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When October comes around, Connecticut towns gear up for Halloween celebrations. From ghostly legends to ghoulish attractions to family-friendly fun, there are plenty of ways to experience an authentic New England Halloween. Here are just a few of the towns that are particularly spooky this time of year, along with a few limited-time events to check out.
Featuring: Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | City of Bristol | City of New Haven | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Grove Street Cemetery | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mystic Seaport Museum | Norwalk Historical Society | Olde Mistick Village | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Wallingford | Town of Wethersfield | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
But first, brunch! It’s no secret that #brunch is one of the trendiest topics on Instagram and to provide some inspiration for your feed, we’ve rounded up some of the most mouthwatering spots in the state. From old-school diners to modern bistros and cafés — feast your eyes on these tasty, picture-perfect brunch spots in Connecticut. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Cafemantic | City of Hartford | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Firebox Restaurant | The Corner Restaurant | Town of Mystic | Town of Wallingford
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
Ever dined in a jailhouse? (As a visitor, of course.) How about brunching in a fire station? Booking a fine dinner in an old schoolhouse? You can in Connecticut. Foodies can indulge themselves at an historic mill, a post office, even a gas station. Inventive restauranteurs have transformed all sorts of landmark venues into showcases for fine food, whether it’s a brick-oven pizza, fresh seafood, farm-to-table fare, or a classic hamburger (We invented it!). Next time you dine out, just look at the amazing places you can dine in:
Featuring: Crown & Hammer Restaurant & Pub | Engine Room | Foundry Kitchen & Tavern | Millwright's Restaurant | Ordinary | Plan B Burger Bar (Simsbury) | Present Company | Schoolhouse at Cannondale | Tavern at Graybarns | The Courthouse Bar & Grille | The Stand | Town of Litchfield | Town of Naugatuck | Town of Wallingford | Town of Westport | Union Street Tavern | Willimantic Brewing Company
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
With the beginning of a new decade, it’s a good time to celebrate the essence of decades-past. Connecticut offers so many ways to evoke the glamour of the 1920s, the spirit of the 1950s, the groove of the 1970s and beyond. Here are a few places that will take you back.
Featuring: Bridgeport Sound Tigers | Bugsy's Dueling Piano Speakeasy | City of Bridgeport | City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | Connecticut Air & Space Museum | Frankie's Diner | Hartford Wolfpack | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | New England Air Museum | Ron-A-Roll Indoor Roller Skating Center | Shady Glen Dairy Stores | Stafford Motor Speedway | Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park | Town of Wallingford | Town of Westport | Town of Windsor Locks | University of Connecticut | Villa Italia Ristorante & Bar | Vintage Hi Fi Museum | Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut
Overview: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, and we have all kinds of planning suggestions to help you show your mom, grandmother, or any loving woman in your life just how much she means to you, from Sunday brunch to flower festivals to a river cruise!
Featuring: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough | Arethusa al tavolo | Cafemantic | City of Hartford | City of Norwalk | City of Stamford | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Elbow Room | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Firebox Restaurant | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Lime Rock Park | Mystic Seaport Museum | OnTheMarc | RiverQuest | Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill | The Corner Restaurant | Town of Mystic | Town of Wallingford | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | West Street Grill
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 | The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Vanilla Bean Café | Thorncrest Farm, LLC & Milk House Chocolates | Town of Lebanon | Town of Putnam | Town of South Windsor | Town of Stratford | Town of Wallingford | Warner Theatre | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Westport Country Playhouse | Yale Repertory Theatre
Overview: Ghosts, witches, graveyards … Take a look at Halloween happenings all around Connecticut—if you dare!
Featuring: Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford | City of Bristol | City of New Haven | City of Norwalk | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Flamig Farm | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mystic Seaport Museum | Olde Mistick Village | Ray of Light Farm | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Sheffield Island Lighthouse Ferry Cruise | Stepping Stones Museum for Children | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of East Hampton | Town of Kent | Town of Mystic | Town of Wallingford | Town of West Hartford | Town of Wethersfield
27 regional town-specific online articles highlighting the attractions participating in Connecticut Open House Day for the town of Branford, Clinton, Oxford, Fairfield, Guilford, Greenwich, Ledyard, Madison, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, North Branford, Old Lyme, Southbury, Stamford, Trumbull, Wallingford, Waterford, West Hartford and Woodbury.
Published Date: 2018-06-06