Many of the County Links
on the left will keep you specifically in Essex and Middlesex County and the Connecticut River Valley here in Connecticut. We add new listings and links on a regular basis so bookmark this page and check back often.
The Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline district is just 2 1/2 hours from New York and Boston, making it an easy destination for stopovers, overnights or longer stays. And it is only 20-40 minutes to Bradley International Airport. Within its twenty-town region, there are close to 3000 hotel guest rooms. Visitors enjoy the theater, golfing, river cruises, antiquing, and historic attractions to name a few.
This region offers natural beauty and New England charm. Identified as one of the "Last Great Places on Earth" by The Nature Conservancy, the 20 towns offer the best of New England - the unspoiled beauty of the Connecticut River, the beautiful shoreline, the craggy trap rock ridges along I-91, quaint New England villages and towns, rich history, shopping, many different dining experiences and an endless variety of activities that will make a get-away memorable. In addition, Norman Crampton in his book "America's Best Small Town" named Essex.
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Want to try a unique vacation? A major New England tourist destination, the village of Mystic, CT
is home to the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, known for its popular beluga whales. The business district on either side of the bascule bridge crossing the Mystic River contains many restaurants. Local sailing cruises are available on the traditional sailing ship Argia. Short day tours and longer evening cruises are available on the 1908 steamer Sabino departing Mystic Seaport. Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum and one of the premier maritime museums in the world.