If you are looking to visit small, unspoiled New England
towns with tall white steeples, village greens, quaint inns and
interesting little shops, Connecticut answers your wishes. Although
Connecticut has some major urban areas like Hartford, New Haven and
Bridgeport, the majority of the state is largely untouched from the
beautiful northwestern Litchfield Hills to the northeast's trip back in
time "Quiet Corner" where old-fashioned Putnam offers some of the best
antique shopping in New England and surrounding towns have unparalelled
pastoral beauty with scenic rolling hills, farmland and a fresh air
aura that will force you to relax. Connecticut also has some wonderful
coastal towns (or nearby coastal towns) like Old Lyme, Old Saybrook,
Guilford, Mystic (with great shopping, an aquarium and a wonderful New
England seaside flavor) Madison and Westport that are ripe for enjoying
and exploring -- they are the quintessential New England towns with
oceanside personality and some great nearby beaches and state parks.
Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison offers two miles of sandy
beaches, a pleasant boardwalk and great ocean swimming overlooking Long
Without a doubt, the most charming town in Connecticut is Stonington, on the coast near the Rhode Island border. Stonington, Conn., is a classic New England seaside community with an impossibly beautiful, picturesque harbor, interesting little shops, crooked, narrow streets, great seafood restaurants and a solitude that makes you feel like your miles away from everything --especially from the back of the center overlooking the harbor. Late in the day, the streets are virtually empty which allows residents and visitors to feel totally at peace. It's just you, the fresh ocean air and a few birds chirping.
Essex is another great vacation destination, although there's no blatant tourist feel to the town. This harborside town is so pleasant with a tree lined downtown, great little shops, and a beautiful park with gazebo and picnic benches leading to the Connecticut River. Once you visit, you'll never want to leave this special little place that is so much at peace with the world. Staying overnight is not a bad idea as the old, creaky and quintessentially New England Griswold Inn offers well-known top notch accomodations and dining. What a special place --Essex has to be experienced by anyone visiting New England.
Hartford, the state capitol, is worth visiting for lovely 41 acre Bushnell Park, a great several acre nicely landscaped area in the heart of the city featuring 600 trees, some over 100 years old and 125 varieties. The park also contains several buildings, statues and monuments. . Hartford is making a nice comeback with lots of nice places to eat, retail returning in bunches, a growing nightlife and a safer feel than in previous years. It feels more like a complete city, instead of a smattering of big city amenities here and there. Hartford also features some of the lushest, green suburban communities in the northeast as evidenced in West Hartford, Farmington and Avon.
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