(Illustration by Wes Rand / June 8, 2012)

Shop, Float, Eat

When visitors come to Connecticut, we start the day with breakfast at LaSalle Market in Collinsville, stop in at Antiques on the Farmington, and then enjoy a float down the Farmington River. For dinner one of my favorite spots to entertain is Apricots in Farmington. Connecticut is a beautiful place! Links: lasallemarket.com, antiquesonfarmington.com, farmingtonrivertubing.com, apricotsrestaurant.com.

Caroline Murphy, West Hartford

Fife And Drum

Connecticut is the mecca of ancient fifing and drumming. To experience this music the best place to go is a fife and drum muster. What's a muster? It is a gathering of fifers and drummers. What's reported to be the largest gathering of fifers and drummers in the world takes place in Deep River on July 21. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. with the muster to follow. The Deep River Muster is regularly attended by 50 to 60 corps from as far away as Switzerland. The Westbrook Muster on Aug. 25 in Westbrook steps off at 11 a.m. The Moodus Muster in East Haddam is Oct. 20 at noon, a smaller muster in a beautiful historical setting. Just bring your chairs and enjoy the music.

Chuck Paul, East Hampton

Ancient Cemetery

I take visitors from outside New England to the burying ground in my hometown of Plymouth. It is in a classic setting next to a white steepled Congregational Church on the village green. There are gravestones of 38 soldiers from the Revolutionary War. The inscriptions describe how hard life was back then, such as "died of scald, age 2 years," "lived to bury five husbands," "died with her daughter stillborn" and "departed this life suddenly by the fall of a building."

People from other parts of the country are always amazed at the history we have here.

Jerry Milne, Plymouth

Hill-Stead Museum

I recommend the Hill-Stead Museum on Mountain Road in Farmington. The house is 100 years old, built by Alfred and Ada Pope, and designed by their daughter, Theodate Pope (who designed and built Avon Old Farms school for boys in Avon). Mr. Pope was an art collector. You will see paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler, Cassatt. The grounds are spectacular as well. The Sunken Garden was designed by Beatrix Farrand, who was a well-known landscape architect at the turn of the last century. There are three miles of hiking trails. The grounds are open daily to the public, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. http://www.hillstead.org

Peggy Sterns, Avon

Heublein Tower

I am a native of Simsbury and I've looked up at the Heublein Tower on Talcott Mountain all my life. It is on the Metacomet Trail, which is a 62.7-mile historic trail through Connecticut. You can access the tower from Route 185. Park and take the trail up to the tower, which was built in 1914 as a summer home by the Heublein family. The view is awesome.

On the way to the tower is King Philip's cave. He was an Indian and, according to the Simsbury legend, he sat in the cave when his warriors burned the town of Simsbury in 1676. When I was a kid we used to climb up to the cave and pretend that we were Indians.

Mary Mitchell, Simsbury

Lake Waramaug

I think the most under-appreciated lake in Connecticut is Lake Waramaug in Kent. If you enjoy fishing, swimming, canoeing, picnicking or camping, Lake Waramaug State Park is the ideal destination. The surrounding area boasts many wonderful B&Bs and inns in which to stay. There is the Hopkins Winery complete with tastings and antiquing, cycling and fabulous cuisine abound. There is so much to do and every season is more beautiful than the last.

Stephanie Dexter, South Windsor