Connecticut was one of the original 13 colonies and the 5th state to enter the union. The word Connecticut is the Native American Quinnehtukqut/Mohegan Tribe’s word meaning “Place beside the long river.” Connecticut is overflowing with historical places and New England charm. Vacationers are sure to find many ways to fill their days along the back roads of Connecticut.
One of many getaways found throughout the state of Connecticut is spending a day, weekend or week exploring the many antique shops found here. Stay at any number of cozy Bed & Breakfasts while searching for treasures of old. Outlet malls speckle the Connecticut countryside offering travelers a chance to discover brand new treasures as well.
The Connecticut Wine Tour offers an enchanting retreat for those with limited time. The tour covers most of the state from East to West. Starting along the Connecticut shoreline, wine tasters can visit up to six vineyards before calling it a day and spending a quite evening in one of the beautiful towns along the trail. Day two will bring visitors to the Connecticut highlands where there are four vineyards to visit. Other attractions can be found along the Connecticut Wine Tour trail including antique shops, state parks, botanical gardens, lighthouse museums and the enchanting fishing town of Mystic Connecticut.
Those planning a longer trip to the East Coast may want to consider using one of Connecticut’s quaint villages or modern cities as a vacation base camp. Connecticut itself has many colonial, artistic and maritime vacation sites to visit and is situated in the middle of two of the more popular East Coast destination cities. New York City and the city of Boston are within a 2 ½ hour drive from many Connecticut communities, which offer weary travelers a less crowded way to end their busy day.