Discover New England With CoupMe

CoupMe is all about New England. We bring you deals from all six New England states–thirty deals a week, in fact. If you’re looking for awesome things to do around the region, whether it’s in your hometown or a gas tank away, we always have the answer.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with All Things New England, New England’s own online magazine and resource guide. They have lots of amazing articles on businesses, places and trips around the area, and ways for you to make the best of your time in New England. Here on the CoupMe blog, we’re pairing with All Things New England to present Discover All Things New England Friday. Every other Friday we’ll be brining you an original article about the best of New England from our friends at the site. Today’s is particularly timely: get in the spirit with Christmas at Gillette Castle in Connecticut!

With the holidays upon us, get into the festive spirit with a trip to Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut for this years Christmas At The Castle event. The castle is just about an hours ride south of Hartford and is a fun and inexpensive way to spend time with family or friends. Parents, you should definitely put this on your fun things to do with kids list.

Each holiday season, local residents come together to decorate an excessively massive, live tree with antique-like ornaments donated from the townsfolk. Last years tree was 18 feet tall. Can you imagine stringing the lights on that thing? The entire castle is truly a wonder to see and is beautifully decorated in a traditional Victorian theme of evergreen swags, poinsettias, swirling ribbons and bows. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming as you are greeted by volunteers eager to share bits of Gillette history with you. Holiday hymns are sung and performed by local choirs and instrumentalist that can be heard echoing down corridors and hallways as the castle seemingly comes alive in the spirit of Christmas.

Gillette Castle is a 24 room medieval style mansion built in 1919 by Connecticut native, William Gillette, an actor/playwright, best known for his portrayal of Conan Doyle’s, Detective Sherlock Holmes. Gillette was an interesting man, to say the least, and was often noted for his ingenuity and eccentricity. His decision to design and supervise the makings of a medieval style, steel frame, field stone fortress modeled after the ruins of a German castle on the Rhine came as no surprise to friends and associates. After all, he needed something to busy himself with while in semi-retirement.

Check out the rest of this article over at All Things New England.

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