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The Best Leaf Peeping Spots in New Haven this Fall

In New Haven, leaf peeping season is arguably the best season of the year. With fall foliage colors peaking now through October 28, there is no better time to plan an autumn adventure than right now. From East Rock to Westville, we’ve narrowed down the best leaf peeping spots in New Haven. So grab your pumpkin spice lattes and a pair of hiking boots and let the leaf peeping commence! East Rock Park Rated as one of the top ten things to do in New Haven by TripAdvisor, East Rock Park is a must-visit spot for leaf peeping this autumn.... View Article

Experience New Haven Restaurant Week Like a Pro

Snackers and sommeliers, mark your calendars – New Haven Restaurant Week is back and better than ever this fall. From October 16 – October 29, 2022, join us downtown for all-new dining experiences and exclusive offerings at 23 restaurants across the Elm City. Participating restaurants will be offering pre-fix menus ranging from two-course lunch options for $25 to three-course dinner options ranging from $35 -$55 per person.  Here in New Haven, the culinary scene runs rich and boasts something for everyone to indulge in – from authentic Spanish tapas to arguably some of the best slices of pizza in the... View Article

The Otherworldly Charm of Grove Street Cemetery

September 27, 2022 On the hunt for your first spooky fix of the fall season? Kick-off Halloween month with a visit to one of New Haven’s treasured historical landmarks, Grove Street Cemetery. Neighbored by Yale University, the cemetery is the oldest planned cemetery in the nation. Designed as a “City of the Dead,” complete with avenues and cross streets, the Grove Street Cemetery boasts many firsts – from being the first private, nonprofit cemetery in the world to the first chartered burial ground in the United States, as well as being the first cemetery to be arranged in family lots.... View Article

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with The Anchor Spa’s Chef Kendall Thigpen’s Molten Lava Cake

September 20, 2022 Need to satisfy your late-night sweet tooth craving? New Haven local Kendall Thigpen, Chef at The Anchor Spa has you covered. With every great chef and recipe, there comes an even greater backstory. Growing up, you could always find him alongside his great-grandmother and grandmother in the kitchen cooking up meals for the entire family. It’s from his roots, his family, where he finds his greatest source of inspiration that he brings to the New Haven culinary scene. “My great grandmother NEVER let us change the channel when visiting. That resulted in watching a lot of Emeril... View Article


5 Boozy Brunch Spots in Downtown

September 6, 2022 Let’s talk brunch. Whether your plate is packed with chicken and waffles or a classic eggs benny, nothing pairs better with brunch than a cocktail. Make it a Bloody Mary or bottomless mimosas, a boozy brunch is the ultimate way to wrap up a weekend or begin a new week. Let’s raise our *bottomless* glasses for a toast to some of the best boozy brunch spots in New Haven. Olives & Oil Bottomless mimosas? Yes, please. Found in the heart of New Haven, Olives & Oil is an Italian restaurant with an electric twist. Between 11 a.m... View Article


Try Chef Claire Criscuolo’s Simple Vinaigrette On Your Next Salad

If you are undecided on your next meal and have trouble deciding if you want breakfast, a sandwich, or even have a craving for Mexican food, it’s time to pay a visit to Claire’s Corner Copia located Downtown. Owner Claire Criscuolo opened the restaurant, over 46 years ago, with her beloved late husband, Frank.  Claire has been feeding the residents of New Haven delicious vegetarian fare before vegan, gluten-free eats were in the zeitgeist. Growing up, Claire found inspiration in her mother’s kitchen, whipping up dishes alongside her mother and grandmother. Her mother had a pension for fresh, homemade foods... View Article


Hartford and New Haven: A Tale of Two Capitals

Hartford and New Haven: A Tale of Two Capitals Can you name the Connecticut state capital city? If you said Hartford, you’d be right — well, half right. At one point in time, the state of Connecticut was home to not one, but two state capitals, one of which was none other than New Haven. New Haven and Hartford shared the plate as co-capitals for the Connecticut General Assembly until 1878. Connecticut state legislators would travel back and forth between the two cities to attend alternating bi-yearly legislative sessions – talk about a commute. Why Have One When You Can... View Article


All About The New Haven Green: From Its History to Its Mystery

16 acres long and made of nine symmetrical squares – downtown is made up of 9 squares, New Haven’s Green is made up of quadrants and pathways, the New Haven Green is the beating heart and soul of our city. The Green has lived many lives, once standing as a religious epicenter cloaked in the echoes of 19th-century church bells. Fun fact about the Green? The Puritans who founded New Haven and planned the Green designed it to be exactly large enough to lift and spare the 144,000 people whom they believed would ascend in the Second Coming of Christ... View Article


What’s In a Name? Welcome to New Haven.

Back in 1638, a group of English Puritans boarded a ship dubbed “The Hector,” and set sail for the future. They arrived in the heart of the New Haven harbor and settled into what was then known as Quinnipiac. Just two years later, the town of Quinnipiac was given a new name – New Haven. The moniker, which stemmed from an English maritime village, reflected the residents’ hopes for their new home. New Haven would be just that, a new haven for immigrants in search of a new life, religious freedom, and prosperity. That legacy held firm for centuries, seeping... View Article