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Greenwich, CT

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When it comes to wealth and glitz, Greenwich, Connecticut, boasts very few rivals. The average home cost of over $1.5 million is one indicator that the city, less than an hour's drive north of metropolitan New York, is among America’s richest. Those who visit Greenwich might find an Armani sweater at Goodwill, as well as pricey boutiques, high-class dining and well-appointed lodging wrapped in a small-town feel.

Shopping is often top priority on a trip to Greenwich. Downtown hosts fine retailers like Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue. Greenwich and Putnam Avenues are the epicenter of the platinum-card shopping spree. On Greenwich Avenue, for example, the iconic Richards of Greenwich packs its two levels with high-end fashions. Gucci, Prada and Saint Laurent goods are commonplace at Richards, and trunk shows bring the likes of Brioni and Michael Kors. Or, for that perfect painting to mount over the Steinway, well-heeled shoppers head down the street to AMT Fine Arts.

If all that spending has wearied the traveler on a trip to Greenwich, there are plenty of fine restaurants at which to refuel for another go at the luxury circuit. Chef Jean-Louis Gerin lends his name and his refined French palate to Restaurant Jean-Louis. The James Beard-winning chef intends to pass on his legacy by teaching at New England Culinary Institute. If Asian flair is the taste of choice, diners head to Tengda Asian Bistro. Stylish exposed brick and steel set an urban backdrop for fusion fare like lobster tempura rolls and firecracker shrimp.

Fashion and food are not the only reasons to visit Greenwich. Other attractions range from polo matches to nature centers and historic sites. The horseback game of polo, that most high-brow of diversions, takes place at Greenwich Polo Club in the summer and early fall. The Audubon Society of Greenwich boasts nearly 300 acres of parkland bird habitat, where in early fall, hawks take center stage. History buffs may seek out the eighteenth-century Bush-Holley House, once part of an enclave of impressionist artists like John Henry Twachtmann.

Visitors might think they have to hit New York City for nightlife, but Greenwich holds its own in after-hours spots. Though a 20-minute drive from Greenwich, The Loft is often full of cocktail-seeking locals and visitors—maybe it’s the siren call of its Food Network-lauded chocolate martini. The Thirsty Turtle has dancing, comedy and karaoke, and the Silvermine Tavern hosts live jazz Thursday through Saturday nights and serves a hearty Sunday brunch.

At day’s end, tourists head to the water’s edge for a luxury stay at the tri-level Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel, set just a short walk from downtown. Guestroom linens are Italian made, to match the hotel’s villa aesthetic, and on-site L’Escale spa provides the perfect remedy for “shopped-out” muscles. Or for local, historic flavor, the restored eighteenth-century Roger Sherman Inn in nearby New Canaan has 17 rooms and an English bar that would fit right into Downton Abbey.

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