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For some city dwellers, winter may be the least popular season, but in Connecticut, we’ll show you why it’s our favorite. From tubing, skiing and even searching for the perfect Christmas tree, this short bucket list is packed with everything you need for outdoor adventures and indoor fun from December to March.
Featuring: Bantam Lake | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Gay City State Park | Lamothe's Sugar House | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Miller Tree Farm | Millwright's Restaurant | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Oyster Club | Pell Farm | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Project Oceanology | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | River's Edge Sugar House | Sedona Taphouse | Ski Sundown | The Charcoal Chef | Union League Café | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center | Windswept Tree Farm | Yurechko Tree Farm
Connecticut today is crisscrossed by hundreds of miles of hiking trails. These 10 hikes run through high land and low, across difficult and easy terrain, and they offer unique insight into the geology, flora and fauna of the state. They also serve as blissful, highly satisfying getaways from the noise and crowds of daily life.
Featuring: Bigelow Hollow State Park | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Mattabesett Blue Trail | Mine Hill Preserve/Roxbury Land Trust | Town of East Haven | Town of Kent | Town of Washington | Town of Wolcott | Tunxis State Forest | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum
Whether passing through forests, along mountain ridges or in wetland preserves, Connecticut’s hiking trails offer a range of things to experience, from soaring views and lush scenery to winding rivers and even a waterfall or two. So we got some advice from someone who knows them well. Rob McWilliams is an avid hiker who details his four-season adventures on western and central Connecticut trails in his blog, McWilliams Takes a Hike. He shared a few of his favorite hikes with us, along with tips on what to look for, how to get there and even where to park (including GPS coordinates).
Featuring: Lake Waramaug State Park | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Mount Riga State Park | New England National Scenic Trail | People's State Forest | Timberlands Trails | Town of Guilford | Town of Redding | Town of Sharon
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
Looking for something to do in Connecticut this November? Whether you want something active, relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, we have you covered. Learn more!
Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Alice in the Village | City of New Haven | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard | College Street Music Hall | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Hartford Stage | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Madison Beach Hotel | Maple Bank Farm | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Seaport Museum | Northwest Park & Nature Center | Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy | Salt of the Earth Therapeutic Spa | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sleeping Giant State Park | Still Waters Retreat | Sundial Gardens & Tea Shop | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Fairfield | Town of Goshen | Town of Manchester | Town of Southbury | Warner Theatre | Wigwam Escape | Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun | Wood Memorial Library & Museum | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History | Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms
There’s more to skiing in Connecticut than downhill runs. For fans of cross-country, or Nordic skiing, there are lots of places to ski, whether you’re a beginner, weekender or expert. Burning up to 600 calories an hour, cross-country skiing can be quite a workout, but it’s also a great way to experience the calm and stillness of some of Connecticut’s most breathtaking natural surroundings at your own pace. After a fresh snowstorm, you’ll find dozens of trails come to life in Connecticut, both groomed and natural, where you can indulge your senses in the beauty of a New England winter.
Featuring: Bolton Notch State Park | Chatfield Hollow Inn | Chatfield Hollow State Park | Gay City State Park | James L. Goodwin State Forest | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Quinnipiac River Linear Trail | Sleeping Giant State Park | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center
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 Resort & Marina | Gozzi's Turkey Farm | Griswold Inn | Hammonasset Beach State Park