartford birthplace. Still others house amazing art collections or are surrounded by lush, expertly tended gardens. You’ll find dozens of these historic houses, many of which are National Historic Landmarks, all over the state—and each has a story to tell.

Featuring: Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Deacon John Grave House (c.1685) | Florence Griswold Museum | General David Humphreys House (c.1698) | Gillette Castle State Park | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Greenwich Historical Society | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hempsted Houses | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Hollister House Garden | Leffingwell House Museum | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Ogden House & Gardens | Osborne Homestead Museum | Phelps-Hatheway House (1761) | Roseland Cottage Museum | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum


Guilford Town Green

Step Back in Time in These Connecticut Towns and Cities

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


Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Connecticut 2019

Every September, the city of Munich, Germany comes alive with the legendary Oktoberfest celebration. Here in Connecticut, the tradition carries on with various events around the state in September and October. Check out a few of the Oktoberfest-style celebrations going on this fall.

Featuring: City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of Norwich | City of Shelton | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Town of Bethel | Town of Branford | Town of Chester | Town of Derby | Town of Middlebury | Town of Westport | Two Roads Brewing Company


Pumpkin Patch

Instagrammable Connecticut: Pumpkin Patches

You can find pumpkins nearly anywhere this time of year. But if you’re looking for a truly authentic pumpkin-picking experience – visit one of Connecticut’s picturesque farms and pumpkin patches. These destinations not only offer pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, but also unique backdrops for your next #fall Instagram photo.

Featuring: Angevine Farm | Lyman Orchards | Silverman's Farm | The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm | Town of East Hampton | Whittle's Willow Spring Farm


Brewport Brewing Company, Bridgeport

Drawing a Crowd—The Connecticut Craft Beer Revolution

The Connecticut craft brew industry is booming. Small start-ups are gaining traction with fans and current establishments are expanding their lineups—and their tasting spaces. Even brewers who’ve been around awhile are putting out new and inviting releases. Some offer food, and many are family- and dog-friendly as well. We asked a few craft beer fans what breweries were particularly worthy of checking out right now. 

Featuring: Brewery Legitimus | Brewport | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Fox Farm Brewery | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kinsmen Brewing Company | New England Brewing Company | Relic Brewing Company | The Connecticut Beer Trail | These Guys Brewing Company | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewery at Colt | Town of East Haven | Town of Hamden | Town of West Hartford | Two Roads Brewing Company


Something for Every Generation

“Grand” Touring: Connecticut Has Something for Every Generation

Nothing strengthens bonds and builds long-lasting memories better than spending time with grandparents. But in today’s hectic world, it seems like it’s getting harder to find the time to get every generation in one place. Fortunately, one of the hottest trends out there these days is “multigenerational travel” — planning a trip with any combination of grandparents, parents, kids and grandkids. Luckily, in Connecticut, you don’t have to travel far to find many attractions and experiences that will interest and entertain travelers of all ages.

Featuring: B&B at Bartlett Farm | Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Blue Venture Fishing Charters | Bluefin Sportfishing Charters | Clarke Outdoors | Escape 101 | Escape New Haven | Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park | Hammonasset Beach State Park Campground | Housatonic Anglers | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Lock Museum of America | Mashamoquet Brook State Park Campgrounds | Mystified Escape Rooms | Odetah Camping Resort | SoundWaters | Team vs Time - Premier Room Escape | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Washington | Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route in Connecticut


September Second Summer

September: Second Summer

As we all know, summer doesn’t officially end until September 22, which means there’s still time to do some of the things you never got around to before Labor Day. And what’s not to love about the September version of summer in Connecticut? The crowds are down, the weather and water are both still warm, prices are sometimes reduced…heck, it might be the nicest summer month of all.  

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Ferris Acres Creamery | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Lobster Landing | Madison Beach Hotel | Rich Farm Ice Cream | Rocky Neck State Park | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Sherwood Island State Park | UConn Dairy Bar | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


Westport Country Playhouse

Great Stages of Connecticut

Connecticut is home to six of the best regional theaters in the country — together producing an amazing array of fresh interpretations of the classics as well as new plays and musicals. It also boasts many other inviting venues that present touring shows. So you'll never be far from a night (or a day) out at the theater when you're in Connecticut.

Featuring: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center | Goodspeed Opera House Tour | Hartford Stage | Ivoryton Playhouse | Long Wharf Theatre | Shubert Theatre | Westport Country Playhouse | Yale Repertory Theatre


Wine glass with red wine

Harvest Time at Connecticut’s Vineyards

We’re thrilled to welcome a new CT Ambassador to the site! Christina from Threads & Vino visited a few of Connecticut’s farm wineries for a closer look at the harvest process (and the tasting process too!)

Featuring: Hopkins Vineyard | Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries | Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | Sunset Meadow Vineyards


Nautical Nightmares

Fear Factor: Haunted Houses in Connecticut

Halloween has become a month-long celebration in Connecticut, especially among older kids who want to scare themselves half to death. To help them do just that, a creepy world of haunted houses, scary hayrides and cemetery tours have popped up to ratchet up the fear factor. Be warned that most of these attractions are not for young children. Get ready to get your scare on with these frightfully good Connecticut haunts!

Featuring: City of Bristol | City of Milford | City of New Haven | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mystic Seaport Museum | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Town of Lebanon | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam | Town of South Windsor | Town of Stratford | Town of Wallingford | Town of West Hartford


Girl with strawberries

Down on the Farm

Dozens of Connecticut farms are ready to host you and your family for an ever-increasing variety of outdoor activities. The kids can run off their energy in the fields, and you can bring home a bag full of goodies. What’s not to like? Below are a few examples of what you can find.

Featuring: Flamig Farm | Jones Family Farms | Lyman Orchards | Rose's Berry Farm


Lovers Leap State Park

6 Things to Add to Your Fall Bucket List

The great outdoors beckon, the hills are full of color, and you’re full of ideas for things you’d like to try for the first time. And in case you’re not, we’ve got some suggestions for you.

Featuring: Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Housatonic Meadows State Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lovers Leap State Park | Lyman Orchards | Mount Tom State Park


Fishing

Hooked on Fishing

When it comes to fishing in Connecticut waters, the question becomes which sort of waters, and fish, are you most interested in? There are saltwater and fresh, running water and flat, bait and fly fishing…so many ways to hook you into this spring pastime.

Featuring: Salmon River State Forest


Enders State Forest

7 Perfect Spots for Wedding or Engagement Photos in Connecticut

Planning a wedding in Connecticut? There are so many scenic and unique spots to capture these magic moments, from engagement to nuptials. We asked Connecticut photography team Chris and Becca Nelson to give us their expert opinions and to share a few photos featuring some of their favorite places to photograph happy couples.

Featuring: City of Hartford | Edgerton Park | Enders State Forest | Harkness Memorial State Park | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Old Lyme | Yale University Visitor Center


Stony Creek Brewery, Branford

Destination Breweries in Connecticut

Destination breweries are growing in popularity for beer aficionados and casual beer drinkers alike. From playful interior design to tasting decks with a view, breweries large and small are letting their personality show through. And in Connecticut, our compact size makes it easy to explore one or more of these hot spots in a single trip. We spoke with Will Siss, Connecticut Beer author and self-described “beer snob,” to get to the bottom of Connecticut’s growing appeal.

Featuring: Beer'd Brewing Company | Brewport | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Cottrell Brewing Company | Firefly Hollow Brewing Company | Half Full Brewery | J. Timothy's Taverne | New England Brewing Company | Outer Light Brewing Company | Overshores Brewing Company | Relic Brewing Company | Shebeen Brewing Company | Stony Creek Brewery | Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company | Town of Branford | Two Roads Brewing Company | Willimantic Brewing Company


Date Night

Date Night Done Right

When dinner and a movie just won’t cut it, it’s time to change your definition of date night. Upgrade to a weekend at one of Connecticut's world-class resort casinos, and enjoy gaming, upscale accommodations, fine dining, big-name entertainment and soothing spas.

Featuring: Bobby's Burger Palace | Earth Hotel at Mohegan Sun | Foxwoods Resort Casino | G Spa at Foxwoods | Grand Pequot Tower | Great Cedar Hotel | Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun | Michael Jordan's Steak House | Mohegan Sun | Norwich Spa at Foxwoods | Todd English's Tuscany | Two Trees Inn


Beer Fests

Connecticut Beer Fests to Fall for This Autumn

Our CT Ambassador, Kevin Mardorf of CTBeer.com is back with a new list of great spots for beer lovers over the next few months (including Oktoberfest celebrations)! Check out his list below, and make sure you bookmark CTBeer.com and follow @CTBeer on Instagram for upcoming beer fests and other events!

Autumn is like Christmas time in the world of beer festivals. The weather is more comfortable than in the summer and usually more stable than in the spring. Most importantly – the flavors and styles tend to get more diverse. And then there’s a little thing called Oktoberfest…

Featuring: Beer'd Brewing Company | Black Hog Brewing Company | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of Shelton | City of Stamford | City of Waterbury | Hartford Flavor Company | Hartford Yard Goats | Lighthouse Point Park | Mohegan Sun | Mount Southington Ski Area | New England Brewing Company | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Ocean Beach Park | Relic Brewing Company | Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | Stony Creek Brewery | Town of Manchester | Town of Naugatuck | Town of North Haven | Two Roads Brewing Company | Willimantic Brewing Company | Witchdoctor Brewery


Hot Dogs with Chili

Good Eats on the Cheap

The CT Ambassadors are on the hunt for the best-tasting bargain-priced meals in the state. Here's a list from the fanatic foodies at CTEatsOut.com.

In my search for quality lunch spots in Connecticut, I began a quest for fast casual restaurants that satisfied my stomach- and my wallet. I wanted restaurants where you could sit down for a quick bite, or order your food to go, and that offer large servings or the ability to get multiple items for under $10. Here are a handful of my finds.

Featuring: City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of Waterbury | Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant | Town of Wethersfield | Valencia Luncheria


Bartlett Arboretum

Great Connecticut Gardens for Fall

Spring and Summer may be Connecticut’s most popular months for garden hopping, but those seasons pale in comparison to the natural colors that take over in fall. Here are just a few of the places that remain great garden destinations for visits and activities throughout the autumn months.

Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Edgerton Park | Florence Griswold Museum | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Hill-Stead Museum | Logee's Greenhouses | Town of West Hartford | White Flower Farm


Connecticut Hikes

Hike 8 of Connecticut’s Coolest Treks

Whether passing through forests, along mountain ridges or in wetland preserves, Connecticut’s hiking trails offer a range of things to experience, from soaring views and lush scenery to winding rivers and even a waterfall or two. So we got some advice from someone who knows them well. Rob McWilliams is an avid hiker who details his four-season adventures on western and central Connecticut trails in his blog, McWilliams Takes a Hike. He shared a few of his favorite hikes with us, along with tips on what to look for, how to get there and even where to park (including GPS coordinates).

Featuring: Lake Waramaug State Park | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Mount Riga State Park | New England National Scenic Trail | People's State Forest | Timberlands Trails | Town of Guilford | Town of Redding | Town of Sharon


Magnificent Murals

Magnificent Murals

If the weather drives you indoors, take advantage with a survey course on Connecticut’s murals. These large-size gems are well worth seeking out, and they represent a thrilling variety of styles and subject matter. Tackle them one at a time or make it a tour – but be assured there’s no such thing as cabin fever in these rooms.

Featuring: New Britain Museum of American Art | Norwalk WPA Murals | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wall to Wall: The New London Mural Walk | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Chamard Vineyard, Clinton

Best Date Spots in Connecticut

Coming up with a date idea is no easy feat – whether you’re planning a first date, third date, a big anniversary or something special for that special someone. To ease the stress, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Connecticut date spots, broken down by what kind of date you’re planning.

Featuring: Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | Chamard Vineyards | City Steam Brewery Cafe | Firebox Restaurant | Firehouse 12 | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Gouveia Vineyards | Griswold Inn | Little Barn | Maugle Sierra Vineyards & Winery | Miranda Vineyard | Miya's Sushi | Mohegan Sun | Old Riverton Inn | Stanton House Inn | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | Willimantic Brewing Company


Fashionista Tour

Fashionista Tour

If you're worth your salt in style in Connecticut, you should know about these six boutiques in our state. Each store has its own unique approach to fashion, and all are run by the chicest women you ever did meet. Grab your favorite shopping partner and hit the road — all are well worth the visit!

Featuring: City of Milford | Town of Avon | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Westport | Town of Wilton | Town of Woodbury


Motorcycle Cruises

Great Motorcycle Cruises

Whether your preferred bike is a vintage Harley, a comfy Honda Gold Wing or even a Can-Am three-wheeler, you’ll be impressed by Connecticut’s curvy back roads, scenic views and bike-friendly amenities.

Featuring: Bigelow Hollow State Park | Roseland Cottage Museum | Town of Ashford | Town of Eastford | Town of Putnam | Town of Seymour | Town of Tolland | Town of Winchester/Winsted | Town of Windham | Town of Woodbury | White Horse Country Pub


Adventure Park

5 Ways to Get the Most out of Fall

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 | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Yale University Art Gallery


Grove Street Cemetary

Ghost Hunting Places in Connecticut

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


Mattabesset

Connecticut's Top 10 Hiking Trails

Connecticut today is crisscrossed by hundreds of miles of hiking trails. These 10 hikes run through high land and low, across difficult and easy terrain, and they offer unique insight into the geology, flora and fauna of the state. They also serve as blissful, highly satisfying getaways from the noise and crowds of daily life.

Featuring: Bigelow Hollow State Park | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Mattabesett Blue Trail | Mine Hill Preserve/Roxbury Land Trust | Town of East Haven | Town of Kent | Town of Washington | Town of Wolcott | Tunxis State Forest | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum


Madison Beach Hotel

5 Romantic Inns by the Sea

Few things feed romance like a sea breeze and a room with a view. Whatever it is you choose to do during the day in Connecticut, you can count on a romantic inn at night. It's just one of those things that we do extremely well.

Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Inn at Stonington | Madison Beach Hotel | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Water's Edge Resort & Spa


Mediterraneo of Norwalk

Dining with a View

It is always a pleasure to drive through the Connecticut countryside on a glorious afternoon in any season, but you can really up the ante with a leisurely lunch or dinner with a view. Here are some restaurants where you can seek and find the season’s best light.

Featuring: Essex Clipper Dinner Train | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Gelston House | Hopkins Inn Restaurant | Madison Beach Hotel | Mediterraneo of Norwalk | Millwright's Restaurant | OnTheMarc | Rocks 21 | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | The Blue Oar | The Inn at Woodstock Hill


Foliage Landscape

7 Awesome Autumn Activities in Connecticut

How do you “fall”? In Connecticut, we’ve got so many ways to make the most of the fall season—all so close to each other. By day, you can enjoy scenic foliage views, pick-your-own apple orchards and pumpkin farms. By night, take a haunted tour or a zip-line through a dark forest. Here are just a few great ideas for visiting Connecticut this fall!

Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Fields of Fire Adventure Park | Hollister House Garden | Kent Falls State Park | Lyman Orchards | Prudence Crandall Museum | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sleeping Giant State Park | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Sculpture Mile | The Shore Line Trolley Museum


Lyman Orchards Corn Maze

10 Amazing Corn Mazes in Connecticut

Corn mazes are a fall tradition in Connecticut. You’ll be impressed by the sheer number of mazes in the state and the mind-boggling creativity that goes into building them. Some are daytime mazes with clues and hints, and some let you come back in the dark with a flashlight if you’ve got the nerve. So if no one’s told you to go get lost lately, maybe it’s time to do it yourself, and bring along family and friends. Can’t get enough? Most are open on weekends. Check websites for details.

Featuring: Castle Hill Farm | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Fort Hill Farms | Lyman Orchards | March Farm | Town of Griswold | Town of South Windsor | Town of Trumbull | Town of Windsor | Town of Woodbury


West Cornwall Bridge

Bridging History

With its long history and many rivers and streams, Connecticut has always found a challenge in getting from one side of the water to the other. First came the ferries, but then came the bridges, and they kept on coming until all the rivers were adequately crossed. Today, Connecticut contains a broad array of bridges, many of them unique for their history or design. Here’s a tour of some of the most interesting.

Featuring: City of Hartford | Town of East Haddam | Town of Mystic | West Cornwall Covered Bridge


Couple enjoying foliage from Hueblien Tower, Simsbury

10 Fall Experiences You Just Can’t Have in the City

The best parts of fall are simply unavailable in the city; no hills rolling with color, no apple orchards or pumpkin patches, and certainly no historic cider mills. Luckily, Connecticut has all of these and more, and it’s just a brief drive away. This short list is packed with everything from pumpkin picking to hot cider and corn mazes.

Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Belltown Hill Orchards | Berkshire Balloons | Black Hog Brewing Company | Chester Charter, Inc. | Connecticut Dinosaur Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Dinosaur State Park | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Fort Hill Farms | Giuffrida Park | Haley Farm State Park | Hidden Valley Preserve | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Hogan's Cider Mill | Kent Falls State Park | Lyman Orchards | Mooney Time | New England Cider Company | Nomads Outdoor Adventure | RiverQuest | Rose's Berry Farm | Scott's Yankee Farmer | Silverman's Farm | Skydive Danielson | Spoke + Spy Ciderworks | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm | These Guys Brewing Company | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Coventry | Town of Durham | Town of Litchfield | Town of Putnam | Town of Trumbull | Town of Woodbury | Two Roads Brewing Company | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms


Apples in a basket

All Things Apple

The CT Ambassadors are on the hunt for the best apple-picking spots in the state. Here's a list from the fanatic foodies at CTEatsOut.com.

Connecticut has a number of orchards and farms stores all over the state, which, come fall, make apples the name of their game. Whether you’re looking for apple cider donuts or apple fritters to munch on, an apple pie to pass off as your own, or an orchard to enjoy a day of pick-your-own with family and friends, Connecticut has it all. Here are five places across the state that cover all the bases:

Featuring: B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard | Lyman Orchards | Rogers Orchards Shuttle Meadow Farm | Town of Glastonbury


New London Harbor Light

Connecticut’s Legendary Lighthouses

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: City of Norwalk | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Custom House Maritime Museum | Downeast Lighthouse Cruises | Lighthouse Point Park | Mystic River Historical Society | New Haven Green | New London Historic Waterfront District | Old Lighthouse Museum | R/V "Spirit of the Sound" | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Fairfield | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Stonington | Town of Stratford | Winvian Farm


Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

Connecticut with Teens

Planning a vacation or just a day out with the family can be made ten times more difficult if you’ve got a teenager to please. Whether they’re tweens growing out of kid’s stuff or full-blown teenagers with a driver’s license and an attitude, we asked a few of them to share some pain-free experiences that can help make any outing more fun for the whole family.

Featuring: Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Copper Creek Mini Golf at Nature's Art Village | Escape New Haven | Farmington River Tubing | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Mystified Escape Rooms | Nomads Adventure Quest | PEZ Visitor Center | Pursue the Clues | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Sugar Factory American Brasserie | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Connecticut Pizza Trail | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Bethel


Zip's Diner

Counter Culture—A Connecticut Comfort Food Road Trip

The closest thing to time travel is a diner. Settling into a stool at the clean Formica counter or easing yourself into a plush booth, you’re transported to an era when people kept their eyes on each other, not a gadget. Perhaps we need them more than ever. Connecticut has plenty of diners and cafes built on integrity. Owners take pride in their prompt service, not to mention their thick-cut fries and blue-plate specials. Hop in. We’re taking a road trip! 

Featuring: Black Duck Cafe | Glenwood Drive-In | Shady Glen Dairy Stores | Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant | Zips Diner


Connecticut by Bicycle

Connecticut by Bicycle

On back roads, canal paths, wooded trails and coastal excursions, there is biking for everyone in Connecticut – so pop your bikes onto the top of your car and head out for the wide-open spaces.

Featuring: Prudence Crandall Museum | Town of Colchester | Town of East Haddam | Town of Middlebury | Town of Southbury | Tunxis State Forest


Connecticut River Museum, Essex

Arriving by Water — Connecticut’s Port Towns

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 | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Connecticut River Museum | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Discover East Lyme | Docking at Mystic Seaport Museum | Downtown Essex | Essex Island Marina | Fort Trumbull Marina | Griswold Inn | Guilford Art Center | Guilford Mooring | Guilford Town Marina | Guilford Walking Tours | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Pizza | Mystic Point Marina | Mystic River Marina | Mystic Seaport Museum | New London Historic Waterfront District | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | Port Niantic | 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


New England Cider Company

Connecticut’s New Hard Cider Renaissance

Tasting cider can have a lot in common with tasting wine—some are dry, others sweet, with fruit or botanical notes. And like craft IPAs, hand-crafted hard ciders can have a character and uniqueness all their own. From start-up craft cideries to longtime Connecticut farms and orchards branching out into the business, here are few must-visit cider destinations in Connecticut. 

Featuring: B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Hogan's Cider Mill | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | New England Cider Company | Spoke + Spy Ciderworks | Stafford Cidery | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms


Bet on Family Fun at Connecticut Casinos

Bet on Big Family Fun at Connecticut Casinos

Connecticut’s world-class casino resorts, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, are known for grown-up fun. But they also have a not-so-very well-kept secret — unlike many casinos around the world, these casinos really do have something for the whole family, including those under the legal gambling age of 21. As a weekend destination, you can set up camp there and even visit Mystic Aquarium or Mystic Seaport, just a short drive away. But, as for the casinos themselves, you should find lots to keep everyone entertained.

Featuring: Carlo's Bakery Mohegan Sun | Connecticut Sun | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana at Mohegan Sun | Grand Pequot Tower | Hard Rock Cafe at Foxwoods | High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Johnny Rockets - Mohegan Sun | Junior's | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mohegan Sun | Mohegan Sun's Sky Tower and Earth Tower | Monza World Class Karting at Foxwoods | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Black Wolves | Sugar Factory American Brasserie | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Fox Tower Hotel


Simsbury 1820 House

Get a Room with a Foliage View at these Connecticut Inns & B&Bs

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 | Boardman House Inn | Gwyn Careg Inn | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Inn | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Manor House Inn | Mountain View Green Retreat | Roger Sherman Inn | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Simsbury 1820 House | Stonecroft Country Inn | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | West Lane Inn


Foliage Drives

Find Fall Faster with Connecticut's Top Fall Foliage Drives

Ready for some leaf peeping? Head no farther than Connecticut, where you'll find New England’s longest fall foliage season. Running from north to south steadily over about 6 weeks, the foliage coverage varies, but there’s always somewhere to see the colors change. Thanks to our friends at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, here are a few suggested driving “loops” to get you out and about during prime leaf peeping season. Be sure to program your mapping app, or set your gps, for an amazing drive through the wonders of fall in Connecticut.

Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | American Museum of Tort Law | Antiques Marketplace | Arrigoni Winery | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Boardman House Inn | Candlelight Farms Inn | City of New London | Copper Beech Inn | Creamery Brook Bison | Danbury Railway Museum | Dev's on Bank | Devil's Hopyard State Park | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Enders State Forest | Gelston House | Guilford Art Center | Hank's Dairy Bar | Hartford Flavor Company | Hickory Hill Orchards | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk | Inn at Middletown | Kent Falls State Park | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Lost Acres Vineyard | Maple Bank Farm | Matterhorn Mini Golf | Mystic Sweets & Ice Cream Shoppe | Olde Mistick Village | Prudence Crandall Museum | RiverQuest | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Steamboat Inn | Stew Leonard's Norwalk | Sweet Claude's Ice Cream Parlor | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Cooking Company (Haddam) | The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Simsbury Inn | These Guys Brewing Company | Time Out Taverne | Town of Chester | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Litchfield | UConn Dairy Bar | West Street Grill | White Silo Farm & Winery | Woodbury Antiques Trail | Yale University Visitor Center


Mount Tom State Park

5 Knockout Views for Fall

Actually, it’s hard NOT to find a good foliage view in Connecticut when autumn rolls around. But there are some standouts that you might want to seek out.

Featuring: Gillette Castle State Park | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Mattabesett Blue Trail | Mount Tom State Park | Pachaug State Forest


Connecticut Wine Passport

Passport Adventures to Connecticut's Farm Wineries

We’re thrilled to welcome back CT Ambassador, Christina from Threads & Vino, who visited a few of Connecticut’s farm wineries and vineyards and documented her adventures on the way!

There are so many fun things going on at your local Connecticut Wineries. Wine releases, live music, and the Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries program. Check it out!

Featuring: Gouveia Vineyards | Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery | Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries | Rosabianca Vineyards


Cava Restaurant, Southington

Up Top - Connecticut Restaurants With a View

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


Clam Castle

Roadside Food Extravaganza

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.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Blackie's Hot Dogs | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Clam Castle | Denmo's Dairy & Snack Bar | Glenwood Drive-In | Guida's Drive-in Restaurant | Harry's Place | Johnny Ad's | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Stowe's Seafood | Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant | The Place


Girl in lavender

Instagrammable Connecticut: Family and Maternity Photo Shoots

Planning a family or maternity photo shoot? Connecticut features many scenic destinations that make perfect backdrops for capturing special moments and milestones with your family. Whether framing and hanging or sharing them to your feed, these destinations will provide the opportunity to capture your precious memories. 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 them using #CTvisit!

Featuring: Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harkness Memorial State Park | Lavender Pond Farm | Silver Sands State Park | Topsmead State Forest | Town of New Canaan


Shark Week

Shark Week Comes Early to Connecticut!

The Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week“ festivities may not officially start until later this summer (July 22), but Connecticut museums and attractions are getting a head start with all kinds of exhibits and shows about sharks. So, if you can’t get enough of these ocean superstars, check out these Connecticut spots offering a closer look.

Featuring: Bruce Museum | Mystic Aquarium | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Trumbull | Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl & Grill | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Nowalk Oyster Festival

Shuck and Savor - Oysters in Connecticut

More than 70,000 acres of shellfish farms are cultivated in Connecticut’s coastal waters, harvesting over 200,000 bushels of oysters from Long Island Sound and Fisher’s Island Sound every year. With an outstanding reputation for quality and an outstanding safety record, the Connecticut oyster industry delivers fresh fish to restaurants and markets around the state.

Featuring: Litchfield Saltwater Grille | Max's Oyster Bar | Oyster Club | Ripka's Beach Cafe | S&P Oyster Co. | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | Water Street Cafe


Sugar Factory at Foxwoods

Instagrammable Connecticut: Ice Cream Experiences

Why just have ice cream, when you can have an insta-worthy ice cream experience? Whether it’s served in an unusual setting, or flash-frozen right in front of you, or it’s an over-the-top work of art—Connecticut is full of innovative twists on this classic treat. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re sharing posts featuring Connecticut’s photogenic adventures

Featuring: Capital Ice Cream | Grass Roots Ice Cream | Milkcraft - Fairfield | Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream | Sugar Factory American Brasserie | We-Li-Kit Farm


University of Connecticut, Storrs

A Day Well Spent on the Connecticut Barns Trail

Our CT Ambassador, Deb Cohen of The Front Door Project, recently took a ride on the Connecticut Barns Trail, established by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. She visited key sights around Connecticut’s northeast region on her way to check out some of the most scenic and historic barns in the state.

Featuring: Buell's Orchard | Connecticut Barns Trail | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | Roseland Cottage Museum | UConn Dairy Bar | University of Connecticut Animal Barns Self-Guided Tours


Follow the Clues

Follow the Clues - Scavenger Hunts in Connecticut

You can find special event scavenger hunts year round in Connecticut—some are tied to events and celebrations, others are just a unique way to discover a museum or attraction. They’re also perfect for school groups and a great team-building idea for businesses and organizations. Best of all, it’s a fun way to experience some of Connecticut’s best hidden treasures.

Featuring: Adventure Rooms - Premier Room Escape | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Escape 101 | Escape New Haven | Forbidden Escape | Hill-Stead Museum | Mission Escape Games | Museum of Connecticut History | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystified Escape Rooms | Panic Room | Pursue the Clues | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Team vs Time - Premier Room Escape | The Storyteller's Cottage | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Wigwam Escape | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Take a Class - Sailing

Take a Class While Traveling in Connecticut

These days tourism can be so much more than ticking a few places off your list. In fact, visitors to Connecticut often seek out lessons, classes and workshops to enhance their experience. No grades or tests, but you (or even your kids) may go home with a new skill, insight or even a handmade souvenir! 

Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Fascia's Chocolates | Fired Up | Florence Griswold Museum | Gold Rush Farm LLC | Grace Farms | Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio Gallery & School | Jones Family Farms | Le Rouge Handmade Chocolates by Aarti | Lee's Riding Stable | Lime Rock Park | Mead Farm | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Science & Sailing | Painting with a Twist | Spring Meadow Farm | The Storyteller's Cottage | The Wine Press | Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park | Weir Farm National Historic Site


Country Fair Midway

Country Fair Season is Here

Late summer/early fall is country fair time in Connecticut. Across the state, you’ll find authentic country fairs that have been an annual event here for generations. From midways to music, livestock competitions to deep-fried everything, there’s no better way to spend a day, night or weekend than at the fair! Here’s a short list of just a few of the fairs happening in August and September.

Featuring: City of Norwalk | Town of Berlin | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Brooklyn | Town of Durham | Town of East Hampton | Town of Goshen | Town of Guilford | Town of Harwinton | Town of Hebron | Town of Somers | Town of Woodstock


Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston

Connecticut’s Great Lakes

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


Rent a Boat in Connecticut

Rent a Boat to See the Best of Connecticut

One of Connecticut’s greatest attractions is its long-standing love affair with the water — from its history as one of the country’s first maritime ports to today’s shoreline and riverside marinas filled with fishing boats and pleasure craft. Even if you don’t have a yacht (or a dinghy) of your own, there are many places you can rent, hire or charter a boat to explore some of the best sights (and most amazing views) on the water. 

Featuring: Argia Mystic Cruises | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Black Hawk | Blue Venture Fishing Charters | Bluefin Sportfishing Charters | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Captain John's Tiki Tours | Clarke Outdoors | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Grass Island Cruises | Hel-Cat II | Joy Ride Charters of Connecticut | Main Stream Canoes & Kayaks | Middlebank II | Osprey Sport Fishing | Poet's Lounge Charters | Real Escape | RiverQuest | Sabino | Sail-works.com | Scoot & Paddle | Sea Kayak Connecticut | Sunbeam Fleet


CT Swimming Holes

Connecticut's Best Swimming Holes!

Sure, summer is a beach thing, but when looking to avoid the heavy crowds, visiting one of Connecticut’s swimming holes allows for just as much fun — whether it’s a refreshing dip after a picnic lunch, a relaxing afternoon tanning by the rock bed, or for adrenaline junkies, jumping off high boulders or tubing on the rapids. Here is a list of some of the best swimming holes the state has to offer:

Featuring: Burr Pond State Park | Chatfield Hollow State Park | Gardner Lake State Park | Gay City State Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Mashamoquet Brook State Park | Mount Tom State Park | Mount Tom State Park


Father fishing with Son and Daughter

Go Fish in Connecticut

Whether you’re fly fishing the Housatonic or Farmington Rivers, catching monster Northern Pike in Bantam Lake, or even cruising Long Island Sound for favorites like fluke, porgy, sea bass, and bluefish, fishing in Connecticut has never been more popular. And thanks to our friends at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), now it’s even easier to get out there, with online resources and a website filled with tips, guides, maps and more. Check out a few of the great sites available to help you reel in the big one in Connecticut.

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Rafting, West Cornwall

5 Ways to Get Out on the Water

With hundreds of miles of shoreline on Long Island Sound, more than 1,500 lakes and ponds, and rivers of every size and description, Connecticut is an excellent playground for those who like to have fun on the water. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Featuring: Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Clarke Outdoors | Farmington River Tubing | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Town of Lyme | Town of New Milford | Volsunga IV Thimble Island Cruise


Fishing on Long Island Sound Connecticut

6 Reasons Why the Connecticut Shore is a Top U.S. Fishing Destination

If you love saltwater fishing, the compact state of Connecticut offers huge opportunities. A world-renowned estuary, more than 100 species, U.S. Coast Guard-certified captains and easy access make Connecticut’s shoreline fishing a top United States destination for any experienced or novice saltwater fisherman.  

Featuring: Black Hawk | Blue Venture Fishing Charters | Bluefin Sportfishing Charters | Islander Sport Fishing Charters | Middlebank | Rock & Roll | Sea Sprite | Southbound Charters


Chowder Days at Mystic Seaport

Connecticut's Seafood Festivals 2019

New England is known for mouthwatering fresh seafood, and Connecticut is right in the heart of it. Late summer and early fall bring annual festivals to towns around the state.

Featuring: City of Milford | City of Norwalk | Lighthouse Point Park | Mystic Seaport Museum | Sherwood Island State Park | Town of Chester


Griswold Inn, Essex

Romantic Winter Retreats in Connecticut

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 | Manor House Inn | Meli-Melo | Old Lyme Inn | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RiverQuest | Rocky Neck State Park | 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


Blackberry River Inn

Isn’t it Romantic? Warm Places for Winter Dates in Connecticut

Kindling the fires of your heart will keep winter’s chill at bay. Are you ready for romance? Here are a few uniquely Connecticut date ideas to add to your romance bucket list this winter.

Featuring: Blackberry River Inn | Gouveia Vineyards | Tavern on Main


Foliage Biking

7 Unique Ways to Enjoy Leaf Peeping in Connecticut

Sure, you can take a scenic drive and see great fall foliage in Connecticut. But why not try a new way to experience leaf peeping this fall? Hop on your motorcycle, grab your bike, get out on a boat, zipline through the trees or savor the view from the winery, from a vintage steam train, from a hot air balloon, even from bed at a cozy B&B. Here are some of the best ways to watch nature put on the best show in New England!

Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Blackberry River Inn | Chatfield Hollow Inn | Clarke Outdoors | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Connecticut Wine Trail | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Gillette Castle State Park | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Jonathan Edwards Winery | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Mount Tom State Park | Mountain Biking at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Old Furnace State Park | Preston Ridge Vineyard | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | RiverQuest | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Stanton House Inn | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Bistro at Chamard Vineyards | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Shore Line Trolley Museum


Lighthouse Suite - Saybrook Point Inn & Sap

Places to Celebrate - Anniversary Ideas in Connecticut

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 Resort & Marina | 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


Astrotourism

Stargazing - Astrotourism in Connecticut

Astrotourism is gaining in popularity. You can find vast night skies above parks, forests and lakes throughout Connecticut, and there are many campgrounds that improve your chances of seeing a celestrial show overnight. In places where city lights make viewing the stars challenging, regional observatories and rural locations are offering visitors opportunities to see the night sky in Connecticut as never before. Each observatory has public viewing nights and events, so be sure to check their websites for schedules before you visit. Here are few ideas to get you started on your search for the stars.

Featuring: American Legion State Forest | City of Danbury | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | City of New London | Copernican Observatory & Planetarium | Grace Farms | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Mashamoquet Brook State Park | Rolnick Observatory | Stamford Observatory | Town of Avon | Town of Goshen | Town of Greenwich | Town of New Milford | White Memorial Foundation


Children's Museum - West Hartford

On the Trail of Connecticut Dinosaurs

There is evidence that dinosaurs once roamed Connecticut, and in their footprints we’ve discovered that some even date back 200 million years! Connecticut even has a “state dinosaur,” the dilophosaurus, after fossilized tracks that were found in Rocky Hill. Start your own exploration along the CT Dinosaur Trail, and you may be surprised where you find dinosaurs today in Connecticut!

Featuring: Dinosaur State Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | The Children's Museum | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic

Connecticut's Public Beaches Along Long Island Sound

Connecticut’s jagged coastline stretches over 332 miles alongside the blue waters of Long Island Sound. Which means, from Greenwich to Groton, you’ll find dozens of sandy beaches to enjoy. Whether you want to revel in the scenery, relax on the beach, play in the sand, swim in the Sound or all of the above, there’s a beach that’s perfect for everyone in the family. Click on any of the public beaches in Connecticut below for activities, opening times, parking fees, directions and more.

Featuring: Calf Pasture & Shady Beach | Clinton Town Beach | Compo Beach | Esker Point Beach | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harvey's Beach | Island Beach | Morse Beach | Niantic Bay Beach | Ocean Beach Park | Old Mill Beach | Rocky Neck State Park | Sherwood Island State Park | Silver Sands State Park | West Beach | White Sands Beach | duBois Beach


Seafood

Places to Grill and Chill - and Pick Up Fresh Meat and Seafood in Connecticut

Summer is the time for outdoor fun, and that means getting together with friends and family at Connecticut's state parks and beaches. Many Connecticut state parks offer grills, available on a first come, first served basis. Here’s a current list of where to find them. A few of the state parks with beaches offer grills too, like: Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme and Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. Passport to the Parks program is for residents with Connecticut license plates on their vehicles can enter all state parks and state forests free of charge. But wherever you decided to have your cookout or picnic, we’ve got a few suggestions on where to pick up fresh meat and seafood on the way!

Featuring: City of Danbury | City of Norwalk | Town of Branford | Town of Branford | Town of East Hampton | Town of East Lyme | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | Town of Westport | Town of Wethersfield


Celebrating Cultures

Celebrating Cultures and Cuisines in Connecticut

Connecticut is rich with different world cultures. Although the state has one of the largest Italian-American populations per capita in the United States, you’ll also find Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Jamaican, Indian, Polish and Chinese communities here. And if you’re looking for ways to experience international culture and cuisine, here are some suggestions on local communities, celebrations and restaurants that serve up the best in taste and tradition.

Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Bamboo Asian Cuisine | Barracuda Bistro & Bar | Black Bamboo | Bufalina | Carbone's Ristorante | Casona | Cava Restaurant | City of Bridgeport | City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Britain | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | City of Waterbury | Coromandel Cuisine of India | East Side Restaurant | Formosa | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | House of Naan Indian Kitchen & Bar | Illiano's Grill - Niantic | Jade Garden of Danielson | Mambo Bar & Restaurant | Mecha Noodle Bar | Mirch Masala, Cuisine of India | Miya's Sushi | Modern Apizza | Polish National Home | Sally's Apizza | Soul de Cuba Café | Staropolska Restaurant | Suso Latino Basket | Tangiers | The Dutch Epicure Shop | Town of New Canaan | Town of Newington | Town of North Haven | Town of Southington | Town of Stratford | Town of Vernon | Valencia Luncheria


Summer Bucket List

Summer in Connecticut — What’s on Your Bucket List?

Have you made your Connecticut summer bucket list yet? See how the Connecticut Office of Tourism and Fox 61 are teaming up to make sure you don’t miss a second of the fun this summer in Connecticut. 

Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Town of Greenwich | Town of Southbury


Biking

Hang with the Gang - Bus & Bike Tour Ideas Around Connecticut

Traveling with your pack or your posse, Connecticut has some cool ideas for experiences best experienced with a group. From beer tasting to scavenger hunts to Segways, here are few ways to say “the more the merrier” in Connecticut.

Featuring: Bicycle Tour Company | Connecticut Beer Tours | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Elm City Party Bike | Shoreline Segway


Norwalk Inn and Conference Center

Coast & Country: A Perfect Fairfield County Family Getaway

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 time, we have a great summer weekend itinerary from our friends at Mommy Poppins Connecticut.

You only get about a dozen weekends to squeeze in summertime family fun. Luckily, Connecticut has got you covered. In just one weekend you can explore the great outdoors, stroll historic towns, squish your toes in the sand, watch the sunset, eat yummy fresh seafood, catch a tadpole, splash in a pool, and so much more. So leave your FOMO behind and trade your bucket lists for beach buckets with this Fairfield County getaway guide.

Featuring: City of Norwalk | Norwalk Inn & Conference Center | Town of Ridgefield


Girl having Ice Cream in Norwalk

Coast & Country: A Perfect Fairfield County Family Getaway

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 time, we have a great summer weekend itinerary from our friends at Mommy Poppins Connecticut.

You only get about a dozen weekends to squeeze in summertime family fun. Luckily, Connecticut has got you covered. In just one weekend you can explore the great outdoors, stroll historic towns, squish your toes in the sand, watch the sunset, eat yummy fresh seafood, catch a tadpole, splash in a pool, and so much more. So leave your FOMO behind and trade your bucket lists for beach buckets with this Fairfield County getaway guide. 

Featuring: Bartaco - Westport | Captain's Cove Seaport | City of Norwalk | Norwalk Inn & Conference Center | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | SoNo Seaport Seafood | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Ridgefield | Weir Farm National Historic Site


Beer Fests in Connecticut

Beer Fests in Connecticut for Spring and Summer

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 Stamford | City of Waterbury | Eli Cannon's Tap Room | New England Brewing Company | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | The Connecticut Beer Trail | Town of Bethel | Town of Fairfield | Two Roads Area 2


Dad & Daughter at EMPOWER in Middletown

7 Unique Ideas for the Perfect Father’s Day

Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th. This year, don't just give dad another tool set or a book. Plan something a little different to show him how much you care. From a relaxing jazz brunch on the river to an exciting flight simulator experience, here are few ways to spend the day that will be fun for the whole family.

Featuring: Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | New England Air Museum | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


Accessible Connecticut

Accessible Connecticut — Welcoming to All Abilities

Connecticut is filled with things to discover, from natural places to explore to cultural treasures to enjoy. And it’s important to our state that as many as possible of our hotels, attractions and experiences are open to as many visitors as possible. That’s why we’re working to reduce barriers and create new experiences designed to welcome visitors with disabilities, their families and friends. From wheelchair access to sensory-friendly events, here are just a few of the places in Connecticut already offering programs and services dedicated to welcoming guests of all ages and abilities.

Featuring: American Legion State Forest Campground | Black Rock State Park Campground | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Flight Fit N Fun | Hammonasset Beach State Park Campground | Housatonic Meadows State Park Campground | Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center | Kettletown State Park Campground | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lake Waramaug State Park Campground | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New England Air Museum | New England Science & Sailing | Rocky Neck State Park Campground | Ski Sundown | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Discovery Museum & Planetarium | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Hebron | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Ridgefield | Yale Repertory Theatre


The Stand Vegan Cafe, Fairfield

Feel-Good Food – Deliciously Healthy Dining Spots in Connecticut

There’s a whole movement on eating fresh, local ingredients making waves across the states. But how do you make those ingredients stand out? I’ve set out to discover restaurants in Connecticut that not only highlight local vegetables, dairy, and proteins, but also provide healthier options across a variety of unique and inspiring dishes. Food that not only looks good, but makes you feel good too. Whether you’re a local resident looking to explore both familiar and hidden gems, or you’re simply passing through, be sure to check out these foodie finds for some creative and inspiring healthy dishes.

Featuring: Back 40 Kitchen | Claire's Corner Copia | Good News Restaurant & Bar | The Stand Vegan Cafe | Town of Granby | Town of Manchester


Brunch

Instagrammable Connecticut: Brunch

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 | City of Hartford | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Firebox Restaurant | Stone Row Kitchen + Bar | The Corner Restaurant | Town of Mystic | Town of Wallingford


RiverQuest, Haddam

May: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and More

Beyond all the blooming flowers, May is a month full of celebrations. From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day and all of the graduation ceremonies in between, Connecticut is filled with fun ways to mark these special occasions and make memories that last a lifetime. See below for creative ideas that will keep you busy all month long.

Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Elbow Room | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Lime Rock Park | Mystic Seaport Museum | OnTheMarc | RiverQuest | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Street Grill


Locals Love Stamford

Locals Love: Stamford

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.


Connecticut Spring Bucket List

What’s on Your CT Bucket List for Spring?

Spring has sprung in Connecticut, and now that the last of the snow has melted away, we’re looking forward to rushing waterfalls and blooming gardens across the state. Send us your list of suggestions for spring experiences and activities around the state. We’ll be sure to share them on Fox61.com. You may even see a few of your ideas on TV!

Featuring: Brignole Vineyards | Capital Ice Cream | Eli's Tavern | Lutz Children's Museum | New England Air Museum | NoRA Cupcake Company (Middletown) | Skydive Danielson | Smokin' with Chris


Karting

Unique Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Ideas in Connecticut

Historically, bachelor and bachelorette parties were expected to be wild nights of letting loose before the wedding—like the ones depicted in movies like ”The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids.” Today, the experience is still a memorable one, but more and more nearly-weds are finding options for celebrating beyond the nightclub and stag party route. Here are just a few creative suggestions for planning pre-wedding festivities in Connecticut with the guys, the girls — or both.

Featuring: Blue Ox Axe Throwing - Wallingford | Connecticut Spirits Trail | Connecticut Wine Trail | Fired Up | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Mohegan Sun | Montana Nights Axe Throwing | Monza World Class Karting at Foxwoods | Muse Paintbar (Glastonbury) | Muse Paintbar (Norwalk) | Muse Paintbar (West Hartford) | On Track Karting | Painting with a Twist | Pine & Iron Axe Throwing - Hartford | RPM Raceway Stamford | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Connecticut Beer Trail | The Connecticut Signature Cocktail Trail | Two Roads Brewing Company


Mystic Pass Card

Mystic Pass Card

Planning a visit to the Mystic area? If you are thinking about visiting Mystic Seaport Museum and the Mystic Aquarium, the Mystic Pass Card offers both great attractions at one low price.

Featuring: Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum


Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Cool Spots for Hot Spells

When it gets really hot – so hot that you can’t even think clearly anymore – you’ll be happy to turn to this handy little guide to some of Connecticut’s cooler spots.

Featuring: Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Campbell Falls State Park Reserve | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Norfolk) | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Norfolk


Go It Alone

Go It Alone: Great Ideas for Traveling Solo

Have you ever traveled by yourself? Maybe you’re the lone wolf type, or maybe you just need a little me time. More and more people are traveling on their own rather than waiting for others to make plans. If you’re one of them, we’ve got a few great ideas around Connecticut to make the experience of going it alone both fun and fulfilling.

Featuring: Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail | Florence Griswold Museum | Grace Farms |