Tidewater Inn

949 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut, 06443, United States
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Time in New England

by Geisha_Girl

The Summers of My Youth. Some of the fondest memories of my college years were the summers I spent in New England. My sister and her husband moved their family back east to Connecticut so my brother-in-law could run a very prominent medical company based in New Haven.

Each summer they invited me to stay with them and there was always a good-paying job ready for me. It was NEPOTISM at its very finest!! I didn’t mind at all and the job enabled me to have a pocket full of cash I saved for the school year.

I made the very most of my summers there. New England, to me, always epitomized the true Americana style that we saw on television or read in books. The Oceanside lighthouses, the fresh lobster, the Cape Cod style homes……..everything screamed out “Red, White, and Blue” there. So much rich history was abundant in these little New England towns. They were surrounded by cemeteries where headstones were dating back to the Revolutionary War.

My lunch breaks at work were spent munching on a tuna sandwich in front of a Van Gogh original at the Yale Art Museum, or the remaining bones of a Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Museum of Natural History. Both of these exquisite landmarks were just blocks away from where I worked.

My weekends were spent either hopping the Metro-North train for an hour and a half ride into Manhattan for a day of shopping and theatre, or borrowing the car and taking a cruise up to Newport, Rhode Island…or Boston. That was a good reason for me to make return trips each summer.

There was always something to do for me. Even the nightlife in New Haven was a blast. The pubs and bars around Yale was the place to be for a 19 year-old college student (with a fake ID!) I really made the most of it. That was another good reason for me to make return trips each summer.

This picture is of my nephew as a baby with his dog Camellia. A cocker spaniel. Purebred Americana. The scene was photographed in the backyard of my sister’s home. Yes….no fences, no gates. Lush 3 acres of open space behind a beautiful English Tudor style home. The fact that I could sleep in a bedroom that was the size of my entire one-bedroom college apartment with a bathroom that was the size of my neighbor’s apartment, was the BEST reason for me to keep returning every summer…….

Life in New England was not bad at all.

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Travel Tips for Madison

Madison, Connecticut

by al_mary

"Madison Town Information"

The Town was first settled in 1641 as part of Guilford. It was
organized as a separate community in 1707 and incorporated
in 1826. The Town was the one hundred twenty-eighth town
established in Connecticut.

The Town encompasses approximately 36.3 square miles within
New Haven County, approximately 15 miles east of New Haven
and 35 miles south of Hartford. Interstate 95 and state highways
80 and 1 (Boston Post Road) intersect the Town for east and west
transportation access, while state highway 79 provides north-south
access. Today Madison is bounded on the east by Clinton; on the
north by Durham; on the south by Long Island Sound; and on the
west by Guilford. The Town is primarily a suburban, residential
community with single-family homes.

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"Hammonasset Beach"

~ Hammonasset History ~

"Hammonasset" means, "where we dig holes in the ground" and
refers to the place where a settlement of eastern woodland Indians
farmed along the Hammonasset River. They subsisted on corn,
beans, and squash, and by fishing and hunting. The first colonists
arrived in 1639. Property changed hands frequently between Native
Americans and the first colonists.

In 1898 the Winchester Repeating Arms Company bought
Hammonasset and used it as a testing site for their new rifle.
Their Lee Straight Pull rifle was mounted on a horse drawn stone
boat, from which it was fired into targets on the beach.

On July 18, 1920, Hammonasset Beach State Park was opened
to the public. The first season attracted over 75,000 visitors. The
park's reputation drew tourists from across the continent as well
as the state.

During World War II the park was closed to the public and loaned
to the federal government as an army reservation. Meigs Point
functioned as an aircraft range. Planes flew over Clinton Harbor,
fired at the range and then flew out over Long Island Sound.

The stone breakwater at the Meigs Point end of the park was built in
1955. The stones were brought in by truck from quarries in northern
New England. Today, over one million people come annually enjoy
to Hammonasset Beach State Park.

A visit to Hammonasset Beach State Park, is more than just
another day at the beach. Connecticut's largest shoreline park
offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along
the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf.

As Connecticut’s largest public beach park, Hammonasset offers
over 550 grassy campsites perfect for the nature enthusiast.

Facilities include the following:
Bathrooms, Boardwalk, Car Top Boat Launch, Concessions, a
Nature Center, Picnic Shelters, Picnic Tables, Showers
Check out our "Things To Do" tip for more info ....

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"Meigs Point"

Meigs Point Nature Center is located on the grounds of the
Hammonasset Beach State Park ....

The Meigs Point Nature Center offers programs and activities
for park visitors during the summer season.

Check out our "Things To Do" tip for more info ....

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