East Haddam was featured in USA Today Travel as one of eight secret New England towns perfect for a fall getaway.
Nearly 60 square miles of rolling countryside, historical farmsteads, and a waterfall or two — this is East Haddam, a place so idyllic that Gilmore Girls used its exteriors as the fictional town of Stars Hollow. Natural beauty abounds in this Connecticut River Valley outpost, but so do the arts, with the 19th-century Goodspeed Opera House bringing musicals to the masses until December. It’s hard to believe you’re but a two-hour drive from New York City.
What to do: Catch beautiful views at Gillette Castle, a European-inspired manse built by the quirky actor William Gillette in 1919, before catching a show at Godspeed.