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.