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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
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
Main Street America. We invented that. Town greens. Those come standard here. White picket fences and American flags. Got those covered, too. The charm of Connecticut can be found in its small towns and main streets. Explore unique shops and galleries, get immersed in the café culture and soak in the authentic life. There are no wrong turns.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Bruce Museum | Connecticut River Museum | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Lake Waramaug State Park | Lime Rock Park | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center | Mystic Seaport Museum | Old Lighthouse Museum | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry | Town of Fairfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Cornwall Covered Bridge | Westport Country Playhouse | Yale Center for British Art
When the weather cools down, romance heats up in Connecticut’s hotels, inns and B&Bs. Whether getting cozy by the fire or enjoying a wintry hike in the woods, we’ve got so many ways to help you make the most of the season together. Here are just a few of the destinations where you’ll find lodgings, activities and attractions to help you set the mood. Planning a romantic escape to Connecticut? You'll always find great ideas and getaways here.
Featuring: 116 Crown | Art Essex Gallery | Black Rock Antiques Center | Black Seal Seafood Grille | Book Barn | Bruce Museum | Connecticut River Museum | Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn | Florence Griswold Museum | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | Griswold Inn | Griswold Inn | Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy Shoppe | Homestead Inn | Hopkins Vineyard | Inn at Harbor Hill Marina | Kent Falls State Park | La Belle Aurore | Manor House Inn | Meli-Melo | Old Lyme Inn | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RiverQuest | Rocky Neck State Park | Rolling River Antiques | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Soleil & Suns Bakery | Taylor Brooke Winery | The Company Store Antiques | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
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
What better way to experience the past? Make Connecticut your premier antiquing destination. If the idea of spotting a tiger maple table in the corner of an antiques shop or finding an original, mint-condition 18th century Chinese Canton porcelain plate or stumbling upon a standout mid-century modern Lucite chair is thrilling to you, then you’ve come to the right place.
Featuring: ANTIQ'S LLC | Abrash Galleries Rugs & Antiquities | Antique & Artisan Gallery | Antiques Marketplace | Chester/Hadlyme Ferry | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Connecticut Antiques Trail | Connecticut River Valley Inn | Edwin C. Ahlberg Antiques | Good News Restaurant & Bar | Grand & Water Antiques, LLC | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harry's Place | Hopkins Inn | Madeline West Antiques | Martell & Suffin Antiques, LLC | Miranda Vineyard | Nathan Liverant & Son Antiques, LLC | Old Beautiful | Old Lighthouse Museum | R.J. Julia Booksellers | Sadler's Ordinary | Scranton Seahorse Inn | Seymour Antiques Company | Spring Hill Inn | Stratford Antique Center | Tavern on Main | The Shops at Marlborough Barn | The Vanilla Bean Café | United House Wrecking Co. | Wayne Mattox Antiques, LLC | White Horse Country Pub
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: Learn to fly fish? Try skydiving? Discover your inner chef? Here are a few ideas to add to your list that are sure to give you a great sense of accomplishment for 2019!