What are the best things to see and do in Greenwich?

Thanks to its rich history (Connecticut is known as the Constitution State, after all) and plenty of recreational land, there’s a lot to see and do in this town. Here are the best activities in Greenwich:
1. Hitting the beach. Sun and sand await at one of Greenwich’s four picturesque beaches. Byram Beach has the town’s only public pool, which sits mere steps from the water’s edge, while Greenwich Point Park is favored for its wide swaths of sand and convenient nature trails. You’ll have to hop a ferry to spend some time on nearby Great Captain Island or Island Beach.
2. Exploring the Bruce Museum. A celebration of the arts and sciences, this regional museum has been described — rather aptly — by the New York Times as pint-size and plucky. To wit, the Bruce Museum has displayed pieces from well-regarded institutes such as the National Gallery in London and the Louvre in France as part of its 12 annually rotating exhibitions. The museum’s permanent exhibition focuses squarely on the natural sciences.
3. Walking around the Bush-Holley House. This colonial saltbox home originated in 1728 and was constructed in stages throughout the next century. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the home operated as a meeting place for the Cos Cob Art Colony, which played a large role in American Impressionism. The Storehouse Gallery exhibitions, museum shop and grounds are also worth a visit.
4. Teeing off around town. Known as one of the wealthiest communities in the country, Greenwich is bound to have a few upscale golf courses. There are no fewer than eight links in this tony town, though only one, Griffith E. Harris Course, is open to the public. 
5. Exercising your credit card. Downtown Greenwich (specifically Greenwich and East Putnam Avenues) is a haven for shoppers who love luxury — whether you’re looking for on-trend labels (Tory Burch, Theory) or elegant antiques.

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    What are the best places to stay in Greenwich?

    Accommodations in Greenwich lean towards the quaint inn and bucolic B&B, but there are a few luxury hotels to be found in the Connecticut coastal town too. Here are the best places to stay in Greenwich:
    1. Delamar Greenwich Harbor. As its name would suggest, this gorgeous boutique hotel hugs the Greenwich Harbor, providing stunning nautical views from many of its 82 rooms. Amenities include 500 feet of private dock (with yacht charters available), a full-service spa and the award-winning restaurant L'escale, which specializes in French Provençal fare.
    2. Harbor House Inn. Location, location, location. This charming Old Greenwich inn is a short, 10-minute walk to the beach — or an even shorter bike ride if you opt to borrow a two-wheeler during your stay. Burrowed on a picturesque, tree-lined street, the inn has 23 rooms all lovingly (though not lavishly) decorated.
    3. Hyatt Regency Greenwich. If you consider bucolic boring, book one of Hyatt Regency’s 373 newly renovated rooms, where modern elegance and top-notch amenities are de rigueur. Styled after a grand English manor, this isn’t your typical chain experience, with a gorgeous nature-filled atrium made for lounging, a full-service spa and a late-night lounge.
    4. The Stanton House Inn. Planted on a quiet residential street, this 19th-century mansion boasts 21 bedrooms and three suites and features country-chic décor, four-poster beds and fireplaces. An outdoor pool is open May through October.
    5. Mayflower Inn & Spa. If you don’t mind some space between you and the affluent streets of Greenwich, book at room at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Mayflower Inn & Spa, located about 60 miles northeast of the city. This English countryside-inspired hotel is a destination itself, with a stellar spa, luxury accommodations and 28 acres of rolling hills to explore.
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