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Recent months have seen most of us make the most of travel restrictions being lifted and life returning to normal by planning some long overdue travel with loved ones. In some cases, that means long-standing ambitions moving from bucket list fantasy to reality. But while there’s no denying that the likes of Las Vegas and Yosemite National Park are worthy of a visit, there are dozens of places in the US that are like hidden treasures. Here, we lift the lid on Connecticut, and find something that is far more than just a bedroom community lodged between its larger and more famous New England neighbors.
A rich history and just as vital in the present day – that epithet can apply to many places in Connecticut, and Mystic is surely a prime example. Yes, it’s the village where you can visit that famous pizza shop, but it is also one of the most important seaports of the past 200 years – more than 600 vessels were launched from Mystic’s shipyards from the 1780s up to the early 20th century. Today, the seaport is home to the biggest and best maritime museum in the United Stated. Situated over 19 acres, it even includes a recreated village from the late 1800s, home to families living the 19th century lifestyle, and some of whom work in Mystic’s one remaining shipyard.
A literary hub
Connecticut is famous for its authors. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain are, of course the two most famous names to have set up home in Hartford and both those homes are now open to the public. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is more than just a museum. It is a hub from which projects operate that challenge social injustices of our times. In other words, where Uncle Tom’s Cabin first raised awareness all those years ago, the author’s legacy still lives on in a very tangible way.
Modern entertainment at Foxwoods
Connecticut is as connected to the present and future as it is to its past. Modern web-based businesses including ESPN are based within the state, while Foxwood Resort is a gambling and entertainment complex that is twice the size of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As you can imagine, there’s every type of game there – visit GO if you want to practice the same titles online first from the comfort of your own home. There is also a stronger emphasis on social games like bingo than you would find in Vegas.
Follow the wine trail
The Connecticut wine trail is growing with every passing year. It now comprises more than 40 independent wineries and vineyards, each of which has its own hospitality and tasting facilities. There are so many great wines it would be unfair to single out any individual names – let’s just say there’s a wine for every taste and every budget, so have fun exploring them for yourself and finding your own personal favorites!