Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale serves excellent seafood in a casual setting. The food is good, the prices are better and the service is good. ALl in all it is a great value.
Colonial Williamsburg is a learning experience disguised as a lot of fun. There are events throughout the day that happened on a certain day in history. The costumed guides are always ready to explain what is happening. While we were there we decided to have lunch at the Tavern and wound up going back that evening for colonial music and games. It was probably one of the best vacations we had in a long time.
The Cuckoo's Nest serves excellent food in a really nice setting. You can eat outdoors if you like or indoors in the dining room. The service is usually okay.
The Manor Inn is very good. The food is excellent and the service is usually very good. I have not been there for a banquet but I imagine they handle those with the same care they take in the restaurant.
The East Side Restaurant is not only good food, it's fun! If you go thinking it is just a restaurant for a meal, you will be disappointed. But if you go looking to have a great time and maybe laugh as much as you eat, then go to the East Side. If you don't like German food there are still plenty of other choices but if you are looking for German food... it's plentiful and good.
Collinsville Canoe and Kayak is a great place to go for these small river type craft. We needed one for a raffle prize once and they were very helpful in picking out a standard kayak and paddle I have driven by during their big yearly sale and it's great to see everyone out in the canoes and kayaks giving them a try first.
Carmen Anthony's has a good sized selection of meals and everything comes cooked to perfection. It can be a little expensive but it is worth it. The restaurant is attractive and the service is always good.
Oxford Paint & Hardware is huge. They have always had just the thing I needed, when I needed it. They are very helpful, not juts with finding items, but with what to do with it when you get it home.
The Connecticut Store was an old department store that had been there forever. Malls wer its downfall but the Store rose again when someone decided to sell only things made in Connecticut. It's right in downtime Waterbury which is appropriate as the old heart of CT's manufacturing. Of course, you never know exactly what you will find as the stuff changes but among them are brass buttons, wiffle balls and handcrafts like woolens and metal sculptures. A great place to go for unique gifts.
The Breakers is the grandest of the summer "cottages" that I visited in Newport. I think it is one of the don't miss it mansions. Most of the tour packages include tickets for the Breakers because it is spectacular. If you make it your first visit you can purchase packages for the other houses here, or become a member of the preservation society and see all the houses.