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Once you’ve found “the one,” now it’s time to find the one perfect spot to celebrate. From engagement spots to bachelorette party locations to wedding venues that also welcome overnight guests (and offer local recommendations to keep them entertained), Connecticut has destinations that will make a memorable day for you, your wedding party and even your Instagram followers. Check out a few of our favorites here.
Featuring: BAR | Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | Chamard Vineyards | Cue & Brew | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Gillette Castle State Park | Haight-Brown Vineyard | Hill-Stead Museum | Hopkins Vineyard | Inn at Mystic | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Jonathan Edwards Winery | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Lighthouse Point Park | Madison Beach Hotel | Mohegan Sun | Mystic Aquarium | Ocean Beach Park | Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge | Onyx Spirits Company LLC | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Spa at Delamar Southport | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | The Spot | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | White Memorial Foundation | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
One of the things we love most about summertime in Connecticut is that long, purple, very pleasant period at the end of the day. The busy affairs of the daytime have come to an end, the midday heat is easing at last and it’s time for refreshment, maybe even a picnic, and a relaxing couple of hours as night so very gradually descends. Here are some good ways to spend your summer evening hours in Connecticut.
Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Cava Restaurant | Connecticut Wine Trail | Elbow Room | Hill-Stead Museum | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Lady Katharine Cruises - Middletown | RiverQuest | Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Berlin | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Mansfield | Town of Stonington | Town of Stratford | Two Roads Area 2 | Two Roads Brewing Company
Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th. This year, don't just give dad another tool set or a book. Plan something a little different to show him how much you care. From a relaxing jazz brunch on the river to an exciting flight simulator experience, here are few ways to spend the day that will be fun for the whole family.
Featuring: Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | New England Air Museum | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
There’s so much to look forward to this May! And with Mother’s Day comes the perfect excuse for a family adventure, new experiences (whether that means delicious summer food or spa time) and much more.
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Gilbertie's Herb Gardens | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Harkness Memorial State Park | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Logee's Greenhouses | Lyman Orchards | Manor House Inn | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Pond House Cafe | Roseland Cottage Museum | Spa at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Fairfield | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Wallingford General Antiques | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | White Flower Farm | Wickham Park
Connecticut is a great place to come to celebrate an anniversary, especially if it’s a special milestone. There’s so much to do, so close, it’s easy to arrange a romantic hotel, dining and activities for a short visit or as part of a longer stay. Check out a few interesting ideas that may require some planning ahead but are sure to be an anniversary celebration to remember.
Featuring: Argia Mystic Cruises | Boardman House Inn | Bruce Museum | Delamar Greenwich Harbor | Dinners at the Farm | Gelston House | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Madison Beach Hotel | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Mystic Knotwork | Nine Main Bakery & Deli | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | The Antiques Depot | The Whaler's Inn | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | White Flower Farm | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Foundation | Winvian Farm
Overview: Summer is almost officially here in Connecticut, and from the shoreline to the hills, you’ll find so many ways to travel less and experience more this June. For starters, check out our list of popular beaches on Long Island Sound. Then, scroll down for Father’s Day ideas and more!
Featuring: Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | Bull & Swine | Calf Pasture & Shady Beach | Chester's Barbecue | Chief | Clinton Town Beach | Compo Beach | Cross Sound Ferry | Custom House Maritime Museum | Downeast Lighthouse Cruises | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Esker Point Beach | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harvey's Beach | Hoo Doo Brown Barbeque | Island Beach | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Lighthouse Point Park | Little Mark's Big BBQ | Moodus BBQ | Morse Beach | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic River Historical Society | New England Air Museum | New Haven Green | New London Historic Waterfront District | Niantic Bay Beach | Ocean Beach Park | Old Mill Beach | Project Oceanology | R/V "Spirit of the Sound" | Rocky Neck State Park