Are you an antiques collector? Looking for oldies but goodies? Head on out to Clinton, about a half hour drive along I-95 from New Haven and spend the day stopping in at a variety of antique shops along Route 1, where you will find a myriad of shops selling nothing but antiques. The Clinton Antique Center is by far the largest, with about 85 dealers displaying quality antiques from silver spoons to sleighs. Enjoy poking through history and perhaps walking out with a piece of local heritage.
Located only 25 miles (40 kilometers) from New Haven, the Westbrook Tanger Outlet Center offers upscale outlet shopping with an impressive collection of 65 designer and name brand outlet stores. Enjoy savings of 25% to 65% every day. Stores include Eddie Bauer, J.Crew, Reebok, Rockport, Timberland, Pepperidge Farm, Hollister, Old Navy, Nine West and many more. This outlet center is close to Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, at exit 63 off of I-95. After shopping, there is a 12-screen Marquee Cinema on the premise to take in the latest movies. Shop 'til you drop!
When you need to get away from the snow and cold of Northeastern Connecticut, stop by La Petite France for a delicious taste of European-inspired baked goods. Owners Alexandra and Romeo Litor were inspired to move to the United States and open a bakery after Alexandra studied at nearby UConn. Tuck into fresh sweet pastries (such as croissants, tarts, pies and Napoléons), warm baguettes and made-to-order French-style sandwiches.
G & L Country Barn & Christmas Shop is an enormous Christmas shop and collectibles store that is open year round for all your fine gifting needs. Find all the Dept. 56 houses for your home, Webkinz for the kids and Vera Bradley bags for yourself. This 14-room country barn has everything you want and them some, stop by this famous store before the holidays to stock up on all the decor you need.
With three screens (all outdoors), this classic drive-in has more than just movies, but it also have an impressive flea market on Sundays. Enjoy first-run movies with double features from the comfort your car, or take the kids for some family-friendly films. The full concession stand has all your favorites, like popcorn, burgers and hot dogs. Movies are only shown during the summer months, but that doesn't mean the fun stops! On Sundays from 8a to 3p, the Mansfield Marketplace is open for one of the region's largest flea markets from the first week of spring until Thanksgiving. In October, there are free hay rides, so come early to indulge in some autumn entertainment.
The UConn Co-op on the UConn campus (and just across the street from Gampel Pavilion) is where you can pick up all of your Husky gear. There is a wide variety of sports memorabilia, art supplies and gifts for all occasions. In the back, there is an impressive bookstore filled with books for your reading enjoyment or the latest children's books. Upstairs, you can pick out course books or academic texts, or even indulge in the mini Dell and Apple reseller that has all the latest iPods and Pavilion notebooks.
If you are craving some crunchy, home-baked breads and pastries, the Hartford Baking Company in West Hartford is sure to be a great stop first-thing in the morning or whenever want some sweet or savory. Many ingredients used at the Hartford Baking Company come from local producers and farms, so you can be sure that the carbon footprint of your food is minimal. Enjoy fancy coffees and other hot beverages along with what will perfectly accompany your baked goods.
Built on the city lines of West Hartford and Farmington, Westfarms Mall is one of Connecticut's finest shopping experiences. With over 150 stores, thanks to an impressive expansion in the mid-1990s, Westfarms is a day trip in itself for locals from neighboring towns and cities. You will find stores such as Nordstrom, Macy's and more at Westfarms. The mall's popularity has also helped develop the surrounding area with numerous other big-name retail stores and casual dining facilities. Check website for varying days.
This store caters to all of your Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod needs. Stop in to check out the latest games, software, and accessories. If you're traveling, the staff can direct you towards all the adapters you need for your electronics. Many locations also offer workshops on how to use their various products. See their website for more information and a calendar of events.
For any necessity in every area of your life from health care to household to gifts, toys, personal items, food, electronics, and more, Walgreens is a must-stop convenience shop. Get your prescription filled, develop your vacation photos, stock up on toothpaste, grab some snacks, and find just about anything you're looking for. With thousands of stores throughout the U.S., Walgreens is often just a quick trip away. Select locations are open 24-hours and some stores offer drive-thru pharmacies.
The XL Center, formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center,
is a sports and convention complex. It was opened in 1975 and has been renovated several times over the past four decades. It houses an exhibition hall which is ...