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Old 01-01-2013, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Western NC
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We are coming to CT for a visit in March. I am from CT and want to move back. My boyfriend has never been and I want to show him all the things there are to do in CT. We live in Asheville, NC right now and the cost of living is pretty high here (in Asheville). The only family I have here is my mother, who wants to move back to CT as well.

Asheville is ok to visit, but there really is not a lot to do here. We have to drive 4 hours to go the beach, 2 hours to go to an amusment park and 2 hours to a zoo. Sure we have the Biltmore house, but really it's like once you've seen it, your set for a while, plus my boyfriend works at the Inn on the estate, so I'm sure he is not wanting to visit a lot. There is a lot of places to hike, which is fine if we were really big on hiking oh and if the heat was not killing us during the summer, lol. Walking downtown is nice, but we don't want to do that all the time either. We have an arboretum, and it was ok. I think you get the point as to how much there is to do here.

My boyfriends uncle is coming with us and he is gay, so I want to show him some great places as well. Both of them are Mexican, they like how Asheville is a small city and I know there are a lot of places like it in CT. My boyfriend likes history, he likes to read and learn, the beach, the zoo, science and more. We have a 9 month old baby, who will be 1 when we come up. My boyfriends enjoys doing things with her and loves watching her enjoy life. She loves to be outside or doing things.

I would like to get some suggestions on things to do while we are there. I am planning on going to the beach, even thought it will be cold, just to show them how close it is and for them to see it. The zoo, Mystic Aquarium, The science center, Lake compounce, Quassey park. I was thinking of just taking a day to drive around CT. Oh and also going to Groton, my boyfriend like Naval ships as well. We are going to NYC and I would like to see Boston as well. Not sure about the gay communities in CT, but would like to add somethings for my boyfriends uncle as well.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Stay at The Study in New Haven. Fantastic hotel in a central location in CT for all the places you want to visit. Also near tons of dining and Yale's world class art museums (full of history from ancient to modern - and free). Given your boyfriend's interests, I think he'd like it there. There's also the rare books library and Peabody near by.

You're also a close drive to CT's best beaches in Milford and Madison.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:36 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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There are beaches that are "better" in CT...But personally if you you want a superb shoreline drive. West Haven probably has the longest drive. Its a main road and the beach is right there in full view. Beach on the right, and houses on the left (driving east)

Put everything else about West Haven aside.

Most other places will be smaller, and most likely private.

seems like you got it covered though with stuff to do.

The sub base is fun, in New London. They have a sub that you can walk around inside...or they did when I was younger.

I feel like I mention New Haven in every post I make but its true, theres a lot of things to do here with the art stuff and Peabody, Eli Whitney, Some hiking on Sleeping Giant/ East rock. Nightclubs too. Bars etc. You can find it all here

East Rock provides the BEST view of New Haven.

Dont forget the casinos.


You could also ask the front desk at the hotel for food or where to go. They usually know about the area. Just dont believe everything they say. quick story.......

I stayed at the Marriot in New Haven once, I was in the lobby reading and I over heard a couple asking the front desk on a good place to eat, and maybe try some local micro brewing.. they werent from CT. The front desk lady suggested a restaurant, I did not agree with her suggestion one bit as that place is way overpriced and I could name 15 other places That they wouldve been more satisfied with and get a proper feel for New Haven. I didnt interject as I didnt want to make her look like a fool.

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Old 01-01-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Western NC
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Thanks NewHavensFinest. I think my boyfriends uncle will really like New Haven. I know when I was in CT New Haven was not a great area back then, but I think it has changed. I am from New Britain and I know it has changed since I moved from there in 98.
Yes we are planning on hitting up the casins as well. The one we have here amazed my boyfriend and it is small compared to the two in CT.

Any Idea on really good mexican food. My boyfriend is very critical on mexican food, nothing seems to be as good as what either his mom makes, or what we get from the mexican store or taco trucks here. Thank God I am pretty good at cooking, although I still can not make mexican rice correctly, lol. But then again I can't make biscuits either, go figure.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:32 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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Funny you mention the Mexican cuisine, Because the front desk at the Marriott recommended a Mexican restaurant.

The place is called Geronimo..They are big on tequila and their food is good...Bring a lot of money or a credit card with you also. The crowd there on a weekend/night will be Yale yuppie bro dudes....no offense.

Theres this other place called Viva Zapata Restaurant. I went to this place a couple weeks ago and enjoyed it. The prices are very reasonable. I really liked the atmosphere, its not bright inside and is cozy feeling. the crowd starts showing up a little after 10pm on the weekend and the bar gets busy.

Now if you want to get some Mexican for lunch....go to the Long Wharf (New Haven) and hit up one of the trucks that park all down the street. This is where I see the real Mexicans eat, I had to have my co-worker(mexican)order for me thats how Mexican it is. When you get there your first thought will be " OMG this place is kinda dirty and run down F this"

Trust me. You want to eat their food. Its the best Mexican food Ive ever had, cooked by real mexicans and the menus have real Mexican meals. None of that Mexican-Americanized stuff. Also the prices cant be beat.

Also take note of Sweeneys hot dog truck....Hes been there forever and makes fantastic Georgia hots.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Western NC
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Thanks. I think theyv would like the taco truck best as it's is what they are more used to an we have them here. It's funny, I always have my boyfriend order for me, lol. Are there a lot of Mexicans in New Haven?

Even though there are a lot of Mexican places here, not all of them are good or they are Texmex/CaliMex.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I would not do Geronimo or Viva for someone picky about Mexican food. Geronimo is good for drinks though, but neither are Mexican - they're solidly Texmex/Southwest. The trucks are a good reco though. I like Nexicali (the black truck with the donkey). Nearby newly opened Lenny & Joe's has good seafood and a great harbor view. Dive Bar in West Haven has an amazing view too.

Back to Mexican, the best and most authentic I've had has been at the following: Mezcal in New Haven, Milford Pizza and Mexican, and Los Molcajetes in Norwalk.

I also like bartaco in Stamford and Tacuba Taco Bar in Branford, but they're not traditional.

Honorable mention to Baja's in Orange (Texmex), El Coyote in Monroe, Oaxaca Kitchen in Westport/New Haven, Tortilleria La Michoacana (they make their own tortillas and do carnitas properly) and La Cocinita in New Haven.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Western NC
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My aunt and uncle used to go to Lenny and Joe's, Ive been there, but always thought it was too high priced. Last time I went it was not worth it.

And yes they are very picky about their Mexican food, lol. We ate a mexican place in Charleston and they knocked it down so bad. The tacos were too high priced and not real tacos.

We love our carnitas and they better be on a corn tortilla or their not the real deal, lol. Oh and the only thing you put on them is onion and cilantro.

Thanks for suggestions.
Love them all.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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The new L&J's has a great view, so that's worth considering. Seafood tends to be expensive anywhere honestly. I will say that Seven Seas in Milford does have a superior lobster roll for about the same price.

Here's another place you could try for Mexican, haven't been but it's supposed to be good/authentic: Guadalupe La Poblanita - New Haven, CT
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:01 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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Your boyfriend will probably bash the Mexican cuisine here if hes the super critical type.

I wasnt exactly recommending those two places, those are just pretty much the only places I could think of right off the bat. The vibe I got in Viva Zapata was pleasant overall and I would visit them again, The atmosphere is important to me.

I would recommend the food trucks on the Long Wharf though.

Theres also Sloppy Joes in Milford, Havent been there in over ten years, but its still kickin. Probably not up to par

Oh and I forgot to mention C.O. Jones, only had their nachos and salsa, they are known for their margaritas.

This is New Haven were talking about, we arent known for Mexican anyways lol...

Have you considered anything over on Wooster st? Everyone that visits New Haven must try the pizza. Most would say Modern, Pepes, Sallys, etc. but I really enjoy BAR pizza the most...They cook it quick and they have an excellent choice of micro brews.
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