Greenwich, situated on the Connecticut “gold coast,” borders Long Island Sound and is a short commute from New York City. A ride around town will reveal some mini-mansions that could have belonged to celebrity residents such as Diana Ross, Mel Gibson, Montel Williams or former baseball player Tom Seaver. George Bush, the 41st President of the United States, was also raised in Greenwich.
North Street provides both a scenic view of grandiose homes and the entrance to the Babcock preserve where great hiking and mountain biking await. The park has some rugged areas and a diversity of terrain. The preserve hosts a variety of local flora and fauna.
For a more refined wilderness experience, visit Bruce Park. Bruce Park is a great place to enjoy a picnic or a good book. Close by, the Bruce Museum of Art and Science houses diverse collections in both the fine arts and natural history. The permanent gem stone exhibit is worth the entrance fee alone. Bruce Park and the Bruce Museum are both located near Greenwich Avenue.
Greenwich Avenue provides ample shopping and dining opportunities. Stores include Tiffany & Co, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gap and Banana Republic. Stop in for a coffee at Starbucks, a crepe at Meli-Melo or dinner at the Ginger Man. Make sure to take the walk from top to bottom to take in the atmosphere.
A visit to the historic Bush-Holly House, located in Cos Cob, is a great way to end a day. The historic grounds and gardens have been refurbished to reflect the time period in which the Cos Cob Impressionist art colony, Connecticut’s first, thrived between 1890 and 1920.