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Best Bargains in Connecticut | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards

Best Bargains in Connecticut | 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards
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Yale University Art Gallery

Photo/Art by 2012 (Yale) © Elizabeth Felicella
Best College Art Gallery: Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

Pinching pennies never felt so good! Check out our picks for the best bargains in Connecticut for 2014.

BEST HALF-PRICE HAPPY HOUSE:
LITCHFIELD SALTWATER GRILLE, Litchfield

Weekdays from 4:00 to 6:00, the lounge menu is half price for simple, fresh choices such as Prince Edward Island mussels, Caesar salads, and wedge salads with steak, tuna, chicken, or shrimp for just $8. Lift a beer for $3, or tilt a glass of wine for $5. Half-price small plates: from $6. 26 Commons Drive. 860-567-4900; litchfieldsaltwatergrille.com

BEST HILLTOP PARK:
HUBBARD PARK, Meriden

Daffodils flourish here, along with hiking trails, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Up on East Peak, climb 32 feet to the top of Castle Craig Observation Tower for free 360-degree views. The free admission makes the views even more spectacular. 999 West Main St. 203-630-4259; cityofmeriden.org/content/Hubbard_Park

BEST PERSONAL GIFT SHOP:
SWAG, Old Saybrook

Books, French milled soaps, jewelry, clothes, kids’ toys, and furnishings accessories are priced to take home. Even handmade greeting cards are never more than $2. The shelves are stocked with good values gathered from across the country. 117 Main St. 860-388-5500; swagfan.com

BEST COLLEGE ART GALLERY:
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

World class art, all for free. Three historic buildings laced together by a recent renovation mount classic canvases by Hals, Trumbull, and van Gogh, among others. Encounter new acquisitions, including an exceptional Indo-Pacific exhibition. Across the street, visit the Yale Center for British Art—also free. 1111 Chapel St. 203-432-0600; artgallery.yale.edu

BEST ROLLER RINK:
GALAXY ROLLER RINK, Groton

The wheels on the skates go ’round and ’round … as families and friends spin along the 166-foot-long oval. Built in 1955, it’s great retro exercise—and it’s just $6. 210 Bridge St. 860-448-3882; galaxyrollerrink.com

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