Instagrammable Connecticut: Winter Gems Last Updated 1/20

Connecticut transforms into a winter wonderland during the cold months. And whether you’re looking to bundle up to visit a landmark or cozy up for a fireside meal—snap a photo at any of these winter gems to charm your followers. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures—and their photo tips! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lighthouse Point Park spans about 82-acres and provides breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound and New Haven’s 70-foot lighthouse.

“I chose this location because it is one of the more scenic places in Connecticut that I like to visit. I took this photo during one of the coldest spells we had last winter, and it was interesting to see the ice float. It felt like I was transformed to Iceland once again.” – Romy L.

Terrain in Westport

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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At Terrain, visitors can dine in the garden café and also shop for seasonal décor.

Olde Mistick Village in Mystic

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Olde Mistick Village is a 1720-style colonial village that features dining, shopping and a luxury movie theater.

“My hometown is Mystic, CT and Olde Mistick Village has always been one of my favorite places to go. I try to visit as often as I can—especially during the holiday season, as it is extra magical!” – Katie D.

GrayBarns Inn in Norwalk

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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GrayBarns Inn is a country-style boutique inn that features six king suites and its own Tavern restaurant, which offers farm-to-table dishes and an intimate dining experience.

Bulls Bridge in Kent

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bulls Bridge is one of three remaining classic New England covered bridges in Connecticut. 

Angevine Farm in Warren

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From a wreath factory and Christmas barn to a café and a fun family photo installationAngevine Farm offers a variety of activities for families while they hunt for their perfect tree.

“I love this area of Northwest Connecticut. I always look forward to a winter hike to Waramaug’s Rock, overlooking the lake.” – Patrick E.

The Pink Sleigh in Westbrook

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Pink Sleigh is a Christmas shop that offers a variety of unique holiday ornaments, decorations, specialty gifts and more.

Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wethersfield’s Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre is a natural foods grocery store and café that takes the “farm to table” concept a step further and deeper into “seed to plate.”

“I took the photo on my smartphone and edited it using Instagram’s editing tools, but no preset filter. The café has great food with great scenery, and the experience was warm and welcoming. I’ve lived in Connecticut my whole life and look forward to capturing more great winter scenes on my phone.” – @HistoricWethersfieldCT

Hidden Valley Preserve, Washington

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Henry David Thoreau suspension bridge gives you a place to collect your thoughts as you contemplate the natural beauty of Washington’s Hidden Valley Preserve.”

“I have been to this location many times, but never in the winter so I made a pit stop on my way home one day to check it out. There was no one there and it was beautiful so I snapped this photo!” – @ExploreConnecticut

Saville Dam

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Saville Dam, Barkhamsted’s architectural marvel, stands 135-foot-high and 1,950-foot long at Barkhamsted Reservoir.

“I have been to this location many times, but never in the winter so I made a pit stop on my way home one day to check it out. There was no one there and it was beautiful so I snapped this photo.” – @Jess