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Chester And East Haddam Connecticut – A Key To A Great Vacation

by on May.19, 2011, under Travel

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Few Connecticut areas better retain the look of yesteryear than the lower Connecticut River valley, particularly the neighboring Victorian Charm of two classic river towns by the name of East Haddam and Chester which is about 30 miles of Hartford and has a population of about 8,000 people.

Developed during the steamboat era, and it still contains countless imposing Victorian buildings, including the restored Goodspeed Opera House, a magnificient four-story Second Empire building on the banks of the Connecticut River. The opera house boomed for it first few decades but fell on rough times by the middle of the 20th century and nearly faced the wrecking ball. They realized the historical nature of the Goodspeed Opera House, Preservationists stepped in, and now the 360 seat Goodspeed shows three top quality musical programs annually.

Just down river the Gillette Castle anchors the 184 acre state park with the same name. Mr William Gillette, famous for his Sherlock Holmes portrayals, labored 25 men and five years to build the beautiful 2 dozen room fieldstone castle in 1919 for a then astounding $1 million.

When the actor died in 1937, he left his riverside property to be managed as a state park. You can tour the restored bluff-top structure or stroll along Gillette’s 3 mile long railroad. You can walk along the rail bed and admire the handsome stone rail station. This is definately a wonderful place for a picnic and an afternoon spent exploring the area’s nature trails.

Close by Chester is a delightful spot for its buying products and dining. A smattering of art galleries fill the quaint, walkable downtown of this village perched along a section of the Connecticut River. Foodies laud the outstanding Restaurant Du Village, which occupies an dining room that could easily be mentioned as a country farm house in the South of France.

The Mediterranean scene continues when you choose from such signature pleasers as squid sauteed with broccoli rabe and lemon vinaigrette, or hearty lamb shank braised with a red wine sauce and root vegetables. It’s wonderfully satisfying food, and the service is always faultless.

In summary, the most memorable moments and best times to visit Chester and East Haddam is early February for the Chester Winter Carnivale, with an outdoor ice-carving competition and gallery receptions. Also, late August for the Chester Fair and early September for the Chester Lobster Festival. So take the time to experience the Victorian Charm of Chester and East Haddam.

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