Curving its way around coves, lagoons and inlets to Long Island Sound, much of Darien, CT’s heavily wooded land rises steeply from the water’s edge. Mingled with Spanish villas are New England atypical Tudor and Norman mansions, rising like the capacious seaside rocks cast up during the ice age. Just like the towns around it, Darien was once a summer home community for wealthy New Yorkers. Today, it’s a full-on suburb, hosting all walks of life with its bright charm.

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Darien, CT —
A Perfect Summer or Early Fall Weekend in Darien

Get up early Saturday morning and take a walk through Woodland Park with it’s many trails. You will feel like you are miles away from civilization. Alternatively, try the loop around Long Neck Point with beautiful vistas of Darien Harbor and Long Island Sound. On a clear day, you will be able to see New York City. You will likely see many other people out on this route jogging, pushing strollers or walking dogs. Then go out for breakfast at one of the many local spots for the perfect bacon, egg and cheese or a fresh bagel. Some favorite spots are Jake’s Place, Uncle’s Deli or UCBC for great bagels.

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Darien, CT —
Summer Nights in Darien

Baywater Properties and Grove Street Plaza are kicking off their annual Friday night concert series June 23rd from 6:00-8:30 and it’s one of my favorite event series in town. These free concerts are held at Grove Street Plaza and run through August 11th. The Darien Nights Concert Series was launched by Darien residents David Genovese and Penny Glassmeyer, who head up Baywater Properties and Grove Street Plaza, respectively. During the Winter of 2008-2009, the two decided it was time to do something positive for residents who would be staying around town because of the unsettled economic climate, and to encourage them to shop locally and support Darien’s merchants. The first series was such a great success this yearly tradition has continued ever since and every year attendance grows. “I love the opportunity to meet friends in town for dinner and then stroll over to Grove Street Plaza to hear some great bands and see community friends in a fun relaxed setting,” said Deirdre McGovern

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