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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: Bear Hands Brewery | 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 | The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company | Town of Branford | Two Roads Brewing Company | Willimantic Brewing Company
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) | Corner Pug | House of Naan Indian Kitchen & Bar | J. Timothy's Taverne | Quaker Diner | Sayulita | Town of West Hartford
When the air is crisp and vibrant foliage hues emerge, so do safe and fun fall activities. From active adventure and family fun to relaxation and romantic escapes, here’s your guide to the fall season in Central Connecticut.
Featuring: 5 Churches Brewing | Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | BAR | Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | Bear's Smokehouse (New Haven) | Bear's Smokehouse (South Windsor) | Bear's Smokehouse (Windsor) | Belltown Hill Orchards | Berkshire Balloons | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Black Hall Outfitters - Westbrook | Boardman House Inn | Book Trader Café | Bradley Mountain Farm | Bradley Mountain Farm | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Brignole Vineyards | Buttermilk Lane Farm | By The Sea Day Spa | Cedar Hill Cemetery | City Climb Gym | City Gallery | City of Milford | City of New Britain | City of New Haven | Claire's Corner Copia | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library | Copper Beech Inn | Corner Pug | Delamar Spa West Hartford | Divine Treasures | Drazen Orchards | Easy Pickin's Orchard | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Escape New Haven | Farmington Canal Linear Park | Flamig Farm | Flora | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Gallery on the Green | Geronimo Bar & Grill | Gillette Castle State Park | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Gouveia Vineyards | GrandView Camp Resort and Cottages | Griswold Inn Tap Room | Grove Street Cemetery | Guilford Art Center | Hey Day Antiques | Hickory Hill Orchards | Historic Wethersfield | Hops on the Hill Brewery | House of Naan Indian Kitchen & Bar | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | IT Adventure Ropes Course | J. Timothy's Taverne | Johnny Appleseed's Farm | Johnson's Duckpin Lanes | Karabin Farms | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Kinsmen Brewing Company | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Westbrook) | Lyman Orchards | Maple View Farm | Maple View Farm | Mattabesett Blue Trail | McLean Game Refuge | Middletown Roller Skating Rink | Milford Historical Society | Millers Pond State Park | Montana Nights Axe Throwing | New England Cider Company | On Track Karting | Overshores Brewing Company | Penwood State Park | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Ray of Light Farm | Real Art Ways | Rhythm Brewing Company | Rockland Preserve | Rogers Orchards Shuttle Meadow Farm | Rose's Berry Farm | Sayulita | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Simsbury 1820 House | Smash Avenue | Soarin' Indoors | Stanley-Whitman House | Stowe's Seafood | Talcott Mountain State Park | Tap & vine | Ted's Montana Grill | The Children's Museum | The Chowder Pot of Hartford | The Pickin Patch at Woodford Farm | The Place 2 Be | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | Thimble Island Brewing Company | Three Girls Vegan Creamery | Town of Avon | Town of Chester | Town of Essex | Town of Farmington | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Hamden | Town of Hamden | Town of Manchester | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Portland | Town of West Hartford | Traveler Restaurant | Treat Farm | Union League Café | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Rock Ridge State Park | Wickham Park | Wolf's Den Family Campground | Yale Center for British Art | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms
Finally, after a year without this classic summer favorite, firework shows are happening again in Connecticut! And now that they’re back, why not make your firework outing an even bigger celebration? We’ve gathered a list of ways to enjoy your time before and after a few of Connecticut’s most popular fireworks shows. To find even more fireworks, check out the complete list here.
Featuring: 33 Golden | Acapulcos | America's Best Value Inn | Baco's Pizza | Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | Bicycle Tour Company | Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | Brass City Raceway & Axe Throwing | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Centro Restorante & Bar | Circle Hotel Fairfield | City of Bristol | City of Hartford | City of New London | City of Norwich | City of Waterbury | Club Getaway | Colony Grill - Fairfield | Courtyard Waterbury Downtown | Cross Sound Ferry | Custom House Maritime Museum | D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course | Domenick & Pia Downtown Pizzeria | DoubleTree by Hilton - Bristol | Easy Pickin's Orchard | Epicure Brewing | Fairfield Social | Fascia's Chocolates | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Figaro Restaurant | Firefly Hollow Brewing Company | Flipside Burgers & Bar | H.C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center | Hampton Inn Springfield/Enfield | Harp & Dragon Pub | Hartford Flavor Company | Hartford Yard Goats | Hog River Brewing Company | Holiday Inn Norwich | Hopkins Inn | Illiano's Grill - Norwich | Inn at Fairfield Beach | Inn at Ocean Avenue | J. Timothy's Taverne | Jennings Beach | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Compounce Campground | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lake Mohegan | Lakeside Watersports | Lee's Riding Stable | Litchfield Saltwater Grille | Louie's Pizza | Lyman Allyn Art Museum | Main Street Diner | Mambo Bar & Restaurant | Michael's Dairy | Milkcraft - Fairfield | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Mystic Whaler Cruises | New England Carousel Museum | Ocean Beach Park | Odin's Keep Axe House | Olde Tymes Restaurant | Pagliacci's Restaurant | Parkville Market | Penfield Beach | Pie Hops | Pine & Iron Axe Throwing - Hartford | Powder Hollow Brewery | Reelin | Residence Inn by Marriott - Hartford | Rickards Beach | Riverfront Recapture | Rock Climb Fairfield | Sarapes Mexican Restaurant | Scantic River State Park | Sea Unicorns | Seven Villages Restaurant | Slater Memorial Museum | Sweetie's Bakery & Café | The Art of Yum | The Chelsea | The Goodwin Hotel | The Place 2 Be | The Spa at Norwich Inn | These Guys Brewing Company | Toto Restaurant | Town of Enfield | Town of Fairfield | Town of Litchfield | Town of Warren | Tox Brewing Company | Trumbull Kitchen | Via Al Paraiso | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wall to Wall: The New London Mural Walk | West Hartford Center | West Street Grill | Western Hills Golf Course
Connecticut has amazing fall colors — but our colors are more than just leaves. Here you can experience so much more, from the blues of the shoreline and the greens of corn mazes to the purples of sunsets and golds of craft beer.
Below, find all the colors from our latest campaign, Full Color Connecticut. In case you missed them, watch our TV commercials here. And be sure to check back each week throughout the fall to see new #FullColorCT attractions and destinations ... and visit your favorite spots today!
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Aquila's Nest Vineyards | Arrigoni Winery | Artisan | B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Backyard Adventure UTV Tours | Barn Loft & Treehouse | Bear's Smokehouse (New Haven) | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Brewport | Bushnell Park | Circle Hotel Fairfield | Giuffrida Park | Grace Farms | Gwyn Careg Inn | Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater | Heartstone Farm & Winery | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Hidden Valley Preserve | High George Rooftop Restaurant | Hog River Brewing Company | Hogpen Hills Farms | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | J. Timothy's Taverne | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Compounce Campground | Lake Waramaug State Park | Manor House Inn | Maple View Farm | Mohegan Sun | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Aquarium | New England Cider Company | Outer Light Brewing Company | Putnam River Trail | Rose Orchards Farm | Roseland Cottage Museum | Silverman's Farm | Simsbury 1820 House | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Charles | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Litchfield Inn | The Study at Yale | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | The Whaler's Inn | Town of Cornwall | Town of Durham | Town of Litchfield | Town of New Hartford | Town of Putnam | Town of Wethersfield | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | Winvian Farm | Yale University Art Gallery | Yale University Visitor Center
Make the Most of Fall
Overview: Fall is officially here ... so don’t miss a minute of it! From scarecrow displays and pumpkin picking to cider donuts, small town charm, adventurous ways to view foliage, and beyond, Connecticut is filled with ways to enjoy a very vibrant fall.
Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Adventure Park at Storrs | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Antique & Artisan Gallery | Antiques Marketplace | Aquila's Nest Vineyards | Arrigoni Winery | Artisan | B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Backyard Adventure UTV Tours | Barcade | Barn Loft & Treehouse | Bear's Smokehouse (New Haven) | Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard | Belltown Hill Orchards | Berkshire Balloons | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Bohemian Pizza | Brewport | Brignole Vineyards | Burr Pond State Park | Bushnell Park | Cedar Hill Cemetery | Circle Hotel Fairfield | City of Bridgeport | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | Clocktown Brewing Company | Community Table | Connecticut Air & Space Museum | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Connecticut Beer Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Connecticut Wine Trail | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Dinosaur State Park | Edwin C. Ahlberg Antiques | Elizabeth's Farmhouse | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Engine Room | Escape New Haven | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Fairview Tree Farm | Firefly Hollow Brewing Company | Fox Farm Brewery | GastroPark | Gelston House | Giuffrida Park | Gouveia Vineyards | Grace Farms | Gwyn Careg Inn | Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater | Heartstone Farm & Winery | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Hempsted Houses | Hidden Valley Preserve | High George Rooftop Restaurant | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Hog River Brewing Company | Hogpen Hills Farms | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Inn at Fox Hill Farm | J. Timothy's Taverne | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lake of Isles Golf Course | Lime Rock Park | Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk at Riverfront | Little House Brewing Company | Lyman Orchards | Macedonia Brook State Park | Manor House Inn | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mind Factory Escape Games | Mission Escape Games | Mohegan Sun | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystified Escape Rooms | Nathan Hale Homestead | New England Cider Company | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Old Saybrook Antiques Center | Olmo | Outer Light Brewing Company | PEZ Visitor Center | Parkville Market | Putnam River Trail | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Rogers Orchards Shuttle Meadow Farm | Rose Orchards Farm | Roseland Cottage Museum | Rowanwood Farm | Salt Cave of Darien | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Shore Line Trolley Museum | Silverman's Farm | Simsbury 1820 House | Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center | Sleeping Giant State Park | SoNo Collection | Southington Drive-In | Spa at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Spoke + Spy Ciderworks | Spring Hill Vineyards | Stafford Cidery | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Stone Row Kitchen + Bar | Strawberry Park Resort | Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | Tapping Reeve House & Law School | Taste of New Haven Tours | Tavern at Graybarns | Tavern on State | Taylor Brooke Brewery | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Charles | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Farmhouse at Maple View Farm | The Glass House | The Goodwin Hotel | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Study at Yale | The Wallingford Victorian Inn | The West Lane Inn | The Whaler's Inn | Town of Cornwall | Town of Cornwall | Town of Durham | Town of Enfield | Town of Essex | Town of Farmington | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Hebron | Town of Lebanon | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | Town of New Hartford | Town of Plymouth | Town of Putnam | Town of Wallingford | Town of Wethersfield | Tribus Beer Company | Tribus Beer Company | Two Roads Brewing Company | Urban Lodge Brewing | Visit Collinsville | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wall to Wall: The New London Mural Walk | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | Willimantic Brewing Company | Wilton Historical Society | Windham Textile and History Museum | Winvian Farm | Wolf's Den Family Campground | Woodbury Antiques Trail | Yale University Art Gallery | Yale University Visitor Center | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms