From Outside Looking In: Boston Globe Travel Gives Middletown A+

The newspaper's travel section features our city as the perfect destination, citing a quaint and wide main street, family-friendly activities, and the opportunity to eat your way around the planet.


This news should come as easy balm to residents' recent outcry over changing a residential zoning code to allow commercial development along historic Washington Street — our fair little city has gotten national acclaim this week from the Boston Globe

A Tank Away, is where newspaper writers share their adventures from around New England and Middletown receives high grade, according to correspondent Ellen Albanese.

College towns always seem to have a little extra cachet, and Middletown, home of Wesleyan University, is no exception. A wide, old-fashioned Main Street, complete with retro angle parking, runs through the center of town, along the Connecticut River.

On the other side, just up the hill, the handsome buildings of the university sit on a 340-acre campus. Couples and families will find good food (more than 30 restaurants downtown), a vibrant arts scene, and kid-friendly attractions such as a children’s museum and a zip-line course.

Of course, we knew this all along. It's not the first time our downtown has been lauded. In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Middletown one of the five Most Romantic Main Streets in the country — the combination of historical buildings, views of the Connecticut River, restaurants, shops and Wesleyan University make it a charming place to peruse with that special person.

Read other chosen Connecticut and surrounding state's cities, including New Britain, Putnam and Storrs, here. 

Did the Globe miss any not-to-be missed spots in Middletown? Tell us in the comments below!

David A. Moore March 07, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Charles Dickens visited and commented that High Street, along Wesleyan U., was the most beautiful street he had ever seen.
David A. Moore March 07, 2013 at 08:53 AM
One must try the new 'Taino' BBQ smokehouse restaurant on South Main St. The 14 oz wood fire grilled ribeye was fantastic with no A1 sauce or anything.


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