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    Columbia... and Columbia Lake

    by Pawtuxet Updated Oct 22, 2013

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    There is a little town named Columbia where I went to meet (in person) someone who wrote to me on VT. It was a pleasant l.5 hr. drive in sunny autumn weather. Wish I had taken pics of his house and the wonderful lake he lives on. Reminded me of a miniature Lake Winnepesaukee.
    I did a bit of touring around the town and shot a few pics in case someone is ever curious about this little village which is about mid state in Conn.

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    Niantic

    by traveldave Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    Located on Niantic Bay, Niantic is a village that is part of the town of East Lyme. (Lyme disease was first contracted and diagnosed in East Lyme). Although it is a small town, with only about 3,000 inhabitants, its beaches and waters attract many visitors in the summer. It is a popular place for swimming, fishing, and boating.

    Rocky Neck State Park is located just to the west of Niantic. The park has miles of sandy beaches, and is one of the few places in Connecticut that is free of rocky beaches.

    Niantic was once famous for its Niantic River scallops. However, over-harvesting has led to a significant decrease in the numbers of scallops. Although attempts have been made to revive the scallop population, pollution in the bay and heavy motorboat traffic have hindered the effort.

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    The Bowen House

    by Pawtuxet Updated Aug 2, 2009

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    You're driving along a country road and suddenly there she is...all dressed in bright pink!! It's the Bowen House, built in 1846, and known as the Roseland Cottage. It is owned by HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND. We pass it when coming home from the Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts. The house is in Woodstock, Conn. just north of Putnam...which is another interesting spot.
    The Bowen House is an EXCELLENT example of Gothic Revival architecture built by Henry Bowen and his wife, Lucy (who mothered ten children!) The house stayed in the family until the 1960's when it was bought by Historic New England. Therefore it has been kept amazingly in tact inside and out. The family kept everything over the years and so you see their collections, furniture, family photos, and the gorgeous gardens laid out by Henry, who left a hand written list of the plants to be installed there. Incidentally, Henry & Lucy loved their roses in the garden and used the color of their favorite rose for the color of the house. This was their summer cottage ... visiting from Brooklyn Heights where their winter home was.. and Henry managed his business.
    He supported the Republican party.... and was a key to President Lincoln's election. An avid abolitionist, he used the newspaper he owned ( The Independent ) to help elect Lincoln. Four Presidents visited Roseland Cottage along with many other prominent leaders of the country.

    There are regular hours for tours. The grounds are lovely....even the fence is well maintained. There is a small gift shop in one of the barns, and there is a meeting space where lectures take place.

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    CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL 2009 !!!!!

    by shawnT Written Apr 5, 2009

    Spring is almost here, which means blooming flowers and cherry blossoms await. Rather than admire the change of seasons from home, plan a weekend stay in New Haven, CT. The Wooster Square neighborhood invites visitors to enjoy the Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, from 1-5pm. The 32nd annual spring event celebrates the arrival of cherry blossoms on trees that were planted in the square in 1974; people from all over the state and beyond flock to the fest to see the blooming Yoshino cherry trees. The day will also include all kinds of food, a plant sale, arts and crafts, and music.

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  • Connecticut Outdoor Adventure

    by czimborbryan Written Apr 5, 2007

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    Connecticut offers a huge amount of outdoor adventure activities including: hiking/backpacking, kayaking/canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, road cycling, horseback riding, sailing, and other watersports. There are strong associations and organizations forming a network of outdoor enthusiasts.

    The best resource for online maps and guides is Connecticut Explorer's Guide. You may also be interested in The Connecticut Outdoor News as a good resource for up to date reports.

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    Harkness State Park

    by daffodil Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Near Mystic, in Waterford actually, there is a great place to go for a picnic and some good beachcombing, it is called Harkness State Park and was donated to the State by the millionaire Harkness and his wife. Unlike the estate mansions of Rhode Is. it is not furnished, but you can go on a tour of the house and enjoy the grounds at your leisure. I haven't seen this in any tourist book, but it is on the state map.
    I think that they do weddings there too, that would be so romantic!

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    Travel to New Haven in the fall!

    by scargo Updated Aug 17, 2004

    This is a path, running beside the Quinnipiac River which comes down from the north into the east side of New Haven, CT.

    Just a small sampling of the color! Vermont is not the only place with fantastic fall colors! The weather is also nice in the fall along the coastal area.

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    Bison, Bison,Bison

    by gcmm Written May 6, 2004

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    Not far from my house in Putnam, in the small town or Brooklyn CT is the home of Creamery Brook Bison farm....
    Here is a working bison farm that you can come to observe and take a tour around. There is a 40 minute hay ride through the farm and gift shop afterwards...
    If you have never seen a bison than here is a good place .........

    19 Purvis Rd.
    Brooklyn, CT 06234
    Tours: July-Sept., Sat.1:30. Store: Apr.-Oct., Mon

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    More Wild Life

    by gcmm Written May 5, 2004

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    This is just another picture of the scenery and wildlife we have to offer..
    This is a Swan in one of the lakes, i don't remember which lake, we have so many..
    Many of the best landscape shots will come from the northeast or northwest hills....

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    We have Wild life to...

    by gcmm Written May 5, 2004

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    Connecticut also has a diverse amount of wildlife,from Deer,coyotes,bear,fox,turkeys,hawks,eagles and much more..
    You never no when you will see some of them,but there are certin spots to observe our wildlife...
    Here is a red tail hawk which are very comman... We have these around our house all the time

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    Many Lakes

    by gcmm Written May 5, 2004

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    This is just one of many beautiful lakes in Connecticut..This one is in Eagleville...
    Depending on the time of year you can go swiming, fishing , boating or ice skating(during winter of course)...
    The great thing about it is that from end to end you can drive connecticut in 2 hours , it took us that long to go have that distance in costa rica...

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    Just drive around

    by gcmm Written May 5, 2004

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    Connecticut has some wonderful scenery to offer.. Just driving around you can find many post card shots....like this one...
    There are many lakes and state parks for recreation that are very inexpensive for the whole family to have fun, Many times we prefer these to the beaches as they tend to be less crowded...

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    Twin Lakes

    by Easty Written Apr 26, 2004

    Located about 4 miles west of Canaan, Twin Lakes is a semi-private lake. It is spectacular with the nearby Taconic Mountains in the background. It is close to Mt Frisell, the highest point in Connecticut.

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    Mansfield Hollow

    by BethStar83 Written Nov 21, 2003

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    At Mansfield Hollow, there are many trails for walking, running, horseback riding, and even cross-country skiiing. My favorite part about the hollow is the reservoir. You can take a canoe or boat in it, but you cannot drink from it because it is the source of water for the Mansfield area.

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    A glance at the sea-farers - Mystic Seaport

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Feb 25, 2003

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    You can see whaling ships of the past docked at the port and movies about how whalers used to live and go out on hunts. The Seaport also shows how the life used to be here in the late 19th century. There are live demos of how the sails were put on the whaling ships by the crew, how the watches were repaired, etc. If you are lucky, you can see a lady attired in the dress of the yore walking by the port.

    Directions: Follow I-95 North to exit 90 (Route 27). Follow Route 27 South. The Old Mystic Village and Shopping areas are right off Route 27 at I-95. Continue South and you will reach the Mystic Seaport on your right. The two parking areas for the Seaport are on your left.

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Connecticut Hotels

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  • Colony New Haven

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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    224 Greenmanville Ave., (formerly AmeriSuites Mystic), Mystic, Connecticut, 06355, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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