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Destination: Fred’s Shanty New London, Connecticut

Posted on July 21, 2014

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett    Tucked along Pequot Avenue on the waterfront in New London, Connecticut is Fred’s Shanty. Clam chowder was the first menu item I tried here. It was late summer, September, and my family decided we would drive down that weekend and take a look at the water one last time before the end of the season. There was a slight chill in the air and we were all wearing sweatshirts or light jackets. Dusk was falling when we came upon this marvelous roadside clam and hotdog shack on our way back from Ocean Beach. I have been returning at least once a summer ever since.   Fred’s Shanty overlooks a marina which makes for a pleasing vista…

A Glance at Connecticut’s State Park Beaches

Posted on May 5, 2014

Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Late spring tranquility and solitude along Connecticut’s state park beaches will soon give way to wall-to-wall people on colorful blankets, or in sand chairs soaking up the sun and enjoying the surf.  Here’s a glance at some and what they have to offer. HAMMONASSET STATE PARK, this two mile beach on 1288 Boston Post Road in Madison is the state’s largest. A popular vacation camping site, it has 550 grassy campsites, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection which oversees the state park system. Generally, campsites are booked well in advance. Hammonasset  has a boardwalk, swimming, saltwater fishing, bicycling, carry-in boating, walking trails, concessions, showers, picnicking and Meig’s Point Nature Center. A variety of restaurants…