Office of Tourism to residents: What is your favorite 'Still Revolutionary' town?

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Region - posted Sat., Apr. 20, 2013
Connecticut Still Revolutionary
The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford was the 2012 fan favorite "Still Revolutionary" location. Courtesy photo.

Connecticut has a long history of producing original ideas and innovations, which is why the Connecticut Office of Tourism chose “Connecticut: Still Revolutionary” as the state's brand in 2012. To help spread this message, the Office of Tourism is inviting residents to vote on the town, and on a business, destination or attraction within that town. that epitomizes the “Still Revolutionary” message.

This is the second year of this social-network-driven voting program. Residents can vote once a day on the Visit Connecticut Facebook page until May 15. The top 10 fan-favorite towns will receive promotional support, and their residents will be entitled to no small amount of bragging rights. In addition, the winning town will be featured in a two-minute video displaying the people and locations that make their town special.

“From bustling beach enclaves to rural retreats and storied cities, Connecticut’s landscape is vastly diverse,” said Kip Bergstrom, deputy commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. “Each community offers something unique and unforgettable. That’s why we’re calling on those who love this state to vote for the places that fill them with pride.” The program is a way for residents to celebrate their favorite places and spaces which make Connecticut “still revolutionary,” he said.

Currently, Niantic, Mystic, Putnam, Andover, New Haven and Essex are enjoying regular appearances in the top 10 leader board. Voters still have plenty of time to turn the tide and lift their town and attraction to first. Be it Rentschler Field in East Hartford or Wickham Park in Manchester, Salmon River State Forest in Colchester or a winery in the northeast Quiet Corners, there are many places to vote for. “Our state is rich with these hidden gems, and we look forward to seeing which town the public awards this first-ever recognition,” said Bergstrom.

Last year, the winning destination was the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. “This year we wanted to give communities the opportunity to rally behind all of the unique and inspirational destinations that make each of our towns inspiring and innovative,” said Bergstrom.

Voters, too, can get something out of the deal: every entry enters them into a drawing for a Connecticut River Valley getaway. The grand prize winner will receive a two-night stay and dinner for two at the Griswold Inn in Essex and a two-night stay and dinner at the Bee and Thistle Inn in Old Lyme. They will also receive free entry for two to Gillette Castle in East Haddam, a $50 gift card for Pattaconk Bar & Grille in Chester, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

To vote on your favorite town and business, destination or attraction, visit Those not on Facebook can vote as well: write your first and last name, date of birth, telephone number and email address on a 3x5 card along with  your favorite town and  destination or business.  Mail your vote to “Connecticut Fan Favorite Town” Sweepstakes, 220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, to the attention of  Jennifer Kohanim by May 15. For more information, visit or follow the Connecticut state tourism page on Twitter: @CTvisit.

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