A weekend getaway in Connecticut is rich with history, culture, and the state's natural beauty. Home to lovely bay beaches and lush forests alike, you will find plenty to do outdoors during your Connecticut vacation, all of it easily independently explored from your own rental. Discover world-class museums, quaint New England villages, and delicious restaurants from your home base.
Experience the best of Connecticut from a vacation rental
Connecticut River Valley is home to the state capital, Hartford, a great place to start your weekend getaway in Connecticut. Here you'll find a number of important cultural and historic sights. Stop by the Wadsworth Atheneum for its excellent collection spanning from ancient Egyptian artifacts to French Impressionists, to Hudson River School landscapes. At the Mark Twain House & Museum, you can explore the famous author's family home via a guided tour. The New England Dodge Music Center plays host to some of the biggest names in the business. For a more intimate evening, head to the restaurant and live music venue Black Eyed Sally's, which hosts jazz and blues artists on a regular basis.
A weekend getaway in Connecticut is ideal for visiting traditional New England lighthouses on Block Island Sound. Fairfield County, less than an hour from New York, is home to pretty beaches in addition to sights like the Peck Ledge Lighthouse. In the city of Stamford, make the most of the outdoors with a visit to the Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bartlett Arboretum.
The best weekend getaways in Connecticut let you explore the unique charm of a particular area. In the state's northwestern corner, for instance, Litchfield County offers rural beauty, historic homes, and hiking and lake swimming opportunities. In contrast, the coastal town of Mystic is home to both casinos and idyllic beaches, along with the historic Mystic Seaport and Aquarium, which lets you and the kids take a trip back to the colonial era.