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The Quiet of Chester, Connecticut

Katie Dunn Canoeing on Lake Massawippi, in North Hatley, Quebec.

Photo: Katie Dunn

This charming community alongside the Connecticut River, with its Victorian storefronts and tiny boutiques selling Scandinavian toys and Italian pottery, has kept its low profile for more than 200 years.

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Destinations: Chester · Ivorytown

Hotels (1)

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    Copper Beech Inn

    Escape the city life in New York and Boston at the romantic Copper Beech Inn, set among seven acres of gardens in Essex, CT, just a 1 ½-hour drive

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    Restaurant Du Village

    The cozy restaurant serves an Alsatian choucroute and an ethereal passion-fruit gratin.

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    River Tavern

    Locals flock at lunchtime for the restaurant's hearty soups. A more sophisticated crowd comes in the evenings for a cocktail vibe.

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Activities (3)

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    Gillette Castle

    The 1919 hilltop mansion is open to the public.

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    Chez Manon

    For all things Swedish and German, this cheery boutique stocks wooden music boxes and flower-patterned linens.

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    Chester Gallery

    The 25-year-old gallery shows works by regional artists such as printmaker Richard Ziemann.

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