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Weekend Getaway: Simsbury, Conn.

Heublein Tower, Simsbury
Heublein Tower, Simsbury
by shawnzam via flickr

The town of Simsbury has just been named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Dozen Historic Destinations. The title is meant to recognize "cities and towns that offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization."

Citing the town's 350-year history, tree-lined Main Street and a large museum complex, the National Trust recommends Simsbury to visitors looking for the real New England. In the summer, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra can be found at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows. Just 15 miles northeast of Hartford, this hamlet offers an escape to suit every family.

Stay: The luxurious Simsbury 1820 House

Dine: The National Trust recommends Abigail's Grille and Wine Bar, a historic 1780 building that served as the first stagecoach stop outside of Hartford on the old turnpike between Boston and Albany.

See: Check out Flamig Farm, Penwood State Park or the International Skating Center. Or, if it's shopping that you like, Check out the Simsbury Main Street Partnership site for information on where to snag local goods.