52 Weekend Getaways: East Haddam, CT

Acting out.

| Boston Magazine |

With its steep mansard roof and high perch, the Goodspeed Opera House rises grandly above the Connecticut River. More dramatic, though, are the shows that are still performed on the historic 134-year-old stage. Extend your trip’s theatrical theme by visiting nearby Gillette Castle; the eccentric fortress was built by Broadway’s original Sherlock Holmes.

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STAY: Bishopsgate Inn, Goodspeed Landing, East Haddam, CT, 860-873-1677, bishopsgate.com.

DRIVE: Two hours, 30 minutes