Discovering easy and windy coastal Connecticut

As the weather begins to heat up and travel-hungry New Yorkers head to usual suspects like Cape Cod and Newport, Rhode Island, those looking to escape the daily grind shouldn’t rule out the Connecticut coast. The coast offers beautiful parks, historic architecture and lighthouses, restaurants, beaches, famous university campuses with rare libraries and a laid-back, laid-back atmosphere that fosters a relaxed atmosphere, brilliant way of life.

Fairfield County: Fairfield, Norwalk, Southport and Westport

Accommodation:

Delamar Southport
275 Old Post Road, Southport

Southport, a census-designated place in the town of Fairfield, is a low-key, simple neighborhood where people come to slow city life. The 45-room Delamar Southport is a short distance from Southport Beach and close to larger areas with shopping, dining, and plenty of activities. During the warmer months, you can rent one of the hotel’s bikes to explore the surroundings. The on-site spa offers massages and facials.

To eat:

Artisan
275 Old Post Road, Southport


The Artisan team, located inside the Delamar Southport Hotel, cooks everything from scratch, including New England-style seafood pasta and chowder. Artisan presents his chowder at the table, so you can see the sautéed oysters, shrimp, crab and mushrooms. The waiter then pours the fine, flavorful broth over the seafood, and a surprise hint of lemon zest cuts through the richness with tangy acidity. The fra diavolo was lovely, with giant plump prawns and handmade pasta, which can perfectly pair with one of the beautiful cocktails like blush with frothy egg whites and pineapple.

OKO Westport
6 Wilton Road, Westport

OKO offers a menu full of innovative sushi, such as foie gras with blueberries and almonds in brown butter; local maitake with strawberry umeboshi and gomashio; crispy and spicy wagyu beef with truffle and miso quail egg; and cedar smoked black cod with crispy beets and horseradish. The uni Hokkaido toast with homemade milk bread, umeboshi, goat milk butter and smoked trout roe had a delicious, slightly smoky and brackish finish. The local tempura ferns were crisp, perfect when dipped in miso aioli, and the duck and foie gras gyoza was tender and filling. OKO also offers amazing desserts made from scratch like kit-kat matcha, sprinkled with sea salt.

Barracks grocery store
22 Reef Road, Fairfield

For lunch on the go, stop by the Firehouse Deli for a sandwich, homemade clam chowder, or a variety of salads like Waldorf Chicken, Chicken Curry with Cranberries and Mango Chutney, or a Macaroni Salad .

Grammie’s donuts and cookies
971 Post Road E., Westport

These donuts have a good reputation, so ordering a takeout box is a must. The vanilla coconut, a cross between a donut and a croissant, was filled with vanilla custard and topped with a drizzle of vanilla frosting. The lemon meringue donut, with lemon curd and burnt meringue, was slightly tangy and lemony. Other delicious options are available on a rotating basis and you can order online for easy pickup.

Exploring:

On a beautiful day, stop along the way at Fairfield Cheese Company (2090 Post Road, Fairfield) for a triple cream brie and a selection of olives dried in olive oil, LL Market (730 Post Road E., Westport) for the watermelon cut, and Isabelle and Vincent (1903 Post Road, Fairfield), an Old World French pastry shop, is a great way to pack a picnic. Head to Southport Beach to take in the magnificent views and the sound of the waves as you snack.

Shops

When exploring a new area, consider supporting local small businesses. Stop at shops like Penfield Collective (1561 Post Road, Fairfield) for colorful cushions, vibrant clothing and accessories. Beehive (79 Sanford St., Fairfield) is great for beauty products like exfoliating sugar scrub cubes, essential oil products, candles, cocktail ingredients, and household items. Vintage Garden (1189 Post Road # 2, Fairfield) offers home goods, knick-knacks and accessories like light and colorful scarves. While you’re there, be sure to visit nearby Milkcraft (1215 Post Road, Fairfield) for a bubble waffle ice cream cone. Highly recommend the cereal and milk flavored ice cream.

Norwalk Marine Aquarium
10 N. Water Street, Norwalk

About 10 minutes west of Southport is the perfect activity for families or on a rainy day. The Maritime Aquarium has over 70 exhibits where you can observe thousands of marine animals.

New Haven

Accommodation:

New Haven graduate
1151 St.

New Haven is best known for being home to Yale University’s Ivy League University (see below), which adds a youthful vibe to the city’s elegance. Across from campus is the Graduate New Haven, formerly the historic Duncan Hotel. Ideally located, it is within walking distance of some of the area’s best theaters, galleries and restaurants. The rooms’ soft earth tones provide a vintage feel, while the downstairs lobby has beautiful bookcases that can be used as a working space, a quiet reading nook, or a place to grab a morning coffee.

To eat:

Pizza

There are several places to try New Haven-style pizza, known for its thin, crispy charcoal crust. Often referred to as ‘apizza’, Neapolitan for ‘pizza’, the innovation has its roots in the Frank Pepe Napoletana pizzeria (157 Wooster St.), which has been in operation since 1925 and is one of the oldest pizzerias in the United States. Sally’s Apizza (237 Wooster St.) and Modern Apizza (874 State St.) follow the same tradition.

Italian pastry from Libby
139 Wooster Street

Libby’s is known for its wide range of flavors of Italian ice cream, Italian cookies, cannoli, and other treats like lobster tails and cream puffs. The family-run establishment opened in 1922 and has been a staple in the community ever since.

Louis’s lunch
261 Crown Street

Louis’ Lunch is recognized by the Library of Congress as the birthplace of the hamburger sandwich. Following tradition, Louis always serves his burgers between two slices of white toast.

Union League Café
1032 St.

Union League Café serves elegant French cuisine created by chef Guillaume Traversaz. There’s an ever-changing five-course tasting menu, which featured snails swimming in herb butter, boneless duck legs confit with apples and walnuts, and foie gras with rhubarb chutney and strawberry balsamic glaze that melted the moment it touched the tongue. Food and wine pairings complemented the dishes perfectly. Saving room for dessert, with options like the Saint Honoré with Raspberry and the Rich Feuillantine, is a must.

Exploring:

Yale University

Take a leisurely stroll around campus to see beautiful stone buildings, libraries, and clock towers. You can also admire the exterior of the Beinecke Rare Book Library (121 Wall St.), designed by Gordon Bunshaft. The library is closed to the public, but a large collection of documents is available online.

Jordan’s New Haven Furniture
40 Sargent Drive

Yes, it’s a furniture store, but it’s also home to what it claims to be the world’s largest indoor rope adventure course. Work your way over balance beams, nets and bridges. Great for kids too.

Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Road

The 1847 lighthouse is the centerpiece of this park full of child-friendly paddling pools, playgrounds, a sandy beach and hiking trails. Locals use the park to fish, fly kites, picnic, and take long walks by the water.

Special thanks: Delamar Southport, graduate of New Haven, Sally’s Apizza and Union League Café.

Jessica Kelly is a food and travel writer from Buffalo. Follow her on Instagram, @ adventures.are.waiting




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