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Episode #10: River Valley Adventures

The Central Regional Tourism District heads upstream to visit Connecticut’s River Valley! Join host Anne Orsene as she experiences the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, the charming Town of Chester, a backstage look at Goodspeed Opera House, a bite to eat at Gelston House and beautiful Gillette Castle.

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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

                            If you want a Connecticut experience with all the bells and whistles, then come aboard the Steam Train and Riverboat in Essex for a two and half hour ride through the scenic countryside. View map and address


Chester is a historic town along the Connecticut River. The downtown area offers a variety of 19th century shops and restaurants that will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.  View map and address

Goodspeed Opera House

The Goodspeed Opera House was originally built in 1876 and since re-opening their doors in 1963, they have produced over 250 musicals, exported 19 productions to Broadway and produced 72 world premieres! No wonder this theater is award-winning.  View map and address

Gelston House

If you’re in the area for a show, or just visiting, Gelston House is the perfect spot to dine and even stay for the night. The restaurant and B&B offers stunning views from their riverfront patio and an impressive menu.   View map and address

Gillette Castle

A sight to see from land or sea, Gillette Castle sits on a one hundred and eighty-four acre estate. The grounds are just as impressive as the castle itself with hiking trails, picnic areas and river vista views.  View map and address


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