and New London Connecticut: Seafaring a Cut Above
Central Connecticut: Castles and Submarines
Are More Places To Visit In The Connecticut
Vacation in Connecticut
Vacation in Connecticut? by Luigi Chan
As a New England vacation
travel writer I've always considered Connecticut an overlooked state when
people choose destinations and attractions for a New England vacation.
As you'll discover here a Connecticut vacation offers excitement... or
peace and quiet, depending on your mood.
Let's take a quick look at
seven reasons why you should consider a Connecticut vacation for your next
New England trip.
Tree in Autumn, Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, USA
THE MUSEUMS OF CONNECTICUT
With more than 14 diverse
theme museums in Connecticut, there's bound to be something to suit your
taste. Here's a quick rundown...
Bridgeport is home to The
Barnum Museum and Discover Museum, and at Danbury you'll find the Military
Museum of Southern New England and the Danbury Railway Museum. Keeping
with a train theme Thomaston hosts the Railroad Museum of New England and
In Bristol you can find The
New England Carousel Museum and period time pieces at the American Clock
and Watch Museum. Just a little south in Waterbury is Time Expo, and a
chance to celebrate the heritage of the Litchfield region at the Mattatuck
Museum. At the Connecticut Antique Machinery Museum in Kent experience
machinery that once drove commerce in the area.
Windsor Locks is not just
home to Bradley International Airport but also to the New England Air Museum
and south in East Haven experience another form of transportation at the
Shore Line Trolley Museum.
And rounding out our must-see
list is Mystic's Museum of America and the Sea, and the fabulous Mashantucket
Pequot Museum in nearby Mashantucket.
THE CONNECTICUT WINE TRAIL
Wineries in Connecticut?
Yes, in fact there's 16 of them scattered throughout the state, and they
make a perfect basis for a Connecticut Vacation. The climate in Connecticut
is mild compared to the rest of New England and wines produced include:
Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, and Riesling. While Connecticut wines have
only been produced since 1978, many farms where the grapes are grown are
hundreds of years old. The wine tasting room will usually be open but call
ahead for a tour time. You'll find these wineries not geared for large
bus loads, but on the plus much more intermit than wineries in Northern
|The wine trail is split
into two major regions and it's suggested your tour is split up over three
to four days. But because the trail takes you near so many other destinations
and attractions in Connecticut let yourself be distracted and enjoy the
jaunt through scenic and historic New England towns.
FOXWOODS AND MOHEGAN SUN
Combined Foxwoods and Mohegan
Sun make the largest casino complex in the world. Foxwoods in owned and
run by Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and Mohegan Sun by Mohegan Tribe on lands
they own in Uncasville. These are sophisticated high-style experiences
with shopping complexes, hotels, high profile entertainment acts, and top-rated
restaurants. They are both close to each other and located in the eastern
region of Connecticut, and close to museums, scenic drives, and the Connecticut
vacation attractions in Mystic.
of Eastern Hemlock Trees in East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
HISTORIC HOMES OF CONNECTICUT
Perhaps the most famous home
to see on your Connecticut vacation is Mark Twain's in Hartford, which
is now a museum as well full of many artifacts he accumulated in the 17
years he lived there. Also in Hartford is Harriet Beecher Stowe home of
Uncle Tom's Cabin fame. Another famous woman's home is the academy run
by Prudence Crandall in Canterbury - it's the site of the first academy
for black women in New England. Your trip to Connecticut should include
the town of Litchfield where you can view museum quality preserved colonial
homes, and the Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House and Law
Twain's House, Hartford, CT
|Connecticut includes many
historic homes that played an important role in the Underground Railroad
and the African-American journey from slavery to freedom.
ESSEX STEAM TRAIN AND
THE CONNECTICUT RIVER
The historic 1892 Essex station
is your kick-off point for a unique combined 21/2 hour vintage Steam Train
and Riverboat Cruise along the Connecticut River. In the summer it's cooling,
and in the fall stunning with the turning of the leaves. The Connecticut
River Museum is also in Essex and vividly brings to life the river's history
as told through paintings, artifacts, and interactive exhibits.
THE TOWN OF MYSTIC
Mystic Seaport and the Mystic
Aquarium are magnets for visitors to Connecticut. The seaport is billed
as The Museum of America and the Sea and depicts an authentic 19th century
seafaring village, tall ships to tour, and a Preservation Yard where master
shipbuilding skills are still practiced. The Mystic Aquarium includes a
delightful array of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including Beluga whales,
and a stunning display and model of the Titanic.
THE ANTIQUE RUNS
Connecticut is famous for
its concentration of antique shops, and draws thousands of treasure hunters
each year who take a Connecticut vacation just to stock up on bargains
and specimens to collect and decorate their homes. The village of Woodbury
is known as the "Antiques Capital of Connecticut" and has over 45 dealers,
but the fact is you're never too far from that special purchase no matter
where you are in the state. Just sometimes its nice to take the time to
follow your nose along a scenic New England road and see where it takes
you... you can bet if it's in Connecticut, it'll take you close to an antique
Are More Places To Visit In The Connecticut by Sam Tonzenger
Connecticut, one of the smallest
states in the nation, is not well recognized as a tourist location. However,
if you do your homework you might find that it is a pleasant place to spend
your holiday. It is a place worth the visit. In the past, you may have
traveled in Florida, Arizona, or Colorado, but now you wish to find more
regions to visit in your country. Maybe this is the time to have a agreeable
vacation exploring the Connecticut tourist areas; you'll particularly enjoy
the seaside or the gold coast in Connecticut.
|The Connecticut Seaside
Thirteen miles due east of
New Haven there are more places to visit in the Connecticut tourist area
known as Guilford. This area is perhaps the earliest Connecticut colonial
community, dating back to 1639. Here, you explore many historic homes and
a couple of these homes are accessible to holidaymakers.
Twenty miles outside of New
Haven is Madison. Here, Connecticut showcases numerous historical structures,
many of them grand homes. An agricultural district surrounds Madison and
visitors to the area will enjoy the characteristic architectural style
as it was in the 1700s. While traveling around Madison, you might want
to stop at the Connecticut tourism department and locate Hammonasset State
Park, which is located within the peninsula on Long Island Sound. This
State Park has the only public recreational seaside beach for water activities
in this area.
of Concession Sign at a Carnival, New London,
New Haven Connecticut
The New Haven area has had
its share of Economic difficulties. However, the financial climate has
improved during the last few years. Traveling throughout Connecticut you
should take time to discover the State. New Haven has its entertainment,
with its theaters and performing art centers. If you only wish to sight
see and take photographs, Connecticut offers you plenty with its museums,
and of course world renowned Yale, one of the nations prestigious universities.
You can take your entire household on this vacation. You and your household
will get much pleasure from seeing how the upper class lives in their gated
communities on Long Island Sound. Connecticut's exclusive coastline is
situated in the southwestern corner of that State, and holds the treasure
of fantastic mansions, exquisite marinas, and multimillion-dollar condominiums.
This favorite spot for Connecticut tourism is one of the wealthiest regions
in the United States.
Fairfield County is
known as the Connecticut Gold Coast. However, as you travel inland
you'll notice that the wooded areas begin to become more dense, and the
land gradually has an upward incline. In place of the yachts, you begin
to see horses grazing in their paddocks on many large estates. As you tour
inland visit Connecticut's outstanding restaurants, and take a stroll along
the quaint streets. Do a little gift shopping at the exclusive bounties
and make some time to be with your family on the seaside. There are quaint
villages along the north shore known are Connecticut tourism locations.