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Norwalk CT: Connecticut’s Sassy Coastal Town

WHY GO: Norwalk CT has gone through its ups and downs, but now, with new restaurants and nightlife, it's on a definite upswing. Families come here for the award winning Stepping Stones Museum and Maritime Aquarium.  Gourmands can’t wait to try out the newest bistro on the block.  And boaters and kayakers wax lyrical about [...]

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Impressionist painting of Chester, CT Main Street in Spring - blooming flowers in foreground - Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery

WHY GO: Performing, fine and culinary artists, as well as clothing and building designers, have been drawn to the mesmerizing Connecticut River for centuries, and after indulging in this Getaway - to Chester, Haddam and East Haddam -  you'll see why. Some of the best artists and chefs in the region create in local kitchens [...]

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Mystic, CT: Beyond Whaling

WHY GO: Of the 2,700 commercial whaling ships that plied the world’s seas in the 19th and early 20th centuries, only one remains: the Charles W. Morgan, and it happens to reside at Mystic Seaport in Mystic CT. After being restored to sea-worthiness, the historic ship returned to the water in July, 2014 and after [...]

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Interlaken Inn, Lakeville CT: Pastoral Connecticut Lakes

The Interlaken Inn in Lakeville CT (not to be confused with the one in Lake Placid NY) has hosted parents and friends of next-door Hotchkiss School, along with newlyweds and other romantics, for decades. With a relatively new celebrated “Lobster chef” (as of December ’15) at in-house Morgan’s Restaurant, the Interlaken is drawing foodies and travelers [...]

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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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Northeastern Connecticut: The Quiet Corner Growing Louder

WHY GO: Connecticut’s Northeastern-most section, bordering Rhode Island and Massachusetts - has been dubbed the “Quiet Corner.” But it is quiet only in the way that a duck seems stock still while paddling furiously underwater. There’s an energy here that’s driving positive changes, mostly of the artistic and culinary sort, in the small towns of [...]

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WHY GO: When Ayn Rand needed to gather material for The Fountainhead, when President Taft sought a summer home, when Tom Thumb came a-courting, they all turned to this slip of Connecticut that many travelers miss. Most assume that the dingy industrial harbors glimpsed through windshields while barreling up I-95 define the Connecticut coast, but, [...]

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WHY GO: Because there are no fudge shops here; just serpentine rivers, a quaint harbor, an anachronistic winery, a rustic flower and animal farm, one of the most highly regarded indie bookstores in the country, Connecticut’s only beach resort, and the best lobster roll on the East Coast. VISIT: Barberry Hill Farm, Madison; If you’re [...]

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Guilford CT: Seeds of “Offbeat” Northeast

WHY GO: Believe it or not, the history of one neighborhood in this picturesque Connecticut shore town became the impetus for Getaway Mavens: an “Offbeat,” “Peculiar” nugget that spurred our quest for other strange, unknown and unexplored pockets of the Northeast. Guilford borders Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands, an abundance of fanciful pink granite [...]

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New London CT to Niantic CT: Go Nuclear

WHY GO: Morning fog envelopes New London CT like smoke from Benedict Arnold’s deadly fires.  In 1781 America’s most noted turncoat led British troops on a raid that left this naval stronghold in cinders, destroying ships, homes and shops.  A hundred and twenty years later, young Eugene O’Neill escaped his stern father and morphine addicted [...]

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