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Every holiday season, networks like Hallmark and Lifetime play romantic, sweet movies that make everyone fall in love with Christmas. This year, quite a few of these movies have recently been filmed here in Connecticut, capturing the magic of our small towns.
Featuring: Amato's Toy and Hobby | City of New Britain | Griswold Inn | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Lucky Lou's Bar & Grill | Olde Mistick Village | Silas W. Robbins House | Town of Branford | Town of Essex | Town of Mystic | Town of North Haven | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Wethersfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
No one dresses up for the holiday season quite like Connecticut. To find a few of the towns that show particularly scenic levels of festive spirit, we consulted the photo book, A Connecticut Christmas by Caryn B. Davis. We’re sharing some of her photographs that we think perfectly capture the charm of Connecticut and the warmth of the holiday season!
Featuring: City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of Torrington | Cornwall Bridge Pottery | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Falls Village Inn | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Griswold Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Libby's Italian Pastry Shop | Litchfield Inn | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Green | Olde Mistick Village | Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille | The Shops at Yale | The Village Restaurant | Thompson Chocolate | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Chester | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | West Cornwall Covered Bridge
CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of Connecticut’s most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspirations from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home. This CT Ambassadors article is from our friends at Mommy Poppins Connecticut.
Cities like New York and Boston can be fun, but just a short drive to Connecticut and you'll find 169 inviting towns that dot the countryside, hills, and coastline. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, wonderful museums with fun family programing, or just strolling charming town centers, browsing the shops and enjoying great food, you can find it all in these small towns in Connecticut.
Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Connecticut River Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Flamig Farm | Griswold Inn | Kent Falls State Park | Lobster Shack | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream | Mystic Seaport Museum | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Stony Creek Brewery | Stratton Brook State Park | Town of Branford | Town of Essex | Town of Kent | Town of Mystic | Town of Simsbury
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 | Downtown Essex | Essex Island Marina | Fort Trumbull Marina | Griswold Inn | Guilford Art Center | Guilford Mooring | Guilford Town Marina | Guilford Walking Tours | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Bike Rentals | Mystic Pizza | Mystic Point Marina | Mystic River Marina | Mystic Seaport Museum | New London Historic Waterfront District | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | 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
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
One of Connecticut’s great autumn pleasures is cozying up to a fire while enjoying cocktails or a meal, or both. Luckily, there are dozens and dozens of fireside dining options in the state. Some of the hearths are located in country pubs, some in shoreline inns, and many can be found in fine-dining establishments – so make your choice and toast the cold days and nights from your comfortable perch.
Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Captain Daniel Packer Inne | Cava Restaurant | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Griswold Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Millwright's Restaurant | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Tavern at the Armory | Tavern on Main | The Goose American Bistro & Bar | Town of Washington | Town of Woodbury | Union League Café | White Horse Country Pub
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
Thanksgiving is about coming together with family or friends. And in Connecticut, we’ve got all kinds of ways to make the holiday even more special, from farm-raised foods to community events, to honoring Native American traditions. Here are a few ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving in Connecticut.
Featuring: Artisan Restaurant, Tavern & Garden | Avon Old Farms Hotel | Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | City of Stamford | Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard | Connecticut Wine Trail | Copper Beech Inn | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Fire at the Ridge | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Gozzi's Turkey Farm | Griswold Inn | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Hopkins Inn Restaurant | J House Greenwich | Maple Bank Farm | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mill on the River | Millwright's Restaurant | Mystic Seaport Museum | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | Silverman's Farm | The Simsbury Inn | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Todd English's Tuscany | Town of Greenwich | Town of Manchester | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | elm Restaurant
The inns of Connecticut can offer far more than a good night’s rest. If you look across the state, you’ll find establishments with renowned golf courses, on-site dining and live music. Many of these destinations also have rich histories, allowing guests the opportunity to explore Connecticut’s past.
Featuring: Griswold Inn | Inn at Mystic | Mayflower Inn & Spa | The Inn at Longshore | The Wallingford Victorian Inn
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