Branford, CT —
Coastal Paradise With Cosmopolitan Pleasures

Midway between New York and Boston and easily reachable by train or interstate, Branford offers an exciting coastal region for foodies, arts and theater lovers, as well as outdoor enthusiasts. While usually a historic summer destination that includes Pine Orchard and Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands, Branford is also a vibrant year-round community situated just 15 minutes from New Haven. The town comes alive in the summer beginning with the family-oriented Branford Festival and road race in mid-June and weekly Jazz on the Green. Boaters, hikers, cyclists, kayakers, and sunbathers find pleasure in the varied scenery of lakes, rivers, marshes, woods, and dramatic shoreline.

Midway to NYC and Boston

"The Thimbles today are mostly private seasonal residences, including Davis Island that was once the “Summer White House” of William Howard Taft."

A portion of the original trolley track now provides a stunning walking trail to Stony Creek, meandering through tidal salt marshes populated with osprey, egrets, and great blue heron. Stony Creek, once home to many summer hotels, is now a low-key popular destination to launch a kayak or small motor craft. You can enjoy pizza or a sandwich on the deck of the Stony Creek Market.

"G-Zen, recognized as one of the top ten vegan restaurants in America."

Top off a day enjoying the water and sun at dining options ranging from the highly-acclaimed French bistro, Le Petit Café, or G-Zen, recognized as one of the top ten vegan restaurants in America. Drop by at my favorite, Lenny’s Indian Head Inn, for steamers and fried clams. Go to the Lobster Shack for one of the best hot lobster rolls on the shoreline with picnic tables on the Branford River, and don’t forget to BYOB. A vintage renovated gas station has been converted to a hugely popular indoor-outdoor barbecue/market at The Stand. The Stony Creek Brewery directly on the Branford River waterfront is a mecca for craft beer aficionados as well as those seeking a casual scenic spot to congregate with friends. Duvig Brewing Company and Thimble Island Brewing Company offer tastings of their craft beer offerings, making Branford a craft beer destination.

A short drive or train ride away on Shoreline East, New Haven broadens the restaurant offerings and provides a wide array of cultural options—Long Wharf, Yale Repertory, and Shubert Theaters, the New Haven Symphony, the Yale Museum of British Art, the Yale Art Gallery, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June.

Take a step further and explore the historic eastern end of the Connecticut shoreline with shipbuilding lore in Mystic, the quaint beauty of Essex and the harbor and submarine history in New London and Groton.

With stunning shoreline scenery and extensive options for outdoor recreation, culture, and epicurean delights, Branford has it all. Come and explore!

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