When Northeastern Connecticut's tourism boosters were trying to figure out what to call their region, someone suggested "The Quiet Corner." The name stuck. Off the beaten path, this area often is overlooked by tourists and its attractions are decidedly low-key. Therein lies much of its appeal.

Much of the Quiet Corner is officially designated a National Heritage Corridor. The area's 225 hill towns and mill villages are working with the National Park Service to promote regional greenways. A 32-mile stretch of State Route 169 through the area is one of the nation's ten most scenic as designated by Scenic America.


>> Tolland Lodging Suggestions

The Tolland Inn, 63 Tolland Green, P.O. Box 717, Tolland. (860) 872-0800 or (877) 465-0800.

>> Tolland Dining Suggestions

Monet's Table, 167 Tolland Stage Road (Route 74), Tolland. (860) 875-7244. Click here to read capsule review.


The sprawling, rural University of Connecticut campus is the dominant presence in this area. The most visited landmark is the Gampel Pavilion, home of UConn's nationally ranked men's and women's basketball teams. Also of visitor interest are the William Benton Museum of Art and the UConn Dairy ice cream store.

>> Mansfield/Storrs Lodging and Dining Suggestions

The Fitch House, 563 Storrs Road (Route 195), Box 163, Mansfield Center. (860) 456-0922.

Altnaveigh Inn & Restaurant, 957 Storrs Rd., Storrs. (860) 429-4490. Click here to read capsule review.


Pomfret and neighboring Woodstock were once a fashionable summer resort area on par with those in Newport and Lenox. Much of the grace of a century ago is evident on "The Street" in Pomfret, a mile-long stretch of State Route 169 that passes large homes and two private schools, Pomfret and Rectory.

>> Pomfret Lodging Suggestions

Celebrations Inn, 330 Pomfret St., Pomfret.(860) 928-5492 or (877) 928-5492.

Cobbscroft, 349 Pomfret St. (Route 169), Pomfret. (860) 928-5560.

>> Pomfret Dining Suggestions

The Harvest, 37 Putnam Rd., Pomfret. (860) 928-0008. Click here to read capsule review.