Top Memorial Day Getaways Near Connecticut

May 17, 2014 8:00 AM

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Memorial Day weekend is a time to honor our fallen soldiers. It has also become a staple of our culture to kick start the summer. Connecticut, as well as surrounding states, have unique attractions to plan your weekend getaway. In less than a two-hour commute, you can be in Boston or Newport to visit tourist attractions and Memorial Day events. You can also find weekend plans when choosing to stay closer to home within Connecticut.

Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-0711

Date: May 24-26, 2015

Start summer with the traditions at Mystic Seaport. It will be hosting Lobster Days and Decoration Day on Memorial Day weekend. On May 24 and 25, 2014, seafood lovers will dive into lobster platters including single or double lobsters, corn on the cob, coleslaw and drinks. A secondary option is the all-American hot dog platter with chips and a drink. A cash bar will be available. Enjoy your meal while seated along the shore. After your meal, take the time to explore the museum, ships and exhibits. On Memorial Day, May 26, pay tribute to fallen soldiers of the Civil War at Decoration Day. The services start at 10:30 a.m. at the Fishtown Chapel and the memorial is at noon.

Misquamicut Beach
The Villa Bed & Breakfast
190 Shore Road
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 596-1054

Cross the state line into Rhode Island as you make plans for Memorial Day weekend. Misquamicut Beach is a short drive from Connecticut and a popular summer attraction for New Englanders. Beaches stretch between Watch Hill and Weekapaug, RI. The beach caters to adults and children alike. The over-21 crowd will make their way to Paddy’s Beach Bar and Restaurant located at 159 Atlantic Avenue with drink specials. Attractions located along the shore include mini golf, go-carts, kiddie rides, amusement park rides, a carousel and water slides. Overnight accommodations can be found at local hotels, bed and breakfasts, renting a cottage in town or camping at Burlingame State Park.

Gouveia Vineyard
1339 Whirlwind Hill Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 265-5526

Get your vineyard passport ready for a summer full of tastings along the Connecticut Wine Trail. A popular winery along the trail is Gouveia Vineyard located in Wallingford. The views, atmosphere and, of course, the wine make it stand out from the rest. The vineyard has indoor and outdoor seating available including picnic tables and green grass for a picnic blanket. Purchase wine by the glass or the bottle. For the cost of $8 per person, you can enjoy a wine tasting, sampling five of the wines. Visitors love to pack their favorite foods to eat along with their vino. Gouveia permits outside food on premises. Memorial Day kicks starts summer hours of Monday through Thursday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Newport, RI
Cliffside Inn
2 Seaview Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 847-1811

Discover all that Newport has to offer. As the sun starts to shine, this shoreline town has attractions to keep you busy all weekend long. The annual Atlantic Cup kick starts the Memorial Day weekend with sailing races in Narragansett Bay from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The races are located at 1 Washington Street in town. Nightlife entertainment events include doo-wop music with the Corvettes and a live improv comedy show with the Brit Players. Tour the town by viewing the local lighthouses, museums, mansions and brewery and wineries.

Boston, MA
Liberty Hotel
215 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 224-4000

Take the train or carpool north to Boston for a getaway this Memorial Day weekend. Visitors flock to tourist attractions including Quincy Market, a baseball game at Fenway Park and the New England Aquarium. Special events this Memorial Day weekend will include the Cambridge Memorial Day parade at Harvard Square. Honor our fallen soldiers with entertainment, marching bands, soldiers and a cannon salute. Nearby in Newburyport, MA, enjoy live music, food and crafts outdoors at the Newburyport Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take your pick from all that Boston has to offer as you plan your weekend away.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at

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