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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 | Main Street Antiques | 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 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
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
Few things feed romance like a sea breeze and a room with a view. Whatever it is you choose to do during the day in Connecticut, you can count on a romantic inn at night. It's just one of those things that we do extremely well.
Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Inn at Stonington | Madison Beach Hotel | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Water's Edge Resort & Spa
It is always a pleasure to drive through the Connecticut countryside on a glorious afternoon in any season, but you can really up the ante with a leisurely lunch or dinner with a view. Here are some restaurants where you can seek and find the season’s best light.
Featuring: Essex Clipper Dinner Train | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Gelston House | Hopkins Inn Restaurant | Madison Beach Hotel | Mediterraneo of Norwalk | Millwright's Restaurant | OnTheMarc | Rocks 21 | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | The Blue Oar | The Inn at Woodstock Hill
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 Inn Marina & Spa | 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 summer’s great rituals in Connecticut is finding the perfect place to salute the day and watch the sun go down. Whether this is experienced as a group, a couple or solo, you will find many places in the state that are spectacularly well suited – sometimes it’ll be over water, sometimes over hills and sometimes a combination of both. Here are a few locations to get you started. Get out to toast the day just passed and the night to come!
Featuring: Argia Mystic Cruises | Black Hawk | City of Norwalk | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Gillette Castle State Park | Gulf Beach | Hopkins Inn | Madison Beach Hotel | Mystic Whaler Cruises | RiverQuest | Stonington Borough | Sunset Bar & Grill | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | Town of East Granby | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Plainville
As we all know, summer doesn’t officially end until September 22, which means there’s still time to do some of the things you never got around to before Labor Day. And what’s not to love about the September version of summer in Connecticut? The crowds are down, the weather and water are both still warm, prices are sometimes reduced…heck, it might be the nicest summer month of all.
Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | Ferris Acres Creamery | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Lobster Landing | Madison Beach Hotel | Rich Farm Ice Cream | Rocky Neck State Park | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Sherwood Island State Park | UConn Dairy Bar | Water's Edge Resort & Spa
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
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 Inn Marina & Spa | 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
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 |