Things to Do Near Hartford and Middletown
The Connecticut River Valley teems with culture, history, and charm. Quaint colonial buildings and magnificent castles and mansions dot this beautiful New England region. Steps from the Inn at Middletown guests will find fine restaurants, quaint shops, entertainment and attractions on Main Street in downtown. Enjoy a scenic Connecticut River cruise, discover New England charm in alluring Essex or explore the beautiful Wesleyan University campus.
Experience what the Connecticut landscape looked like centuries ago with outdoor exhibits and viewpoints at this historic site. Open from Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus day, Gillette Castle's friendly staff is available to answer questions about the castle's history. The castle grounds are open year round and guests can enjoy hiking, picnicking, and camping.
Essex, Connecticut Situated 15 miles south of the Inn at Middletown, Essex Village is Connecticut's "Best Small Town in America." The flowing Connecticut River is the main character for this alluring New England community. Here, sailboats cruise slowly down the river, while stone windmills turn gently in the breeze. In the fall, Essex is transformed by vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow. Discover the slow pace of riverside living, complete with charming boutiques and marina side restaurants. Essex is also home to the Essex Steam Train. For more information, visit www.essexct.com.
Premium Outlet Shopping Shop ‘til you drop at one of the Connecticut River Valley's premium outlet shopping centers. At Clinton Crossing Outlets, shoppers will discover 70 outlet retailers only 25 miles south of our hotel. Discover favorite name brands like Banana Republic and J. Crew, or designer fashions like Michael Kors, Dooney & Bourke and Coach. Head east to Westbrook and enjoy even more shopping at the Westbrook Outlets, featuring over 65 brand name designer outlets. Visit www.premiumoutlets.com and www.tangeroutlet.com for store hours and information.