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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Beach
“3 miles long sandy beach, cycling trails, nature reserve center, bird watching, pretty walks and incredible sunsets all year around.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bookstore
“Everyone's been to a big box bookstore. R J Julia, however, is THE local bookstore where all the big authors go. Visit their store and see all the pictures of the big names who go there - or better yet, schedule your visit to coincide with your "favorite."”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Lunch, Dinner. Beautiful setting. Relaxed atmosphere. Tasting room with live music. And outdoor patio with beautiful view, in season. (in Clinton, CT but so worth the drive!)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“2 theatre cinema showing foreign and domestic art films. Located in the center of down town. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“The best views and nature trails around! $13 entry fee for out of state visitors.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“seafood. Counterservice. Casual. you may bring your own wine/beer. booths inside, Picnic tables outside during warm months.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Zagat says: “Step into Paris in Madison” at this “very French” bistro from the owners of New Haven's Union League Cafe, serving “simple” but “beautifully prepared” classics (like “excellent” cassoulet) in a “charming” traditional Gallic setting with “attentive” service; it's a “boisterous”, “convivial” scene – in fact, plan on “rubbing elbows” with other diners in the “tight” space and note that it's “hard to get a reservation.””
  • 9 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The Henry Whitfield State Museum is one of the oldest homes in CT. Small and with a nice visitor center. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of our favorite places, only a short drive away. Busy on the weekends. Reservations are recommended.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“This Park is in the woods with a swimming pond/lake, streams, biking, picnic tables, and many extensive hiking trails, plus a board walk through the marshes. Great spot to relax.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Unique to Guilford, outdoor dining, food cooked on open fire pit, seating is on stumps. Suggest bringing your own wine/beer and salad if desired.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“this pub and restaurant has wonderful foods but also offers live music and dancing. check out their schedule, much fun to be had at this very popular spot in town.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Campground
“Hammonassett is a great place to camp, or just visit for the day. It is a beautiful preserve where you can see different types of birds, and the beach is lovely. There are a couple of spots along the beach that feature large shelters with tables and amenities, and there is also a nature center in the park. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“Best pancake menu and breakfast selection in CT hands down! Very affordable with a terrific menu from breakfast to late night. Try the Lobster Benedict or the Salmon BLT. Then walk to the beach down the block”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful beach with Basketball court, walking trails, picnic areas with grills, wonderful concession stand. Parking is three dollars an hour or a one-day peach pass is included when you rent each essentials from us.”
  • 3 locals recommend