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Gallery in the Garden Silent Auction, Art Exhibit Opening and Guided Tour

The Morrill Homestead’s annual Gallery in the Garden art show and silent auction has become a much-anticipated annual arts event, one that features the works of many fine artists from the Strafford community, the Upper Connecticut River Valley and beyond. Artists express the world around us through works that range

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Springfield, MA: Dr. Seuss

When you grow weary of hearing “There’s nothing to do!” take the kids to the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Hint: Don’t say “museum.” Better: “We’re going to where Dr. Seuss grew up.”) Within minutes after you arrive, that “nothing” will flip to “everything.”

Five destinations in one — a pair

Connecticut River Cruise on the Quinnetukut II

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Connecticut River Cruise on the Quinnetukut II

A Connecticut River Cruise on the Quinnetukut II, Northfield Mountain’s 44-seat riverboat, has been a cruising favorite on the Connecticut River for nearly thirty years. Quinnetukut, which is said to mean “long, tidal river,” is a French transliteration from the Abenaki language, pronounced “Kinn-e-tu-k??t” with emphasis on the second and

O’Rourke’s Diner, Middletown, Connecticut

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O’Rourke’s Diner, Middletown, Connecticut

On a hill above the western bank of the Connecticut River, down past the charming brick and brownstone buildings of Middletown’s historic Main Street, sits an incongruous shiny silver-and-glass building, with an old-fashioned neon sign overhead proclaiming “O’Rourke’s Diner.”

This eatery has been a town institution since 1941, when John J.

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Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

With its diverse terrain, a mix of wetlands, meadow, and woodlands at the oxbow of the Connecticut River, Arcadia’s rich environment supports dozens of bird species over its 723 acres. Typical midsummer sightings along five miles of trails range from bald eagles, kestrels, and red-tailed hawks to blue-gray gnatcatchers, Eastern

First Day of Fishing

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First Day of Fishing

The beauty of the West Branch of the Farmington River as it cuts through the northern Connecticut town of Riverton is enough to bring any angler to its banks–but something deeper than trout and sport entices hundreds of men (and some women) and excited children to the water in the

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Bantam Cinema

The first moviegoers to escape reality inside this barn-like, two-screen theatre watched silent flicks with organ accompaniment. That was 1927, and Connecticut’s oldest continuously operating movie house finally ditched its 1930s-vintage equipment for a digital projection system in 2013. If they ever abandon real butter, those who adore the popcorn

Homegrown: Green Peas

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Homegrown: Green Peas

More recipes: Recipes with Fresh Peas
While still awaiting New England’s leafy greens and brimming farmers’ markets, you can taste the season’s warmth with the arrival of crisp and crunchy spring peas.
You can plant this fast-growing, cool-weather legume (Pisum sativum) as soon as the soil is workable.

The young plants

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Beneski Museum of Natural History

Bring your budding ichnologists to marvel at the Hitchcock Collection, the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the world. Dinosaurs left their marks in the sandstone deposits of the Connecticut Valley, where the first confirmed evidence of a dinosaur in North America was discovered in nearby South Hadley in 1802.

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Pairings for May/June 2009

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Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co.

East Hampton, Connecticut–“Belltown”–was once the cradle of bellmakers. Today one company refuses to go silent.In the 19th century, if you were to come across a manufactured bell anywhere in the world, there was a good chance that it came from East Hampton (then called Chatham). For more than 100 years,

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Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve

Birders love this oasis on the otherwise-crowded Connecticut shoreline for its abundance of songbirds, raptors, and shorebirds—in the woods, along the beach, and on the namesake bluff perched above Long Island Sound.

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Bobby V s Restaurant & Sports Bar

Connecticut native and former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine’s latest venture isn’t fandom central just because the largest of its 70+ indoor and outdoor TVs is 17 feet wide. Culinary Institute of America–trained chef Jordan Stein hits a home run with filet mignon sliders and nachos grande enough to

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Bobette’s Takeout

Best Chowder ChoiceChoose mussel chowder or other flavor-graced bowls, such as “Connecticut Clams Casino Chowder,” “Drunk Tomato Tortellini,” “Sweet to Heat Chili,” and cream of portobello mushroom soup. Add sandwiches and salads.

Inside Yankee: September/October

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Inside Yankee: September/October

Imagine most people would say that love is the most potent four-letter word in our language. I agree. But home isn’t far behind. Home carries so many images for each of us. I didn’t realize until I saw this September/October issue spread across the walls of our conference room, where

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Nature’s Own Carpet
Your brief piece on diverse vs. monoculture lawns [“Ask the Naturalist,” July/August 2008, p. 30] merited full-length treatment.
For some years, I’ve cultivated wildflowers throughout my yard, even turning the entire front lawn into a carpet of eco-friendly color. Neighbors may think I’m odd, if not radical, but the

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Canalside Trail

From crossing the Connecticut River on an old railroad bridge to its northern terminus near the fish ladder, this paved path offers intriguing sights along its 4-mile route through a historic mill town. Easy links to the more rural 44-mile Franklin County Bikeway. Open dawn to dusk. 38 Avenue A.

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Make-A-Wish Contacts in New England

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is dependent upon finding volunteers with a wide array of skill sets (kids can come up with some unique wishes). Anyone who can do anything can do something to help. If you’re interested, please contact your state office:
Connecticut
877-203-9474, 203-261-9044
ct.wish.org
Maine
800-491-3171, 207-236-3171
mainewish.org
Massachusetts
617-367-9474
mass.wish.org
New Hampshire
603-623-9474
newhampshire.wish.org
Rhode Island
401-781-9474
mass.wish.org/
Vermont
802-864-9393
makeawishvermont.org

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Chester/Hadlyme Ferry

A ferry service has been shuttling passengers back and forth on this pretty stretch of the lower Connecticut River since 1769. Today, the Selden III carries a handful of cars and bicycles on the five-minute journey (cars $3, bikes $1), with views of Gillette Castle and the emerald hills known

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Can Holyoke be Saved?
Thank you for posing “Historic Preservation’s Biggest Question: What do we save?” and including a strong article on the loss of a beloved building in Holyoke, Massachusetts [“The Life and Death of the Skinner Coffee House,” May/June 2008]. Yankee Magazine has a long tradition of recognizing the

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Collinsville Canoe & Kayak

Right next to the store, dip your paddle into the smoothly flowing Farmington River in a rented canoe or kayak. Or join guided day tours around the state to Great Island in the Connecticut River or along the coastline of Long Island Sound. BEST CANOE & KAYAK.

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Connecticut Air & Space Center

Connecticut’s own mini-Smithsonian runs on devotion. Thanks to volunteers’ painstaking efforts, remarkable aircraft and artifacts that tell the tale of Connecticut’s preeminent place in aviation history are preserved within this living museum, where you can observe helicopter and airplane restoration work in progress. Its current location inside a federal installation

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Pairings for Jan/Feb

The clues:
First: On April 12, 1934, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory weather station recorded a surface wind speed of 231 miles per hour — a record that stands today, securing the summit’s reputation for experiencing weather as severe as any on Earth.

Second: Since 1952, the New Hampshire primary has been

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Connecticut Antiques Trail

The broad, mile-long Main Street of Woodbury, Connecticut, is lined with remarkable historic homes built since the town’s settlement in 1673, each more beautifully restored than the next. It seems that nearly every house in Woodbury, long known for its antiques shops, has a sign beckoning you inside. Many of

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Wrong Target
Edie Clark’s bucolic view of country life is certainly charming, but she should have been fretting more about the wandering black bovine eating poisonous pigweed or getting hit by a car rather than getting shot by a hunter [“Raging Bull,” September/October, p. 14]. Encouraging the stereotype of the bumbling

Connecticut River Museum

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Connecticut River Museum

Discover New England’s Great River and historic Steamboat Dock with a visit to the Connecticut River Museum. 410 miles of water and 450 years of history come to life through interactive exhibits, river cruises, heritage festivals and more. Climb aboard a replica of the world’s first submarine, experience the

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Worth the Drive

The Drawing Room, Cos Cob, Connecticut.
Kenleigh and Mike Larock opened their stylish home furnishings and accessories store in downtown Cos Cob a few years ago. The young couple recently expanded their business with a small café that features fine teas and coffees, scones and cookies, lunch sandwiches, and a full

Connecticut State Capitol

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Connecticut State Capitol

The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford is a Federal-style restoration that comes alive with guides in period costume and Joseph Steward’s Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities (including a unicorn’s horn, a mummy’s hand, and a two-headed calf). Nearby, at the gold-domed State Capitol (860- 240-0222; cga.ct.gov/capitoltours), you can

Dinners at the Farm

The matter-of-factly named “Dinners at the Farm” series began four years ago when Jonathan Rapp, chef and owner of the acclaimed River Tavern in Chester, Connecticut, and co-founders Chip Dahlke and Drew McLachlan envisioned bringing fine dining right to the fields. “We wanted to cook directly at the source,” Rapp

Downtown Hartford Tour

Explore the Connecticut capital’s historic gems, including the Old State House, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Bushnell Park, and other attractions on this 90-minute tour.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Essex Loop

Best Riverside BikingA 22-mile ride along the lower Connecticut River takes you past estates built by ships’ captains and over a drawbridge to one of the legendary homes of American musical theater, the Goodspeed Opera House. Then it’s up the hill to William Gillette’s bizarre fieldstone castle, and back across

Farnum Hill Ciders at Poverty Lane Orchards

Sparkling and still ciders are crafted from heirloom apples at Poverty Hill Orchards overlooking the Connecticut River. Sales and tastings during the fall; ciders are available at markets throughout New England. July is pick-your-own berry season.Steve Wood and Louisa Spencer operate Farnum Hill Ciders, and Poverty Lane Orchards.Steve and Louisa

Feather Hill Bed & Breakfast

Feather Hill Bed & Breakfast

Feather Hill Bed and Breakfast built in 1936 is a replica of a gracious and inviting early 19th Century Circa Colonial with French Glass Doors that open into spacious and “Immaculate Luxurious Accommodations”. Retaining that image we have provided many modern touches too!We are in the “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse became the epicenter of American Impressionism when she hosted preeminent painters in the early 20th century. This 11-acre museum complex strives to remain Creativity Central, with a packed calendar of programs like Make-a-Painting Sundays, Art Bar happy-hour workshops, outdoor festivals, and changing exhibits. Best Arts Hub–Yankee Magazine,

Gillette Castle State Park

Gillette Castle State Park

High above the banks of the Connecticut River, actor William Gillette (known for portraying Sherlock Holmes) built this quirky fieldstone fortress as a 24-room home with handcrafted locks and spy mirrors. Now a state park, it boasts great picnicking, hiking, and overnight camping. Voted Best State Park.

Goodspeed Musicals

Goodspeed Musicals

This wedding-cake lookalike is home to a Tony Award-winning stage. Man of La Mancha and Annie were pre-Broadway hits in this 398-seat theatre. Backstage tours further amaze. Voted BEST MUSICAL THEATRE.

Enjoy the beauty of the historic Goodspeed Opera House – home of the American Musical! Set along the tranquil Connecticut

Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce

(#13 tie): Top Foliage TownThere’s a reason one of the country’s most famous outing clubs is here, home of Dartmouth College: the lush landscape. If the Connecticut River, the Appalachian Trail, and the nearby mountains don’t put a kick in your step, nothing will. Or, if you just want to

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro

Infinity has a new big sister in Hartford now, but the original 300-seat music hall still hosts the state’s most memorable concerts. Architecturally fabulous and acoustically superb, the venue is so intimate, it feels as though living legends are performing just for you. There’s even a chance that you’ll bump

Inn at Middletown

Best Riverview RoomsImpressive with its brick facade and marble lobby, this inn is also convenient to restaurants, shops, and movie theaters. View the Connecticut River or plunge into the pool.

Interlaken Inn – A Resort & Conference Center

Interlaken Inn – A Resort & Conference Center

Interlaken is a country resort in the Berkshire Mountains of Northwest Connecticut, with 86 upscale guestrooms and townhouses. On-property, explore the two lakes with complimentary canoes and kayaks, tennis, golf, swimming pool, basketball, volleyball and more. Numerous hiking and biking trails. Visit on-site Ellora Spa & Sanctuary. Nearby shopping, Berkshires

Kent Chamber of Commerce

#1: Top Foliage TownDespite the stiff competition that Vermont and New Hampshire villages put up every year for bragging rights to the best foliage town in New England–and, by extension, the world–I found the pinnacle of the leaf-peeping experience in the northwestern Connecticut town of Kent. Of course, that starts

Lebanon, CT History Consortium

Lebanon, CT History Consortium

Visit historic Lebanon, the hub of Connecticut’s Revolutionary War efforts. Seven historic buildings and the Lebanon Historical Society surround the town’s mile-long green. Each site explores a different aspect of Lebanon’s key role during the War for American Independence. Visitors can tour the War Office, Governor Trumbull, Sr. House, Governor

Ledyard Canoe Club

The Ledyard Canoe Club (off West Wheelock St., north of Ledyard Bridge; 603-643-6709; dartmouth.edu/~lcc). Rent a canoe or a kayak from the nation’s oldest boating club, then paddle along the riverbank, soaking up color while discovering why college kids skip their classes to come here.Conquer the mighty Connecticut River by

Market

Mostly organic ingredients become sophisticated seasonal comfort foods (perhaps pork chops and polenta fries) and pure innovation (fried baby artichokes with garlic aioli). Look for heirloom tomatoes, Connecticut oysters, or just picked peaches. Entrees: from $19.

Marriott Downtown

Flanked by the Connecticut Science Center and the Connecticut Convention Center, this 409-room hotel offers award-winning dining at Vivo, plus spa and indoor pool. BEST ALL-ACCESS.

Mitchell’s on the River

There’s no denying the summery pleasure of cheap eats at a breezy seafood shack. A mere stone’s throw from the Connecticut River, this seasonal al fresco joint hosts a laid-back crowd, noshing on fried fish, burgers, and ice cream at picnic tables overlooking the historic Glastonbury/Rocky Hill ferry launch. Entrees:

Mohegan Sun Wolf Den

Ask anyone in Connecticut to share ultimate concert experiences, and you’ll likely hear about the Wolf Den. The list of recording stars who’ve played this cave-like, 300-seat venue at the heart of Mohegan Sun’s original Casino of the Earth is astounding, considering that nightly shows are free. Alums include Frankie

Mohawk Trail Association

Mohawk Trail Association

Blaze the Highway of History and discover the wonderful world of adventure waiting for you in the four season vacation land along the Mohawk Trail.Stretching from the Massachusetts-New York line to Millers Falls on the Connecticut River, is the actual 63 mile East-West highway.Since it opened in 1914, the heart

Mount Ascutney

A “parkway” snakes up from the entrance of Mount Ascutney State Park to within a mile of the 3,144-foot summit. Climb the fire tower for a spectacular 360-degree panorama from this mountain that stands alone by the Connecticut River. BEST MOUNTAIN VISTAS.

Napatree Point Conservation Area

Best StrollFor beach lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this wild coastal walk, which offers great views of Connecticut and Fishers Island, New York. A year-round habitat for many species, it’s also a shorebird stopover point and foraging area for wading birds, and hosts hawk, songbird, and monarch butterfly

North Star Canoe and Kayak Rentals

A knockout when viewed from dry land, just imagine what the 449-foot Cornish–Windsor Bridge looks like from the water. Drift or paddle down the Connecticut River, courtesy of the oldest private outfitter on the waterway, to admire the longest 19th-century wooden covered bridge in the U.S., linking New Hampshire and

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

This section of the Connecticut River offers lots of sandy beaches for swimming and picnics, and best of all: no portages. Look for great blue herons, river otters, beavers, and minks. BEST CANOEING.The Maine section of this waterway (from Lake Umbagog to St. John River) flows a whopping 347 miles,

Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge

In 1995, concerned Simsbury residents spared this 19th-century metal bridge over the Farmington River, from the wrecking ball and converted it into quite possibly the most colorful walk in all of Connecticut. Along the 183-foot span hang 32 baskets and 48 boxes stuffed full of flowers. Walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers, and

Onyx Fusion Bar & Restaurant

Bringing Hawaiian pizzazz to the banks of the Connecticut River, this eye-catching restaurant features inventive Pacific twists on New England favorites; the snow crab and seared filet mignon sushi roll unites surf and turf in every bite. Entrees: from $15.

Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project

The Best 5: Local BreweriesLongtime New England brewer and Connecticut native Dann Paquette specializes in what he calls “American artisanal” styles: beers brewed in the rustic Belgian tradition, but with American malts and hops and our nation’s gift for style-bending creativity. Best brew: “Jack D’Or,” a domestic version of the

Railroad Museum of New England

Railroad Museum of New England

Come ride the Naugatuck Railroad in the beautiful Naugatuck valley of northwest Connecticut. Convenient to major interstates, our scenic round trip excursions will let you experience relaxing river valley scenery and our rich transportation history. From fall foliage trips, to visits from Santa, we offer special events throughout the year

Riverview Cafe

The big draw at this 130-year-old museum is the Grandma Moses Gallery. But don’t overlook the Colonial and Civil War artifacts, the Bennington flag (perhaps the oldest Stars and Stripes), Bennington pottery, and the only auto ever manufactured in Vermont.This first-rate museum is a historical gold mine and one of

Rocky Hill – Glastonbury Ferry

Take the car, bike, or step aboard the nation’s oldest continuously operating ferry. A short but serene ride with parks along both banks of the Connecticut River. Car: $4 one way. Walk-on passengers: $2 round trip. BEST HISTORIC FERRY.

Simsbury Free Bike

Launched with six loaners in 2011, Connecticut’s largest bike share now offers more than 50 bicycles at 14 locations in five Farmington Valley towns, with access to a vast network of paved trails. A $10 refundable deposit lets riders 18 and up borrow bikes, helmets, and locks for up to

Smiarowski Farm Stand & Creamery

From the first asparagus to the last Blue Hubbard squash, Smiarowski Farm Stand offers all the bounty of the Connecticut Valley. Instead of burgers and hot dogs, the take-out food window serves homemade specialties like cabbage rolls and sandwiches of grilled kielbasa slathered with horseradish and served on dark rye

Springfield Museums

Springfield Museums

Springfield Museums is comprised of five world-class museums: the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (temporarily closed for renovations), the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts,the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Museum of Springfield History, and The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield

Storrs Center

Connecticut is rightfully proud of UConn’s academic and athletic accomplishments, and the all-new dining and shopping district that’s sprung up steps from campus is the place to embrace Huskymania. Tour the university’s colorful, free Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry. Shop for UConn gear at the Co-op. Dine at Geno’s

Submarine Force Museum & Historic Ship NAUTILUS

Climb down into the narrow passageways of the USS Nautilus and imagine a submerged voyage to the North Pole aboard this record-shattering, Connecticut-built vessel. Self-guided audio tours of the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine—which made science-nonfiction headlines by journeying 20,000 leagues under the sea—are the highlight of visiting this U.S. Navy

Sunflower Maze at Lyman Orchards

Sunflowers—350,000 of them—tower above your head, their wall-to-wall angelic faces glowing with daylight. This room without a roof is the happiest place you’ve ever been lost. The annual Sunflower Maze makes August the best month to visit the Lyman family’s agritainment complex, with pick-your-own fields, the Apple Barrel market, even

Tapestry Rose

Best Gift ShopFood, art, handmade journals, home accessories, clothing, garden-related goods, fine art, toys, and locally and internationally crafted jewelry in many different styles are tucked into a restored train station turned gallery just steps from a historic Connecticut River ferry.

The Artist’s Loft B&B

How could you not be inspired by a stay at William Hays’ Brattleboro gallery, where guests are invited into a suite loaded with world-art tchotchkes and a view of the Connecticut River? Amble into Hays’ studio next door to chat about his landscapes. Rates: from $138, or from $158 including

The Barnum Museum

In honor of P. T. Barnum’s 200th birthday on July 5, Bethel, Connecticut, has commissioned a life-size statue of the great showman.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

The Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden

Famed horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll designed more than 400 gardens in Europe. She lent her touch to only three in the U.S., and Connecticut’s is the sole survivor. Garden lovers are enthralled by the story of how Jekyll’s plans for the Glebe House grounds were lost, then rediscovered after a half-century

The Griswold Inn

The Griswold Inn

Opened in 1776, The ‘Gris’ is the oldest continuously operating inn in the country! Located in the heart of the “storybook” village of Essex, designated the Best Small Town in America, The Griswold Inn is a mere 50 yards from the majestic Connecticut River. Enjoy authentic America cuisine

The Inn at Woodstock Hill

The Inn at Woodstock Hill

A distinctive Quiet Corner area bed and breakfast inn located in Woodstock, Connecticut. The Inn at Woodstock Hill offers 21 comfortable guest rooms, each individually decorated, with amenities including private bath, television, telephone, wireless Internet access, and air conditioning. Six rooms are furnished with four-poster beds, and eight rooms have

The Last Green Valley

The Last Green Valley

Find your true shade of green in The Last Green Valley: A National Heritage Corridor designated by Congress in 1994. The Last Green Valley encompasses 35 towns in northeastern Connecticut and south central Massachusetts and remains 78% forests and farmlands. Enjoy our natural splendors, scenic byways, unique shopping and dining,

The Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast

The Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast

As seen on HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk.” Marianne (Justice of the Peace) and Bruce Hamstra are your hosts. This 1840s Greek Revival, on 2 acres in the Historic District, lay vacant for 27 years before the innkeepers fell in love with it. Once the home of the Cheneys, Connecticut’s

The Sturbridge Townships

The Sturbridge Townships

THE STURBRIDGE TOWNSHIPS – Everything but ordinary. Breathtaking natural beauty. A diverse collection of outdoor activities, shops, restaurants, and accommodations. An authentic sense of small-town New England. With eleven towns and hundreds of ways to spend your time, you’re bound to discover something very special in the Sturbridge Townships. Plan

Traveler Food and Books

Off exit 74 on I-84, the quizzical yellow sign that reads Traveler Food and Books is, if nothing else, aptly descriptive. Millions see it every year, but those who stop in tiny Union, Connecticut (population 700), to investigate find an old, wood-paneled restaurant littered with books crammed into shelves and

Villas by the Sea at Water s Edge

You can’t stay closer to the water in Connecticut than these 20 sleek, spacious two-bedroom suites outfitted with gourmet kitchens and gas fireplaces. Built in 2013 for eventual sale as private beach condos, the newest accommodations at the multifaceted and enduring Water’s Edge Resort sleep six and are rentable by

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut is home to the largest portion of Wallace Nutting’s collection of original 17th- and 18th-century furnishings, some 550 pieces of furniture, ironwork, lamps, kitchen tools, and other goods, in addition to a sizable collection of the Nutting factories’ 20th-century reproduction furniture,

Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

Rich in birdsong as rapids ripple down the Connecticut River, the canal’s 4.5-mile former towpath is well suited for bikers and hikers. Eagles nest here, herons fly, and a fishing pole comes in handy. BEST RIVER WALK.

Winvian

Best Relaxed EleganceChef Chris Eddy combines international ingenuity and finesse with local tastes, from Berkshires blue cheese to Stonington scallops. Sip drinks by a comfy fireplace or sup by the pastoral garden. Reservations required.This private resort had tongues wagging the minute it debuted in 2007. The whole place—from 18 whimsical

Worthington Pond Farm & Gardens, LLC

Worthington Pond Farm & Gardens, LLC

Worthington Pond Farm & Gardens, located in Somers, Connecticut, is an outdoor destination for enjoying nature and experiencing all the engaging attractions. Opening June 2010, Worthington Pond Farm & Gardens features beautiful gardens, an authentic reproduction Covered Bridge, a Covered Bridge Museum displaying 49 handcrafted small scale replicas of America’s

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