Located in the southwest corner of New England, Connecticut features stunning vistas, glimpses of history, and a rich sense of culture. Although small in geography, it is packed with attractions for couples and families alike. Connecticut not only varies in landscape from rolling hills to beaches; it also has communities on both ends of the spectrum. Whether you’re looking for a small rural town or a place that’s more high-end, Connecticut is a great destination to consider.
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Middlefield, CT —
“Fielders” Have More Fun
Growing up, my Dad used to tell me that Middlefield was once a part of the city of nearby Middletown but a tax difference between the urban “Towners” and the rural “Fielders” caused tensions and so, the towns split apart. Although I haven’t found anything to back up his claim, Middlefield remains a sacred place to me and now, to my own family.
Darien, CT —
Summer Nights in Darien
Baywater Properties and Grove Street Plaza are kicking off their annual Friday night concert series June 23rd from 6:00-8:30 and it’s one of my favorite event series in town. These free concerts are held at Grove Street Plaza and run through August 11th. The Darien Nights Concert Series was launched by Darien residents David Genovese and Penny Glassmeyer, who head up Baywater Properties and Grove Street Plaza, respectively. During the Winter of 2008-2009, the two decided it was time to do something positive for residents who would be staying around town because of the unsettled economic climate, and to encourage them to shop locally and support Darien’s merchants. The first series was such a great success this yearly tradition has continued ever since and every year attendance grows. “I love the opportunity to meet friends in town for dinner and then stroll over to Grove Street Plaza to hear some great bands and see community friends in a fun relaxed setting,” said Deirdre McGovern
Stratford, CT —
Stratford’s best-kept secret!
Everyday when I drive home from work through the breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound and the marsh, I can imagine I’m going home to my little, private island. That’s the feel you get by living amongst the water in Lordship, CT. An intimate community with so much to offer, many longtime residents will tell you once you live in Lordship, you will never live anywhere else.
Mystic, CT —
At the Mouth of the Mystic River
Located just downriver from Mystic sits the Village of Noank, part of the larger township of Groton and situated directly across from Stonington's Masons Island. Much of this quintessential shoreline village is elevated out of the floodplain and offers all the amenities and services you might wish for in a true coastal village. Every place here offers a unique family-owned approach to small business such as Carson's Store on Main Street, an ice cream shop with a classic lunch counter or Sherman's deli and convenience store on Pearl Street featuring delicious prepared daily specials, handmade granola, soups and sandwiches as well as various essential sundries.
Essex, CT —
A Wonderful Place to Visit Anytime of the Year!
The town of Essex is a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year! This winter you could start your day with breakfast at Abby's Place for a sit down meal in the Dauntless Marina, or if you would like a quick meal to go, stop by Olive Oyl's for freshly made baked good and breakfast sandwiches. Next, you should stroll down to the foot of Main Street and if it's not too chilly, bring your binoculars to look for bald eagles which nest along the shores of the Connecticut River. Head into the CT River Museum to warm up and learn about the history of the river.
Branford, CT —
Coastal Paradise With Cosmopolitan Pleasures
Midway between New York and Boston and easily reachable by train or interstate, Branford offers an exciting coastal region for foodies, arts and theater lovers, as well as outdoor enthusiasts. While usually a historic summer destination that includes Pine Orchard and Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands, Branford is also a vibrant year-round community situated just 15 minutes from New Haven. The town comes alive in the summer beginning with the family-oriented Branford Festival and road race in mid-June and weekly Jazz on the Green. Boaters, hikers, cyclists, kayakers, and sunbathers find pleasure in the varied scenery of lakes, rivers, marshes, woods, and dramatic shoreline.
Southbury, CT —
The One and Only
My home for the past 18 years, Southbury, CT consists of rural areas, suburban neighborhoods and historic districts. Located in western New Haven county, Southbury is known for it’s 47 miles of hiking trails, preserves, nature areas, picnic spots, boat launches and Audubon Center. Southbury is all things outdoors. Whether you enjoy walking, hiking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, cross country skiing, ice skating or sledding, Southbury is a hiker’s and nature lovers tour de force! With over 15 parks, preserves and trails and a State Park, it captures the true spirit of the outdoors in all who live and visit here. It truly is a town to enjoy all four seasons.
“Streetscape” is also a wonderful bonus in town. It is a lovely 4 mile long landscaped two sided sidewalk on Main Street South which goes through shopping centers, municipal buildings, restaurants, a multiplex cinema (opening this summer) and a post office. It is also illuminated at dusk for evening enjoyment. Take a evening stroll with a friend, jog or just walk your dog. It’s a great place to go to enjoy the great outdoors.
Branford, CT —
New England: A state of mind as much as a geographic destination.
New England Begins Just North of New Haven and the “Q” Bridge. Branford, Connecticut is the first notable stop along that New England shoreline. It’s where a lobster roll contains hot steamed lobster meat, drizzled with butter on a toasted hot dog roll. Take your kids to Branford and the whole family can tour Stony Creek’s fabled Thimble Islands by boat and hear the tall tales of pirates hiding from the British navy. Afterwards, the adults can indulge with Montowese oysters and a Thimble Island IPA on the deck at Lenny’s while listening to jazz and watching the ospreys circling overhead.
Bridgewater, CT —
Nestled in the Hills
Nestled in the hills just to the south of New Milford and approximately 80 miles from New York City, Bridgewater is one of the smallest and least developed communities in Litchfield County.
Old Saybrook, CT —
Where the Connecticut River Meets the Sound
Old Saybrook is one of the oldest towns in Connecticut and is rich is local history. Old Saybrook's location at the mouth of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound, makes it a wonderful destination!
Branford, CT —
The escape that lets you “be.”
Stony Creek in Branford is renowned for its seaside charm and the draw of the famous Thimble Islands. Whether a weekend stay or a day trip, this New England Coastal village lets you be amazed by its history, awed by sunrises and sunsets reflecting over the Long Island Sound. It lets you be immersed in your own world as you stroll coastal trails, as you peruse the Branford shops and dine in an eclectic array of eateries.
Fairfield, CT —
Spend an afternoon in Greenfield Hill
What I love most about Fairfield is absolutely living in a town with both a countryside and a beach.
For a lovely afternoon in the country, take a drive up to Greenfield Hill. It’s a sprawling neighborhood of properties located in the northwest part of town, both above and below the Merritt Parkway. Homes are set on two or more acres, so hiking is literally in your own backyard. The beloved Audubon and Brett Woods beckon you to explore and delight in the quiet calm of a nature walk. The Audubon Center & Nature Store is open until 3 pm every day except Sunday, so be sure to take a peek at the owls and hawks in residence. The store has a great selection of bird-related items including feeders, birdhouses, birding books and gifts for the kids.