Viewing: Connecticut

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

New Canaan CT: Mid-Century Modern Has Always Lived Here

WHY GO: An hour’s commute by train into Manhattan, New Canaan CT was the quintessential John Cheever-esque suburb, pioneered first by farmers, and then by strivers, achievers, and, surprisingly, a futuristic, visionary type of architect. Though Philip Johnson, designer of The Glass House, is the most famous, he was just one of The Harvard Five: […] 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

Getaway Mavens Best Lesser Known Art Institutions in the Northeast USA

Think “World Class Art Museums in the Northeast USA” and big city “majors” come to mind: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to start. Of course, all of these institutions are worthy of note, and are covered extensively by the press. But there […] 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

Chester, CT to Haddam, CT – Charming Towns Just Six Miles Apart on the Connecticut River

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 […] Read More

Hidden Killingworth CT and the Adorably Hip Chatfield Hollow Inn

WHY GO: Not many people outside – and even within – Connecticut have ever heard of Killingworth CT. In a wedge of land equidistant from Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, this rural town is about as “hidden gem” as it gets. Several years ago, there wasn’t much here but farmland and the woodsy […] Read More

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