There are a lot of good things to say about Connecticut holidays: a charming coast, sandy beaches, captivating villages, rolling pastureland, historical clout, and Fall foliage for starters. But the fact that this is America's third smallest state also has its advantages, because it means it's a breeze to get around and see everything. Plus there are the twin stars of New York and Boston also within easy striking distance - and who wouldn't want to experience both?
The southern reaches of the coast are punctuated by the havens of the New York commuter elite. But travel just a little further north and you hit charming seaside towns like Madison and Mystic, where there's the smell of the ocean in the air and you can order fresh seafood from a clam shack. The coastal inlets and tributaries here are perfect for exploring by canoe, and for beach lovers, the two-mile stretch of sand at Hammonasset State Park, complete with a boardwalk to stroll along, is a must.
Further inland there's a timeless rural landscape studded with farms and vineyards, and in the Litchfield Hills you'll find yourself among rolling hills and thick woods, plus a section of the Appalachian Trail that's great for hikers. Two rivers, the Housatonic and the Farmington, act as a magnet for fresh-water fishermen and kayakers here, while anchoring it all is the handsome town of Litchfield, complete with elegant Colonial homes and some fine restaurants.
There are other lovely towns to visit on Connecticut holidays, including culturally rich New Haven, the home of Yale University, with distinctive shops, good museums and top theatre. And if you're always on the lookout for a 'find', you'll love rummaging among the antique shops that seem to be everywhere. We think you'll put Connecticut down as a real 'find', too.