Connecticut Destinations

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Connecticut Destinations (1)

Two destinations in Connecticut that evoke the feeling of the 1920s are Bugsy's Dueling Piano Speakeasy and Conspiracy. Two destinations in Connecticut that evoke the feeling of the 1930s are the Florence Griswold Museum and the Railroad Museum of New England. Details for these destinations are below.

Bugsy's Dueling Piano Speakeasy

  • The website for Bugsy's Dueling Piano Speakeasy can be found here.
  • Bugsy's Deuling Piano Speakeasy is a lounge where patrons can be entertained by a live dueling piano show while surrounded by 1920s decor.
  • This destination was selected because the venue is a "Speakeasy-style lounge with an amazing Roaring 20s decor focused on great ambiance, classic cocktails, finger foods and Great shows from our musicians/entertainers," so it definitely evokes a feeling of the 1920s.
  • Bugsy's Dueling Piano Speakeasy is located at 2323 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut 06518 and its phone number is 203-288-4700.

Conspiracy

Florence Griswold Museum

  • The website for the Florence Griswold Museum can be found here.
  • The Florence Griswold Museum is a boarding house in Old Lyme that was home to Florence Griswold from 1850 through 1937, during which it became a hub for "one of the most important summer art colonies in America." The house attracted "artists Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf and others who were in the vanguard of the Tonalist and Impressionist movements."
  • This destination was selected because it showcases American Impressionist art from the 1920s and 1930s.
  • The Florence Griswold Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371 and its phone number is 860-434-5542.

Railroad Museum of New England

  • The website for the Railroad Museum of New England can be found here.
  • The Railroad Museum of New England is a "not-for-profit educational and historical organization whose mission is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage."
  • This destination was selected because it features steam and diesel locomotives that reached their height of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. This museum will evoke the feel of the 1930s through its antique locomotive collection.
  • The Railroad Museum of New England is located at 242 East Main Street, Thomaston, Connecticut, 06787 and its phone number is 860-283-7245.
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Connecticut Destinations (2)

Two destinations in Connecticut that evoke the feeling of the 1940s are the Zagray Farm Museum and The Anchor Spa. Two destinations that evoke the feeling of the 1950s are the Famous 50s Diner, and the Olympia Diner. Details for these destinations are below.

Zagray Farm Museum

  • The website for the Zagray Farm Museum can be found here.
  • The Zagray Farm Museum is 1940s-era farm that includes 20th century farm machinery, a family homestead, dairy barn, machine shop, foundry, antique sawmill, and several sheds.
  • This destination was selected because it depicts a classic New England farm in the 1940s, which will evoke the feeling of living in that decade due to its antique engines, tractors, and machinery.
  • The Zagray Farm Museum is located at 544 Amston Road, Colchester, Connecticut 06415 and its phone number is 860-982-5158.

The Anchor Spa

  • The website for the Anchor Spa can be found here.
  • The Anchor Spa is cocktail bar that originally opened in New Haven in 1939. As the website states, in its "halcyon days, the Anchor became a favorite watering hole for actors, artists, poets, writers, and Yalies, and the after-work boîte for bartenders and staff from other bars."
  • Although the Anchor Spa closed in 2015 under pressure to modernize, an online petition to save the original concept was signed by 1,200 people and in 2016, "this venerable institution proudly re-opened its doors."
  • This destination was selected because with its reopening, the storied dive bar has combined the "laid-back vibe of the recent decades with the atmosphere of the 1940s, when it was visited by locals as well as the stars working across the street at the Shubert Theater."
  • The Anchor Spa is located at 272 College Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511 and its phone number is 203-821-7065.

Famous 50s Diner

  • The website for the Famous 50s Diner can be found here.
  • The Famous 50s Diner is a restaurant that features regular diner food plus Mexican cuisine in a "fun atmosphere that brings you back to the 50s era, with great 50s music and decor."
  • This destination was selected because it re-creates the traditional 1950s diner and fully immerses guests in that era.
  • The Famous 50s Diner is located at 472 Huntington Turnpike, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06610 and its phone number is 203-572-0777.

Olympia Diner

Research Note

Only one museum or establishment was found for the 1940s in Connecticut so a 1940s cocktail bar was provided for the second destination.
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Connecticut Destinations (3)

Two destinations in Connecticut that evoke the feeling of the 1960s are the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum and the Grantmoor Motor Lodge. Two destinations in Connecticut that evoke the feeling of the 1970s are the Vintage Hi-Fi Museum and the Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant. Details for these destinations are below.

Old Tolland County Jail and Museum

  • The website for the Old Tolland County Jail and Museum can be found here.
  • The Old Tolland County Jail was built in 1856 and operated until 1968. The country ran the jail until 1960 and then it was operated by the state until its closure.
  • This destination was selected because its last decade was in the 1960s and would bring back memories of that time.
  • The Old Tolland County Jail and Museum is located at 52 Tolland Green, Tolland, Connecticut 06084 and its phone number is 860-870-9599.

Grantmoor Motor Lodge

  • The Grantmoor Motor Lodge does not have a website, but its Facebook page is here.
  • This motel was built in 1959 and by 1965, it had become the "queen of all the motels" on the Berlin Turnpike due to its architecture, large restaurant, swimming pool, and golf course.
  • This destination was selected because it still retains its 1960s look and decor. Guests can still get a room at the Grantmoor Motor Lodge and enjoy its "adult-themed" rooms with mirrors on the ceiling and shag carpeting.
  • The Grantmoor Motor Lodge is located at 3000 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut 06111 and its phone number is 860-666-5481.

Vintage Hi-Fi Museum

  • The website for the Vintage Hi-Fi Museum can be found here.
  • The Vintage Hi-Fi Museum is designed to "educate audio enthusiasts and future generations about high fidelity music, vinyl records, and analog audio systems with components 'Made in the USA.'"
  • This destination was selected because it features not only vacuum tube radios from the 1950s and 1960s, but the solid state transistor designs of the 1970s. The museum also has a gift store that sells vintage stereo equipment and vinyl records.
  • The Vintage Hi-Fi Museum is located at 485 New Park Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut 06110 and its phone number is 203-877-2409.

Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant

  • The website for Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant can be found here.
  • Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant is an ethnic vegan and vegetarian restaurant and bookstore that was founded by two women in the 1970s.
  • This destination was selected because the restaurant was not only founded in 1977, but still retains its 1970s decor and feel, with its dated furniture and framed picture wall. The origins of the restaurant and bookstore also reflect the feminist movement of the 1970s decade.
  • The Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant is located at 85 Ferris Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06605 and its phone number is 203-576–9168.
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Connecticut Destinations (4)

Two destinations in Connecticut that evoke the feeling of the 1980s are Barcade and the Tree House Arcade. Two destinations that evoke the feeling of the 1990s are Hard Rock Cafe and The Shoppes at Buckland Hills. Details for these destinations are below.

Barcade

  • The website for Barcade can be found here.
  • Barcade is an old-school arcade bar that features 1980s classic video games and craft beer.
  • This destination was selected because the video games that are featured in Barcade were developed in the 1980s and the location has the feel of a 1980s arcade. As the description on the website states, "the video game selection is mostly from the classic period of the early 1980s and ranges through the early 1990s, although there may be titles as early as 1975 and as recent as the mid-2000’s in rotation... The pinball selection includes many current titles as well as classic machines from the 1980s and 1990s"
  • Barcade is located at 56 Orange Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06510 and its phone number is 203-889-2966.

Tree House Arcade

  • The website for the Tree House Arcade can be found here.
  • The Tree House Arcade is a part of the Foxwoods Resort and Casino and features 1980s arcade games.
  • This destination was selected because the video games offered at the Tree House Arcade are "Centipede/Millipede/Missile Command, Donkey Kong/ Donkey Kong Junior/Mario Bros., Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga — Class Of 1981, and Space Invaders/Qix," all of which are from the 1980s.
  • According to the website, visitors can "play the games [they] grew up with, including arcade classics and pinball."
  • The Tree House Arcade is located at 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338 and its phone number is 1-800-369-9663.

Hard Rock Cafe

  • The website for Hard Rock Cafe can be found here.
  • Hard Rock Cafe is an American restaurant that features memorabilia from famous rock and roll stars and groups.
  • This destination was selected because of its close association with the 1990s. The chain had 61 locations at its peak in the mid-1990s and "in the 90s, if you didn't have a shirt from the Hard Rock Cafe you visited... your friends may have wondered if you even went."
  • Hard Rock Cafe is located at Foxwoods Resort and Casino at 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338. Its phone number is 1-800-369-9663.

The Shoppes at Buckland Hills

  • The website for The Shoppes at Buckland Hills can be found here.
  • The Shoppes at Buckland Hills is a mall that was built in 1990, and even though it was renovated in 2003, it still evokes the feeling of the 1990s, as that decade was when traditional shopping malls hit their peak, with more than 16,000 shopping centers opening between 1980 and 1990.
  • This destination was selected because it is one of the few remaining traditional malls that were extremely popular in the 1990s.
  • The Shoppes at Buckland Hills is located at 194 Buckland Hills Drive, Manchester, Connecticut 06042 and its phone number is 860-644-6369.
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Connecticut Festivals

Three festivals or events in Connecticut that can evoke memories of past decades include the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival, the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, and the Historic Festival at Lime Rock park. Details of these events are below.

Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival

  • The website for the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival can be found here.
  • This festival features "a beautiful display of antique automobiles through 1979" and guests are guaranteed to see "rare vintage vehicles" they have never seen before.
  • The Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival was selected because cars are often associated with a specific time in history and can evoke memories of those times.
  • This festival is located at Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood Street, New Britain, Connecticut 06052.

Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival

  • The website for the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival can be found here.
  • This festival celebrates the history of Connecticut's maritime heritage by allowing guests to tour historical military boats and schooners.
  • The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival was selected because it includes a Revolutionary War reenactment event that immerses participants in a different era. Although participants will not have actual memories of the Revolutionary War, it still brings back Connecticut's history in a way that evokes pride in the state. Additionally, the historical boat tours can evoke memories of more recent times, of which guests may have actual memories.
  • This festival is located at the Port of New London waterfront in New London, Connecticut 06320.

Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park

  • The website for the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park can be found here.
  • This festival features a vintage car race that includes a 17-mile journey through local towns and "culminates in a free street fair in the charming town of Falls Village."
  • This event was selected because the website describes the event as inviting guests to "continue [their] nostalgic journey through time and enjoy three days of authentic vintage car racing with practice and qualifying." This indicates that the vintage cars will evoke memories of past decades.
  • The Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park is located at 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039.
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