The Connecticut Art Trail is a nationally recognized partnership among 14 world-class museums and historic sites, created to promote Connecticut’s rich cultural assets as part of a travel experience. From bucolic farms, art studios, and former artists’ boardinghouses to grand and modern art museums in vibrant downtowns, the Connecticut Art Trail showcases diverse, quality collections rich in history and heritage. Discover European masterpieces, American Impressionism, ancient art, and contemporary culture, all within Connecticut’s borders.
Combine art, heritage, history, and a travel getaway by reserving a lodging package that includes a visit to a museum on the Connecticut Art Trail. Here are five suggestions.
For information on each museum, including packages and trail getaways, accommodations, dining, and key attractions near each museum, visit: arttrail.org/packages.htm
1. “Fall in Love” Package with the Florence Griswold Museum
Plan a midweek getaway to The Bee and Thistle Inn in Old Lyme, located across the street from the Florence Griswold Museum, home to American Impressionism. To reserve, call the inn 800-622-4946. arttrail.org/packages.htm
2. Country Elegance Package with the Florence Griswold Museum
Experience classic New England at the historic Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton/Essex, four-diamond dining at the inn, and American Impressionist art at the Florence Griswold Museum. To reserve, call the inn at 888-809-2056. arttrail.org/packages.htm
3. Rose of New England Package with the Slater Memorial Museum Norwich
Plan a visit to Norwich in northeastern Connecticut, where our Founding Fathers and Revolutionary leaders lived and gathered to set the history of American independence in motion. Stay at the historic Lathrop Manor B&B, with working fireplace in each guest room and modern amenities .To reserve, contact Lathrop Manor B&B at 860-204-9448. arttrail.org/packages.htm
4. Escape! Cultural Package with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Enjoy a one-night cultural getaway at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford’s newest luxury hotel on the riverfront. Stay and dine at the hotel in the heart of the city’s vibrant cultural landscape, and walk to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The sheer quality and range of the museum’s fine and decorative arts place it among the dozen greatest art museums in the United States. To reserve, call the hotel at 860-760-2333 and request promotional code EON. arttrail.org/packages.htm
5. “Impressionists by the Sea” Package With the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Valid through May 11, 2008
First London, then Washington, D.C., now Hartford! Works by Monet, Renoir, Courbet, Boudin, and other influential 19th-century French painters have been assembled for “Impressionists by the Sea.” The international loan exhibition tells how the fishing villages on the northern coasts of Normandy and Brittany became seaside resorts for fashionable city dwellers. “Impressionists by the Sea” will be on view for a limited time at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. The Museum has partnered with three downtown hotels. Visit www.arttrail.org/packages.htm for details, including links to each hotel. arttrail.org/packages.htm