I’m Elizabeth Larkin. You may be wondering how this Connecticut travel blog got started. Let me tell you:
In 2011 I moved back to Connecticut after 10+ years in New York City. One day I was surfing the web and stumbled upon an article entitled, “The 5 Ugliest States” and to my amazement, Connecticut was on the list.
First of all, why would you even write an article like this? What purpose does it serve? Are the governors of these five states going to be like, “Oh shit, we better do something about this. Forget economic development and education! Move the budget to making this state more beautiful for Bob Ecker.” No, it’s clickbait specifically designed to illicit a lot of comments from enraged readers, and therefore, more page views so the SF Examiner (where the article was published) can make more $ from ads.
It was also kind of comical. No one that has lived in Connecticut or spent any time here beyond just driving on I-95, would ever think this state is ugly. In fact, from my travels, I’d say it’s probably one of the better-looking states.
So I read that article, and since I had just moved back here, I was bored and friendless and I had recently purchased a DSLR camera for no good reason in particular.
It’s accurate to say then, that this blog began out of spite, loneliness and over-spending.
But that’s not the whole story.
Connecticut’s biggest draw isn’t that it’s geographically convenient to New York and Boston the way so many people talk about Connecticut claim. We’re so much more than that. If you wake up anywhere in Connecticut, you can be reading on the beach, hiking the Appalachian trail, picnicking at a winery, hitting the bunny slope, touring Mark Twain’s study, eating an amazing meal, or sailing a boat, all by mid-morning.
But wait! There’s more!
Because Connecticut is not New York or Massachusetts, less people visit here, which means that when you do explore, it’s like you stumbled onto something really special only you know about. Kind of like the first time you discover a band that becomes your favorite band because only you know about them, but then they have a big hit and everyone else decides that your favorite band is now also their favorite band? That is kind of what travelling around Connecticut is like, although you never have to worry about Connecticut getting too popular.
So let’s get to it!
I encourage you to drop me a line with suggestions, or just to say hello. If you are suggesting certain places to visit, it’s helpful to include their addresses and maybe a little bit about why you love them.
You can also leave suggestions in the comments of posts.
Before you email me, scan my FAQ:
Can I advertise on your blog?
Yes, yes you can. Here’s the information on how to sponsor Connecticut Day Trips.
Who takes the pictures?
I take all of the pictures on this site unless noted in a post.
What kind of camera do you use?
Up until September 2012 I used a Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR which I got on deep discount at Target. It was the floor model so it was half off. Score! I used the kit lens that came with that camera, until June of 2012 when my wonderful boyfriend gave me the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II as a gift. It’s my favorite lens to shoot with and the one I use most often. It’s also extremely lightweight and affordable. I highly recommend it to take portraits (aka pictures of people rather than landscapes).
As of September 2012, I upgraded to the Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital SLR with which I am very happy.
May I use your photos on my site?
Certainly, just please include a link back to this blog as my images are all copyrighted. Also: It’d be nice to give me a heads up, like, “Hey I linked to you here.”
Do you accept guest posts?
Since this blog functions as both a travel blog and a personal blog, guest posts are really not my bag. If you want to send me a link to your blog, I will definitely check it out!
Can I be on your blog roll?
My blog roll is reserved for blogs I read on the regular. I’m happy to take a look at your blog and I am really excited that you are reading mine.
Can I make a suggestion?
I’d love to hear your suggestions on places to go, people to see, things to do; even suggestions on my blog’s functionality, navigation, and design.
Even if it’s negative, as long as it’s constructive, I’m a big girl, I can take it.
How do you choose where to visit?
I base this solely on my interests and my schedule. I am slowly trying to work my way to each corner of the state, but since this is a for-pleasure pursuit for me, I have to let my work and life schedule dictate where I go. You can suggest a venue here: suggest a day trip and I will gladly add it to my To Do list!
Please: Send the full name, address and if possible a URL. Those details make things so much easier on me!
Here’s a list of all the places I’ve been, which is updated not-as-often-as-it-should-be.
How do you choose which restaurants to include?
I choose the restaurants I visit based on location, recommendations from friends and readers of this site, and I often consult Yelp, Chowhound and TripAdvisor. I am not a restaurant or food critic, but I will comment on the food I eat and describe my experience.
I don’t consider myself a food blogger, but I’ve found that people who like to travel tend to like food which is why I always include a few recommendations of places to eat or drink. I will only include restaurants that are locally-based, non-chain. Caveat: Peppes Pizza is *technically* a chain, but it’s fundamentally different than say, Chilis or Ruby Tuesdays — you get the idea.