These are the best getaways on Airbnb and Vrbo


Last summer, at the height of the pandemic, many Connecticut residents opted for stays rather than going abroad or across the country. This year, as cities reopened and restrictions eased, data shows many residents have always chosen to keep their efforts local.

While Connecticut has plenty of scenery to offer, most visitors have been drawn to the state’s coastal areas this summer. Almost 40% of demand for Vrbo, a short-term rental site in the state has been reserved for homes in the New London area, according to Nancy Lien, public relations manager for Vrbo.

“We know that the state’s coastal areas, including the towns, villages and tourism businesses located there, tend to attract the most visitors each summer,” said Christine Castonguay, Acting Director of Connecticut Tourism Board.

A 10-year-old girl runs along the beach in Old Saybrook Town in this file photo.

A 10-year-old girl runs along the beach in Old Saybrook Town in this file photo.

Hearst Connecticut media file photo

When Connecticut residents chose to leave the state, they primarily traveled to neighboring states. According to Vrbo, these are the places most visited by residents of the state this summer: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Washington County, RI, White Mountain, NH, York County, Maibe and Kissimmee, Florida.

In addition to coastal destinations, rural travel has also increased during the pandemic. Rural destinations accounted for 28 percent of Airbnb reservations in the United States in 2021, up from 10% in 2015.

In Connecticut this summer, the top destinations on Airbnb were either rural or coastal. Here are the five most visited cities in Connecticut this summer, according to Airbnb.

Litchfield


Fall color illuminates the Litchfield Hills.  Below, cruise on the Connecticut River.

Fall color illuminates the Litchfield Hills. Below, cruise on the Connecticut River.

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Stoneton


New England style waterfront homes, Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, New England, USA.

New England style waterfront homes, Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, New England, USA.

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Groton


Water and trail at Bluff Point State Park in Groton.

Water and trail at Bluff Point State Park in Groton.

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Milford


A herd of sandpipers forages in the intertidal zone of Milford Point in Milford, Connecticut in December 2020.

A herd of sandpipers forages in the intertidal zone of Milford Point in Milford, Connecticut in December 2020.

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Old Saybrook


Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, or The Kate, Main Street in Old Saybrook.

Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, or The Kate, Main Street in Old Saybrook.

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