Four Seasons of Charm Immersion Last Updated 1/18
Your love of antiques and historic homes, your attraction to scenic environments and your search for a relaxing yet authentic accommodation all add up to one destination: Connecticut. Take some time off in any season and immerse yourself in Connecticut’s captivating history, alluring scenery and incomparable charm.
Spring in Connecticut can be gorgeous. The sun is higher and brighter, illuminating the greening landscape, flowering trees and walkable villages. Window shoppers fill the streets of historic Essex village, home to the 1776 Griswold Inn, one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country. The inn offers guests a lively taproom, fine dining and a popular wine bar. Step outside onto the sidewalk for a stroll on the quaint and elegant Main Street. Just a short walk away, you will encounter the Connecticut River, with its glistening water views, and the Connecticut River Museum.
Summer is the time to be near the water. Enjoy the charm and serenity of Mystic at the historic circa 1771 Whitehall Mansion Inn with accommodations featuring period décor and close proximity to Mystic River. Visit nearby Mystic Seaport for the region’s rich maritime history, and Mystic Aquarium for an up-close and personal encounter with marine life. Relive your adventure over lunch at Latitude 41 Restaurant, offering contemporary American cuisine and views of Mystic River. Walk through downtown Mystic for boutique shopping and ice cream, you may even see the historic drawbridge rise to let tall ships pass by.
Fall’s crisper days mean cozy nights by an inviting fireplace. And what can be cozier than a historic Connecticut inn? With beautifully appointed guest rooms, The Inn at Kent Falls in Kent is ideal for romance, relaxation and rejuvenation. See the sights and take a walk through Kent Falls State Park for stunning views of cascading waterfalls. Continue your exploration of Kent with a visit to the town center and Rolling River Antiques, where you can browse through an eclectic collection of furniture, rugs, lamps, artwork, jewelry and collectibles.
The grand 1787 Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan will offer you a graceful getaway in a historical landmark bed and breakfast. While in New Canaan, a trip to The Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site, is a must. You will have several tour options of the house and grounds for an inspiring experience in modern architecture, landscape and art. Then, head over to the Silvermine Arts Center to view the art gallery exhibitions or even participate in one of the creative workshops offered in ceramics, drawing, jewelry, printmaking, sculpture and more.
Winter in Connecticut can be brisk but it doesn't have to keep you indoors. In fact, it’s a great time to explore. You will be near the center of activity with a stay at the Omni New Haven Hotel in New Haven. Located just steps away from Yale University, this hotel offers luxurious accommodations, along with a fine dining experience at the John Davenport's at the top of the Park restaurant, located on the 19th floor, with spectacular views. After a restful evening, head out to the Yale University Art Gallery on Chapel Street for a special museum tour offered almost every day during regular hours. Then head outside for some shopping and lunch at The Shops at Yale, a collection of boutiques, cafes, national retailers, restaurants, and more.