Connecticut Favorites

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Connecticut Favorites

  • Hartford

    Connecticut's capital and largest city, Hartford is one of the oldest cities in the United States and can boast the country's oldest public art museum, public park, continuously published newspaper, and second-oldest secondary school.The area that would eventually become Hartford was the site of a fort established at the confluence of the Park and...

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  • Beautiful Scenery

    When you get out of the big cities you will find that Connecticut has some amazing scenery. The hills are beautiful, and the trees are so green. The sun makes it all the more beautiful. If you're tied up in the city it won't take long to get out, only a few miles. You can thank me later. :)This picture is not good but it still gives a hint...

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  • Something Different

    Visit GILLETTE CASTLE off Route 9, south of Hartford. I understand that they just completed a four-year, $11.5 million restoration project, so it should be especially nice now. This is the former castle home of actor William Gillette, who was born in Hartford, CT and best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.Great place to take the kids and...

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  • OYSTER FESTIVAL

    Matthew emailed me an advertisement for this event along with a note saying wanna go see ASIA. Now all of us die hard 80's fan's remember who that is. Anyway, I jumped at the chance to ago under the circumstance that we would have to also tour a little bit of the area. He agreed in a heart beat. Well as things go, plans change and we ended up going...

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  • So what did I really think of...

    First of all I have to make one thing clear. I am not a wine snob. I don't think Robert Parker is a god. I don't subscribe to Wine Spectator. I don't sip a wine and roll it around my tongue and say "Hmmm, a slight nutty taste - Brazilian nuts - with a touch of kumquat and a very very slight hint of Thai basil with a sprinkling of freshly ground...

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  • It's all relative

    You know you're talking to someone from Connecticut when they say New Haven is a ghetto. Ha. I lived in Los Angeles. New Haven is not a ghetto. I can't tell you how many times I have heard Nutmeggers say Yale University is next to a rough neighborhood. This picture shows the "rough neighborhood" around Yale. OK, I'll admit it. I don't see acreage,...

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  • Where Being First is Best

    In Connecticut, being first is a a very desirable thing. You want your ancestors to be the First Families. You want to descend from the founders of your town. You want to have the first law school in the country. Being one of the first families in your equestrian club is a very good thing.This might not be the first church in the US, but it is...

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  • Yalie Architecture

    Not everything at Yale is Gothic with spires, turrets, steep roofs and gargoyles. The School of Architecture has a strikingly different style. When I first saw it, I wondered if it was a Frank Lloyd Wright. It wasn't, but it was a good guess. The building was designed by Paul Rudolph, who was Chairman of the Department of Architecture at Yale...

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  • From one extreme to the other

    Connecticut certainly didn't stick with the humble law school theme. In 1824, Yale Law School was founded. Its building goes to the other extreme. The Law School building rivals the Notre Dame in Paris, just about. Perhaps the most famous of all law schools in Connecticut, it educated and graduated some very famous people as well - Bill and Hillary...

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  • Famous people go to humble Connecticut...

    Litchfield, Connecticut has the distinction of being the home of the first law school in the United States. It was the home of Tapping Reeve, an attorney, who gave his brother-in-law, Aaron Burr, legal training. This was the beginning of the Tapping Reeve Law School. The law school, from outside appearances, is very unassuming. It's a mid-sized,...

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  • Ice

    Coming from Israel, I was fascinated with all the snow and ice. One doesn't get much of these in Tel-Aviv... No wonder I have so many ice picture in the travelogue.

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  • Northwest is the best!

    I really love the small towns and big churches along Rt.8 from Torrington north to the Mass. border, the road itself is an adventure and the scenery is beautiful. I remember when I was a kid and we would drive the old Rt. 8 in my dad's GTO really fast and it was like a rollarcoaster ride! Luckily we never got in an accident!

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  • Some thing for everyone

    This is very hard,because there are so many things, but i think that spending a day down in the Mystic area,going to the seaport, with a stop over to the aqurium and walking around the mystic shops is a fantastic day....There is alot to see in that area and some really good resturants, i like the steak loft my self.. Mystic Aqurium is a great place...

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  • Housatonic River Valley

    The Housatonic River Valley is located in Western Connecticut along Route 7. This is a great destination during the Autumn months from the New York Metropolitan area. Only 2 hours from Manhattan, this area is a nice rural retreat. My must see activities on this page will concentrate on this part of Connecticut.

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  • Essex Railroad & River Cruise

    Essex is a small town located approximately 20 miles to the west of New London. This town is close to where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound. There is a nice railroad display here. There are also train excursions and river cruises on the Connecticut River here. For specific information, see my Essex page.

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  • Hartford

    Hartford is the capital city of Connecticut. Hartford has a nice waterfront park along the Connecticut River. I was fortunate enough to see the Armistad, a replica boat, when it was being displayed in Hartford during July 2000.

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  • Coastal Towns in Connecticut

    The coastal towns in Connecticut offer the unique flavor of New England. Maine may be popular for its lobster. But the lobster I had here was the best I ever had. I also love the architecture here as well. My favorite areas on the Connecticut coast are Groton Long Point and Stonington.

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  • Mystic

    Mystic is the most popular destination in Connecticut. It is about 3 hours from the New York Metropolitan area and 2 hours from the Boston Metropolitan area. What makes Mystic so popular is its seaport, which takes the traveller back in time to Connecticut's whaling industry, and its world class aquarium. For more information on specifics, please...

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  • Old Mystic Village

    This is NOT designed to confuse anyone, but I guess that it does. Best way to describe it...come off RTE 95 and you can visit the Old Cider Mill, Mystic Aquarium, Old Mystic Village, Mystic Seaport, or the real town of Mystic!! Enough choices? Try to do all of them. You'll have fun. Old Mystic Village is a recreation of an old village, complete...

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  • Mystic River Bridge

    This was always one of my family's favorites in Mystic....especially in the summer months. It is a working draw bridge as you enter the actual town of Mystic. In warm weather, traffic is stopped repeatedly throughout the day (especially on weekends) while the bridge is lifted to allow tall sail boats and other large craft to pass under. Yes, it's...

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  • Shops in Old Mystic

    Remember....this "old" Mystic is not really old. These are all reproduction buildings gathered in a village atmosphere...but created solely for the purpose of retail. Nonetheless, there are worse ways to shop. The "village green" area and church are a central focus, but all the pathways and stores are pleasant to visit. The yellow building is a...

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  • Beautiful trees and quaint villages!

    Driving through CT was the best way to get acclimated to the state in the short time period that I had here. As you drive up the 7 and across on the 44, you really get a feeling of calm as miles and miles of trees and fields stretch before you. The towns are all small and quaint and seem to hold onto a simpler time when everyone knew everyone....

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  • Old Lighthouse Museum

    The original 30 foot stone tower was built in 1823.In 1840 it was dismantled and a new tower was built which remained active until 1889. At that time a beacon was installed at the end of a new breakwater replacing the lighthouse.The lighthouse became a museum in 1927. There are six rooms of exhibits. The museum is located at 7 Water Street in...

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  • Kicking back at Five Maples Farms

    Just recently I took my friends back to Connecticut to stay at my sister's home.Spending time there once again brought back so many fond memories of my college summers.

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  • Goodspeed Opera House

    Visit the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. The 1876 building was originally a general store, office building, post office, steamship arrival port and shipping dock.There is now a musical theater located on the top two floors. The theater box office can be reached at: 860-873-8668

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  • Drive up Route 7

    Drive up Route 7, along the Housatonic river. It is a scenic route, winding roads through forested hills. There are two of the five remaining covered bridges in Connecticut along this route.Follow us on this route in our Route 7 travelogue.

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  • Yale University

    Stop at New Haven and take a walk across the 290-acre campus of Yale University (founded 1701). One of America´s premier universities. The campus looks like a medieval relict with old castle-like buildings. Medieval buildings in the US? I know it´s impossible because the continent was discovered later in 1492. But it still looks like that and Yale...

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  • HARTFORD...I went there to see...

    HARTFORD...I went there to see the Capitol which is nice...aprt this building I did not find the city very attractive...MYSTIC...small 'extremely touristic' town on the ocean shore not too far from Rhode Island. It's worth to go as the setting is great...but be prepared to see loads of tourists...everything seemed to be overpriced around. The...

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  • travel to the Northwest corner...

    travel to the Northwest corner of Connecticut on a weekend excursion. The Northwest corner of the state, the Litchfield Hills, and the foothills of the Berkshires (see my Massachusetts page) are a MUST SEE in the fall. What incredible color! Like western Massachusetts there are many quaint towns in this area of the state and it is steeped in...

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  • Fairfield University

    This is where I spent most of my time. The campus was nice and in winter when all leaves were gone, you could see the Long Island Sound on your way to class. There are many private beaches in Fairfield, but if you look hard you can find perfect, quiet spots to enjoy the sun.

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  • Check out the mystic coast and...

    Check out the mystic coast and explore the woodlands of the southeast connecticut college Arboretium I miss the seasons on the beach. New England has distinct seasons and the beach is a great chronometer of the passing of time

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  • You must visit the mystic...

    You must visit the mystic area! This town has very interesting shops, stores, and boats to keep adults interested and enough 'fun kid stuff' to keep the kids busy for days! Mystic is a true old fasioned seaport town that continues to function on the old principals. All of the great outdoor areas in C

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  • be very afraid of the drivers...

    be very afraid of the drivers here on the east coast. Apparently there was some sort of referendum that made street signs only a suggestion to Connecticut drivers. A word of caution- drive only when alert! hmmm. I've only lived here a short time.

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  • Travel throughout the entire...

    Travel throughout the entire New England area in the fall.It will thrill the senses. I miss the closeness of it all. You could travel anywhere within New England by a days travel. The shores and mountains, all majestic.

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  • We were on a road trip through...

    We were on a road trip through New England, and arrived in CT in the afternoon. Looking for a place to spend the night, we tried Mystic Seaport (ended up staying at a Comfort Inn). Wasn't too impressed with Mystic since it seems to have few attractions and fewer sights. Heard about a 'casino' on a reservation, so we looked it up. Drove up to the...

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  • Downtown Mystic for shopping. ...

    Downtown Mystic for shopping. There's also several large malls in CT. Skip Mystic Pizza, go to Neon Pizza in instead (in Mystic).Don't miss the Foxwood Indian Museum, it's wonderful. The Mohegan Sun & Foxwood casinos (I prefer Mohegan Sun).The Griswald Inn in Essex for dinner and piano sing-alongs.Mystic Seaport, the Mystic Aquarium The Submarine...

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  • One of my best friends and...

    One of my best friends and favorite VT'er's, Tamir in Connecticut. The photographer for this shot is Deb (Picklegirl).

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  • When You visit CT you must go...

    When You visit CT you must go hiking in the fall. The colors are beatiful. You can hike either beginner trails or do more expert stuff. The thing I miss most about CT is all the friends that I have made. I haven't traveled all that much yet but when your in CT you are pretty close to everything.

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  • Connecticut River

    Take a drive along the west side of the Connecticut River. It is nice an green and very relaxing. This is a picture of the Old Stonington Lighthouse. You can climb the tiny stairs to the top for a small donation, otherwise the museum with local history in the lower part of the house is free. Stonington is a beautiful older town too, but the streets...

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Connecticut Hotels

See all 482 Hotels in Connecticut
  • Colony New Haven

    1157 Chapel Street, (Hotel Currently Under Renovation), New Haven, Connecticut, 06511, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic

    6 Hendel Drive, Mystic, Connecticut, 06355, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hyatt Place Uncasville

    2049 Norwich New London Turnpike, Uncasville, Connecticut, 06382, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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