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The gazebo in Essex, Conn.

by Eric H.

No matter what time of year, the gazebo in downtown Essex provides a respite from the hectic pace of modern-day civilization. Even before entering the gazebo, you're relaxed as the park-like setting and the wonderful views of the Connecticut River are enough to make you say "This is where I will spend my day."

Essex is regarded as one of the best small towns in America. It is tucked away in a compact south central Connecticut setting with great little stores, the historic Griswold Inn (lodging and dining), and most importantly, the opportunity to "get away from it all." We recommend starting your New England vacation off perfectly by strolling the downtown en route to the gazebo where the breeze is sweet, the birds chirp, artists situate to capture the Connecticut River on canvas, and the world just seems so right. (photo by Eric H.)

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