Introducing Connecticut River Valley
Snaking its way from Long Island Sound up through Connecticut and into Massachusetts before forming the border between Vermont and New Hampshire, the Connecticut River covers over 400 miles. It is easily New England's longest river. Mercifully, it escaped the bustle of industry and commerce that marred many of the northeast's rivers.
Today, well-preserved historic towns grace the river's banks, notably Old Lyme, Essex, Ivoryton, Chester and East Haddam. Together, they enchant visitors with gracious country inns, fine dining, train rides and river excursions that allow authentic glimpses back into provincial life on the Connecticut.