American Homestay Network – Connecticut

Connecticut is a state in the Northeastern USA and anchor to AHN’s Western New England region.  Hartford is the capital of Connecticut and the second largest city in New England (after Boston).  Hartford is known as the “Insurance Capital of the World” due to the many insurance companies with headquarters in the area.  Hartford is also the commercial hub of Western New England an area that has a mix of coastal cities and rural areas dotted with small towns, mountains and farmlands. Other cities in the region include New Haven and Stamford in Connecticut, Springfield and Amherst in Massachusetts, Bennington and Brattleboro in Vermont and Albany, New York, that state’s Capital District.  These areas are all close enough to the hustle and bustle of Boston to enjoy urban life, and far enough to enjoy open space and the beautiful charm of the region’s geography.

 

Fun Facts About Connecticut

  • Connecticut has 1,065 miles of coastal shoreline.
  • ESPN was started in Bristol, Connecticut and the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Connecticut has the third-largest number of millionaires per capita in the U.S
  • Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment (Prohibition)
  • Mark Twain spend his later years in Hartford, his home (mansion) is now a museum in Hartford. His
    neighbor was Harriet Beecher Stowe, the American abolitionist and author.
  • Connecticut has a nickname of “The Constitution State” because they enacted the world’s first one, many years before the US Constitution

Colleges in and around Connecticut

Connecticut and Western New England are often identified with small college towns.  The area is filled with well regarded, highly ranked private colleges including the “5 Colleges” of Amherst in Massachusetts, Western New England University, University of Hartford and more.  There’s also three Ivy League colleges in this region (Yale, Brown and Dartmouth).

Weather

New England is the perfect place to experience four distinct seasons of weather.  Winters are generally below freezing and snow is a part of daily life.  Recreational activities including skiing, snowmobiling and outdoor skating.  Summer is warm, sunny and the region’s beaches become alive with tourists who flock to the lakes and coast.  Boating is a very popular activity, but not much surfing as much of the coastline is sheltered by Long Island.  Spring is a celebration of the end of winter and Fall is iconic as people visit the area to see the leaves change, as fall foliage starts in the northern New England states in late September and moves down to the southern New England in late October.

History

Connecticut has a long a rich Native American tradition that well predates the arrival of the Europeans.  The word “Connecticut” is a French adaptation of the Native American Algonquian word “Quinnehtukqut”, which means “beside the long, tidal river”.  European Settlers arrived in 1663 as part of the Puritan movement.  The state’s abundant resources and coast drew many more and the state became one of the most prosperous of the American Colonies.  Connecticut played an active role in the American Revolution, and became a bastion of the conservative, business-oriented, Constitutionalism Federalist Party.  It has long benefitted from being midway between New York City and Boston, yet offering a more spacious, comfortable lifestyle.  Many people in the Southwest part of the state will commute into New York City for work.