All Set for Sunset Last Updated 3/16

One of summer’s great rituals in Connecticut is finding the perfect place to salute the day and watch the sun go down. Whether this is experienced as a group, a couple or solo, you will find many places in the state that are spectacularly well suited – sometimes it’ll be over water, sometimes over hills and sometimes a combination of both. Here are a few locations to get you started. Get out to toast the day just passed and the night to come!

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Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen

Enjoy a glass of Sunset Meadow Vineyards’ award-winning Cayuga White while seated on the outdoor terrace overlooking fields and distant hills.

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Sunset Rock State Park, Plainville

This is an undeveloped state park that nonetheless offers hiking and brilliant sunsets. The western views from the top of Bradley Mountain overlook Crescent Lake.

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Sunset Grille, Norwalk

The views are awesome from this seasonal seafood restaurant located in the Norwalk Cove Marina. Have a cocktail on the deck as daylight turns to dusk and you’ll feel like you’re on a resort island.

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Sunset Bar & Grill, Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook

This casual outdoor bar at a top Connecticut resort has a clam-shack vibe and great views of the sun setting behind Long Island Sound. Music and dancing, too!

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Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

William Gillette’s eccentric castle is situated on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River, with views up and down the waterway, and across to the western sky. Hiking trails, picnic spots, food, gift shop.

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Ferry Landing Park, Old Lyme

Here’s a little-known park, operated by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. There are picnic tables, a gazebo and a boardwalk with great views of the Connecticut River and sunsets beyond.

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Tariffville Gorge, East Granby

Do you want to earn your sunset view? There’s a steep but short along the Metacomet Trail just across the Farmington River bridge from Tariffville that will take you to a ledge overlooking the village, the river and the surrounding hills.

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Hopkins Inn, New Preston

Here’s one of the loveliest outdoor dining spots in Connecticut, with views through trees and across Lake Waramaug to the setting sun. The inn has been keeping customers happy with its Austrian-German menu for decades.

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Gulf Beach, Milford

As sunset approaches, photographers (and that means everyone these days) flock here like seagulls. The west-facing exposure includes a pier, picnic areas and views of Charles Island.

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Stonington Village, Stonington

Stonington Village is one of Connecticut’s most charming destinations, and at its southern tip, jutting into the Sound, is an old lighthouse (now a museum) and parking area with wonderful sunset views.

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Vue 24, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket

Located on the 24th floor of the Grand Pequot Tower, Paragon offers stunning western views (ask for a window table), high-end cuisine and expert hands behind the bar.

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Connecticut River Expeditions, Haddam

Take in the serenity of the lower Connecticut River Valley aboard RiverQuest. Bring a picnic and your favorite beverage for this two-hour cruise.

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Mystic Whaler Cruises, Mystic

While aboard the schooner Mystic Whaler, you can enjoy the sunset and a lobster dinner while also taking in the waters, lighthouses and coastline of Fishers Island Sound.

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Argia Mystic Cruises, Mystic

The schooner Argia takes you out for sunset viewing during a two-hour cruise along the Mystic River and out into the Sound.

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Blackhawk Party Boat, Niantic

The fishing boat by day now offers sunset cruises on Saturday evenings, cruising in Niantic Bay from 7 p.m. until darkness falls.

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Norwalk Seaport Association, Norwalk

The Friday Evening Sunset Cruise here heads out to the outer reaches of Norwalk Harbor for unique views of the city and surrounding waterways as the sun gently sets in the west.