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Our Connecticut connections

LODGING
New Haven Hotel
, inexpensive, (203) 498-3100.
Madame Urszula, the front-desk manager, and the rest of the accommodating staff here add to the appeal of this 92-room, full-service lodging within walking distance of downtown and the Yale campus. A handful of terrific restaurants are only a short stroll away as well.

The Three Chimneys Inn at Yale Yniversity, expensive to very expensive, (203) 789-1201.
That this elegant 1870 manse was featured on beautiful inns of New England pretty much sums up its charms. The Inn's allure includes such modern amenities as conference rooms and dataport connections, for business and leisure travelers alike.

DINING
Claire's Corner Copia, inexpensive, (203) 562-3888.
This chapel street outpost has served heart-healthy vegetarian dishes like curried couscous and eggplant rollatini since 1975. The bakery offerings at breakfast are delightful and worth waking up for; Lithuanian coffee cake is one of their specialties.

Hot Tomato's, moderate to expensive, (203) 624-6331.
The decor here may be old-school (the site is the former 1912 Taft Hotel), but the menu is decidedly New World, combining contemporary American and Italian cuisines. And it's a great spot to gather before or after the show at the neighboring Shubert Theatre.

ATTRACTIONS
Eli Whitney Museum
, (203) 777-1833.
A 1792 graduate of Yale, Eli Whitney, as we all learned in school, was the inventor of the cotton gin, which revolutionized the agriculture industry. Converted to a museum from a building bought by Whitney in 1798, the depository traces the innovator's life and the origins of the modern factory.

OUTDOORS
Long Wharf Nature Preserve
, (203) 562-6655.
Nicknamed the Elm City, New Haven is an arborist's dream. The landscape is equally scenic at this nearby seaside trail along New Haven Harbor. Don't forget to pack your walking shoes.