A Connecticut getaway at The Lloyd gives you boutique accommodations as your jumping-off point for explorations in and around the state’s third-biggest city. Even with COVID-19 restrictions and closures in place, there’s still a great deal to (safely) see and do in Stamford with our snazzy hotel to call your home away from home!
Dining & Nightlife in Stamford
Explore the impressive breadth and depth of Stamford’s dining scene during Summer Restaurants Weeks, which sees numerous downtown eateries participating. This summer’s also seeing the debut of StrEATeries in Stamford: an initiative that’ll block off streets to allow for expanded walkways and outdoor dining abiding by social-distancing guidelines. It’s sure to be another great way to sample the city’s culinary delights.
You might also dedicate some time to the sudsy arts, quenching your thirst at Stamford craft breweries such as Half Full Brewery and Lock City Brewing.
A fixture of Stamford’s nightlife is the Palace Theatre, which brings first-rate musicians, standup comics, and other artists to the stage. Understandably the Palace has postponed quite a few shows this year, but keep an eye on its website to stay updated on the schedule and the venue’s COVID-19 policies.
Events in Stamford
Take in regular concerts at Stamford’s Afternoon Music in the Parks series, or hone your chess game against master players in Latham Park courtesy of the National Educational Chess Association’s free first-come, first-served games and lessons, offered through September. This year, meanwhile, the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market is doubling its impact with two weekly iterations: a Wednesday market at 70 West Park Place and a Sunday version at 21 Spring Street. They’ll be great opportunities to sample the rich bounty of Fairfield County’s diverse foodshed.
Outdoor Recreation With a Stamford Home Base
Here at The Lloyd, we put you close to some fine outdoor destinations within ready reach of Stamford. Rent a kayak and paddle the city’s waterfront, or go on a scenic sightseeing cruise on the waters of Long Island Sound. Hike the trails of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and the adjoining Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, or explore by foot or mountain bike the handsome hardwood forest and riparian zone of the Mianus River Park. (If you’re a birder, heads up: That mosaic of city-owned greenspace and the Mianus River State Park has recorded more than 150 species of birds, so bring those binoculars!)
Then there are the extensive hiking opportunities available in the Centennial Watershed State Forest encompassing the Saugatuck Reservoir and the neighboring Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil’s Den Preserve: Connecticut’s largest Nature Conservancy property and the biggest patch of protected landscape in Fairfield County. (The Devil’s Den Preserve—an alluring place of rolling, ledge- and cliff-broken forest—is temporarily closed to the public; keep tabs on the Nature Conservancy’s site to find out when visitors will be allowed again.)
Treat Yourself to a Connecticut Vacation (or Staycation) at The Lloyd
From the bountiful harvest of the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market and the hoppy happiness on offer at local craft breweries to the beautiful forests and coastline of Stamford’s hinterland, you’ll have much to delve into as a guest of ours here at The Lloyd!