Yankee Shares Best Of 2014 In CT

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If you haven’t had enough of those “best of” lists, here is yet another one.

Yankee Magazine has published its “Best of New England 2014” list and Connecticut has its expected and not-so-expected winners.

yankee1In categories including “Best Fine Dining,” “Best Aquarium Experience and Best Zoo, the veteran winners include Golden Lamb Buttery in Brooklyn, Mystic Aquarium and Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, respectively.

But then there are the not-so-usual categories and winners that might send you to some new places as the weather turns warm.

Among them, Best Pizza Outside New Haven, Vero Pizza in Plainville; Best Bridge Stroll, Old Drake Hill in Simsbury; Best Small Art Gallery, The Artists’ Path in Bantam, and Best Forest Flower Hideaway, Rhododendron Sanctuary in Voluntown.

“Best of” picks by editors also include categories like Best Lighthouse Tour (Custom House Maritime Museum, New London; Best Swimming Pond, Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown; Best Half-Price Happy Hour, Litchfield Saltwater Grille, and Best Birdwatching Sanctuary, Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge, Westbrook.

And when it comes to the Top 20 Connecticut events, the magazine’s recommendations include the May Market at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington on May 9 and 10, the Florence Griswold Museum Garden Fest May 30 to June 15, the Nutmeg Games in New Britain on July 12 to 27 and the Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival in Hartford on Aug. 16 to 17.

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