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One of the best parts about being on the road in the summer in Connecticut is stopping at a drive-in for a quick but tasty meal. The state has many such spots, but here are eight of the most tried and true.
Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Glenwood Drive-In | Harry's Place | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Stowe's Seafood | Town of Bethel | Town of New Milford | Town of Stratford
Situated along the edge of Long Island Sound, and, further east, the Atlantic Ocean itself, Connecticut’s lighthouses are among the most photographed in New England. From Revolutionary War-era beacons to lights that guided over a century of maritime history, here’s a list of some of Connecticut’s best known lighthouses, along with a few ways to capture the experience yourself!
Featuring: City of Norwalk | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Custom House Maritime Museum | Downeast Lighthouse Cruises | Lighthouse Point Park | Mystic River Historical Society | New Haven Green | New London Historic Waterfront District | Old Lighthouse Museum | R/V "Spirit of the Sound" | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of Fairfield | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Stonington | Town of Stratford | Winvian Farm
One thing that's great about Connecticut's compact, manageable size is that you're never far from a great roadside meal, especially in summer. In fact, there are so many good ones that we couldn't stop at five or 10 or even 15 - our list of 20 doesn't even cover the entire scene, of course, but it's a good place to start. Here they are, in brief and in alphabetical order. Can you get to them all?
Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Blackie's Hot Dogs | Captain Scott's Lobster Dock | City of Bristol | Clam Castle | Glenwood Drive-In | Guida's Drive-in Restaurant | Harry's Place | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Stowe's Seafood | Town of Bethel | Town of Fairfield | Town of Guilford | Town of New Milford | Town of Old Saybrook | Town of Southbury | Town of Southington | Town of Stratford
There are so many fabulous cuisine offerings in Connecticut that you’ll always have an abundance of choices. But don’t take our word for it. Get the scoop straight from those who know Connecticut dining best – locals! The following are just a few of the many worthy restaurants voted the "Best" by the readers of Connecticut Magazine in its 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Featuring: City of Ansonia | City of Middletown | City of Stamford | Ichiban Restaurant | Max Burger | Town of Fairfield | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Stratford | Water's Edge Resort & Spa
Connecticut is rich with different world cultures. Although the state has one of the largest Italian-American populations per capita in the United States, you’ll also find Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Jamaican, Indian, Polish and Chinese communities here. And if you’re looking for ways to experience international culture and cuisine, here are some suggestions on local communities, celebrations and restaurants that serve up the best in taste and tradition.
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Bamboo Asian cuisine | Barracuda Bistro & Bar | Black Bamboo | Bufalina | Carbone's Ristorante | Casona | Cava Restaurant | City of Bridgeport | City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New Britain | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | City of Waterbury | Coromandel Cuisine of India | East Side Restaurant | Formosa | Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - New Haven | House of Naan Indian Kitchen & Bar | Illiano's Grill - Niantic | Jade Garden of Danielson | Mambo Bar & Restaurant | Mecha Noodle Bar | Mirch Masala, Cuisine of India | Miya's Sushi | Modern Apizza | Polish National Home | Sally's Apizza | Soul de Cuba Café | Staropolska Restaurant | Suso Latino Basket | Tangiers | The Dutch Epicure Shop | Town of New Canaan | Town of Newington | Town of North Haven | Town of Southington | Town of Stratford | Town of Vernon | Valencia Luncheria
Halloween has become a month-long celebration in Connecticut, especially among older kids who want to scare themselves half to death. To help them do just that, a creepy world of haunted houses, scary hayrides and cemetery tours have popped up to ratchet up the fear factor. Be warned that most of these attractions are not for young children. Get ready to get your scare on with these frightfully good Connecticut haunts!
Featuring: City of Bristol | City of Milford | City of New Haven | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mystic Seaport Museum | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Town of Lebanon | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam | Town of South Windsor | Town of Stratford | Town of Wallingford | Town of West Hartford
Meet the CT Ambassadors! CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of the region's most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspiration from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home, like the bloggers behind Unlocking Connecticut, who wrote this article.
Sober curious? Resolving to live a healthier lifestyle? We’ve got seven uniquely delicious, non-alcoholic beverage experiences from around the state you should try this month.
Featuring: City of Bridgeport | City of Danbury | Town of Bethel | Town of Manchester | Town of Southbury | Town of Stratford | Town of Wallingford
Overview: Summer is almost officially here in Connecticut, and from the shoreline to the hills, you’ll find so many ways to travel less and experience more this June. For starters, check out our list of popular beaches on Long Island Sound. Then, scroll down for Father’s Day ideas and more!
Featuring: Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford) | Bull & Swine | Calf Pasture & Shady Beach | Chester's Barbecue | Chief | Clinton Town Beach | Compo Beach | Cross Sound Ferry | Custom House Maritime Museum | Downeast Lighthouse Cruises | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Esker Point Beach | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Harvey's Beach | Hoo Doo Brown Barbeque | Island Beach | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Lighthouse Point Park | Little Mark's Big BBQ | Moodus BBQ | Morse Beach | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic River Historical Society | New England Air Museum | New Haven Green | New London Historic Waterfront District | Niantic Bay Beach | Ocean Beach Park | Old Mill Beach | Project Oceanology | R/V "Spirit of the Sound" | Rocky Neck State Park | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Sherwood Island State Park | Silver Sands State Park | The Cookhouse | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Stand | Town of Fairfield | Town of Stonington | Town of Stratford | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Walrus + Carpenter | West Beach | When Pigs Fly Southern BBQ | White Sands Beach | Winvian Farm | duBois Beach
Overview: Discover beautiful covered bridges, ride a chocolate-lover’s train, thrill to Halloween happenings or laugh at playful puppets … Our fall is filled with seasonal surprises.
Featuring: Abigail's Grille & Wine Bar | Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Bruce Museum | Captain Daniel Packer Inne | Captain Grant's, 1754 | Cedar Hill Cemetery | City of Bristol | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of New London | Comstock Covered Bridge | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Downtown Cabaret Theatre | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Goodspeed Musicals - The Goodspeed | Goodspeed Musicals - The Terris Theatre | Grace Farms | Grove Street Cemetery | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hartford Stage | Ivoryton Playhouse | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Litchfield Inn | Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Long Wharf Theatre | Manor House Inn | Milford Historical Society | Mystic Seaport Museum | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New England Motorcycle Museum | New Haven Crypt at First Church of Christ | Palace Theater | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Sachem Farmhouse B&B | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Shubert Theatre | Sleeping Giant State Park | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | Tarrywile Park & Mansion