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No one dresses up for the holiday season quite like Connecticut. To find a few of the towns that show particularly scenic levels of festive spirit, we consulted the photo book, A Connecticut Christmas by Caryn B. Davis. We’re sharing some of her photographs that we think perfectly capture the charm of Connecticut and the warmth of the holiday season!
Featuring: City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of Torrington | Cornwall Bridge Pottery | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Falls Village Inn | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Griswold Inn | Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant | Hubbard Park & Castle Craig | Libby's Italian Pastry Shop | Litchfield Inn | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Haven Green | Olde Mistick Village | Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille | The Shops at Yale | The Village Restaurant | Thompson Chocolate | Town of Bethlehem | Town of Chester | Town of Essex | Town of Greenwich | Town of Litchfield | Town of Mystic | West Cornwall Covered Bridge
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: 3 Liberty Green B&B | Barcelona West Hartford | Clinton Antique Center | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Delamar West Hartford | Elbow Room | Grace Farms | Inn at Stonington | J House Greenwich | James Pharmacy B&B and Gelateria | Litchfield Distillery | Litchfield Inn | Little Pub Greenwich | Lobster Landing | Penny Lane Pub Restaurant | Roger Sherman Inn | Saybrook Home | Stonington Borough | The Dutch Epicure Shop | The Glass House | 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
When Connecticut is covered in sparkling snow, some folks can’t wait to bundle up and head outdoors. But what if you’re the hibernating type? Here are six destinations sure to coax you out of your home—both frosty activities worth pulling on boots for as well as toasty comforts that will erase winter from your mind.
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Ascot's at The Norwich Inn | Bar Bouchée | Chestnut Street Playhouse | City of Middletown | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Earthplace, The Nature Discovery & Environmental Learning Center | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Inn at Middletown | Litchfield Distillery | Litchfield Inn | Madison Beach Hotel | Mohegan Sun | OnTheMarc | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RiverQuest | RoseGarden Ice Arena | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Terrain Garden Cafe | The Inn at Longshore | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Litchfield | Town of Madison | Town of Westport | Town of Woodstock | Tschudin Chocolates & Confections | Uncas Leap | Wadsworth Mansion | Westport Country Playhouse | White Memorial Foundation
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
Halloween is not the only time to have a chilling encounter in Connecticut, but there's something about autumn evenings that can really give you the chills. There are many places in Connecticut where ghosts are said to lurk; in fact, Connecticut is said to be one of the states with the most paranormal activity in the country. After all, this is where the nation’s first witch trials and hangings occurred – three decades before the more famous trials in Salem, Mass. Here are a few places around the region to explore your dark side. (Warning, some aren’t for the faint of heart!)
Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | Bruce Museum | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Captain Daniel Packer Inne | Captain Grant's, 1754 | Cedar Hill Cemetery | City of Bristol | City of New London | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Grove Street Cemetery | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Litchfield Inn | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Milford Historical Society | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New Haven Crypt at First Church of Christ | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Shubert Theatre | Sleeping Giant State Park | Tarrywile Park & Mansion | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Town of Derby | Town of Easton | Town of Fairfield | Town of Preston | Town of Waterford | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
For the true spirit of “fresh and local,” reserve yourself a place at one of Connecticut’s farm-to-table dinners. You’ll experience the bounty of our farms and fields and the talent of some of our finest chefs.
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Dinners at the Farm | Litchfield Inn | Madison Beach Hotel
Love to travel but hate to leave your dog behind? Connecticut loves dogs. From pet-friendly hotels to vineyards that welcome pups to great places to hike together, we’ve got all kinds of ideas to help you plan the perfect road trip with Rover.
Featuring: Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn | American Legion State Forest Campground | Avon Old Farms Hotel | Delamar Southport | EVEN Hotel Norwalk | Green Acres B&B | Harbour Inne & Cottage | Interlaken Inn, Resort & Conference Center | Litchfield Inn | Madison Beach Hotel | Mystic Seaport Museum | Peppertree Camping | Priam Vineyards | Salem Farms Campground | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Strawberry Park Resort | The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk
Overview: Ghosts and zombies, witches and spirits—we’ve got lots of ways to get your scare on in Connecticut this October, plus a few not-so-scary ideas for the little ones.
Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | Bruce Museum | Captain Daniel Packer Inne | Captain Grant's, 1754 | Cedar Hill Cemetery | City of New London | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Litchfield Inn | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Milford Historical Society | Mystic Seaport Museum | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | Nomads Outdoor Adventure | Ray of Light Farm | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Shubert Theatre | Sleeping Giant State Park | Tarrywile Park & Mansion | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
Overview: Visit towns across Connecticut as they dress up for the season with decorations, light displays and of course, the natural beauty of a New England winter. Happy Holidays from all of us at Connecticut Tourism!