Five Mile Point Lighthouse
New Haven, CT 06512
One of the most romantic and symbolic settings for a marriage proposal is on a shore looking out over a vast ocean. Add to this a beacon of light, a promise to safeguard love forever, and a lighthouse suddenly becomes the most romantic and meaningful place for pledging love and popping the big question. While there are many lighthouses in Connecticut, the Five Mile Point Lighthouse is a classically designed lighthouse packed with history and strong enough to ward off any storm that comes its way. Saying “yes” comes easy here. Grounds are open all year, but call for tower opening.
20 Mohawk Mountain Road
Goshen, CT 06756
Take love to new heights at Mohawk Mountain in Connecticut. A popular site for hiking and skiing, it’s easy to stand tall here. Panoramic views accent all that is beautiful in nature. With only the sky above and the world below, an ordinary day quickly turns into a very special one when a marriage is proposed. The view and the proposal become unforgettable as they come together for one special moment in time.
159 Macedonia Brook Road
Kent, CT 06757
Nothing stops the power of roaring water as it flows over rock and stone to its ultimate destination. Waterfalls are gifts from nature reminding one and all that beauty is a wonder. Just as nothing prevents water from taking its journey over rock and stream, nothing interferes with the path of love as it cascades to a full-blown marriage proposal. Adding to the ambiance, there’s a covered bridge on site, which is the perfect place for the betrothed couple to sneak a kiss.
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
151 Brookdale Road
Stamford, CT 06903
The Victorians not only embraced romance, but they did so in a garden. Neither the first nor the last to discover that the garden is the perfect place to mingle mind and heart, the Victorians even developed a language based on flowers. The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is far more global in its interpretation of a garden. It states that its “rare and unusual trees and plants from around the world provide a place where visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in the exceptional beauty of these collections.” Spread out over 91 acres, there’s plenty of space for a bended knee to wax poetic among the flowers in bloom at the Arboretum.
The Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Looking for that exotic place to pop the question? Then go wild and propose at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. Here is a zoo with the most colorful and exotic creatures that call earth home. Propose in a tropical rain forest or let your heart take flight in the colorful free-flight aviary. Feel like something a little more tame? Then how about proposing on the zoo’s carousel? Whether the mood is wild or tame, there’s a perfect spot at the zoo for proclaiming love and winning the heart of a beloved.
Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.