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Ridgefield is only an hour north of New York, but you would never know it from the rural character of this lovely town. Old trees line the streets and front the gracious homes, many of which date back to the 18th and early 19th centuries. Here you will find the Aldrich Museum of Conte... more

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Many clipper ships were built in this port in the middle of the 19th century and here you find several examples of the vessels of that era. Of the three fully rigged sailing craft moored at the docks, particularly interesting—and open for tours—is the Charles W. Morgan, th... more

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If you have time, a drive through the Connecticut River Valley is most relaxing. To reach the towns along the Connecticut River, take I-95 south to Route 9 north, and exit immediately for Essex. The valley has along its banks a number of lovely Colonial seafaring towns where white cla... more

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Be sure to visit Essex and drive the broad tree-lined main streets of Lyme and Old Lyme. In fact a highlight in terms of sightseeing and well worth a visit is the Florence Griswold Museum, located in Old Lyme and considered by many to be the birthplace of American Impressionism. A pro... more

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In the town of East Haddam, during the months of April through December, the Goodspeed Opera House is the home of musicals being previewed for the legitimate theater and revivals of some of America’s most beloved plays.... more

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The Litchfield First Congregational Church is an architectural treasure, and if you are traveling here in the autumn, the church framed by the seasonal color of the trees will be one of your most memorable photographs.... more

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From Sturbridge, the scenic Route 169 leads south toward the Connecticut shore. However, if time is of the essence, I recommend Route 20 from Sturbridge northeast to Auburn, picking up I-395 south to Jewett City, and then Route 164 into Mystic Village Seaport, a stop that appeals to b... more

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If shopping in an upscale suburban community is what you feel like during the morning, go to New Canaan on Route 106 and visit galleries, antique stores, and other high-end shopping. New Canaan is the home of the Silvermine Guild of Artists with studios for studying and creating many ... more

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In the Stillman Building, visitors can watch a ten-minute film describing the adventure of whale hunting on the open sea. The museum contains maritime artifacts, paintings, ship models, and carvings made by whalers out of whale ivory. Originally built in 1862, the Stillman now houses ... more

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If you especially like impressionist art, you might want to consider a detour east from Litchfield to visit a wonderful, private art collection that includes Edgar Degas, Ědouard Manet, Claude Monet and James Whistler. The Hillstead Museum, once a private home and a wonderful exa... more

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