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Part of Connecticut’s attraction has always been its small-town centers, filled with personality, history and charm. And what draws visitors again and again are the shops, boutiques and artisans that reward browsers and buyers alike. Whether you’re planning a girls’ trip or looking for a great way to spend a day with family, here are a few of the towns around the state that offer great shopping (and dining) districts.
Featuring: Barcelona West Hartford | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Delamar West Hartford | Elbow Room | Hey Day Antiques | Hopkins Inn | Inn at Stonington | J House Greenwich | Litchfield Distillery | Little Pub Greenwich | Lobster Landing | Milkcraft - West Hartford | Old Saybrook Antiques Center | Penny Lane Pub Restaurant | Roger Sherman Inn | Saybrook Home | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Sharlene Cottage | Silvermine Arts Center | Stonington Borough | The Dutch Epicure Shop | The Glass House | The Velvet Mill | Town of Clinton | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of New Canaan | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Stonington | Town of West Hartford | Water Street Cafe | West Hartford Center | West Street Grill | elm Restaurant
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
Maple season is a wonderful time in Connecticut! From early February to late March, you can find Connecticut maple farms hard at work tapping the state’s first agricultural product – and you can find all of Connecticut celebrating alongside them. From fun events, to syrup farms, to signature maple treats, Connecticut is marvelously maple. So, make it a maple day (or month) and check out these great ways to celebrate maple season in Connecticut.
Featuring: A.C. Petersen Farms | Ambler Farm | Bats of Bedlam Maple Farm | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Craft 260 Beer Bar Bistro | Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust | Geronimo Bar & Grill | Gofer Ice Cream (Stamford) | Hungry Tiger Music Club & Cafe | Hydeville Sugar Shack | J House Greenwich | Lamothe's Sugar House | Litchfield Distillery | Lyman Orchards | Mia's Prime Time Cafe | New Canaan Nature Center | Northwest Park & Nature Center | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | The Dudley Farm Museum | The North House | The Sloppy Waffle | The Vanilla Bean Café | Town of East Lyme | Town of Hebron | Town of New Milford | Town of Redding | Town of Watertown | Town of Westport
This Thanksgiving, give thanks for these CT restaurants
Overview: A big Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is one of those time-honored American traditions. These days, you don’t have to try to do it all yourself, with dozens of great Connecticut restaurants offering Thanksgiving Day seatings to fit your style, from buffet to gourmet.
Featuring: Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard | Connecticut Wine Trail | Copper Beech Inn | Delamar Southport | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Fire at the Ridge | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Gozzi's Turkey Farm | Griswold Inn | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Hopkins Inn | J House Greenwich | Madison Beach Hotel | 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 Spa at Norwich Inn | Todd English's Tuscany | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | elm Restaurant
Serve Up New Thanksgiving Family Memories
Overview: Make this year’s gathering even more special, or maybe start a new tradition. Check out these ideas for doing Thanksgiving Connecticut-style.
Featuring: Artisan Restaurant, Tavern & Garden | Avon Old Farms Hotel | B&B at Bartlett Farm | Barcelona Wine Bar | Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | Black Hall Outfitters - Westbrook | Blue Venture Fishing Charters | Bluefin Sportfishing Charters | Bulls Bridge | Circle Hotel Fairfield | City of Stamford | Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard | Clarke Outdoors | Comstock Covered Bridge | Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum & Sanctuary | Connecticut Wine Trail | Copper Beech Inn | Deacon John Graves House (c.1685) | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Escape 101 | Escape New Haven | Essex Clipper Dinner Train | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Fire at the Ridge | Flamig Farm | Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Gozzi's Turkey Farm | Griswold Inn | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Hammonasset Beach State Park Campground | Hidden Valley Preserve | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Hopkins Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Hi-Ho | Housatonic Anglers | Inn at Middletown | J House Greenwich | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Compounce Campground | Lake Mohegan | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Lock Museum of America | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Macedonia Brook State Park | Main Street Antiques | Maple Bank Farm | Mashamoquet Brook State Park | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mill on the River | Millwright's Restaurant | MindBreak Escape Rooms | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystified Escape Rooms | Odetah Camping Resort | Penwood State Park | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Rockland Preserve | Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | Roseland Cottage Museum | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | Silverman's Farm | SoundWaters | Talcott Mountain State Park | Tavern at the Armory | Team vs Time - Premier Room Escape | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Simsbury Inn | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The White Hart | The Windemere B&B | Todd English's Tuscany | Town of Essex | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Town of Kent | Town of Litchfield | Town of Madison | Town of Manchester | Town of Washington | Town of Wethersfield | Tulmeadow Farm Store and Ice Cream Shop | Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route in Connecticut | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | elm Restaurant
Try Winter Dining Al Fresco
Overview: You’ve never dined outdoors in January? Discover restaurants that create unforgettably warm memories under the stars.
Featuring: 116 Crown | Artisan | Bricco Trattoria | Cava Restaurant | City of Danbury | City of New Haven | City of New London | David Burke Prime Steakhouse | Elm City Social | Half Full Brewery | High George Rooftop Restaurant | Historic Downtown Mystic | J House Greenwich | 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 Glastonbury | Town of Kent | Town of Stonington | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport | Urban Lodge Brewing | Winvian Farm
Find Fun This March
Overview: Looking for something fun to do in March? Whether you want something active, relaxing, cultural, nature-oriented or romantic, we have you covered. Check out these great ideas to make the most of your month!
Featuring: A.C. Petersen Farms | Aer Blarney Balloons, LLC | Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center | Audubon Sharon | Bats of Bedlam Maple Farm | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Berkshire Balloons | Bridgeport Islanders | Cheshire Coffee | Christy's Irish Pub | City of Bridgeport | City of Bristol | City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | City of Norwich | City of Stamford | City of Torrington | Connecticut Convention Center | Connecticut Dinosaur Trail | Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library | Connecticut Irish-American Heritage Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut State Museum of Natural History & Connecticut Archaeology Center | Connecticut Whale | Craftsman Cliff Roasters | Dish Bar & Grill | Donahue's Madison Beach Grille | Donovan's | Duffy's Tavern | Fired Up | Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Garde Arts Center | Geronimo Bar & Grill | Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio Gallery & School | Gunn Memorial Library & Historical Museum | Harp and Hound Pub | Hartford Wolfpack | Higher Grounds Coffee House & Art Gallery | Hungry Tiger Music Club & Cafe | Hydeville Sugar Shack | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Inishmor Pub | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Institute for American Indian Studies | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Ireland's Great Hunger Museum | J House Greenwich | JavaHut Cafe & Bistro | John Davenport's Restaurant | Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts | Lamothe's Sugar House | Litchfield Distillery | McLadden's Irish Public House | Mia's Prime Time Cafe | Middletown Roller Skating Rink | MindBreak Escape Rooms | Molten Java | Museum of Connecticut History | Mystic Aquarium | Mystified Escape Rooms | New Canaan Nature Center | Northwest Park & Nature Center | O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant | Painting with a Twist | Park & Oak Restaurant | Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Ron-A-Roll Indoor Roller Skating Center | Safe Harbor Escape Rooms | Shubert Theatre | SoNo Nightlife | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stanley-Whitman House | Stony Creek Brewery | Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand | Tavern on Main | Tea Roses Tea Room | Team vs Time - Premier Room Escape | The Corner Restaurant | The Dudley Farm Museum | The Half Door | The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House | The Public House | The Sloppy Waffle | The Sloppy Waffle (Bloomfield) | The Vanilla Bean Café | Town of Avon | Town of Avon | Town of East Lyme | Town of Essex | Town of Fairfield | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Greenwich | Town of Hebron | Town of Kent | Town of Montville | Town of Mystic | Town of Naugatuck | Town of New Milford | Town of Plymouth | Town of Putnam | Town of Redding | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Seymour | Town of Simsbury | Town of Southington | Town of Stonington | Town of Westport | Town of Woodbury | Toyota Oakdale Theatre | Vaughan's Public House | Velvet Libations | White Horse Country Pub | Wigwam Escape
Online article from Getaway Mavens covering towns in the Northeast Corner and Stony Creek/Thimble Islands.
Published Date: 2018-01-09
Featuring: 85 Main | Bradley Playhouse | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Creamery Brook Bison | Hidden Valley B&B | J House Greenwich | Logee's Greenhouses | Mansion at Bald Hill | Martha's Herbary | Mrs. Bridges' Pantry | Quiet Corner Creamery | Roseland Cottage Museum | Sawmill Pottery | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Silver Circle Gallery & Art Center | Stony Creek Market | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Stomping Ground | The Vanilla Bean Café | Thimble Islands Bed & Breakfast | Town of Branford | Town of Brooklyn | Town of Killingly | Town of Pomfret | Town of Putnam | Victoria Station Cafe | Zips Diner
Darien News, Fairfield Citizen, The Hour, Middletown Press, San Antonio Express-News, Connecticut Post, Greenwich Times, News-Times, Norwalk Citizen, Register Citizen
Online article repeated in 10 media outlets highlighting the growth in leisure and hospitality employment.
Published Date: 2018-07-29
Featuring: Copper Beech Inn | Crowne Plaza Hotel Stamford | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Delamar Southport | DoubleTree by Hilton - Bristol | DoubleTree by Hilton - Norwalk | Ethan Allen Hotel | Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury | Hyatt Regency Greenwich - Old Greenwich | Inn at Middletown | J House Greenwich | LaKota Oaks | Madison Beach Hotel | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Marriott Hotel | Norwalk Inn & Conference Center | Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale | Simsbury 1820 House | The Fox Tower Hotel | The Litchfield Inn