Connecticut’s Top Rated Locations for Leisure


Looking for a location for living and relaxing?

Good news! Connecticut is full of towns, large and small, that have been rated by as the best places to live for leisure activities.

The top rated largest town (6,500-10,000 people): Essex, CT.  You can easily find entertainment, food and outdoor activity in and around Essex.

Located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, Essex has easy access to water for those who like to boat or fish.  Are you more of a shopper? The quaint center of town is a walker’s delight. From ice cream to gifts, you can easily saunter around and window shop. Essex also hosts a summer arts and crafts festival, bringing vendors from all over New England. And don’t forget to take a ride on the famous Essex steam train which takes you along the scenic CT River.

Top rated medium town (3,500-6,000 people): Washington, CT. Located on north western side of the state, Washington is at the foot of the Berkshires. If you like hiking, beautiful views and relaxing, this is the town to visit.

Washington also has Waramaug State Park . It’s the second largest natural lake in the state. You can swim, fish and camp. Can you imagine eating dinner each night overlooking the lake or looking at the Berkshires? What a great way to relax after work.

Top rated smallest town (up to 3,500 people): Cornwall, CT. Trek over to the northwest corner of the state to visit the smallest town ranked highest in leisure. With only 1,420 people, this town has more nature than people. It’s beautiful. You can hike in Cathedral Pines nature preserve or in winter, ski Mohawk Mountain. If you like history, stroll around the historic Cornwall Bridge, one of the few covered bridges in CT.

Contact me, Michelle Manter Giglietti, and I’ll help you search properties in these leisurely towns. Just be sure to bring your overnight bag. You might find you want to stay longer than just a day.


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Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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