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A Williamsburg Weekend
I've been spending a good amount of time in Williamsburg and it makes for a great weekend getaway, with lovely hotels, shopping, restaurants, and people watching. Here's my list of favorites:

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From the Connecticut River Museum to the Lyman Allyn, there are plenty of exciting exhibits to peruse this Fall.

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hillstead museum
This mansion, filled with masterpieces by Degas, Monet, Manet and more makes for a fantastic fall outing.

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Portia Pendleton
We reached out to local therapist Portia Pendleton for some suggestions on how to keep things calm at home.

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nourish nosh
Get your health and fitness goals in order during this 6 week refresh.

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salt cave
I had an impromptu spa day that involved numerous, indulgent-feeling treatments and ended in a Himalayan salt cave.

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prive swiss med spa
Treat your face to some pampering after a year-plus of mask-wearing.

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timothy pamment salon
One good thing the pandemic has brought to the Shoreline is an influx of creative talent.

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tina perma
If you're looking for an intimate spot to safely have your nails done, we've found one.

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We've gathered a list of (mainly) local charities for Giving Tuesday.

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polar express
Child & Family's Polar Express is a wonderful way to give back this season and help those in our own community.

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Project Polar Express is helping hundreds of children and families celebrate the holiday season and YOU can help!

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Learn proven strategies for a career pivot at this free talk!

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retirement transformed
Join me as we set and achieve goals for the next phase of life.

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soma
SoMA offers a safe and approachable space for artists and students alike, fostering imagination and igniting the creative spirit.

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ivoryton playhouse
So much fun to have this summer! Grab your calendars and take notes (or print this page).

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fall events
While it may feel like fall is canceled, we've rounded up a slew of things to enjoy, entertain and enlighten.

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billy elliot
We are all crazy for Billy Elliot here at The E List office, so we jumped at the chance to see the Tony Award-Winning show last Friday at The Goodspeed.

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mw goods
Send nautically-inspired gift baskets for all occasions or shop in person at this seaside boutique.

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Tidewater Lighting
You’ll find styles from classic to cutting edge at this new lighting showroom in Madison.

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transitional dressing
I’ve rounded up some happy and bright favorites for fall. 

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kokomos
Grieving the end of summer? Here's a fun way to extend it: have lunch on the beach at Kokomo's in Old Lyme!

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anis table
We were lucky to sample local caterer, Ani Robaina's cuisine last week. And you can too for your next event.

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bar bouchee
We’ve reached out to the best of them for recipes for your summer soirees.

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Craving cozy? Head straight to Au Chalet for steaming bowls of cheese and fresh salads in the Swiss style.

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august new haven
With its low-key European vibe, August is one of our favorite spots for wine and creative small plates.

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The Juice Box motto is 'Squeeze to Please, ' and they live up to it.

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I've been spending a good amount of time in Williamsburg and it makes for a great weekend getaway, with lovely hotels, shopping, restaurants, and people watching. Here's my list of favorites:

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It's easy to stay in Williamsburg for a (slower) change of pace. Here are my hotel picks.

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Here's my list of don't-miss shops for decor, gifts, and jewelry:

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transitional dressing
I’ve rounded up some happy and bright favorites for fall. 

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We stumbled on Burgee Mystic, a new lifestyle shop for men, women and home in the Standard condo building on Water Street.

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homeward collective
Here's a shop where every item of merchandise is considered with an eye to small, local makers and women-owned businesses

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SUP
Here's how to enjoy Stand Up Paddle if you have shoulder issues!

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online fitness classes
We've rounded up some of our tried and true online yoga and fitness classes.

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club cycle deep river
Here's a spin class that will get your heart pumping! And it's right here in Deep River.

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anis table
We were lucky to sample local caterer, Ani Robaina's cuisine last week. And you can too for your next event.

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We have some favorite farm stands that we scurry to for specific goodies...

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healthy planeat
Healthy PlanEat introduces a delivery service, to bring the farmer's market straight to your door.

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summer fun
Some of our favorite summer festivals and events are returning for 2021!

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Victory Garden
We asked master gardener, Christine Darnell, for some tips on planting our own vegetables.

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nh events
Rudolph, Santa, Ice Carving and the Messiah...there's lots of festive fun to be had in New Haven for the holidays.

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Learn proven strategies for a career pivot at this free talk!

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retirement transformed
Join me as we set and achieve goals for the next phase of life.

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From the Connecticut River Museum to the Lyman Allyn, there are plenty of exciting exhibits to peruse this Fall.

Read More »

mw goods
Send nautically-inspired gift baskets for all occasions or shop in person at this seaside boutique.

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nutmeg honey
This new Connecticut biz curates locally crafted goodies, packs them in a chic signature box, and ships them to your loved one.

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easter
We spotted some fun Easter treats!

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Ladies Night Guilford 2020
The Guilford Green Merchants have organized a Ladies Night (men invited, too) on October 15th from noon til 8pm. Enjoy specials and discounts in the shops and restaurants around the Green.

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gno drawing
Join us in Guilford on December 6th for drinks, discounts, and dinner! It's free for The E List readers to participate.

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gno drawing
Meet us in Essex for another fun night of drinks, discounts, and dinner!

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Portia Pendleton
We reached out to local therapist Portia Pendleton for some suggestions on how to keep things calm at home.

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nourish nosh
Get your health and fitness goals in order during this 6 week refresh.

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salt cave
I had an impromptu spa day that involved numerous, indulgent-feeling treatments and ended in a Himalayan salt cave.

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Yankee Cider Barn
A few festive things to lure you out of the house this weekend!

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Holiday Things To do
Here’s our relatively exhaustive list of pop-up boutiques, holiday events, concerts, teas, tree-lightings, strolls, and shops that do it up for the season.

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Santa at Flo Gris
Guests for the weekend? Here are a few quintessential Shoreline events to keep them busy on Thanksgiving weekend.

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Tidewater Lighting
You’ll find styles from classic to cutting edge at this new lighting showroom in Madison.

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indigo blooms
Flower farms are proliferating in CT and we're all for it. Here's a beauty in Killingworth...

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ditty bag
This brand new shop in Mystic will have you rethinking your recycling.

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just hatched
Karen Helburn of Just Hatched sheds optimism on the direction of small business during these times.

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bluebird day
Bluebird Day gets the balance just right with a selection of kids' clothing and gifts that are smart, fun, surprising, and practical.

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college collage
We asked our interns, Hannah and Molly, for their college wish list.

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mens gifts
Here's a round-up of goodies for guys on our list:

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We've trolled the internet for a bunch of great guy gifts for dads or grads:

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Here is some ingenious outdoor seating made right here in Higganum.

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Margin Street Inn, Westerly
We spent a delightful 24 hours at the elegant Margin Street Inn.

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Griswold Textile Mill
Find high end designer fabrics at bargain basement prices at this hidden gem in Westerly.

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Hauser Chocolates
Here's where the locals head for the chocolate fix.

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the blake
This new stay smack in the middle of New Haven walks a tightrope between spare modern design and luxurious coziness.

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Craving cozy? Head straight to Au Chalet for steaming bowls of cheese and fresh salads in the Swiss style.

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nh events
Rudolph, Santa, Ice Carving and the Messiah...there's lots of festive fun to be had in New Haven for the holidays.

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block island beach house
We checked into a beachfront hotel in Block Island and barely left the property!

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Truffle Mac & Cheese Ballo's
Most of us think of the casino for big-name acts and nights of gaming, but there’s lots more to do, whether gambling is your thing or not. I headed over for a weekend of spa services, a pool party and fabulous food.

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watch hill
For summer shopping (and snacking), Watch Hill is one of our all-time favorites.

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salt cave
For the first time in too many years, I’m celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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anis table
Tidewater Lighting & Design and Weekend Kitchen.

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block island beach house
What is it about an impending storm that has us stocking up on the craziest groceries?

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ipark
A walk on the trails at I-Park are a perfect pick-me-up any time of year.

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fall events
Here's a slew of events happening this FALL.

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fairs festivals ct
Summer’s not over yet! Here’s a whole slew of fairs and festivals still to come:

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mamas garden
We're all in need of a little self-care these days. Find locally handcrafted scrubs, balms and lotions at Mama's Gardens!

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bestof_winners_featured
Here are the winners of the Best of the Shoreline Readers' Poll 2019

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readers poll
We give you our opinion all year long, now it’s your turn.

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readers poll
Here are YOUR favorites; a list of the winners of the 2018 Readers' Poll.

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bar bouchee
We’ve reached out to the best of them for recipes for your summer soirees.

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grano cocktail
Wesley, from Grano Arso, shared his favorite cocktail recipe with us.

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sangria
Here's a ridiculously delicious and super simple rosé sangria recipe.

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kokomos
Grieving the end of summer? Here's a fun way to extend it: have lunch on the beach at Kokomo's in Old Lyme!

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the spot
Here's a new cafe in Deep River serving cool drinks and healthy treats.

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livs dockside
Dockside dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Liv's Oyster Bar's Clinton location.

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the hive coworking chester
The Hive is now open and offering all manner of remote working, conference and event space in various membership options.

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barefoot gardener
I needed a fix for our outdoor haven (and quick!) and rung up The Barefoot Gardener.

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I’ve recently found a solution to photobooks that is so much more satisfying and a whole lot quicker.

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the e list shop
Take 20% when you shop online. Plus free shipping!

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spring capsule
I've picked everything you need for a Spring Into Summer Capsule Wardrobe from our best selling designers.

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the e list shop spring
We’re reopening up the shop this week with beautiful new Spring arrivals from favorite designers.

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I've been spending a good amount of time in Williamsburg and it makes for a great weekend getaway, with lovely hotels, shopping, restaurants, and people watching. Here's my list of favorites:

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It's easy to stay in Williamsburg for a (slower) change of pace. Here are my hotel picks.

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Here's my list of don't-miss shops for decor, gifts, and jewelry:

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links we love
Here's what's caught my eye during my 3am surfing lately.

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Links We Love
Prepare for a pandemic winter, dance your workout, Escape Room games at home, and more links we love.

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links we love
Best outdoor restaurants in NYC, travel essentials, gardening tools, and more marvels we've unearthed on the world wide interwebs.

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I justify my addiction to all things Apple because, hey, I’m in the digital industry!

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frankenberger associates
Education and learning experts share 8 tips to help ease virtual and hybrid learning.

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tips for growing business
Tips and Tricks from Ladyfest, a day-long webinar for creatives and entrepreneurs.

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car cleaning tips
I turned to the cleaning pros at A La Maid for some advice on car cleaning.

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bazaar
We deserved a big break after managing to whip out a list every week, pandemic or not, so we headed off to Miami.

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My first trip post-vaccine was to visit my family in New Orleans and we discovered a few new places to eat, drink and soak up Big Easy culture.

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marcia simon travel
We asked travel advisor Marcia Simon for some ideas on post-pandemic family trips.

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niantic town guide
We've gathered our favorite places to eat and shop in Niantic and East Lyme and put them on a handy map.

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Essex Town Guide Featured
We've chosen our top 15 favorite places to eat and shop in Essex and put them on a handy map for you.

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Chester Town Guide
Here are our top picks for eating and shopping in Chester with a handy, printable map.

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chelsea wade
After spending too much time in my home over the last year and a half, I’m ready to redecorate!

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nation satin
Is satin just for dress-up or underpinnings? Nope! This spring, I’m loving this collection of (viscose) satin separates. The wide leg crop pant is just the ticket for hot summer evenings. When worn with a matching tank or tee you’ve got a jumpsuit look without the annoyance. The boxy tees are edged in recycled cotton

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shayna b
We splashed around the pool, read novels, stopped in at the first Lyme Farmers’ Market of the season for comestibles (these yummy hand-pies are from Pursuit of Pastry’s booth), and mainly avoided technology.

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From quarrying its famous pink granite, to bootlegging and hiding Captain Kidd’s treasure, the archipelago known as the Thimble Islands has served a range of uses laced with mysterious lore.

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FEED Suppers
You’ve probably seen these bags around, or you may even own one.

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new haven contest
We've partnered with The Shops at Yale to bring you this exciting weekend getaway and shopping spree worth over $1000!

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