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When October comes around, Connecticut towns gear up for Halloween celebrations. From ghostly legends to ghoulish attractions to family-friendly fun, there are plenty of ways to experience an authentic New England Halloween. Here are just a few of the towns that are particularly spooky this time of year, along with a few limited-time events to check out.
Featuring: Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | City of Bristol | City of New Haven | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Grove Street Cemetery | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mystic Seaport Museum | Norwalk Historical Society | Olde Mistick Village | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Wallingford | Town of Wethersfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
No one dresses up for the holiday season quite like Connecticut. To find a few of the towns that show particularly scenic levels of festive spirit, we consulted the photo book, A Connecticut Christmas by Caryn B. Davis. We’re sharing some of her photographs that we think perfectly capture the charm of Connecticut and the warmth of the holiday season!
Featuring: City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of Torrington | Cornwall Bridge Pottery | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Falls Village Inn | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Griswold Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Libby's Italian Pastry Shop | Litchfield Inn | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Green | Olde Mistick Village | Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille | The Shops at Yale | The Village Restaurant | Thompson Chocolate | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Chester | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | West Cornwall Covered Bridge
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
These dessert creations give sweet a whole new meaning. From monstrous sundaes to delicious gourmet donuts, indulge in some tasty Connecticut eats and share a photo that’ll trigger even your healthiest Instagram follower’s sweet tooth. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures.
Featuring: City of Hartford | City of New Haven | Milkcraft - Fairfield | Sugar Factory American Brasserie | Town of Bethel
Just a short ride from New York City and Boston, Connecticut offers a blend of cultured living and outdoor fun with something for everyone—and this includes the LGBTQ community, residents and visitors alike. In 2008, Connecticut became the second state to legalize gay marriage, and our open and inclusive energy continues to draw and welcome gay visitors to the state. Plus, Expedia.com recently named Hartford, Connecticut one of their most “exciting LGBTQ-friendly cities around the world.”
While anyone should of course feel welcomed at any business, hotel or restaurant in Connecticut, we asked a few friends for recommendations on places to start planning your visit— from gay-owned B&Bs to gay bars and events that appeal to many LGBTQ interests and lifestyles.
Featuring: 168 York Street Café | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Daniel Rust House | Delamar Greenwich Harbor Marina | Delamar Southport | Delamar West Hartford | House of 1833 B&B | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Inn at Middletown | Partners Café | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Spring Hill Inn | The Old Mystic Inn | Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe | Town of Fairfield | Town of Plainville
With so many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and festivities around the state this March, it’s easy to be green! Join in the fun and take part in Celtic traditions throughout Connecticut. There are parades, Celtic music, food and events, and plenty of good Irish cheer for all!
Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of New London | City of Norwich | City of Stamford | Infinity Music Hall (Hartford) | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Stony Creek Brewery | Town of East Lyme | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam | Town of Southington
Spring is in the air! Celebrate springtime and the warmer weather with a visit to one of the state’s many seasonal festivals and events this April and May. Gather the family and friends for a joyous outing – it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy springtime in Connecticut! From flowers and farms to crafts and music, fun activities around the state abound! Here are some ideas of how to explore and celebrate Connecticut this season:
Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | The Last Green Valley | Town of Fairfield | Town of Vernon | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wadsworth Mansion
Sometimes it’s nice just to get out of the car or off the train and walk. Connecticut has many town centers where a nice ramble takes you to shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, and even a park bench or two. Here are some of the best ones to consider:
Featuring: City of New Haven | Town of Chester | Town of Greenwich | Town of New Canaan | West Hartford Center
Nightlife in Connecticut is as diverse as the activities you can enjoy here during the day. Live music, festive cocktails, comedy, dancing, billiards, karaoke...however you like to spend your evenings out, Connecticut has all kinds of entertainment destinations that come alive when the sun goes down — especially in the summer. So grab your friends or get a sitter for the kids, and get out and experience these places that really light up after dark.
Featuring: BAR | Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | City of Hartford | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge | Infinity Music Hall (Hartford) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mohegan Sun | Music Mountain | Nomads Adventure Quest | Norfolk Chamber Music Festival | Rolnick Observatory | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Shrine at Foxwoods | Toad's Place | Town of Newington | Town of Old Lyme | Town of South Windsor | Town of Southington
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
Shredding through mountain trails or gliding along an open road along the coast or through the countryside, there are so many ways to enjoy biking in Connecticut. We’ve pulled together a few recommendations and resources to help you find the ride that’s right for you.
Featuring: Bicycle Tour Company | Bluff Point Coastal Reserve | City of New Haven | City of New Haven | Collis P. Huntington