The Bruce Museum at 1 Museum Drive is a family-oriented arts and science museum. Fifteen miles of nature trails are available at the Audubon Center in Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, a 522-acre wildlife sanctuary.
Bush-Holley Historic Site, 29 Strickland Ave. This treasured 1732 saltbox in the Cos Cob section became a boarding house for writers and artists attracted to Connecticut's first art colony. From 1890 to 1920 at the Holley boarding house, more than 200 art students studied with leading American Impressionists Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman, J. Alden Weir and Theodore Robinson. The collection of fine early American furniture and American Impressionist art make this one of the finest historic house museums in New England. A visitor center and additional galleries are located in an 1805 storehouse. (203) 869-6899. Open March-December, Wednesday-Sunday noon to 4. January-February, Saturday and Sunday noon to 4. Adults, $6.
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Homestead Inn, 420 Field Point Rd., Greenwich. (203) 869-7500
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As far as Fairfield County suburbanites are concerned, Stamford is "the city" and they don't mean New York. High-rise downtown Stamford, headquarters of more Fortune 500 companies than any city other than New York, is where the Gold Coast glitters most. The Whitney Museum of American Art maintains its only branch outside New York at 400 Atlantic St. Leading New York stores anchor the Stamford Town Center, New England's most fashionable downtown shopping mall. Bargain hunters prefer the United House Wrecking Co., a tourist attraction in itself, with five acres of antiques, relics, nostalgia and junk at 535 Hope St. Stamford is also where residents head for entertainment, at the Rich Forum, the Palace Theatre and the Stamford Center for the Arts.