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Yankee Magazine Names Local Connecticut Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

Yankee Magazine Names Local Connecticut Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
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BONE2014LogoWeb.HADublin, NH (April 22, 2014)—The May/June edition of Yankee Magazine’s Special Travel Guide, on newsstands April 29, has named local establishments in Connecticut as “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winners for 2014. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. This special issue also names 20 top events in Connecticut, and a total of 120 events across New England. For 38 years, Yankee’s Travel Guide has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference. Yankee’s May/June issue also guides readers on summertime journeys with maritime-themed articles about our region’s seafaring history from Mystic to Maine, the lure of lobster shacks, and more.

“Reading our annual special Travel Guide section, ‘Best of New England,’ is as close to sitting down with Yankee’s editors and getting us to spill our favorite places as one can get,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “New England is where we live, and we all have our own personal ‘best’ places. We’re joined by our Connecticut state expert Barbara Wysocki whose sole task is to surprise us: to tell us about restaurants and attractions and local secrets that will make this issue one to keep on hand whenever you set off to explore New England. Whether your journeys take you inland or to the sea, we hope these pages come along. As always, let us know what you find.”

This year’s Travel Guide features more than 300 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” selections. The listing for each establishment includes a description, address, phone number, and Web site, if available. The following “Editors’ Choice” establishments from Connecticut include:

Editors’ Choice
Coastal Fairfield
Captain’s Cove – Black Rock Harbor—Best Boardwalk, Bridgeport
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo—Best Zoo, Bridgeport
Custom House Maritime Museum—Best Lighthouse Tours, Bridgeport
The Inn at Fairfield Beach—Best Beach B&B, Fairfield
J House—Best Greenwich Getaway, Greenwich
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens—Best Arboretum, Stamford
Town of Stratford—Best Unusual Architecture Park, Stratford
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale—Best Innovative American Cuisine, Wilton
Weir Farm National Historic Site—Best Arty Retreat, Wilton

Great New Haven
G-Zen Restaurant—Best Vegetarian Brunch & Dinner, Branford
Chamard Bistro—Best Vineyard Bistro, Clinton
The Shore Line Trolley Museum—Best Trolley Museum, East Haven
Caseus Fromagerie Bistro—Best Cheese Shop, New Haven
Yale University Art Gallery—Best College Art Gallery, New Haven

Litchfield Hills
The Artists’ Path—Best Small Art Gallery, Bantam
Rock Hall—Best Elegant Hideaway, Colebrook
Action Wildlife Foundation—Best Farm & Forest Game Reserve, Goshen
The Nodine’s Smokehouse—Best Smokehouse, Goshen
Eric Sloane Museum & Kent Iron Furnace—Best Nostalgic Tool Museum, Kent
Litchfield Saltwater Grille—Best Half-Price Happy Hour, Litchfield
Cornucopia At Oldfield—Best Country Retreat, Southbury
Hickory Stick Books—Best Country Bookstore, Washington

Mystic Country
Golden Lamb Buttery—Best Fine Dining, Brooklyn
Daniel Rust House—Best Pet-Friendly B&B, Coventry
Logee’s Greenhouses—Best Tropical Greenhouse, Danielson
Galaxy Roller Rink—Best Roller Rink, Groton
The Farmer’s Cow Calfé—Best Dairy Bar, Mansfield
Mystic Aquarium/ Sea Research Foundation—Best Aquarium Experience, Mystic
S & P Oyster Company—Best Water View Grill, Mystic
Connecticut DOT – Office of Port Operations—Best Historic Ferry, New London
The Past Antiques Market & Museum—Best Antiques Stop, Oakdale
Celebrations—Best Tea Stop, Pomfret
Roseledge Country Inn & Farm Shoppe—Best Garden Lover’s B&B, Preston
Orchard Street Inn—Best View, Stonington
Cakettes Coffee Shop—Best Pastry Shop, Thompson
Town of Woodstock—Best Lakeside Park, Woodstock

River Valley
The Republic—Best Gastro Pub, Bloomfield
Collinsville Canoe & Kayak—Best Canoe & Kayak, Collinsville
Gillette Castle State Park—Best State Park, East Haddam
Wadsworth Falls SP c/o Cockaponset St Forest—Best Swimming Pond, Haddam
Connecticut DEEP—Best Forest Flower Hideaway, Hartford
Connecticut Science Center—Best Science Museum, Hartford
City of Meriden—Best Hilltop Park, Meriden
Café 56—Best South-of-The-Border Sampling, Middletown
Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center—Best Small Theatre, Old Saybrook
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa—Best Waterside Escape, Old Saybrook
SWAG—Best Personal Gift Shop, Old Saybrook
Vero Pizza—Best Pizza Outside New Haven, Plainville
Simsbury Farms—Best Bridge Stroll, West Simsbury
Salt Meadow Unit—Best Birdwatching Sanctuaries, Westbrook

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Heather Atwell


Heather Atwell


Communications manager Heather Atwell manages the magazine’s public relations efforts. She also writes the blog Outdoor Adventures for

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