Weekend Best Bets: CT Open, Hot Air Balloon Fest & Country Fairs


Weekend Best Bets: CT Open, Hot Air Balloon Fest & Country Fairs

The next few days are jam-packed with an array of activities that will help you forget it’s the last weekend in August.

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Mattatuck Museum Renovations Revamp Galleries and Art Exhibits


Mattatuck Museum Renovations Revamp Galleries and Art Exhibits

Major renovations to the Mattatuck Museum's gallery spaces transform the viewing experience and usher in three great exhibits running now.

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Best of Connecticut 2015

Here's our annual roundup of the best food and drink, entertainment, shopping and more from around Connecticut.

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Consignment Furniture Middlebury Consignment Middlebury, (203) 528-0130 middleburyconsignment.com Middlebury Consignments is the perfect place to buy and sell antique and contemporary furniture and home décor. The 20,000-square-foot showroom contains furniture from some of the most notable designers—Theodore Alexander, Maitland-Smith and Henredon—not to mention a large collection of iconic checkered black-and-white ceramic pieces from MacKenzie-Childs. There is also a café with a chef.   Antiques: Multidealer Antique and Artisan Gallery Stamford, (203) 327-6022 stamfordantiques.com At the Antique and Artisan Gallery, you’ll find vintage, mid-century and antique furniture, all hand-selected and...

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Sports Complex Chelsea Piers Connecticut Stamford, (203) 989-1000 chelseapiersct.com Scott McDermott If you love sports, it’s all here in this 465,000-square-foot Stamford complex—two ice rinks, an Olympic-sized pool, indoor water park, gymnastics training center, squash and tennis courts, soccer and lacrosse fields, basketball and volleyball courts, batting cages, an indoor rock climbing wall, trampoline fun space and a fitness center. Now go get your game on!   Action Park Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park Portland, (866) 860-0208 brownstonepark.com Whether you’re a full-on thrill-seeker or casual recreation enthusiast, Brownstone has an activity for you—cliff jumping, scuba...

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Performing Arts

Performing Arts Venue: Large The Bushnell Hartford, (860) 987-6000 bushnell.org The Bushnell has been central to the Greater Hartford arts scene for more than 80 years, hosting a wide variety of performances from traveling Broadway plays to major musical acts. Upcoming events include Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Oct. 7), Mamma Mia! (Oct. 30-Nov.1) and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (Dec.11-13).   Performing Arts Venue: Small Infinity Hall Norfolk and Hartford, (860) 542-5531 infinityhall.com Located in a historic opera house in scenic Norfolk, the original Infinity Music Hall & Bistro has been hosting diverse musical acts on the original stage for years. In 2014, a second location in...

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Hotel: Romantic Getaway Winvian Morris, (860) 567-9600 winvian.com The resort is set on 113 acres, anchored by a 1775 manor house and embellished by 18 stunning architect-designed cottages that reflect key Connecticut themes. There’s an on-site luxury spa in its own gorgeous building, and to cap it all, the Relais & Chateaux property is a Mobile Five Diamond winner for both lodging and dining.   Hotel: City  JHouse Greenwich, (203) 698-6980 jhousegreenwich.com This upscale boutique hotel with beautiful glass and stone work allows guests to stretch out in the 700-square-foot king suite, enjoy a private patio in the patio room, hunker down for a long pampered stay in the double executive room, or enjoy one of the hotel’s other,...

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Live Jazz Sidedoor Jazz Club Old Lyme, (860) 434-0886 thesidedoorjazz.com Owner Ken Kitchings’ passion for jazz can be felt in every inch of his acoustically designed, intimate and cool-as-a-cucumber jazz club. The club is located in a side door space of the Old Lyme Inn (which Kitchings and his wife Christine purchased in 2011) and regularly features great jazz musicians.   Beer Bar Cask Republic/The Ginger Man New Haven, Greenwich and other locations, (475) 238-8335 caskrepublic.com/gingerman.com This family of American taverns has been serving craft beer and bar food for more than a decade. Each location’s drink menu is slightly different, but generally you’ll find around 53 beers on tap plus wines and...

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Food & Drink

Barbecue  Julie Bidwell Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue Hartford and Windsor, (860) 724-3100 bearsbbq.com Owner Jamie “The Bear” McDonald was once the No. 1-ranked Independent Competitive Eater by All Pro Eating and he knows a thing or two about barbecue. Since opening, Bear’s slow-cooked Kansas City-style ribs, brisket and burnt ends (our favorite!) have helped to put Connecticut barbecue on the map and continue to inspire cravings statewide.    Bread  Chabaso New Haven, (203) 562-9007 chabaso.com For more than 30 years, Chabaso’s ciabattas, baguettes, boules, rolls and loaves have been “hearth-baked in European ovens according to Old World traditions,”...

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Fine Dining Bar Americain Mohegan Sun, (860) 862-3529 baramericain.com/ct Chef Bobby Flay is known around the world for his bold flavors, culinary expertise and versatility, and his sleek and stylish Bar Americain reflects that, melding his American menu with overtones of a European brasserie. Entrées take simple pleasures and infuse them with Flay’s skill, creating a unique and exciting dining experience.   Entertainment Venue: Large Mohegan Sun Arena Mohegan Sun, (888) 226-7711 mohegansun.com   The 10,000-seat arena has hosted some of the biggest musical acts of all time, from Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and The Who to Jay Z, Keith Urban and Kelly Clarkson, as well as MMA bouts, Connecticut Sun basketball and wine fests. Upcoming...

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