The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline

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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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museums_featured
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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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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canyon ranch
We got some advice from Portia Pendleton, Founder of InTouch Therapy, on processing grief and trauma.

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Have a custom bra fitting with Filly Rose at their Sunday pop-ups at Willow Salon.

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

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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, May 5th, New London: Live music, roaming entertainment and Mexican Specialties all along Bank Street in New London. Friends of Hammonasset Plant Sale May 5

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Spring Things To Do
Easter Bunnies, Daffodils, Pirates, New Musicals and so much more to see and do in April on the Shoreline.

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Folklore Flower Co
Madison meets Malibu in this sunny new shop.

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summer guide
We wait all year long for these few months on the Shoreline, and to celebrate it properly, we put together The E List Guide to Summer so you can enjoy every bit of it.

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reboot eco
Live a sustainable lifestyle with the help of this new shop in Chester.

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

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Ocean House has found a team of expert chefs creating fresh and authentic Mexican fare. 

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We found a new spot for classic fried seafood and steaks at this casual eatery overlooking the CT River in Essex.

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

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getaway
We sent our social media manage for an overnight of glamping at the newest Getaway in Moodus. Here's what she had to say.

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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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Water Street Jewelers
Water Street Jewelers in Madison and Guilford offer up a curated selection of designer jewelry at all price points.

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beachwear
Dreaming of warm sand, sunshine, and ocean waves: 

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transitional wardrobe
After a second of winter of sweats, I'm so ready to put on real clothing. Here's my current wishlist:

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

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farmers market
Here's our list of markets for the season...

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weekday wines
I found wine with HALF the calories, no added sugar, and the brand was born right here on the Shoreline!

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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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summer guide
We wait all year long for these few months on the Shoreline, and to celebrate it properly, we put together The E List Guide to Summer so you can enjoy every bit of it.

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

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GNO Essex 2022
Join us for Drinks, Discounts and Dinner in Essex!

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Folklore Flower Co
Madison meets Malibu in this sunny new shop.

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royalties
Francophiles need to head straight to this charming boutique.

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anther
Anther’s sweet Instagram has been on our radar for a long time, and we finally made it to Westerly for a visit.

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GNO Essex 2022
Join us for Drinks, Discounts and Dinner in Essex!

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guilford gno
We're thrilled to (finally) be back with another Girls' Night Out in Guilford.

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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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Have a custom bra fitting with Filly Rose at their Sunday pop-ups at Willow Salon.

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inner peace
Individuals and couples’ therapist, Nancy C. Lucas, offered some wise words on navigating expectations and feelings for the upcoming season.

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anxiety
We reached out to Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Kristen Vollaro for advice on careful eating for mental health.

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On the hunt for ham? Here's our round-up of where to go out and take out for the Spring holidays!

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thanksgiving
You're hosting a crowd and need to get out of the house? Here's what's going on Thanksgiving weekend:

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holiday_featured
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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reboot eco
Live a sustainable lifestyle with the help of this new shop in Chester.

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bali bungalow
It's been a while since we've stopped into the Velvet Mill in Stonington and we've been dying to check out the new shops. Here you go (plus some of our old favorites!).

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Fresh wreaths, swags, topiary and more at this Chester shop.

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

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getaway
We sent our social media manage for an overnight of glamping at the newest Getaway in Moodus. Here's what she had to say.

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

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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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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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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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JP Dillon
Make this easy and comforting vegetarian recipe from Carlson's Landing's executive chef.

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Ocean House has found a team of expert chefs creating fresh and authentic Mexican fare. 

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We found a new spot for classic fried seafood and steaks at this casual eatery overlooking the CT River in Essex.

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surfridge
We’ve enjoyed Surfridge Brewing Company’s wood-fired dishes and lively atmosphere since they opened last Winter and we knew they’d deliver something special for summer. We recently spent a lazy Sunday afternoon on their spacious patio in Centerbrook and sampled their fresh, seasonal menu. First, the cocktails! The electric blue Patio Blues just might be our

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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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new england gem lab
There’s nothing like the feeling of crossing a twenty-year-old chore off your list!

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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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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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