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Madison Shopping Spree
I checked lots off my list on a sunny shopping spree in Madison!

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Mystic Seaport Museum
There’s a fascinating exhibit at the Mystic Seaport Museum’s stunning new gallery that you shouldn’t miss...

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beyond van gogh
Now at the CT Convention Center, this mesmerizing and emotional visual adventure must be experienced to be believed.

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nancy lucas
We asked local therapist Nancy Lucas how to embrace the change of seasons (please pass the apple crisp!). Here's what she had to say...

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funktion fitness
We are happy to be back inside a gym for a fast and rewarding workout.

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Experience the healing and therapeutic qualities of water combined with the beauty of coastal New England in the summer on this rare cruise.

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Esana Med Spa
I caught up with Dr. Pan of Esana in Guilford to find out the best and latest in medical aesthetic treatments.

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annabella lashes
I treated myself to a lash lift at this new Old Saybrook studio.

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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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Consider donating to (or volunteering at) one or two of these if you can.

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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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camp reinvention
Learn how to stop overthinking and take action in this Free 3-day challenge.

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I’ve been looking around at some of the fun social-slash-crafting events on the Shoreline and pulled together this list.

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

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fall things to do
Here's a round-up of corn mazes, country fairs, concerts, classes, and lots more on the CT Shoreline this Fall.

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cabaret
Spend an evening ensconced at the Kit Kat Club right here in East Haddam.

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May Things To Do
The E List Girls’ Night Out in Essex, Wednesday, May 4th. Join us for drinks, discounts and dinner!  Click here for more info. Eat in the Street: Cinco de Mayo,

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madison ct shopping
I checked lots off my list on a sunny shopping spree in Madison!

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We’ve gathered a bunch of Shoreline shops and services (grouped by town) that are offering wonderful deals for Black Friday & Small Biz Saturday. Print our list and head out to your town or discover another!

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homeward collective
The master merchandisers behind this Madison shop open a mini department store, and just what we needed in Old Lyme.

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dorie greenspan
We don't get through the holidays without baking treats from Dorie Greenspan.

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Pull up to the bar at Liv's and make a delish dinner out of the Happy Hour offerings.

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Nori
An interesting and elegant French-influenced authentic apanese restaurant comes to Old Saybrook.

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yankee cider
Despite the summery weather, I still have a list of things I save for fall, which includes a stop at Yankee Cider in East Haddam.

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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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Artemisia
Spend a day touring Old Lyme's shops and art museums...

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hotel marcel
We spent a peaceful night in the historic and 100% solar-powered Hotel Marcel.

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I spent a laid-back and luxe weekend at a newish hotel in the Marigny.

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saybrook home
Big news at the Saybrook Home Apparel Shop!

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I used to sport a trusty blazer come September, but since the pandemic, I’m more of a cardigan girl. In fact, it’s hard to get me out of the “cardigan,

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the river lane
Find sophisticated brands like Smythe, Bash, L'agence, Frances Valentine, Frame, and more at The RiverLane, a new women's boutique in Essex, CT.

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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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tiny tavern
Take the bartending off your list and hire Tiny Tavern to whip up creative cocktails!

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There's even more to love this Summer at Bishop's Orchards in Guilford!

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We found this cottage baker based in Lyme and we flipped for her gorgeous cakes!

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From classic country fairs and craft shows to oyster festivals and antique shows, here’s our list of summer fairs and festivals:

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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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Consider donating to (or volunteering at) one or two of these if you can.

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girls' Night Out Guilford
We can’t wait for our second Girls’ Night Out of the season! Meet The E List team at The Guilford Marketplace on Thursday, December 8th, between 5 pm and 6:30

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Lighted boat parade
Thanksgiving weekend isn't just about shopping! Here's a list of outdoor, cultural, and holiday events to enjoy with your family.

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madison ct shopping
I checked lots off my list on a sunny shopping spree in Madison!

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We’ve gathered a bunch of Shoreline shops and services (grouped by town) that are offering wonderful deals for Black Friday & Small Biz Saturday. Print our list and head out to your town or discover another!

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book list
I asked a well-read, good friend for her all-time favorite books, and here's what she had to say...

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girls' Night Out Guilford
We can’t wait for our second Girls’ Night Out of the season! Meet The E List team at The Guilford Marketplace on Thursday, December 8th, between 5 pm and 6:30

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girls night out
Over 325 women turned out for Girls Night Out in Essex and a blast was had by all!

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Girls Night Out Essex
Meet The E List team at The Griswold Inn Wine Bar 1/2 price wine and to pick up your sticker to qualify for discounts and shop around Essex Village.

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nancy lucas
We asked local therapist Nancy Lucas how to embrace the change of seasons (please pass the apple crisp!). Here's what she had to say...

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funktion fitness
We are happy to be back inside a gym for a fast and rewarding workout.

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Experience the healing and therapeutic qualities of water combined with the beauty of coastal New England in the summer on this rare cruise.

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Lighted boat parade
Thanksgiving weekend isn't just about shopping! Here's a list of outdoor, cultural, and holiday events to enjoy with your family.

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

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We’ve compiled all our most popular, need-to-know holiday info into one digital, mobile-friendly, downloadable, and shareable magazine.

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Here is a list of my go-to websites for furniture and home decor when I'm redecorating in my head:

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hilary robertson
I've long been an admirer of Hilary Robertson's interior design and style books and recently caught up with her about new projects.

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nora murphy
Find antique and vintage country furniture and decor at this gem of a shop in Chester, CT.

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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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Artemisia
Spend a day touring Old Lyme's shops and art museums...

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summer guide
Hi all, I’m so sorry, they’re all gone. We did not expect to sell out so quickly!   Would you like a print copy of our Summer Guide? We’ve got

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Don't miss this sweet gift shop in an old service station alongside rustic summer rental cottages.

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hotel marcel
We spent a peaceful night in the historic and 100% solar-powered Hotel Marcel.

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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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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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This week, rather than writing a cheerful header, I’ll leave you to the list. It’s a fun one, and I hope you enjoy it.

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local glamping in moodus
We are thrilled with the response we’ve received to our first magazine, The E List Guide to Summer. Thanks for all the emails and encouragement!

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zavala
Exciting news! We’ve been hard at work on the launch of our Summer Guide Magazine!

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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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dorie greenspan
We don't get through the holidays without baking treats from Dorie Greenspan.

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priscilla martel
We gathered a handful of home cook-friendly, comforting recipes from some of our favorite CT chefs.

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priscilla martel
A vegetarian comfort food recipe by cookbook author and chef Priscilla Martel.

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Pull up to the bar at Liv's and make a delish dinner out of the Happy Hour offerings.

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Nori
An interesting and elegant French-influenced authentic apanese restaurant comes to Old Saybrook.

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Bar Bouchee has long been one of my top restaurants on the Shoreline, and it's still as consistently delicious as back in the day.

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bluebird home
We reached out to Mara Dowler, a Kon Marie Consultant and professional organizer for an answer to the teetering pile of papers that lands on every available flat surface.

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Celebrations on The Shoreline
Celebrations on The Shore creates balloon extravaganzas for any and all parties, soirees, and events.

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giving tuesday
There are many charitable organizations that support our Shoreline communities. Consider donating to (or volunteering at) one or two of these if you can.

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

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wburg
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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We asked local interior designer Caryn Paradis for tips to refresh our homes this Spring.

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morning routines
I reached out to a few local superstars about their morning routines.

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We asked Chelsea Wade of A Good Home for some uncluttering advice for 2022.

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I spent a laid-back and luxe weekend at a newish hotel in the Marigny.

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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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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

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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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