Thursday, January 1, 2015
Happy New Year & Hammonasset Beach State Park
I've made a few changes to The Size of Connecticut for the new year; basically, this blog is going to be less about me and more about Connecticut travel. Specifically, as the header says, about "unusual, unexpected, offbeat, off-season, underrated, and underappreciated" places in Connecticut. (There's more about that on the About This Blog page.) I also added some new, more travel-friendly categories (on the right side of the page.)
Now that I've said all that, let me talk about Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.
This is Connecticut's largest beach, and in the summer, as you might imagine, it gets crowded. Like, really crowded. In the winter, however, you can come here and have Hammonasset's two-plus miles of sand and Sound - plus lovely boardwalks, trails, and salt marsh views - almost all to yourself. The Meigs Point Nature Center is open year-round, but the campground and concession areas are closed, making this extremely popular beach feel like a secret known only to a select few. And the seagulls. You can't hide anything from seagulls.