The Gateway to New England, Greenwich is the first town in Connecticut when crossing the New York border. Founded in 1640, it has a long history of prosperity, attracting scions of industry who leveraged a busy port and business-friendly proximity to New York City. While Greenwich is known for mansions built on rolling lawns, high-end stores, and restaurants, the town has much history and culture, including a destination-worthy museum and rousing polo matches. The town’s website is www.greenwichct.org .
The Bruce Museum. An art, science, and natural history museum with a permanent collection that includes everything from a Native American wigwam to glow-in-the-dark geodes; rotating exhibitions feature well-known artists such as Andy Warhol, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alfred Sisley. There’s a great playground across the street. 1 Museum Drive, Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission: $10 Adult; $8 for ages 5-22 and 65 and older; free under 5. 203-869-0376 www.brucemuseum.org
The c.1730 Bush-Holley Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark, was first the home of a prosperous merchant and later the site of the first American Impressionist art colony. The house is interpreted in both eras and is part of the campus of the Greenwich Historical Society, which also operates an art gallery with rotating exhibitions and hosts many events relating to art and history. Admission: $10 adult, $8 seniors, under 18 free. Wed.-Sun. 12-4 p.m. 47 Strickland Road. 203/869-6899 www.greenwichhistory.org
If your taste is contemporary art, schedule a visit to the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, a small by-appointment-only museum on the gorgeous property of billionaire Peter Brant. 941 North St. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m by appointment only. Free. 203-869-0611 www.brantfoundation.org .
The New England version of Rodeo Drive, a stroll down Greenwich Avenue (from West Putnam Ave. to Railroad Ave.) takes you past retailers like Lily Pulitzer and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as home-grown stores such as Hoagland’s and Vineyard Vines. Restaurants and coffee shops are dotted throughout.
If you’re visiting on a Sunday afternoon in June, July, or September, check to see if there’s a polo match at the Greenwich Polo Club. A spectacular site for high-goal polo. Bring your own picnic, purchase from food vendors, or buy a VIP ticket for reserved space and other amenities. $40 per car. 1 Hurlingham Dr. 203-561-1639 www.greenwichpoloclub.com
Other events include Art to the Avenue in May and June’s Greenwich International Film Festival. In December are the Antiquarius Holiday House Tour, a once-a-year opportunity to tour private homes and the Greenwich Reindeer Festival.
The town’s beaches are for residents only but there are many parks and preservation areas open to the public including Pomerance Park at 101 Orchard St.; Cognewaugh Trails begins at Cognewaugh Road, Greenwich and continues to Merriebrook Lane in Stamford; Babcock Preserve between North St. & Lake Ave.; and Montgomery Pinetum, at 150 Bible St., Cos Cob. More information at http://www.greenwichct.org/government/departments/parks_and_recreation/parks_playgrounds_facilities/.
Stasha Healy, Communications Director, Greenwich Historical Society
This is an excerpt from the book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Adventure. It was written by local residents to encourage people to visit the beautiful 169 towns & cities in Connecticut. The 8.5 x 11 hardcover book contains 368 pages and over 180 illustrations, maps, and photos. It was edited by Marty Podskoch, author of eight books including the Conn. Civilian Conservation Corps Camps, Catskill & Adirondack fire towers, Adk CCC Camps, Adk 102 Club, and Adk illustrated stories. The travel book will be available in late summer 2018. One can pre-order a signed book with free shipping by sending $24.95 plus CT sales tax $1.58 to: Podskoch Press, 43 O’Neill Lane, East Hampton, CT 06424 Also available in late summer 2018 at local stores, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Information (860)267-2442 firstname.lastname@example.org