Connecticut is a state of deep forests, long rivers, ocean views, lakes and mountains. Therefore, depending on where you live in Connecticut, a summer weekend getaway can be a change of scene only a couple of hours away within the state or a few hours across state lines into New York or Massachusetts. When it comes to summertime weekend getaways, the options are as varied as Connecticut’s many landscapes and waterfronts.

155 Alain White Road
Morris, CT 06763
(860) 567-9600

Imagine a weekend in a treehouse or in a cottage resembling a stable. Winvian is a unique upscale experience where visitors can opt for a stay in one of 19 luxurious architecturally designed cottages including a treehouse. Two key words to describe this resort, which is tucked tightly into the scenic Litchfield Hills, are “pampered” and “unexpected.” Just when you think it’s not possible, you discover a place where fantasy suddenly seems reality. Here the chef has his own garden, where food really is farm fresh. Along with extraordinary lodging, expect a world class spa and restaurant. It’s pricey, but it’s a weekend getaway you’ll never forget.

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Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
Two Bridge St.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(860) 395-2000

One of Connecticut’s best weekend spots no matter what time of year, the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa not only offers a change of scenery but a change of pace. Here, tranquility and luxury reign as you look out of a balcony window to watch the sun rise over the historic lighthouse  as well as the many boats and yachts that have sailed in for the weekend. With a spa that is as first rate as the posh accommodations and amazing waterfront restaurant, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this romantic site. Located where the Connecticut River opens into Long Island Sound, the views are spectacular, biking is available, golf is a short walk away and tourist attractions abound.

Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(800) 369-9663

Longing for some real excitement on a weekend getaway? Then the answer is Foxwoods, a world unto itself where everything from gambling, entertainment, dining and golfing are a winning combination. Glamour and glitz light up the night in Foxwoods’ many nightclubs where big name celebrities, great dancing and music draw in visitors from near and far. The thrill of winning big is always present, whether you‘re in one of Foxwoods’ many casinos, gorgeous hotel suites or on the links. Best of all, the shopping is incredible with a long list of specialty shops. When it comes to excitement, Foxwoods raises the bar.

Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-3000

With New York City only two hours away from Connecticut, if one crosses the state line looking for a real New York City experience, then a stay at the historic Waldorf Astoria is a must “getaway” destination. This historic facility features elegance and luxury right in the middle of New York City on one of the most celebrated addresses in the world – Park Avenue. Guest rooms are amazing with prominent Art Deco design and “oversized marble bathrooms.” Featuring 24-hour room service, a spa and close walking distance of Rockefeller Center, Broadway, museums and Times Square, the Waldorf Astoria puts the Big Apple in everything including its famous salad.

Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Road
Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 945-0096

As the song lyrics state, “You’re sure to fall in love in Old Cape Cod.” If you’re looking for a summer getaway, Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is only a few hours away. Located in one of the oldest villages on the Cape, this resort complete with spa overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It offers everything from magnificent ocean views to “sunset cruises on Pleasant Bay” to fine cuisine and easy access to art galleries, sailing excursions, big game fishing and much more. Beachfront cottages and the main inn’s veranda are magnets drawing you to a perfect summer getaway.

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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