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The Coastal Traveller at Spicer Mansion

The Coastal Traveller at Spicer Mansion »

By: Owen McDonald

Spicer Mansion, Mystic Connecticut The Napoleonic Wars, the whaling boom, discovery of gold in California—brute force shaped maritime life in the early... more

Foliage Secrets of Connecticut

Foliage Secrets of Connecticut »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

  At this time of year leaf peepers endure traffic winding up through northern New England, seeking America's best foliage. They could save fuel and... more

The Coastal Traveller at The Break Hotel

The Coastal Traveller at The Break Hotel »

By: Owen McDonald

The Coastal Traveller at The Break Hotel Narragansett, Rhode Island Stretching from southern Connecticut to northern Maine, the New England coast is more... more

The Coastal Traveller at The Harbor View Hotel

The Coastal Traveller at The Harbor View Hotel »

By: Owen McDonald

Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard The Obamas took their final summer vacation as First Family where they preferred to summer from the start: Martha's Vineyard.... more

The Coastal Traveller at The Mayflower Grace

The Coastal Traveller at The Mayflower Grace »

By: Owen McDonald

The Coastal Traveller at The Mayflower Grace Washington, Connecticut The more that one experiences extraordinary leisure properties, the more... more

The Old Soul of New Preston

The Old Soul of New Preston »

By: Owen McDonald

The Old Soul of New Preston A hidden Connecticut village with a timeless air Even the kinesis and vivid sweep of the Connecticut coast can become... more

Coastal Traveller at Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills

Coastal Traveller at Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills »

By: Owen McDonald

The Coastal Traveller Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills Plymouth, Massachusetts Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills had been on our radar for... more

The Coastal Traveller at Stowe Mountain Lodge

The Coastal Traveller at Stowe Mountain Lodge »

By: Owen McDonald

The Coastal Traveller at Stowe Mountain Lodge Stowe, Vermont Ever set out with glorious ski vacation dreams, only to have the temperature hold at a... more

The Coastal Traveller at Winvian Farm

The Coastal Traveller at Winvian Farm »

By: Owen McDonald

Winvian Farm Litchfield Hills, Connecticut One way to measure the excellence (or mediocrity) of a resort is how pleased you are to be there during lousy... more

Simply Stonington

Simply Stonington »

By: Owen McDonald

The historic shoreline treasure of Stonington still shines I recently had the pleasure of joining an old-fashioned parlor chat in a lovely Connecticut home.... more

Coastal Traveller at The J House Greenwich

Coastal Traveller at The J House Greenwich »

By: Owen McDonald

Coastal Traveller at The J House Greenwich Riverside, Connecticut My first impression of The J House Greenwich was that it would make a decent lair for a... more

The Coastal Traveller at Ocean House

The Coastal Traveller at Ocean House »

By: Owen McDonald

Watch Hill, Rhode Island Coco Chanel famously said, "Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity." If... more

The Undiscovered Joys of Southport

The Undiscovered Joys of Southport »

By: Robin H. Phillips

The Undiscovered Joys of Southport, Connecticut Along the Connecticut coast, little south of, say, Branford can be thought of as "undiscovered." There are a... more

The Coastal Traveller at Harborview Nantucket

The Coastal Traveller at Harborview Nantucket »

By: Owen McDonald

  Did Herman Melville have a problem with Nantucket? In Moby-Dick, his fanatical Captain Ahab hailed from there. Spooky first mate Starbuck was also... more

The Coastal Traveler – Trump Central Park

The Coastal Traveler – Trump Central Park »

By: Owen McDonald

Trump Central Park, New York City Towering over Manhattan’s Columbus Circle is Gaetano Russo’s 1892 statue of Christopher Columbus. He’s a... more

At the Helm with Rives Potts

At the Helm with Rives Potts »

By: Owen McDonald

In the ESPN Films/Grantland documentary, Ted Turner’s Greatest Race, we learn about the 1979 Fastnet yacht race in which the media tycoon's boat, Tenacious,... more

The Secret Lives of Coastal Islands

The Secret Lives of Coastal Islands »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Salt Island is a scrap of rock, crested by low vegetation, so close to Middle Beach in Westbrook that people wade to it at low tide. Only a few rotted pilings... more

Warfare Redux: Fort Trumbull State Park

Warfare Redux: Fort Trumbull State Park »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

If only there was a Connecticut state park where could pit your video game skills as a submarine SONAR operator against an enemy vessel; catch films on... more

Get Out Of Your Car…Get Into Connecticut

Get Out Of Your Car…Get Into Connecticut »

By: Ann Nyberg

A column by Emmy-nominated news anchor and longtime Connecticut personality Ann Nyberg, founder of Network Connecticut. Connecticut in summer is the jewel... more

The Coastal Traveller; Saybrook Point Inn

The Coastal Traveller; Saybrook Point Inn »

By: Owen McDonald

The quest for a sublime equidistant getaway is quite real in American life, and surprisingly common. Those whose lives are half in Boston and half in New York... more