There’s a little town nestled in the center of the CT shoreline with fantastic views of Long Island Sound. With near equidistance to New York or to Boston, the town of Madison, CT serves as a perfect hub to New England sightseeing and experience.

As shoppers make their final purchases for loved ones on their holiday lists, one may wonder what to do with the family. If family is coming from out of town, it is our duty to show them the ways of New England. If family is local, don’t miss your chance to take advantage of all that your great town has to offer.

For the winter activity, thrill-seekers:
Assuming New England is blessed with snow this winter, the outdoorsy types can take in the views by heading to Hammonasset State Park or Salt Meadow Park with snowshoes or cross-country skis. Rent skis at Action Sports in Branford or Old Saybrook and take in the sights! Or bring the right pair of waterproof boots and explore on foot via the Shoreline Greenway Trail. It never hurts to pack binoculars to see wildlife or even Long Island in the distance.

Après Ski (for the skier or the non-skier!):
Whether you worked up a sweat with an outdoor adventure or not, everyone appreciates cozying up by a fireplace for drinks or snacks. Some great Madison spots boasting fireplaces include Friends & Company, Donahue’s, Madison Beach Hotel, and Cristy’s. If weather isn’t too rough, Moxie also offers outside options with some warmth.

For the “I’d rather sit inside with cocoa” types:
Downtown Madison offers great options to get out of the house to something stimulating. Check out RJ Julia’s for book signings from local or national authors plus other events or Scranton Library for live music on Sundays and weekly lectures. Check out what’s playing at Madison Art Cinemas for a unique and nostalgic experience that is only amplified during the holidays. This spot is packed on January 1 when families are seeking something to do, as are many of the downtown merchants so that you can extend your holiday shopping in case you didn’t get everything you were hoping for. Check out ShopMadisonCT on facebook for special events and deals from the shops.

Post-Holiday Reasons to Bundle Up:
Finally, after the holidays end and the New Year has begun, many shoreline towns will have winter-fests or events specifically made for enjoying the outdoors. The Madison Chamber hosts its now annual Soup-erbowl with soup stations set up throughout the merchant doorways for event-goers to warm up with soups and chilis from area restaurants and organizations while exploring all that the downtown area has to offer. Check with other local Chambers of Commerce for events in the area that you plan to visit.