State Seven: Connecticut

View of a beach
Connecticut beach – unexpectedly good

Two States never ratified the Amendment to the US Constitution that brought in prohibition. Rhode Island and its bigger neighbour Connecticut. We thought we would like this place.

Connecticut is in fact known as the “Constitution State” for reasons that I won’t bore you with here (we also don’t know the reasons) and is an unsung hero of the North East. Its more illustrious neighbours Massachusetts and New York take all the plaudits but little old Connecticut is worth a day or two in your itinerary.

Mystic road bridge
Seaside Mystic

We were lucky enough to stay with some wonderful friends in Fairfield, about an hour south of state capital Hartford. Its a small but friendly town where we sampled our first Dairy Queen, Five Guys (the sooner they come to London the better) and Pepe’s Pizzeria.

But there’s more to CT than that. We took a day trip out to New Haven to visit Yale University, home to George H. W. Bush’s famous “Skull and Bones” society, not to mention being a beautiful campus with a fascinating history. We also stopped off in Mystic, home to Mystic Pizza, made famous by the film of the same name. They do a great calzone.

Buildings at Yale
Yale University

For leaf-peepers Connecticut is fertile territory. Once you get off the freeways the scenery is pretty, if not quite as dramatic as Massachusetts or further north. There are also some surprisingly good beaches. And to top it all of much of Connecticut is within easy reach of New York City so it can be a good place to base yourself if you don’t want to pay sky high NYC hotel prices.

Rate the State:

Good for: History, coastline and Ivy League hunters

Bad for: Loses out to its showy bigger brothers to the North and South.

Overall: 7/10

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