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Greenwich CT; A Cheap Getaway?

WHY GO: Close your eyes and think of Greenwich, CT.  Are your floaters of the hot pink and Kelly green paisley variety?  Sure the Lilly Pulitzer pallet still shows up from time to time, but this swanky Connecticut town is so much more than just the center of the Preppy Handbook universe. Known for its [...]

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J-House, Greenwich CT

  The J-House Greenwich is the last boutique hotel you’ll find on I-95 before exiting New England. But it wasn’t always so chic. First, it was a Howard Johnson’s that after decades of decline became an eyesore. Then, a local developer bought the distressed property, took it down to the studs, and rebuilt it as the sleek enviro-jazzy hotel it is today. [...]

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Wethersfield CT: Connecticut Started Here

WHY GO: Settled in 1634, back-in-time Wethersfield CT just three miles from Hartford, truly reflects its history as one of Connecticut’s two oldest towns (sharing a “friendly rivalry” with Windsor). The Historic District, the oldest and largest in the state comprising dozens of buildings dating from and even prior to the 1700’s, is in every [...]

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Woodbury, Middlebury and Southbury, CT

WHY GO: Woodbury, CT and its bordering towns, the “Bury’s, make up what is considered to be the region’s first established Antique Trail. Old colonial homes line Route 6 (Main St.), which was laid out along an ancient Indian trail when the town was established in the 1670’s. Main Street saw the advance of Generals [...]

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The Northwest CT Border: Lakes and Racetracks

WHY GO: Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Day Lewis and Oliver Platt all have homes in these parts. Paul Newman was a frequent visitor – mainly to race his cars at Lime Rock Park. In California or New York, A-List stars are hassled and harried. Not here. So it’s no surprise that even stressed out [...]

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Northwestern CT: Washington and Environs

WHY GO: The Northwest area of Connecticut, in and around the Litchfield Hills, is called “The Secret Corner” (as opposed to the Northeast section of CT, which is dubbed the “Quiet Corner.”) This hilly, lake-studded region of Connecticut is home to the glitterati who prefer to leave their glitter in Hollywood or New York, eschewing [...]

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Hidden Valley B&B, Washington CT

Up a long, steep, woodland driveway, Hidden Valley B&B is certainly hidden from the world. You may have your doubts about what you’ll find as you pass a couple of modest neighboring homes on the way, but fear not. This is one of those places for which the well-worn phrase “Hidden Gem” absolutely applies. Though it [...]

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WHY GO: Do you like to putter around in the garden – perhaps discover some rare and exotic type of flora to flaunt back home? Are you a rock hound in search of the most exotic stones thrown up by Mother Nature? Do you go out of your way to photograph antique covered bridges? Are [...]

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Connecticut Restaurants Honored by Wine Spectator in 2015

The following restaurants in Connecticut have received Wine Spectator’s 2015 Restaurant Awards:

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Old Saybrook CT: Kate Hepburn’s Hangout on the Connecticut Shore

WHY GO: Situated at the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets Long Island Sound, Old Saybrook CT has drawn vacationers and celebrities for 150 years. Wavery-voiced actress, Katharine Hepburn lived in the Fenwick neighborhood until her death in 2003. Out on “the point,” The Saybrook Point Inn and Spa just opened Three Stories [...]

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