July 2019

Summer is a time for adventure and escape, when we look for opportunities to leave our lives behind — if only for a little while — and see what surprises are lurking around the bend. And as much as we love our little state, there's no denying that there are treasures to be found just beyond our borders, as well. Take a look at our suggestions for some short-range summer getaways you might otherwise overlook, from destination towns in the Hudson Valley, to island getaways and hotels for book lovers in and around Connecticut — and don't forget the casinos, where there's much more to do than play the slots. We also look back at the tragic Hartford Circus Fire, for which the debate over the cause is still raging 75 years later; plus the annual Alice Washburn awards celebrating outstanding home architecture.

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You don’t have to fly to the tropics to enjoy the remote charm of an isolated island. These picturesque escapes are all within striking distance of Connecticut, so head to the closest ferry and get ready to kick back, crack open the rosé and disconnect from mainland stresses.

Robert Segee remembered the day in 1944 the children burned in Hartford. The day black smoke rose over Connecticut and the smell of burning canvas mixed with human flesh. It was a day that had haunted the capital city and the circus for decades and had become inextricably linked with his own…

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