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Each fall, people visit Connecticut to see brilliant displays of foliage in every corner of the state. But even if you live here, there may be a few spots in Connecticut that you’ve never seen, and the fall season is a great time to discover them for yourself. Here are just a few hidden gems worth exploring during the fall.
Featuring: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Comstock Covered Bridge | Grace Farms | New England Motorcycle Museum | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Sachem Farmhouse B&B | The Vanilla Bean Café
Research shows that 7.2 million vacation days go unused in Connecticut every year. Now, with a new nationwide study touting the health benefits of taking more of your hard-earned Paid Time Off (PTO) days, we’ve got a few suggestions on how you can “take your time” — while playing tourist right here at home.
Featuring: American Museum of Tort Law | Antiques on the Farmington | Argia Mystic Cruises | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Book Barn | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Breck Marshall at Mystic Seaport | Bruce Museum | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Cathedral Pines Farm | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Custom House Maritime Museum | Deacon John Grave House (c.1685) | Dinosaur State Park | Florence Griswold Museum | G Spa at Foxwoods | General David Humphreys House (c.1698) | Gillette Castle State Park | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Greenwich Historical Society | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hempsted Houses | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Hollister House Garden | Kent Falls State Park | Leffingwell House Museum | Lighthouse Point Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Lyme Art Association | Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystic Whaler Cruises | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Science & Sailing | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Ogden House & Gardens | Osborne Homestead Museum | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | Phelps-Hatheway House (1761) | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Project Oceanology | Quinebaug River Trail | Roseland Cottage Museum | S&P Oyster Co. | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Schooner Brilliant at Mystic Seaport | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Ski Sundown | Sleeping Giant State Park | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Glass House | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | Town of Essex | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Westbrook Outlets | White Flower Farm | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center | Winvian Farm | Yale Center for British Art
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
Nothing makes the holidays feel more like the holidays than cutting down your own Christmas tree! Throughout November and December, many Connecticut farms also offer additional activities to make the experience even more memorable — from wagon rides to the fields and tree-trimming shops to hot chocolate and visits from Santa’s helpers. So dress warm, bring your kids and your dog (on a leash, of course) and visit a few of these Connecticut Christmas tree farms.
Featuring: Allen Hill Farm | AmericInn by Wyndham Griswold | Angevine Farm | Averill Farm | Bethlehem Vineyard & Winery, LLC | Boardman House Inn | Castle Hill Farm | Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Farm | Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets | Courtyard by Marriott - Shelton | Danbury Fair | Daniel Rust House | Dzen Tree Farm | Evergreen Acres Tree Farm | Fairview Tree Farm | Fire at the Ridge | Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic | Hampton Inn Danbury | Hartikka Tree Farm | Hickory Ridge Tree Farm | Hilton Garden Inn Glastonbury | Holiday Farm | Hopkins Inn | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Jones Family Farms | Joseph's Tree Farm | La Quinta Inn & Suites - New Haven | Maple Hollow Christmas Tree Farm | Maple Lane Farms | Maple Row Farm | Miller Tree Farm | Moodus BBQ | Oyster Club | Paul & Eddy's Pizza | Pinchbeck's Tree Farm | Plan B Burger Bar (Glastonbury) | Rose's Berry Farm | Rowanwood Farm | Staehly Tree Farm & Winery | Tavern on 66 | The Marketplace at the Guilford Food Center | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | The Windemere B&B | Two Roads Brewing Company | Uncle Frank's Christmas Tree Farm | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Winterberry 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
No time to take time off? If you’re one of the 41% of Americans who didn’t take a single vacation day in 2016, you’re not alone. Half of working Americans don't use all their paid-time off. No doubt, you’re busy. But if your job pays you for days off, why not use them — and use them well? Take a short jaunt to Connecticut for these physically and mentally refreshing ways to make the most of your days off.
Featuring: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Bruce Museum | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Downtown Essex | Lyme Art Association | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Britain Museum of American Art | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Westbrook Outlets | White Flower Farm | Yale Center for British Art