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Details: Thimble Islands, Conn.

GETTING THERE

US Airways flies nonstop from Reagan National to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., with mid-September fares currently starting at $251 round trip. The Thimble Islands in Stony Creek are about 60 miles southeast, off interstates 91 south and 95 north.

WHERE TO STAY

Owenego Inn

40 Linden Ave., Branford, Conn.

203-488-3805

www.owenego.com

Beautiful six-room property on Long Island Sound, with private beach, tennis courts, gardens and restaurant. Rates from $105.

WHERE TO EAT

The Thimbleberry

2 Indian Point Rd., Stony Creek

203-481-2836

Near the town dock and beach. Sells chowder, deli sandwiches, lobster rolls and ice cream. From $6.50.

G-Zen

2 E. Main St., Branford

203-208-0443

www.g-zen.com

Organic restaurant serving vegan/vegetarian and raw food dishes, such as Moroccan stew with tofu and chickpeas, and vegetable udon noodle bowl. Entrees from $16.

WHAT TO DO

Thimble Islands Cruise

Stony Creek Town Dock, Indian Point Road, Stony Creek

203-488-8905

www.thimbleislandscruise.com

The 45-minute cruise runs every day but Tuesday, June through August; Friday through Sunday in September; and weekends in October. Several departures throughout the day. Last tour: Oct. 15. Cost: $12.

Outer Island

Part of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge

860-399-2513

www.fws.gov/refuges, www.friendsofouterisland.org

Accessible by boat only; a $5 one-way water taxi departs from the Stony Creek dock early April through Oct. 8 (or call for a ride at 203-889-8365). Open daily June through mid-August, and weekends mid-August to mid-October. Free.

INFO

ctvisit.com

branfordct.com/index.php/plan-your-visit.html

Andrea Sachs (not the one who wears Prada) has been writing for Travel since 2000. She travels near (Ellicott City, Jersey Shore) and far (Burma, Namibia, Russia), and finds adventure no matter the mileage. She is all packed for the Moon or North Korea, whichever opens first.
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