The website theculturetrip.com recently ranked the most beautiful towns in each of the 50 states. Here’s what they came up with for Connecticut.
#5 – Essex
A typical Connecticut town full of charm. The town has retained many of its historic buildings, including a number of farmhouses dating back to before the Revolutionary War, 19th-century Federal style mansions, and the First Baptist Church of Essex, one of only three Egyptian Revival churches built in the United States.
#4 – Mystic
A beautiful coastal town on the New England shoreline, an attractive town with a fascinating heritage. Originally one of the area’s most important seaports, its history has been wonderfully preserved at the Mystic Seaport, one of the country’s largest maritime museum, with a collection of four historic ships and merchant vessels.
#3 – Kent
This one is particularly special to me. It’s where my great-grandparents settled after immigrating from Poland. That’s their farm in the picture above, which has now been converted to a studio space. Termed the top foliage town in all of New England, it is known for its stunning landscape and Kent Falls State Park, containing within it no less than 17 waterfalls. The quaint town surrounded by gorgeous scenery makes for a perfect New England spot.
#2 – Wethersfield
Dating back to 1634, it has an impressive historical district with over 1000 buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including three that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Buttolph-Williams House, Joseph Webb House and Silas Deane house, all outstanding example of well-preserved Colonial architecture. The Wethersfield Cove is an idyllic little inlet bordered by lush trees and landscape.
#1 – Cornwall
A tiny town in the Litchfield Hills, it holds a lot of beauty despite its small size. The town is famous for having one of the few covered bridges in the area. Built from striking red timber in the 19th century, the bridge still serves as an integral part of the town’s infrastructure, as well as being a popular attraction.