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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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Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Old Saybrook CT

The Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, perched on a Long Island Sound peninsula, encompasses a “green” marina, an outdoor heated pool (hot and steaming in the snow-cold days of winter), a large indoor pool, an excellent Spa, a fantastic restaurant – Fresh Salt – affording dazzling panoramas, a community Fitness Center and a brand new “boutique [...]

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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 recently opened Tall Tales, next [...]

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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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WHY GO: This little Connecticut Shoreline village, wedged between Mystic and the Rhode Island state line, is compact, adorable and perfect for weekend exploration. Stonington’s downtown – known as “The Borough” – is so adorable in fact, it stood in as a Maine waterfront town in the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones movie, Hope Springs. Less a tourist draw [...]

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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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