The most southern of the New England states, Connecticut is another American State that is proud of its long heritage and place in the history of the United States. Called the Constitution State (probably Mark Twain’s State doesn’t quite roll off the tongue), Connecticut enjoys Atlantic coastline and sublime weather that allows visitors to enjoy, swimming, fishing, hiking and skiing depending on the time of their visit.
The state harbors a rich cultural history that extends beyond just Mark Twain’s House and Museum (although go there, because, you know, Mark Twain!). Live music and theatre are well supported, with multiple venues and events running all year round, including a theatre culture that feeds to Broadway. Connecticut also boasts some premier Casino destinations, and world class wineries and micro-breweries.
Lets have a look at the best resorts in Connecticut:
1. Water’s Edge Resort and Spa
Located where ‘Connecticut meets the shore’ the Water’s Edge Resort has been serving tourists to Connecticut for over 30 years from its beautiful character residences and private beach. The buildings making up the complex have been cleverly designed to take full advantage of the ocean views, while maintaining the charm and majesty of the Spa resort.
Equipped with a beach-side pool, a world-class spa, four restaurants (including a neat little café, and an authentic Italian restaurant), and a myriad of entertainment options there is little need to leave the complex once you have arrived. With a variety of accommodation to choose from, you’ll experience the most charming views of the surroundings. A perfect location to cater for a wedding or corporate function, the distinct character of the Water’s Edge is sure to create memories.
2. Winvian Farm Cottages
Winvian Farm in the Litchfield Hills is a truly distinct holiday destination. A Spa resort supported by the fine-dining restaurant known only as The Restaurant the accommodation available at the farm includes a dozen decidedly unique cottages, each with their own individual character. You can decide to go camping, golfing and/or enjoy the bird-view from their fully restore, fun and stylish chopper, your wish!
From the Treehouse, suspended 35 feet in the air, to the Library, containing a treasury of literature, there is no real way to capture the magical atmosphere and imagination that has gone into the design and development of this resort. An experience that would be difficult to match anywhere in the world.
3. Seaport RV Resort
The Seaport RV Resort and Campground is located in the oceanside town of Mystic (seriously, it’s actually called that). The complex has a range of RV and powered tent sites, and is designed to suit families of all ages. The Resort includes a large pavilion for entertaining, a basketball court, pool, mini golf course, fitness center and laser tag facilities are among the few options offered on site.
The operators of the resort run a comprehensive catalogue of entertainment for the guests, including themed weekends all year round, and as a result they thrive on repeat visitors, so book early.
4. Odetah Camping Resort
Set in the beautiful woods of Connecticut, the Odetah Camping Resort provides for magnificent shaded camping all year. The grounds are cared for meticulously, and the staff at the center are enthusiastic and driven to ensure all the guests have an outstanding experience. The resort is situated beside a 32-acre private lake that provides for a boating, swimming and fishing. In addition, the complex has a basketball court, beach volleyball, horseshoes, shuffleboard and tennis courts, as well as a mini-golf course.
There is an on-site café, and the operators arrange regular food festivals to allow the guests to experience a range of cuisines. What’s more, they even have a pool, Jacuzzi along with an exciting range of high definition movies that they show in their personalized Blu-ray theatre! The Odetah resort is an exceptionally well-run and cared for complex where young families can enjoy a memorable experience while visiting Connecticut.
5. Heritage Hotel and Spa
Also located in the picturesque Litchfield Hills of Connecticut the Heritage Hotel boasts a range of magnificent rooms and suites that are designed to suit all tastes. With an on-site function center the Hotel is a perfect option for a wedding or a corporate event. Guests of the hotel are also granted access to the PGA Rated Pompauraug Golf Course.
If relaxation is more important, the hotel plays host to The Spa at the Heritage Hotel, which provides all manner of day spa services to leave you feeling new and refreshed. There are two restaurants on site, the Tavern, which provides for a casual atmosphere with a New England twist, while Timbers Restaurant provides a relaxed breakfast venue.
6. Strawberry Park RV Resort
The 160-acre Strawberry Park resort is located in the south-eastern heart of Connecticut, and is ideally placed for guests to explore the local casinos. With accommodation mixed between RV sites to modern log cabins, the resort is a pet and family friendly location boasting tennis courts, a water playground and three massive pools.
The operators are dynamic and enthusiastic, running a number of themed events during the year, including a music festival, and 4 weekends of activities leading up to Halloween. The Strawberry Park resort is a lively, and enjoyable place for the entire family to enjoy what Connecticut has to offer.
7. Stateline Campresort and Cabins
Built beside a fresh water lake near the Rhode Island state line the Campresort is a full amenity camp side sheltered by the trees surrounding the lake. With a range of powered campsites and cabins available, the main Lodge includes an entertainment complex, private pool, camp cooking and laundry facilities.
The campresort is designed for families, and offers an array of games and options for all ages. The pool and lake provide for swimming and boating activities, and the lodge has a gaming center. There is a basketball court, and a softball field where pickup games run all year round. So, if you’d like to be one with nature, this is the place to be!
8. Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino
One of the larger Casino’s in Connecticut, the Mohegan Sun includes two hotels, the Sky Tower and the Earth Tower. Both hotels offer a very high level of contemporary accommodation to suit any traveler. Each tower offers its own Spa facilities, the Elemis and Mandara Spas. A full range of day spa services are available from each, and there are 22 treatment rooms available between the two facilities.
With a variety of dining options, including bars and nightclubs, guests have access to the Mohegan Sun Golf Course, an 18- hole private course that has been operating since 1960. The course features undulating greens, and winding holes that are bounded by towering pines and spruce trees which deliver character and challenge to the experience.
9. Foxwoods Resort and Casino
Staying at the Foxwoods Casino is a singular experience, with each of the 5 hotels servicing the casino offering an individual style to their depiction of luxury. The consistent theme between them all, however, is quality. Each of the hotels has been designed with its own personality, but the guests’ experience has always been front of mind.
With 5 distinct hotels on the grounds, there are also multiple dining opportunities available. Apart from luxurious spas, golf course, bowling alleys and arcade, the Foxwoods complex is also a fully contained casino which will match the guests’ experience with any other casino in the world.
10. Interlaken Resort and Spa
Much like Connecticut, the Interlaken has a deep history. Constructed on the site of an 18th century stagecoach stop, the resort now offers a unique and relaxing holiday experience. With a spa on site, and 9 beautifully designed and maintained cottages, suites and houses, the complex provides access to an extraordinary array of experiences.
Go rafting on the private lake, then golf, then a jog through the grounds. Maybe go horse-riding, trail hiking, and fly fishing. Or perhaps just a stroll through the gardens, where sculptures by a local artist are hidden around each corner waiting to be discovered. Finally, top off the day with a meal at Morgan’s restaurant, which offers seasonal farm-to-plate fare of exceptional quality.
11. Cave Hill Resort
Operated by the same family since the 1920s the Cave Hill Resort provides for family hospitality in a quaint and cozy atmosphere. Situated in the Connecticut River Valley, the resort is beautifully shaded, and makes a perfect summer destination. With a range of powered tents and RV sites complemented by a growing number of modern cabins and cottages there is sure to be something for everyone.
There is a pool on site for swimming, and a small lake for boating. The camp is surrounded by the magnificent Connecticut wilderness offering a range of hiking and mountain bike options for the adventurers. The complex also boasts tennis and basketball courts, and a number of picnic pavilions scattered around the tended grounds. Apart from all this there is a golf course and a cave for those who like a little thrill in their lives! Overall the Cave Hill Resort provides for a relaxing, family holiday experience.
12. Hemlock Hill Camp Resort
Hemlock Hill, apart from having the best name of any RV Resort in Connecticut, is a seasonal resort located in Litchfield. The operators aim to provide an experience of privacy and affordable luxury camping by maintaining a clean and high-quality accommodations and amenities. One of the main features of the Resort however, are the over-sized campsites, which provide for a sense of space and seclusion, without sacrificing the community aspect of Resort camping.
The location of the camp is central to a number of activities, including theme parks and fairs, antique shopping and museums, as well as local golf courses and wineries. The relaxing, secluded feeling of Hemlock Hill complements a holiday filled with lazy days and endless nights.
13. Hawk’s Nest Beach
The Hawk’s Nest Beach resort is situated ocean side along the southern coast of Connecticut. It has been in operation since 1895 and is comprised of 47 beautiful and beautifully designed holiday cottages spread along the beachfront. Guests have access to the beach where fishing and crabbing are common attractions, as are long strolls and kite flying.
Apart from that this resort features two tennis courts and is pet friendly for those who don’t want to leave their furry companions at home. The complex is located near Mystic, and guests are able to head into town to check out the Aquarium, the local museums, or the donuts at Garvins Store.
14. The Mayflower Grace Hotel
Tucked into 58 acres of manicured gardens, the Mayflower Grace Hotel boasts itself the best boutique hotel in Connecticut, and it is not an overly bold claim. The 30-room hotel has a reputation for luxury and dignity that stretches across the East Coast, and has allowed for inclusion into the renowned Relais & Châteaux association, which includes the world’s finest hoteliers.
Featuring a signature spa treatments, a fully-equipped gym, tennis courts, swimming pool, and a golf course, at this resort you can request airport transfers, rent cars and motorbikes, go fishing and kayaking and enjoy the natural unspoiled beauty of Connecticut through sightseeing!
Supported by the magnificent Mayflower Dining Room restaurant, there as very little that compares to a stay at the Mayflower Grace. Even the building itself is a magical blend of character, grace and sophistication. The Hotel is an icon in Connecticut, and has a reputation that has spread around the world, a truly outstanding experience.
15. Club Getaway
Located at the bank of Leonard Pond, this is the place to be if you’re looking to have an incredible time with friends and family – it’s home away from home, the one place on earth where it’s okay to unleash the inner child in you!
Guests get to stay in beautiful and extremely charming country cabins that overlook the sparkling waters of the pond and the majestic mountains while they smell the delicious aroma of mouthwatering cuisine prepared by their chefs. From salads and sandwiches to pasta, BBQ and seafood – they have a dish for every palate.
Unleash the inner child in you and participate in wacky Olympics, dancing, campfires, water slides or just fly down the giant slide or swing like Tarzan because here it’s all about you. From team sports, family sports and adventure sports this place also features fitness classes that help you rejuvenate for the next round of entertainment! What’s not to like?!