We all have our favorites. of course, it makes sense. Find something you like and stick with it. You get your coffee at the same spot every morning. Great. Logical. Love it. But… What if there’s something else you might like—if not all the time, then just once in awhile? That’s one way of approaching our annual reader survey, called Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut. We asked our readers about their favorites in a host of categories, from all types of restaurants and shopping boutiques to specifics in fitness and music. If your favorite spot didn’t win, think of the winner as an unexpected opportunity to try something new that might become a favorite. Switching things up can be illuminating. Take the Levitt Pavilion for example. Did you know that it’s a nonprofit and that offers an assortment of programs over fifty nights each summer—and the events are free? Simply grab a chair, a few picnic essentials, and your nearest and dearest and head to the pavilion (it’s located just behind the Westport Library). The folks at the Levitt work hard to schedule shows that appeal to a wide range of interests and tastes. One night is children’s […]
Daybreak Nurseries is relaunching its wholesale business to complement the landscape design and maintenance and much more
Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat Rises Above
Too often Westport residents are walking their way to a dead end
A great garden can wrap a house in verdant dreams, especially when the garden comes first. Frederick Law Olmsted, who envisioned Central Park, designed this sunken garden on Bluewater Hill in the 1920s—half a century before the renovated Mediterranean-style stucco house went up on the 1.1-acre site. Many of the original columns, paths, benches and plantings remain. “A formal garden like this is extremely rare,” says listing agent Mary Palmieri Gai of the Higgins Group. “This is a part of Westport history, and a true treasure.” Within walking distance of Compo Beach, the 3,674-square-foot house is on the market for $5 million.
Booked for the evening
Don’t miss the Westport Youth Film Festival
Our towns are filled with people who love to write and get published. Here are a few words of advice from Westporters on how to put pen to paper and get into print.
The formal horse show that strives for mass appeal
The Future of the Westport/Weston Family Y
Photographer of In the Garden, a pictorial journey through Fairfield County’s most gorgeous gardens.
Backstage with the cast and crew of Into the Woods
Jonathan Dienst covers terrorist plots, gang violence and big-city corruption in his “9 to 5,” but off-air, he eases up at his charming home in Westport
There’s a theory that there are two types of magazine readers: those who savor gorgeous photography and those who appreciate thoughtful writing. When looking at a shot, the image must be more than factual; it must tell a part of the story. As for reading a piece, critically or for pleasure, good writing leads to a moment when you “give yourself over” to the writer and allow him/her to guide. It’s imperative and a matter of trust. In this issue, there’s plenty of visually pleasing moments—gorgeous gardens, world travel, perfect weddings, and hip and cool seafood—and plenty of good writing. That same balance of image and word is found in theater. We interviewed Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos about his job—to translate stories about life to the stage. He must lead and transport the audience, but make it seem like magic. During the photo shoot at the Playhouse, I could feel this magic—though I thought to dismiss it as fanciful imagination when I saw Lamos smiling breezily. It’s by design. There is one other possibility. That lofty sense might also be appreciating that something real is happening simultaneously with re-creation and illusion. The audience is spellbound by the […]
50 insider travel secrets from expats in Westport.
A look into this stunning four acre property in Fairfield County
Nike’s new running club
Looking for an amazing new read? Check out these local authors and excerpts from their latest works.
Moshe Aelyon’s snapshots of Istanbul
The latest hotspots in Westport
Grand opening of Aspire Fitness in Westport
Printer and painter Stephanie Joyce
The importance of location and perspective
Compo Beach Penguin Plunge
Weston dancer shakes the boring out of fitness
Giant Steps/Hole in the Wall Camp
Homes With Hope
Fairfield County Concours D’Elegance
Fired at 50. Now what?
Every firefighter has a story—here they share
how the job has changed them and just what keeps them running into burning buildings
For our annual state of real estate issue, we headed straight to the pros to ask about the health of the market—and, I admit, I was pessimistic. Whoa—don’t throw that “journalistic neutrality” comment at me. Who wouldn’t be reining in expectations after the last few years of the national news consistently sluggish housing numbers—even if our region (very thankfully) did seem insulated from the worst of the extended crisis. I was pleasantly surprised when writer C. J. Hughes dug into ten hot topics affecting the residential landscape in Westport, Weston, and Wilton and found hope for homeowners and investors. If you’re thinking of making a move, check out his report (“Maximizing in the Slow Stretch,” page 62) first. I wanted a visual overview of the residential market for the story, too. So, we pulled together images of listed properties—but it was slow going. Whenever I found a listing I liked, the agent would respond that the house had just sold. What a wonderful sign! Moving or not, spring ushers in the call to spruce up one’s home. Our market editor, Carisha Swanson, headed to downtown Westport to scoop up hot finds in the home décor shops. Whether you’re considering small […]
A real estate pro saves and restores a John Fowler midcentury modern in Weston, adding décor gems found on weekend excursions.
Making sense of an unpredictable world, futurist Watts Wacker looks to protests in the streets and the invasion of Google to understand the world and his little corner of it in Westport
Nike opens a new store in Westport
Know what kind of insider trading I can support? The kind that tells me secretly where to pick up an authentic pastrami on rye or where to find a snowy slope for sledding. With time, anyone can discover the treasures of our towns. Gems like the Westport Youth Film Festival, a town tour with Allen Raymond, a walk through the Newman-Poses Preserve, a skate at Longshore ice rink, free pizza at V’s happy hour, a literary lecture at the library, a performance by jazz greats, an amazing sale at a local boutique and a scenic route through Weston and Wilton that feels worlds away. The list is endless. How about a good Chinese dumpling or Indian curry? No problem—they are both right on Post Road. Where to find a simple chicken salad sandwich with real mayo? It’s not the obvious choice. And finding it takes either trial and error or networking. That’s why we present this “Insider’s Guide.” We dish on scoops like $3 kids’ meals and where to find an expert tailor, day or night. Before the month is out, try some of my faves: • LISTEN to the lovely Lissy Newman sing at the Dressing Room. • STROLL […]
Whether you’re a lifelong Westporter or a newly transplanted Manhattanite, there’s no denying the charms of this coastal gem and its gorgeous neighbors Weston and Wilton. From our beach playgrounds to our theaters, from our restaurants to our arts center, these towns have got it going on. In the spirit of keeping you plugged in, we’ve compiled some of the hottest deals and must-dos. 1. You Blow the Budget on Weekends… Savvy sippers know that when you go out midweek (Girls’ Night Out, anyone?), you’ll reap the rewards of quieter, friendlier restaurants offering midweek perks. At Acqua, in Westport, Tuesday is Wine Appreciation Night with a 50 percent discount on bottles under $100 and 25 percent off bottles at or above $100. Bonda in Greenfield Hill, has resurrected the ever-popular Tuesday “Open That Bottle Night.” In this popular BYOB draw, the restaurant waives corkage fees. Raid your wine cellar or grab a bottle at the wine shop next door, which stays open late on Tuesdays. 2. You believe in Your Own Good Taste… Avail yourself of a primo meal at a gentle price, complemented by BYO wones. Some faves: Tutti’s Ristorante (no corkage!), Bon Appetit Café ($12 corkage), and Nicholas Roberts American […]
“Nothing is more special than receiving a beautiful holiday card in the mail and knowing that someone has thought of you. Sharing a fun new family photo or words show you care,” says card designer Bonnie Marcus, of Westport. Make it even more special with celebrity designs by Cindy Crawford, Molly Sims, Angie Harmon, and Marcia Cross, among others—each design benefits a charity, such as the Leukemia and Lymphona Society. Selection and prices at bonniemarcus.com.
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Entertainment Season Heats Up
This actor has worked alongside Joanne Woodward, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, Julie Andrews, Natalie Wood, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Diane Lane, Clive Owen, Sandra Bullock, Chris Cooper, Al Pacino, Kathy Bates, and so many more. Oh, but wait—he’s CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER! When you think about Mr. Plummer as a neighbor in tranquil Connecticut, you forget he is Hollywood royalty. This actor is in high demand on stage and screen. Yet Plummer is friendly and seems amused with celebrity. It might be the sly smile or those much discussed eyes. His aristocratic demeanor can chill in The Sound of Music, turn one to stone in The Insider, and then melt instantly with charm in Must Love Dogs. While filming Beginners with Ewan McGregor, the two A-listers pulled a mischievous yet endearing prank. Don’t miss Brigitte Quinn’s interview (starting on page 58.) When refined formality feels this comfortable, it’s partly due to being fully engaged with the people around you. That idea was reinforced when I read Saving Civility, a new book by Weston resident Sara Hacala. Today’s environment is one of crises, schedules and relentless pursuit of getting ahead; Hacala reminds us […]
A Celebration of Giving
A selection of hands-on private classes and in-market demonstrations that are close to home
The outgoing CEO of Save the Children looks at a lifetime of worldwide change