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When it’s just the two of you, nothing is better than a small town with romantic charm. From coastal Connecticut to the state’s northeastern “Quiet Corner,” the state is home to stylish towns and quaint villages that are perfect for sparking, or recharging, romance. Here are just a few of our favorites, and some things you can do to make the visit even more romantic.
Featuring: Bar Bouchée | Boardman House Inn | Brushmill by the Waterfall | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Clam Castle | Club Getaway | Cooper Creek B&B | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Gillette Castle State Park | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kent Victorian Lodging & Vacation Rental | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Madison Beach Hotel | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RJ Café & Bistro | Riverwind Inn B&B | Rolnick Observatory | Roseland Cottage Museum | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Soleil & Suns Bakery | Tavern on Main | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Company Store Antiques | The Good Elephant Bistro | The Inn at Longshore | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | Town of Chester | Town of Kent | Town of Madison | Town of Westport | Town of Woodstock
Albert Turner walked the entire Connecticut shoreline in 1914. His mission, as the first State Parks employee, was to identify Connecticut’s best spots for coastal recreation. You probably don’t have time to hunt that hard for beach-day bliss. So, this guide to saltwater adventures on Long Island Sound will help you choose the sandy expanse that’s right for you.
Featuring: Black Duck Cafe | Book Barn | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Chamard Vineyards | Connecticut Children's Museum | Downeast Lighthouse Cruises | Fort Trumbull State Park | Gilbertie's Herb Gardens | Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy Shoppe | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harvey's Beach | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Jacob's Beach | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Meigs Point Nature Center | Ocean Beach Park | Rocky Glen State Park | Rolnick Observatory | Sanno Spa at Saybrook Point Inn | Sherwood Island State Park | Shoreline Segway | The Sculpture Mile | Westport Bike Rentals
When you come to Connecticut in wintertime, there’s nothing like a nice, hot bowl of chowder to warm you up. Whether you’ve been hiking through the snowy woods or skiing down a powdery slope, strolling along the shore or shopping up a storm, the chowder will quickly remind you that it’s one of the great comfort foods – savory, substantial, steamy and altogether delicious.
Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | City Point Kitchen | Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant | Jasper White's Summer Shack | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Lenny's Indian Head | Main Street Grille | Main Street Grille | Olio Restaurant & Bar | Oyster Club | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | Rory's Restaurant | S&P Oyster Co. | Sedona Taphouse | SoNo Seaport Seafood | Stowe's Seafood | Tavern on Main | Town of Berlin | Town of North Haven | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Southington | Town of Westport | Town of Wethersfield | U.S.S. Chowder Pot III
In Connecticut, we take our seafood very seriously. As the home of the lobster roll, you can be sure we’ve got lots of places to savor some of the best New England seafood around, from fine dining to shoreline shacks. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures — and their photo tips! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!
Featuring: Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Costello's Clam Shack | Ford's Lobsters | Johnny Ad's | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Lobster Landing | Stowe's Seafood
Whether you are a seasoned hiker or enjoy more leisurely treks, the experience of going on a hike can benefit the mind and body. Connecticut offers hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and walking trails, including 52 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Perfect access points to these trails also happen to be nestled within some of the state's most charming towns. So to help you plan a richer adventure, here are a few suggestions for hiking getaways, including where to eat, stay and play.
Featuring: Barcelona Wine Bar | Bulls Bridge | Circle Hotel Fairfield | Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum & Sanctuary | Deacon John Grave House (c.1685) | Fairfield Museum & History Center | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Flamig Farm | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Hidden Valley Preserve | Hopkins Vineyard | Hotel Hi-Ho | Institute for American Indian Studies | Kent Falls Brewing Company | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Mohegan | Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant (Madison) | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Macedonia Brook State Park | Madison Beach Hotel | Mashamoquet Brook State Park | Penwood State Park | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Rockland Preserve | Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | Roseland Cottage Museum | Talcott Mountain State Park | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Company Store Antiques | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Windemere B&B | Town of Fairfield | Town of Kent | Town of Madison | Town of Simsbury | Town of Washington | Town of Woodstock | Tulmeadow Farm Store and Ice Cream Shop | White Horse Country Pub
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 Creek Campground at Lake Compounce | 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 Grave 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 Inn | 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 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
Print article by Hartford Magazine highlighting great shoreline spots in Connecticut.
Published Date: 2018-05-01