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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
When visitors think of traveling to Connecticut, the first thing that comes to mind most likely isn’t yoga. However, there are a lot of unique and unexpected yoga practices that are offered throughout the state that may just change your thinking. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert yogi, you'll find an experience for everyone to enjoy.
Featuring: Black Hall Outfitters - Old Lyme | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of Norwalk | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut Valley Brewing Company | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Lost Acres Vineyard | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Salt Cave of Darien | Still Waters Retreat | Stonington Vineyards | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Branford | Town of East Hartford | Town of Hamden | Town of New Canaan | Town of Newtown | Town of Southington | Town of West Hartford | Winvian Farm | Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center
Meet the CT Ambassadors! CTvisit.com is proud to partner with some of Connecticut’s most popular bloggers for ideas, insights and inspirations from the people who are lucky enough to call Connecticut home. This article is from UnlockingConnecticut.com.
Is it your turn to organize the next girlfriends' staycation? We’ve got you covered with this itinerary for a perfect Litchfield Hills BFF (Best Friends Forever) weekend getaway! No planning required; this itinerary has it all. Here’s where to stay, shop, dine, and play in beautiful Litchfield County.
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Hopkins Inn | Lake Waramaug State Park | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | Town of Goshen | Town of Kent | Town of Litchfield | Town of Morris | Winvian Farm
Everyone needs time to distress from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – what could be better than detoxing in luxurious spas, finding your center through meditation, or connecting with the crisp beauty of nature? You may think you need to travel to a faraway land, but believe it or not, “off the grid” is actually right around the corner! With numerous destinations to keep you mindful, Connecticut puts peace right in the palm of your hand.
Featuring: Biologic+ | Claire's Corner Copia | G-zen | Lavender Hill Farm Alpacas | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Ray of Light Farm | Rowanwood Farm | Salt of the Earth Therapeutic Spa | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Stand Vegan Cafe | Town of East Hartford | Town of Madison | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Trumbull | Town of West Hartford | Winvian Farm | Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center
There's still time to escape the city this summer. And if you need any more motivation than the stifling heat, here are a dozen amazing experiences just waiting for you in Connecticut. This short bucket list is packed with everything from zip-lining over the water and hiking with llamas to island kayaking and old-fashioned drive-ins. Have a favorite we haven’t mentioned? Let us know @CTvisit.
Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | Club Getaway | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Farmington River Tubing | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lyman Orchards | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Nomads Outdoor Adventure | Odetah Camping Resort | RiverQuest | Rose's Berry Farm | Rowanwood Farm | Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area | Simsbury Free Bike | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Simsbury | Town of Southington | Winvian Farm
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
Connecticut has a long-standing reputation for fine dining, as well as a strong farming heritage. Many of the restaurants here have depended upon locally grown foods and products for generations — long before there was a “farm-to-table movement.” Today, we’re proud of the many chefs and culinary professionals who build their innovative menus around sustainable, local ingredients, and we’re honored to have so many of the farmers, fishermen and other producers continue to bring the freshest, finest product to our tables.
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Bailey's Backyard | Cafemantic | Dinners at the Farm | Firebox Restaurant | Heirloom at the Study | Millwright's Restaurant | Miya's Sushi | Oyster Club | Present Company | River Tavern | Sugar & Olives | Tavern on Main | The North House | Town of Greenwich | Town of Newington | Town of Trumbull | Town of Wilton | Winvian Farm | ZINC Restaurant
With its miles of coastline, abundance of rivers and streams, and endless wooded hills and valleys, Connecticut is an ideal place to set up your tent, fit out your cabin or park your RV for a summer camping vacation. Not sure where to start your planning? Here are just a few of the ways to go.
Featuring: American Legion State Forest Campground | Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce | Black Rock State Park Campground | Hammonasset Beach State Park Campground | Housatonic Meadows State Park | Kettletown State Park Campground | Lake Waramaug State Park Campground | Macedonia Brook State Park Campground | Mystic KOA | Odetah Camping Resort | Rockland Preserve | Rocky Neck State Park Campground | Strawberry Park Resort | Town of Washington | White Memorial Family Campground | Winvian Farm
Nothing says New England like a historic inn with a roaring fire and an excellent restaurant. All these top-rated Connecticut lodgings fit the bill, making them ideal for romantic retreats and girlfriend getaways.
Featuring: Bee & Thistle Inn & Spa | Copper Beech Inn | Mansion at Bald Hill | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Stonecroft Country Inn | West Lane Inn