Notable American pit stops along a scenic waterway.

By Travel + Leisure
May 15, 2012

Europeans started trading along the deep delta of the Connecticut River in the 1630’s, and it became a primary road into pre-colonial America, but its vibe lingers in the late 1800’s.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

Take a two and a half hour classic steam train and triple-decker riverboat tour to see beautiful farms, secret coves, and marshes and wetlands that are home to ducks, swans, and the occasional bald eagle.

Goodspeed Musicals

Catch a musical at the 1876 Goodspeed Opera House, which gave the world such Broadway standards as Annie and Man of La Mancha.

La Vita Gustosa

A family-friendly—and family-run—Italian place with plenty of options for parents (the Gorgonzola-rich “Lucky Luciano” pizza) and kids (chicken parmesan).

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

The dignified property has rich burgundy wallpaper and in-room fireplaces that recall a century-old yacht club.