Destination guide

Discover Connecticut from vacation home rentals

Connecticut may be the USA's 3rd-smallest state, but it doesn't scrimp on charm. Known as New York's affluent neighbor, it's dotted with "old money" mansions and New England estates. It's also home to some of America's most captivating cities. You can rub shoulders with students in New Haven, visit Mark Twain's house in Hartford and museum hop your way around Bridgeport. Hit the coast and you'll find a string of beaches and seaside towns. Not to mention the enchanting Mystic Seaport. Wherever you're heading, Connecticut vacation rentals promise a unique stay in the "Constitution State".

History

Historic sites near Connecticut vacation rentals

Connecticut boasts numerous historic sites to explore on your trip. Vacation homes are available near intriguing places like Florence Griswold Museum, a restored mansion that was once home to artists and now showcases American impressionist works, and Submarine Force Library & Museum, a U.S. Navy-run submarine museum with photos, documents, and vessels. You'll also like Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, a library with unique and rare books on display.

Things to do

Attractions near your Connecticut summer rental

Home to Yale University, New Haven is the beating heart of Connecticut's student scene. Whether you're attending a graduation ceremony, or have come to check out the Ivy League campus, Connecticut vacation rentals put you just steps from Yale. While you're there why not check out university museums like the Yale Center for British Art and the Peabody Museum of Natural History? As the nation's oldest public art gallery, the Wadsworth Atheneum boasts more than 50,000 works. The collection is housed in a grand Gothic Revival building in downtown Hartford, and showcases Impressionist paintings, New England antiques, surrealist sculptures and more.

Activities

Things to do near Connecticut vacation homes

Connecticut is known for its impossibly picturesque towns, made famous by Ira Levin's "The Stepford Wives". With elegant mansions and beautifully manicured gardens, places like Greenwich and Litchfield Hills showcase the state's affluent New England roots. Seafarers will swoon over Mystic Seaport, a fairy-tale harbor perched on the Mystic River. It's known for its fully-rigged clipper ships, sumptuous seafood and recreated New England whaling village. The atmospheric harbor is a favorite with families, so why not pack your bags and escape to Connecticut vacation rentals in the heart of Mystic Seaport?

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Connecticut vacation homes

Most visitors arrive in the summer, when Connecticut enjoys long days and warm weather. It's a great time to beach hop along the coast and explore the state's cities. In fall, north-west Connecticut lures legions of leaf peepers. The state is famous for its fiery foliage, with reds, yellows and golds usually peaking around Columbus Day. Winter brings snow to Connecticut, and while temperatures do drop, fewer crowds make it a great time to explore the state's cities and museums.

Natural features

Get wild on Connecticut's Appalachian Trail

With a footprint of over 5,500 square miles, Connecticut is the USA's 3rd-smallest state. It sits in southern New England and is made up of coastal cities, rural towns and plenty of rolling countryside. Venture inland and you'll find a patchwork of forested parks and nature reserves. Thanks to an abundance of beeches, hickories, maples and oaks, Connecticut puts on one of America's most spectacular fall foliage displays. Hikers will jump at the chance to explore parts of the Appalachian Trail, which passes through north-west Connecticut. 

Beaches

Top beach locales near Connecticut vacation homes

Connecticut beaches are one of the state's biggest tourist attractions. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Silver Sands State Park, a saltwater beach at the Long Island Sound with fishing, swimming, and a boardwalk, and Sherwood Island State Park, a coastal beach with fishing and swimming opportunities. You could also visit Hammonasset Beach State Park, a popular beach with soft sand, calm waters, and a boardwalk with coastal views.

Where to stay around Connecticut, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,396 vacation rentals near Connecticut. From 871 house rentals to 244 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Connecticut for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Connecticut?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Connecticut. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mystic: 492 vacation rentals
  • Old Lyme: 395 vacation rentals
  • Old Saybrook: 350 vacation rentals
  • Candlewood Lake: 123 vacation rentals
  • Madison: 347 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Connecticut! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Connecticut?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Connecticut:

  • Mystic: 492 rentals
  • Old Lyme: 395 rentals
  • Old Saybrook: 350 rentals
  • Madison: 347 rentals
  • Milford: 158 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Connecticut?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Connecticut are:

  • Bradley International Airport (BDL): 83 vacation rentals
  • Groton New London Airport (GON): 755 vacation rentals
  • Hartford Brainard Airport (HFD): 86 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Connecticut?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Connecticut. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • United States Coast Guard Academy: 699 rentals
  • Mystic Seaport: 157 rentals
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino: 519 rentals
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park: 894 rentals
  • Mohegan Sun Casino: 329 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Connecticut listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Connecticut

Mystic
492 vacation rentals
Old Lyme
395 vacation rentals
Old Saybrook
350 vacation rentals
Madison
347 vacation rentals
Milford
158 vacation rentals
New Haven
481 vacation rentals
Stonington
396 vacation rentals
New London
717 vacation rentals
Westbrook
306 vacation rentals
Fairfield
247 vacation rentals
Greenwich
283 vacation rentals
Westport
170 vacation rentals
Branford
282 vacation rentals
Guilford
407 vacation rentals
Hartford
30 vacation rentals
Stamford
279 vacation rentals
Clinton
275 vacation rentals
Norwalk
290 vacation rentals
Danbury
368 vacation rentals
New Fairfield
101 vacation rentals