Looking to take a day trip or long weekend away with the kids during the upcoming school breaks. Don’t want to quarantine upon your return? Look no further! Below is a roundup of local day trip travel ideas for families.
Mystic is a beautiful waterfront town with a ton to offer during every season. It is worth the drive for take-out from Mystic Pizza (a Greek-style pizza favorite). Mystic also boasts an idyllic downtown on the water perfect for strolling or window shopping. Try Mystic Seaport Museum + Seaport Village for a bit of history. The Mystic Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the Northeast. If you are looking for a place to stay for the night without the kids, check out Spicer Mansion. It has been recently renovated and makes for a super chic date night.
Rumor has it that Washington was the inspiration for the fictional Stars Hollow of Gilmore Girls fame. Washington’s downtown is straight out of a storybook. It is home to the luxurious Auberge Mayflower Inn & Spa, a converted 1900s schoolhouse with four-poster beds and deep-soaking tubs. It’s an ideal homebase for exploring the downtown’s shops and restaurants, including The Hickory Stick Bookshop. After shopping, take a hike through Mount Tom State Park or a visit to the Steep Rock Preserve. Looking for delicious take-out food, try The Pantry for sandwiches and salads. Once your stomach is full, imbibe in a glass of wine (or two or three) at Hopkins Vineyard in nearby New Preston, CT
Essex is a beautiful and historic town situated on the Connecticut River. The Essex Steam Train Riverboat is still offering events for families during the pandemic. Stop by the Griswold inn Tap Room for a refreshment. Don’t miss Gilette’s Castle (the historic home of actor William Gillette) which also offers hiking trails in nearby East Haddam. If you cruise down Main Street in Essex, you’ll find the Essex Coffee & Tea Company, which is perfect for pastries and cappuccinos, and Weekend Kitchen, an adorable kitchen and home store which also offers cooking classes.
Little Compton, Rhode Island
Little Compton, RI is a quiet and sleepy seaside town off the beaten path with bucolic hills and farms. If in town for the day be sure to check out Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards. If staying for the night, check out the Stone House, a beautiful and unpretentious historic hotel that is a stone’s throw from the water. Then grab your coffee fix the next morning at The Art Cafe. Visit Dundery Brook Trail or Peckham’s Greenhouse for some tranquility.