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Lighthouses, Yachts, Schooners, Festivals and More Abound This Summer

HARTFORD, CT, June 11, 2004 - Travelers looking to cool off this summer can make a splashy weekend getaway to Connecticut, located only a short drive away, with several water-inspired activities. Since Connecticut is one of the smallest states in the nation, water is always close by with 253 miles of shoreline, 19,591 lakes and ponds, and 12,148 miles of rivers and streams. A sampling of this summer's watery activities includes:

Luxury Yacht Weekend Escapes from Manhattan - Greenwich, CT
Named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the "Best New Hotels in the World" (May 2003), the DELAMAR is offering luxurious cruises from midtown Manhattan to Greenwich that include an overnight stay at the award-winning hotel, cocktails, a multi-course clambake, a late check-out and a train ticket back into the city. Departure is on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. from Skyport Marina on East 23rd Street in Manhattan and cocktails and lunch are served onboard. The yachts will arrive at the DELAMAR's private dock at approximately 2:30 p.m. Cost is $275 per person for a deluxe town room view, per person double occupancy, and tax and gratuities are included. For more information or to make reservations, call (866) 335-2627 or (203) 661-9800.

Ecology Sails - Stamford, CT
Travelers can hoist sails to the rhythm of old-time sea chanteys aboard an 80-foot schooner and trawl for creatures that inhabit the underwater wonderland of the Long Island Sound to see lobsters, flounders, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, jellyfish and more. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children and runs from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., May through October. Dates for the sails are May 30, June 6, 20, 26; July 3, 10, 31; Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28, 29; Sept. 4, 11, 12, 25, 26; and Oct. 2, 9, 23. Schooner departs from Brewer's Yacht Haven Marina. For more information, call (203) 323-1978.

Mystic Whaler Overnight Cruises - Mystic, CT
Families can enjoy a distinctive sailing experience this summer on a replica of a turn of the century gaff-rigged schooner. Originally built in 1967, the Mystic Whaler was rebuilt in 1993, and can accommodate 34 passengers with several types of accommodations, including the "Sloop Class Cabin" with a two bunk beds and a sink to the "Clipper" with a double bed and private head and shower in-room. The two, three and five day sailing adventures visit ports such as Shelter Island, Sag Harbor, Newport, Block Island, Cuttyhunk and Martha's Vineyard. Packages begin at $280 per person, double occupancy. For more information, call (800)697-8420 or visit www.mysticwhaler.com.

Harkness Summer Music Festival - Waterford, CT
Staged over a seven-week period at Harkness Memorial Park, the annual festival is widely attended by thousands of music lovers in the tri-state area. The festival is often anchored by the Connecticut Orchestra and the talents of other area symphonies, world-renowned conductors and popular artists, and is staged on the pristine grounds of the Harkness Mansion, which overlooks the Long Island Sound. Dates are June 26; July 17, 20, 24, & 31; and Aug.7 & 14. For a schedule of artists and additional information, call (860) 442-9199 or visit www.summer-music.org.

Clipper's Cove at Lake Compounce - Bristol, CT
Lake Compounce, currently celebrating its 154th season, is the nation's first family amusement park and puts the splash back into water with its year-old Clipper's Cove. A kid's watery delight, Clipper's Cove features a tall ship with a giant 300-gallon water bucket, water cannon and thrilling waterslides. New this season is Downtime, a 185-foot drop ride that is not for the faint of heart. For more information, call (860) 583-3300 or visit www.lakecompounce.com.

To find great water getaway ideas and values in Connecticut, travelers can also visit the Connecticut Tourism Division's website at www.ctbound.org and click onto Specials. With one simple click, a list appears highlighting some of the hottest deals around the state. All essential information - including a description of the package, dates of availability and contact information - is clearly outlined, plus some direct links are provided to each individual property and attraction mentioned in the package. For a suggested "Water, Water, Everywhere" getaway already created by the state, log onto www.ctbound.org and click on Getaway #22 located under 52 Getaways.

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Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Ed Dombroskas
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080
E-mail: edward.dombroskas@po.state.ct.us


Colonial Connecticut

  1. See how our colonial forefathers lived. Start at Putnam Cottage (c.1692) in Greenwich, I-95 Exit 3. It was a meeting place for local leaders during the Revolutionary War.
  2. Henry Whitfield State Museum (c.1639) in Guilford, I-95 Exit 58, is New England's oldest stone house. Visit the herb garden and museum shop. Tour the Thomas Griswold House (c.1774) and the Hyland House (1690) on Boston Street
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