Viewing: Connecticut

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 recently opened Tall Tales, next […] Read More

Stonington CT: Authentic New England Shoreline Town With Panache

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 […] 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?  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 […] Read More

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. […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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