Coastal Connecticut that is laced with historical ties is a remarkable place to visit. A maritime influence permeates the region. Mystic, an old harbor town offers visitors a living look at its pass with the Mystic Seaport Museum. The city of New Haven is well known for the wonderful Yale University. Yale is the third oldest college in the United States. The Yale Center of British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery house beautiful paintings. New Haven was founded in 1638 by a group of wealthy Puritans from London at a large natural harbor at the mouth of the Quinnipiac River and developed a strong economy based on shipping and in later years, it was based on industry. New haven churned out Winchester Rifles, musical instruments, tools, carriages, and corsets. Today, very little manufacturing remains in New Haven and the city have struggled for years to revitalize to redevelop it. It is an uneasy place because it is half tension ridden urban wasteland and half Ivy League idyll. Drug wars, homelessness, and poverty notwithstanding, blacks, whites, Italians, Irish, and Asians co-exist uneasily. The city's ethnic diversity and the great vitality provided by the much maligned Yalies, makes it a great place to spend some time.
If you wish to stay overnight, there are plenty of places to stay in New Haven. The Colony is a first class downtown hotel that is located adjacent to Yale University, world class museums, theatres, restaurants, and shopping are all located within a few blocks. It is an intimate and beautiful hotel with elegant suites and traditionally decorated rooms. Also on the premises, there is a full scale restaurant that provides room service. Or, you could stay at the New Haven Hotel; it us a boutique style hotel located right at Yale's doorstep right in the heart of New Haven convenient to Yale University, Yale New Haven Hospital, and the business community. The hotel offers elegantly appointed guest rooms, gourmet dining, conference rooms, two heated pools, and state of the art health and fitness facilities.
Please visit New London, the sea port once fuelled by the whaling industry is now home to the United States Coast Guard Academy. And, overlooking the academy is the Lyman Allyn Art Museum which is located at Connecticut College and it specializes in American Impressionist works and local decorative arts. A self guided walking tour of downtown passes along prosperous Huntington Street where four adjacent Greek revival mansions as labeled Wale Oil Road. If you love swimming and sunbathing, the Ocean Beach Park has a sand beach and a saltwater pool as well as a wooden boardwalk to enjoy day or night. New London was the birth place of boozy playwright Eugene O'Neil. His childhood home the Monte Cristo Cottage is open for tours. Waterford, an acclaimed testing ground for playwrights and actors is a place where visitors can take pot luck and watch often experimental and new shows that are often in rehearsal.
For those people who need a place to stay, there is the Lighthouse Inn Resort and it offers Gold Crown accommodations fine four star and causal dining and banquet rooms to meet your every need.
In Bridgeport, Connecticut, you will find the Barnum Museum, which is the home of circus mogul PT. Barnum For people who love art; the Sculpture Mile in Madison has many sculptures by many American artists. This attraction is free and can be found on Main Street.