52 Weekends in Connecticut: Day Trips & Easy Getaways from the Litchfield Hills to Long Island Sound

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Discover a wide variety of year-round weekend activities and itineraries in one of the smaller, yet diverse, states in the country.
Full of year-round activities and fun excursions for both first-time visitors and long-time residents, 52 Weekends in Connecticut traverses the entire state, from the bucolic Northwest Corner to the Quiet Corner in the northeast, along the shoreline facing Long Island Sound and dozens of points in between. Tour an Ivy League campus; shop for ...

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Overview

Discover a wide variety of year-round weekend activities and itineraries in one of the smaller, yet diverse, states in the country.
Full of year-round activities and fun excursions for both first-time visitors and long-time residents, 52 Weekends in Connecticut traverses the entire state, from the bucolic Northwest Corner to the Quiet Corner in the northeast, along the shoreline facing Long Island Sound and dozens of points in between. Tour an Ivy League campus; shop for antiques and hidden treasures; hike the Appalachian Trail; ride a vintage steam train; or take a wintertime cruise in search of seals, and much more!

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This trustworthy paperback is a Connecticut biker's best friend. Cyclist author Andi Marie Cantele has pinpointed scores of routes throughout the state; from 4-mile "breezes" to 114-mile treks. With 52 Weekends in Connecticut in hand, you'll be able to plan trips that match your experience and stamina level. An easy-to-use overview chart enables you to evaluate these pedaling tours at a glance. There are also 33 maps, dozens of illustrations, and several appendices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881507218
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/4/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 936,124
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andi Marie Cantele is a freelance writer and professional gardener who enjoys hiking, rowing and cycling. She is the author of 52 Weekends in Connecticut, Explorer’s Guide New Jersey, Explorer’s Guide Connecticut, and cycling guides to Connecticut, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts in Countryman’s Backroad Bicycling series. Her work has also appeared in Yankee Magazine, Bark magazine, and Best Places to Stay in New England. She lives in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills region.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     11
Introduction     13
Spring
Sweet Destinations: Sugarin' Time at Connecticut's Sugarhouses     18
Masterpiece Weekend: Art Museums     22
Heartbeat of the Revolution: The Lebanon Green     27
Casino Culture: Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino     31
Intelligent Design: Yale University     36
All the Pretty Horses: The New England Carousel Museum and the Bushnell Park Carousel     41
Antiques Heaven: Woodbury     46
New England's Rising Star: Hartford     50
A Storied History: Theater in Connecticut     57
Spin into Spring: Biking the Back Roads     61
A River Runs Through It: The Housatonic River     66
On the Waterfront: Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea     70
Living History: The First Company Governor's Horse Guards     75
Summer
Thrills, Chills, and History: Lake Compounce Family Theme Park     82
Take Me Out: Minor League Baseball     86
Red, White, and Rollicking: Willimantic's Boom Box Parade     90
The Sound of Music: The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival     94
Stroll through the Centuries: Open House Day Tour of Litchfield     99
Beauty and the Beach: Hammonasset Beach State Park     103
Gardens of Earthly Delights     107
A Fishing Way of Life: Stonington's Blessing of the Fleet     112
Plateful of History: Road Food     116
Serving Up Fun: The Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament     121
Threading the Thimbles     125
Blue Ribbon Fun: The Brooklyn Fair     129
A Lofty Perspective: The Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival     133
Road Art: Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival     137
Fall
Fun on the Half Shell: The Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival     144
Where the Landscape Is Art: Weir Farm National Historic Site     148
Pick-Your-Own Fun: Lyman Orchards, Middlefield     152
Sentimental Journey: The Naugatuck Valley Railroad and the Railroad Museum of New England     157
All Eyes on the Skies: Bird Watching on Long Island Sound     162
Small State, Big Hike: The Appalachian Trail     167
Connecticut's Quiet Corner: On and Along Route 169     171
Fruit of the Vine: The Connecticut Wine Trail     176
Be A-Maze-d: The Corn Maze at White Hollow Farm, Lime Rock     182
A Bonny Bash: The Scotland Highland Festival     187
Views You Can Use: Fall Foliage     192
Ready All, Row: Connecticut's Fall Regattas      198
Artists' (New) Haven: City-Wide Open Studios     202
Winter
Open Season: Historic Homes for the Holidays     208
New City, New Year: First Night Hartford     213
Powder Chase: Mohawk Mountain     216
The Call of the Outlet Mall     221
Eyeing Bald Eagles     225
Travels with Tykes: Connecticut's Family-Friendly Fun Spots     229
Kings and Queens of the Hill: The Salisbury Ski Jumping Championships     235
Submarine State: Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum     239
Cross-Country Skiing: White Memorial and Winding Trails     243
Winter Wonderland: Cruising for Seals on Long Island Sound     248
Beyond Huskymania: The University of Connecticut at Storrs     253
Flower Power: The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show     259
Index     263
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