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Connecticut Lures 'Mad Men' Fans with 1960's Style Vacations

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If you haven’t made plans yet for the Season Six premiere of Mad Men on April 7th, don’t panic. Maybe you want to watch it in Connecticut?

T+L has already discussed how the TV series boosted tourism in New York City, but after last season, which saw Pete and Trudy Campbell move to the 'burbs, Connecticut is doing its part to offer some Don Draper-inspired vacations.

Citing its collection of nearly 90 architect-designed mid-century modern homes, among them Philip Johnson’s famous Glass House, the state’s tourism board is touting New Canaan, CT, as the main destination for true Mad Men aficionados. In addition to the mid-century homes, you'll find the Elm Restaurant ($$$), where you can sip a "Lucky Strike" cocktail. The drink, inspired by the old fashioned that Draper drinks while working on the Lucky Strike cigarette campaign, has cherry-wood-smoked bourbon, cherry bitters, and sherry, all topped off with a garnish of, you guessed it, ash.

The state tourism board has a slew of other activities to choose from. Art and architecture lovers will want to check out Yale University’s newly expanded Art Gallery, whose current exhibit, Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, features works by over 100 artists who made significant contributions to modernism in the States.

As for where to stay, New Haven's The Study at Yale ($) is an elegant boutique hotel that oozes 60’s cool… Which isn’t surprising since the building dates back to 1961. Rebranded in 2009, The Study’s 124 rooms feature clean lines, pale blue hues, and wooden accents. Conveniently, every room features a 37” flat-screen TV perfect for viewing a certain highly-anticipated, Emmy Award-winning show.

Peter Schlesinger is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo by Michael Yarish / AMC

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