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Connecticut is home to towns and cities rich with history. From the Native Americans to the earliest European settlers, the revolutionary war era to the industrial revolution, so much of our past is so well preserved, it’s worth planning a visit just to travel back in time. Once you’re there, you’ll walk in the footsteps of forefathers and enjoy a modern taste of these vibrant, welcoming destinations. You can find a wealth of historic information on any of these towns and many more from our friends at ConnecticutHistory.org.
Featuring: Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | Argia Mystic Cruises | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Black Rock Fort and Fort Nathan Hale | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Chester Bulkley House B&B | City of Hartford | City of New Haven | City of Norwich | Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum & Sanctuary | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Connecticut's Old State House | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Guilford Walking Tours | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Historic Mystic Harbor Tours | Hyland House Museum (1713) | Indian Burial Grounds | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Leffingwell House Museum | Marriott Hartford Downtown | Mount Crescent House B&B | Mystic River Historical Society | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Museum | Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center | Ogden House & Gardens | S&P Oyster Co. | Spa at Delamar Southport | Steamboat Inn | Taste of New Haven Tours | The Dudley Farm Museum | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Study at Yale | Thomas Griswold House | Town of Fairfield | Town of Guilford | Town of Mystic | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Wethersfield | Uncas Leap | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Weir Farm National Historic Site | West Lane Inn | Wethersfield Historical Society | Yale University Visitor Center
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
The state of Connecticut is filled with picturesque towns. That’s why so many artists, musicians, photographers and authors are drawn to them. And that’s exactly what makes them a great place to visit. Here are a few towns where you can explore galleries, studios, gardens, theaters and more, as well as great places to stay, eat and shop!
Featuring: Art Essex Gallery | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Carriage Barn Arts Center | Connecticut Art Trail | Connecticut River Artisans | Cooley Gallery | Cooper & Smith Gallery | Copper Beech Inn | Diane Birdsall Gallery | Florence Griswold Museum | Garden of Ideas | Grace Farms | Greene Art Gallery | Guilford Walking Tours | Ivoryton Playhouse | Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts | Lyme Art Association | Old Lyme Arts District | Ridgefield Guild of Artists | Ridgefield Playhouse | Ridgefield Theater Barn | Roger Sherman Inn | Silvermine Arts Center | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Bird Nest Salon & Gallery | The Glass House | Town of Essex | Town of Guilford | Town of New Canaan | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Ridgefield | Weir Farm National Historic Site | West Lane Inn
With its appealing, historic architecture, village greens and tidy shops, Connecticut still does “charming” very well, especially in the autumn. In fact, there are immensely attractive little towns all across the state that—with their shops, restaurants, galleries and inns—are perfect for a visit and even an overnight stay this fall.
Featuring: Ballou's Restaurant Wine-Whiskey & Food | Bernard's + Sarah's Wine Bar | Boardman House Inn | Brushmill by the Waterfall | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Copper Beech Inn | Delamar Southport | Guilford Art Center | Guilford Walking Tours | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Inn at Fox Hill Farm | Inn at Stonington | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Litchfield Distillery | Litchfield Inn | Lori Warner Studio / Gallery | Martha's Herbary | Noah's Restaurant | Old Lighthouse Museum | Pequot Library | River Tavern | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Stonington Vineyards | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Kelsey House Bed & Breakfast | The Vanilla Bean Café | The Windemere B&B | Town of Chester | Town of Litchfield | Town of Pomfret | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Stonington | West Lane Inn | West Street Grill | White Flower Farm | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Foundation
Some people say a travel experience should make an impact on the traveler, not the place. In other words, if you are looking for travel that lets you make the most of your visit, without taking a toll on the environment, consider Connecticut. You can even arrive by public transportation and leave your car at home. Then, once you’re here, you can stay in an environmentally conscious hotel, go on eco-friendly adventures and more.
Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | Bailey's Backyard | Bicycle Tour Company | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Cafémantic | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Courtyard by Marriott - Cromwell | Courtyard by Marriott - Norwich | Courtyard by Marriott - Shelton | Earth Hotel at Mohegan Sun | Ethan Allen Hotel | Firebox Restaurant | G-zen | Grace Farms | Grand Pequot Tower | Great Cedar Hotel | Guest House Retreat & Conference Center | Guilford Walking Tours | Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic | Holiday Inn Express - Southington | Homewood Suites by Hilton - Southington | Hyatt House Hartford North/Windsor | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Main Stream Canoes & Kayaks | Marriott Hartford Downtown | Microtel Inn & Suites - Uncasville | Milford Walking Tour | Miya's Sushi | Mohegan Sun Hotel | Mystic Bike Rentals | Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa | Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center | New Haven Green Walking Tours | New Haven Village Suites | Paddleworks CT | Pedal Power - Berlin | Pedal Power - Essex | Pedal Power - Middletown | Pedal Power - Vernon | Pedego SoNo Electric Bikes | Residence Inn by Marriott - Danbury | Residence Inn by Marriott - Hartford | Residence Inn by Marriott - Milford | Residence Inn by Marriott - Mystic | Residence Inn by Marriott - Southington | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Scoot & Paddle | Sea Kayak Connecticut | Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport | Simsbury Free Bike | SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Milford | Super 8 - Cromwell | The Fox Tower Hotel | The Last Green Valley | The Study at Yale | Torrington Historic Audio Walking Tour | Two Trees Inn | Walking Tour of Plymouth Center | Wall to Wall: The New London Mural Walk