region When you are ready to spread your wings and travel beyond the city limits, a dazzling array of experiences awaits. CALL 1-800-332-STAY 7 Founded by Puritans in 1638, New Haven boasts what is perhaps the most famous town green in the country, com- plete with a National Historic Landmark designation. The New Haven Green is one of the original nine squares in what was the first planned city in America. Three stately churches in Gothic, Federal and Georgian designs that border the heart of the city bear witness to the city’s religious foundation. If the New Haven Green epitomizes the history of the city, the rest of downtown is a bustling testament to the here and now. Energized by the presence of students from Yale University and Gateway Com- munity College, the city’s core pulses from dawn until dusk. Foodies converge on the 130 restaurants within walking distance of the Green to savor flavors from all over the world. While some cities are culinary melt- ing pots, New Haven features eateries that preserve the essence of the original cuisine and update it with a splash of gastronomic ingenuity. And our imagination doesn’t quit in the kitchen. With world-class art museums, in- novative theater and musical performances from classic to cutting edge, New Haven’s cultural scene far exceeds expectations for a city this size. When you are ready to spread your wings and travel beyond the city limits, a dazzling array of experiences awaits. No getaway to Greater New Haven is com- plete without an outing to the shoreline. From Milford to Madison, fun-filled activi- ties abound in Long Island Sound and on our beaches. The region is home to two gorgeous waterfront state parks, Silver Sands Beach State Park in Milford and Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madi- son. West Haven’s 3.5-mile long beach and boardwalk is the area’s mecca for walking, jogging and kite flying enthusiasts. And if beach volleyball is your passion, this is the place for you. Outdoor fun isn’t limited to the coast. The Farmington Canal Trail, which runs from New Haven to Northampton, Mass., is an outdoor lover’s dream. Located near the trail in Hamden is the aptly named Sleeping Giant State Park. A 1.5 mile climb to the observation tower offers an excellent view of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area. Another spectacular recreational area is Hubbard Park in Mer- iden. This 1,800-acre park includes Castle Craig, a replica of an ancient castle resting nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. Head to the heart of any town and you will find quintessentially New England town greens that still act as epicenters for com- munity life. Nestled among historic build- ings and churches, fine restaurants and stylish stores abound. Outdoor concerts, fairs, festivals and other events enliven these time-honored gathering spaces. So pack up your curiosity and admire a piece of genuine Americana. If your dream vacation features New England charm, cosmopolitan style and shoreline pursuits, Greater New Haven is your perfect destination. Guilford Green Derek Dudek