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Friday, January 15

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We may be small, but we are mighty, entertaining, and quite delicious.  There might be as many reasons to love CT as there are pizza places…but here are just 20 wonderful reasons why Connecticut should be your next road trip destination.

1.     We are home of the world’s pest pizza.
Look no further, pizza-lovers.  We are home to Pepe’s pizza, where you’ll find the famous white clam pie and plenty of other innovatively delicious toppings to choose from.  If thin-crust is more your style, try the Tomato Pie from Sally’s Apizza.

2.     We made the Amusement Park amusing.
In Bristol, Connecticut, you’ll find the Boulder Dash wooden roller coaster, made of Southern Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir wood and ranging 4,672 feet across Lake Compounce.  Traveling sixty miles per hour with a first drop of 115, you’re sure to be in for a thrill ride.

3.     We started the greatest show on earth.
P.T. Barnum was one of the greatest entertainers in history, launching a business of museums, traveling shows and his world-famous circus, “The Greatest Show On Earth.”  In Bridgeport, Connecticut, prepare to be amazing by the P.T. Barnum Museum, one of our country’s greatest treasure. This three-story museum will bring the circus to life, and is the only museum in the world dedicated to “The Great American Showman.”

4.     Take a hike with breathtaking views.
According to a Native American Legend, a disturbing spirit was put to sleep, and voila, Sleeping Giant was created.  Drive north and you’ll discover a magnificent mountain to climb – a giant, natural, sleeping beauty.

5.     Dogwood Festival: A weekend of celebration.
Every year, thousands of dogwoods blossoms, bringing in the beautiful New England spring.  Celebrate with barbecue, music, games and dance.

6.     Try a zipline.
Check out the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport.  Not only will you find fun, hands-on activities for your inner scientist, but you’ll have the chance to explore Adventure Park – a series of thrilling ziplines and rope courses for the daredevil in all of us.

7.     Rock-climbing – indoors.
If you’re still hungry for adventure after an all-day zipline marathon, head to Carabiners in Fairfield. 

8.     Ikea is heaven on earth. 
Go for the Swedish meatballs, leave with furniture parts you didn’t even know you needed.

9.    Mystic Seaport is the ultimate weekend getaway
Mystic is brimming with history, quaint boutiques, beautiful scenery and an incredible aquarium.  Have an authentic New England Country Christmas with a Seaport Lantern tour…and did you know it’s free on your birthday?

10.  The Casinos to beat all casinos.
CT is home to Foxwoods and Mohegan sun.  Play some blackjack, see a concert or comedian, and order Chinese food at 4am.  What could be better?

11.   Goodspeed Musicals are top-notch entertainment:  Who needs Broadway when you have first-rate theatre at your doorstep?  Since 1963, Goodspeed has produced over 250 musicals, and was the first regional theatre in America to earn to special Tony Awards.  Now that’s entertainment.

12.   Beer: In Stratford, you’ll find Two Roads Brewery, named one of the 50 best breweries in America this year by Yahoo’s Travel.

13. The best parade in town:  Every March for over 60 years, the St. Patricks Day Parade marches through New Haven and attracts more than a million people.  Call it luck of the Irish, or just call it lucky to be in Connecticut.

14.  Bijou Theatre:  This relic is one of the oldest buildings used as a movie house in the country.  See a movie, musical, drama or comedy night and order in pizza from Two Boots next door.

15.   International Festival of Arts and Ideas:  Every year for 15 days, New Haven is alive with music, lectures, entertainment, and artistic inspiration.  Even better, most of the events are free!

16.  Food and Wine:  Go to the annual Food and Wine Festival in Greenwich to be treated and treat yourself to celebrity demonstrations, music, bartender showdowns and grand tastings.

17.  Go Apple Picking:  Head to Guilford and reap the fruits of fall at Bishop’s Orchards.  Pick apples in the fall, tour the wine trail come wintertime, and be sure to bring back some pear cider from the gift shop.

18.  Take a scenic Train Ride:  The Essec Steam Train and Riverboat will tour your around the most scenic areas in Connecticut.  While you ride through creeks, coves and preserves, enjoy a romantic dinner, or take a riverboat Charter.

19.  See fine art:  The Bruce Museum in Greenwich is a world-class institution with acclaimed art in its permanent galleries, and constantly changing, innovative traveling exhibits.

20.  Mark Twain House: Take a tour of the home this famous author lived and worked in from 1874 to 1891.

21.  Hibachi: After a full day of casinos, sight-seeing, art-spectating and ziplining, indulge in a delicious and highly entertaining feast, prepared tableside by the skilled Hibachi chefs at Sakura’s in Westport.

As the Nutmeg State, we seem to have it all – pizza, music, travel and thrills.  So what are you waiting for?  Your hibachi dinner awaits… 

Amy  is a  PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, speaker for RAINN, writer for The Huffington Post, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright eagerly sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, performance, art and speaking..  In 2012, she wrote, directed and starred in a one woman musical about her life, Gutless & Grateful, touring theatres across the country for three years, and earning rave reviews and accolades since it’s BroadwayWorld Award-nominated NYC debut.    As a visual artist, her art has been featured in esteemed galleries  solo exhibitions, and her mixed media  workshops emphasize creativity as an essential mindset.

Amy’s “beautiful detour” inspired her to create the #LoveMyDetour movement, a social media campaign inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges.  Recipient of the Great Comebacks Award.  Her Washington Post and On Being with Krista Tippet, and is a regular contributor for numerous publications including Elite Daily, The Mighty, Indie Chicks and Career Girl Daily.  Her story has appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, among others.  

Amy's passion for the arts as a means of healing and expression led her to devise storytelling workshops for the Transformative Language Arts Network National Conference, the Eating Recovery Center Foundation, and The League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling.  Determined to bridge the gap of communication between wellness resources on college campuses and students, Amy is currently touring college campuses with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre.

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