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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 Resort & Marina | 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
One of the things we love most about summertime in Connecticut is that long, purple, very pleasant period at the end of the day. The busy affairs of the daytime have come to an end, the midday heat is easing at last and it’s time for refreshment, maybe even a picnic, and a relaxing couple of hours as night so very gradually descends. Here are some good ways to spend your summer evening hours in Connecticut.
Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Cava Restaurant | Connecticut Wine Trail | Elbow Room | Hill-Stead Museum | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Lady Katharine Cruises - Middletown | RiverQuest | Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Berlin | Town of Glastonbury | Town of Mansfield | Town of Stonington | Town of Stratford | Two Roads Area 2 | Two Roads Brewing Company
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