PLACES TO GO

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If Con­necti­cut is teem­ing with lit­tle slices of foodie heaven, then it’s pos­i­tively burst­ing with ideal places to pic­nic, in a stun­ning va­ri­ety of set­tings.

There are pic­nic-friendly sea­side parks like Hark­ness Me­mo­rial State Park inWaterford, Ocean Beach Park in New Lon­don and Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme; woodsy en­claves like the sprawl­ing and won­der­ful Chat­field Hol­low State Park in Killing­worth, Devil’s Hop­y­ard State Park in East Had­dam and Ne­han­tic State For­est in Lyme; and grassy farm­lands like Ha­ley Farm­State Park in Gro­ton and Cross Lots in Es­sex— with many more hide­aways in be­tween. Don’t for­get the Con­necti­cutWine Trail (www.ctwine.com), which is loaded with bu­colic get­aways in south­east­ern Con­necti­cut that are happy to host pic­nick­ers in the mar­ket for some ta­ble­side wine. Per­sonal fa­vorite: Mau­gle Sier­raVine­yards in Ledyard, where time truly seems to stop.

And re­mem­ber, ’tis the sea­son for out­door con­certs and the­ater, which pro­vide great op­por­tu­ni­ties for friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween pic­nick­ing pa­trons. Ston­ing­ton Vine­yards’ An­nual Sum­merWine Fes­ti­val ( June 15 & 16 from­noon to 6 p.m.) is a fes­tive pic­nic op­por­tu­nity that in­cludes live mu­sic, gourmet food truck ven­dors, wine tast­ings and give-aways. The Colo­nial Theatre’s an­nual Shake­speare in the Park sum­mer se­ries in­Westerly’s beau­ti­fulWil­cox Park is an­other bliss­ful chance to spread a blan­ket ( July 31 through Aug. 18). The sprawl­ing ar­bore­tum is also a great place for ball or fris­bee.

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