Way back when I first started this lil bb blog, I wrote a post about my trip to Milford and New Haven, Connecticut to visit two friends who were completing their very first travel nursing assignment at Yale. Fast-forward three years, and we found ourselves living in New Haven as my husband completed a contract at Yale!
As per usual, we were eager to see and do as much as possible during our 13 weeks. We found Connecticut to be the perfect base location to visit all of New England - and beyond! Below I'm sharing our best day trips and weekend trips from New Haven:
Weekend Trip or Day Trip from New Haven to Boston
Distance from New Haven to Boston: 2.5 hours
Boston is an ideal destination for a day trip or overnight weekend trip - and we did both! You can choose to stay within Boston to do things like explore the North End, frolick through the Boston Public Garden, visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or have afternoon tea at Abigail's Tea Room. Or you can venture out to explore Salem, Cambridge (check out the MIT Museum!), or another surrounding neighborhood. I've written about how to do Boston on a budget, but being able to drive back home to New Haven certainly helped us to save money on a hotel night!
Weekend Trip or Day Trip from New Haven to New York City
Distance from New Haven to NYC: 2 hours
One of the most convenient weekend destinations from New Haven is New York City, as you can take an Amtrak train to avoid driving/parking. While in New Haven, we did a day trip to NYC, and I also did a weekend trip with my family. There's no shortage of things to do in the Big Apple, and New Haven's convenient location makes it easy to see and do as much as you desire.
Weekend Trip from New Haven to Woodstock, Vermont
Distance from New Haven to Woodstock: 3 hours
We lived in New Haven during prime leaf-peeping season, so I was stoked to make a visit to Vermont! I found that Woodstock was my favorite place that we visited, but we made it all the way up to Stowe on a two-day trip from New Haven. We started our drive heading north on 91, crossing through Massachusetts, and eventually cutting just west to Woodstock, followed by a stop in Montpelier and finally, Stowe. From Woodstock to Stowe it was another hour and a half-ish drive. In Woodstock I recommend walking around the town itself, then visiting Sugarbush Farm. We didn't stay long in Montpelier, but really liked the cute downtown area and quirky shops. And if you make it all the way to Stowe, check out Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Ben and Jerry's, and of course, the mountain resorts!
Weekend Trip from New Haven to Dublin
Distance from New Haven to Hartford Airport: 1 hour / Flight from Hartford to Dublin: 6 hours
YEP! Aer Lingus offers a nonstop flight from Hartford's BDL airport to Dublin. We found a great deal to visit in the fall, and made a long weekend trip to Ireland! Check out our fast travel 4-day itinerary for Ireland here.
Weekend Trip from New Haven to Portland, Maine
Distance from New Haven to Portland: 4 hours
I had previously visited Portland for a work conference, so I was delighted to go back to this sweet coastal town. Before Portland, we spent a night in Newport, Rhode Island, which is also a great weekend trip from New Haven in itself. Portland to me just seems so accessible and fun! I love the shops, restaurants, and hidden streets, live music and of course, the Portland Head Light! While in Portland, we opted to make the journey out to Acadia National Park for the day, which was a long day trip, but well worth it to check another U.S. National Park off of our list. From Portland to Bar Harbor/Acadia NP it's about 3 hours - a day trip within a weekend trip!
Best Weekend Things to do in New Haven
I would be remiss if I didn't share some of my favorite things that we did while living in New Haven! We really did enjoy our time in the city in addition to the day and weekend trips. If you have some time in the area, these are my top to-do's:
Other notable mentions for weekend trips would be Providence, Rhode Island, or anywhere in New Hampshire.
If you're planning a New England getaway, or finding a new home in New Haven, I hope this list of potential weekend day or overnight trips has been helpful for you! Happy exploring :)