Things To Do

If you are looking for a waterfront resort in Connecticut, you might want to put the Waters Edge Resort and Spa at the top of your list. A lovely restaurant, beach, pool, spa, lush gardens, waterfront villas and dramatic water views, all combine to make this resort most enjoyable. Located in Westbrook, in the heart of the eastern shore, with lots of near by things to do, you might wind up staying longer than planned. Enjoy! Also check out this family video of Waters Edge

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Essex Steam Train on The Connecticut River

by admin on November 7, 2012

 Essex Steam Train  & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy. The train journeys along the western bank of the Connecticut River and offers beautiful vista’s of the river and surrounding woodland hills. At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼ hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and dramatic shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights of Gillette Castle, the Goodspeed Opera House , and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station. for more information click here

 

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Thimble Island Cruise….Long Island Sound

by admin on October 12, 2012

Is it time for a Thimble Island cruise?

The 45 minute or  two hour cruise among what used to be the tops of mountains, is a wonderful way to spend an fall day.  The Islands are located of the Branford coast, and the ‘Sea Mist’ is a great way to take in the autumn foliage, spott a Seal, or hope to stumble upon Captain Kidd’s long lost pirate treasure.

A number of the Islands that you will cruise past are for sale, anything from a small half acre Island to and old hotel island can be yours;   This waterfront home on Pot Island, is a wonderful Victorian styled home that sits on the Western end of the Island.  Click on the picture below to see additional information:

 

There are a couple of options for the tour, you can just wander around, there is a dinner option, or you can have a private charter.

Visit the link below for more details and information:

http://thimbleislandcruise.com/

 

 

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 Gillette Castle State Park is sited on a dramatic bluff overlooking a western view of the Connecticut River  The castle, once the home of actor, William Gillette, is now a wonderful spot for all to visit and enjoy the 180+ acres of woodland trails, picnic grove, gardens and most of all is the castle. There are a number of oddities in the castle personally designed by Mr Gillette, including very unusual doors, doorknobs and locks, and a system of hidden mirrors for surveillance of the public rooms from the master bedroom. Also designed by Gillette, the grounds used to have a railroad track with a working, narrow gauge steam engine’s that visitors could ride on, Much of the track was purchased by Lake Compounce amusement park and is in use today, to transport guests around the lake.

Located at 67 River Road in East Haddam, the castle is well worth a visit all by itself but may also be easily combined with the near by Goodspeed Opera House for a show or possibly the Essex Clipper Diner Train or how about a cruise on the river aboard the Becky Thatcher

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We visited this submarine museum in Groton , thinking it would be a nice diversion, for a few hours, from our weekend visit to Mystic, wow were we wrong, everybody wanted to stay for hour’s and we are planning on another visit. The tour of the Nautilus is definitely the highpoint but many of the exhibits in the museum , especially the hands on ones, were very well presented and most interesting, looking through the periscope was an especially big hit. For those who like gift shops, this one is a must visit for submarine stuff. A really fun visit.

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Connecticut has many interesting period homes to visit and enjoy but I would put the Mark Twain house, in Hartford at the top of the list. The house is interesting for both its architecture and its former owner. When the house was built in the 1870’s, Hartford was one of the wealthiest cities in the world and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was an internationally known writer and celebrity. The house certainly reflects the owners wealth but more than that, it mirrors Mark Twains dreams of majestic river boating. Most anyone will enjoy a tour of the house and Mark Twain fans should also find the adjacent museum well worth a visit and if time permits you might also enjoy visiting the Harriet Beecher Stowe, which is just next-door  For more information on the Mark Twain house click

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Things To Do…Bears on Candlewood Lake

by admin on December 22, 2011

These bears were recently seen on the southern point of Vaughns Neck on Candlewood Lake . It is believed that these are the very same bears that have been seen at various camp sites around the lake and by many hikers. The rangers at the Lake Authority are now inspecting knap sacks to try and enforce the much published ban on carrying marshmallows, in an attempt to reduce the dangerous marshmallow roasts…ranger Bill said “it’s only a matter of time, before we have a forest fire, if these bears are not stopped”

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Things To Do…Christmas Lights…In New Haven

by admin on December 16, 2011

Well it’s time to take a ride to Lighthouse Point in New Haven and drive through the sparkling light display.  “Fantasy of Lights” is a great place to go to during this magical holiday season, fun for both children and adults with more than 60 enchanting images on display.  Drive through an ice tunnel, toward a ginger bread scene, enjoy the wonderland of igloos, sailboats, elves, bears and a dragon.  Set your GPS to 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven.  The display will run from now to December 31st    Sun.-Thu. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy!

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Things To Do….The Shubert Theater New Haven

by admin on December 10, 2011

Built in 1914, the historic Shubert Theater is located in downtown New Haven, just off the “Green” , and is wonderful opportunity for the diner and theater experience. As a public resource, the Shubert presents a wide array of programs including performers representing many cultures, nationalities and varieties of artistic expression. The Shubert also maintains comprehensive education and community outreach programs, from a student series in the theater to master classes and lecture demonstrations in schools and community centers. The Shubert has just 1600 seats, built for the live theater experience, more intimate and personal, than more modern theaters. While it now has a wide sparkling lobby, comfortable new seats and a state-of-the-art sound system, it is a real Broadway house, where the magic of theater, music and dance really do come alive come alive. Give it a try…I think you will return many times, as I have.

By: Brian Corson

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Knights of Columbus Museum…..New Haven

by admin on December 1, 2011

Our family first visted this gem of a museum, in  New Haven , a few years ago, to see the Christmas tree and creche exibit’s, and thinking a few hours would be plenty of time to visit….we were wrong. We spent the morning and well into afternoon wandering this most interesting museum, even spending a bit of time in the lecture hall  The museum admission is free as is the parking and it’s only a few minutes from the worlds best pizza at Frank Pepe Pizza …..yes I said worlds best or you could go to the home of the hamburger Louis Lunch , these are the folks that invented the hamburger.

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