The Best Small Towns in Connecticut

Connecticut had a strong showing in BuzzFeed's list of must-visit small towns in New England!

Guilford - Credit: Fran McMullen
Guilford - Credit: Fran McMullen

The tree-lined streets. The quaint shops. The warm feeling of community. There's really nothing like a small town to conjure up cozy images of bucolic bliss or sentiments of seaside sights.

Adam Davis of BuzzFeed recently posted a list titled “24 Small New England Towns You Absolutely Need To Visit.” Three Connecticut towns claimed spots on the list.


It’s all about the architecture in Guilford. Colonial and Victorian homes help make up the town’s infrastructure and Long Island Sound provides a beautiful backdrop.

Here’s the spaces you need to see, as recommended by BuzzFeed:


The town’s cultural activities are why it made the list. If you’re visiting Washington, here’s BuzzFeed’s recommended spots to check out:


Wethersfield’s historic charm is a big reason why it was named one of the best towns to visit. The Historic District consists of 50 houses built before the Revolutionary War and 100 built by the time of the Civil War, according to the BuzzFeed article.

If you’re going to Wethersfield, here’s a list of spots that have the BuzzFeed seal of approval.

So what do you think about BuzzFeed’s list? What do you like about the three CT towns that were named?

Think other towns deserved to be on the list? What makes those towns great?

Bill Johnson March 17, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Of all 3 CT towns, only Guilford works for me. Even they have very limited things to do that might entertain me. Fairfield is the winner in my book .
Thomas Alegi March 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Basha, there is no easy fix to lowering taxes in Hamden. From a tax payers point of view the Democrats have caused the high taxes in Hamden and if a Republican and L/C was elected today Hamden taxes would not start becoming responsible and affordable for some years to come. Remember 51% of Hamden voters who voted, voted for Jackson and his team……… Easy question: Did they get what they voted for? Yes! did the other 49% of voters get what they voted for , No!
Linda C March 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Unfortunately both Thomas and Basha are correct, what took Jackson and the LC to destroy in 5 years, will take a lot longer to make right. Similar to the state of the country, it has been destroyed beyond it ever being fixed in my lifetime I'm sure. As far as the percentages go Thomas; I would love to know just how many of the 51 % were home owners and how many were renters. It seem as with the Presidential Elections you were given a choice between a Politician and a Game Show Host giving away a grand list of prizes! What chance do the Republicans have when the Democrats Promise the world? And how long will it take the ones who fell for those promises to realize that's all they were - empty promises? Basha if this article were 25/30 years ago I'm sure Hamden would have been at the top of the list, but I'm afraid sadly our time has long since past!
Shelley March 17, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Wethersfield? A small town? Really???
Everett Henry March 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM
I wish I knew what the criteria was for this committee to pick the ideal small town in Connecticut. I just feel choices could be better for picking the idea of a smown. Personally, two towns I would pick as my top 10 would be either Essex or Old Saybrook. Each build these towns today show a quaintness and historical perspective that cannot be beat. Each has its own characteristics but most importantly each is privy two being located on a river – an important factor in our colonial period for transportation. Even Middletown should be considered as top 10 due to the location and ease of formidable transportation. I wish the committee would outline the criteria.


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