Shelton, CT, USA

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Shelton, CT, USA

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Go undercover with a Shelton vacation rental

Shhhhhh! Shelton's one of Fairfield County's best-kept secrets, and you'll want it to stay that way. With its historic 19th-century downtown, parks, hiking and biking trails, and foodie attractions, a Shelton vacation rental is the perfect place to get the whole gang together and make some memories. Just a short drive from Connecticut's largest city, Bridgeport, and the chic Gold Coast, Shelton's a little gentler and more understated than its flashier neighbors. It's got a reputation as a commercial hub, so you might be surprised by the sheer amount of green space in this old city.

Walk the walk, never mind about the talk

The best way to see Shelton is on your own 2 feet, and the city's all geared up for pedestrians. There's a 10-acre riverwalk, plus over 15 miles of hiking trails. Many travelers on a Shelton vacation rental will gravitate towards the 153-acre Indian Well State Park on the banks of Lake Housatonic. There's boating and fishing on offer, with some seriously big fish skulking down there. Swim, hike, or just rock up for a picnic. For an easy stroll or bike ride, try the Shelton Lakes Recreation Trail, while for something a bit more challenging, you could head for the Paugussett Trail.

Coming out of your shell in Shelton

As for attractions, a lip-smacking Shelton vacation rental dishes up plenty of culinary treats, like ice cream farms, fruit orchards, and a cider mill. And its proximity to Bridgeport makes it the perfect base for excursions. The attractions of Connecticut's biggest city are only a 15-minute drive away, and it's got plenty to delight young and old alike. You could go face-to-face with the animals at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, or explore the Discovery Museum and Planetarium. The city's also got plenty of theaters and concert venues, along with its own symphony orchestra and art museum.

If only every city had such nice manners

Shelton's a comfortable place to vacation. It's got 4 distinct seasons, but it never gets too hot or cold. Sure, you'll get a bit of rain from time to time, but this obliging city won't often hit you with a deluge. March and April tend to be the wettest, so you might want to pack an umbrella when you're packing for your Shelton vacation rental. On the other hand, you can leave your skis behind - snow will turn up from time to time in the winter months, but it's not common and it rarely stays long.

There's always a bigger fish

Shelton's tucked away down in the south west of Connecticut, and though it's not strictly on the coast itself, the water's only a quarter hour away. The area's full of state parks and state forests, and if you venture far enough off the beaten track you might come across birdlife and animals, including bobcat and coyote, as well as some handsome snakes. Fairfield County also contains a surprising number of lakes, many of them stocked to reel the fishermen in. In fact, this part of Connecticut is a great place to go after trophy bass.