Viewing: Connecticut

Ridgefield CT: Fine and Performing Arts in the Woods of Connecticut

WHY GO: Ridgefield CT is a feast for all five bodily senses – sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste – and one more: the sense of humanity. This town of 25,000 is home to Connecticut’s only National Park, which also happens to be the only National Park in the country dedicated to an American painter. There […] Read more

Stony Creek CT and the Thimble Islands; A Favorite of Presidents, Tom Thumb and Ayn Rand

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, […] Read more

Aspire at Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, Uncasville CT

The soaring geometric glass towers of Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino appear suddenly – and startlingly – as you round a curve in the remote rolling hills along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut. One of these modernist towers now houses Aspire, a “hotel within a hotel” with renovated rooms, butler service, complimentary breakfast, lunch […] Read more

Stamford CT: The City That Works as a Great Getaway

WHY GO: The Stamford CT motto – “The City That Works” – suggests more of the Puritan Work Ethic than the Pleasure Principal. Yes, worker-bee commuters swarm daily into Connecticut’s 4th largest city (after Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford), just 50 minutes by Metro North train from Manhattan, but there is another side to Stamford […] Read more

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?  Yes, the Lilly Pulitzer pallet still reigns supreme here, but this swanky Connecticut town is so much more than just the center of the Preppy Handbook universe. Known for its hedge fund billionaires, […] Read more

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 […] Read more

Best Drive on the Connecticut Coast

A version of this article was published in National Geographic Traveler April 2011. For more on these towns and many others in the Northeast USA from Virginia to Maine, consult the GetawayMavens.com. BOAT OFF SMITH NECK RD. OLD LYME CT When Ayn Rand needed to research The Fountainhead, when Katherine Hepburn yearned to escape the […] Read more

Restoration of Mayflower II at Mystic Seaport CT Through Mid-2019

The original Mayflower and its 102 passengers sailed from England to the New World in 1620. What became of those passengers has been well documented. But the ship itself? Not so much. Lost at sea? Sunk? Scuttled? Left to rot? All is left to conjecture. But, over 300 years later, in the mid-1950’s – after […] Read more

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 […] Read more

New London, Groton And 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 […] Read more

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