'At times, it's easy to just say 'I'm done!' and hang up the boots. It takes special courage to go through the drill and come through, it doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's just a matter of if you have it in you to see things through!'
Oliver Wolcott, the founder-in-chief of Wolcott, Connecticut, thus spoke at an event, in a bid to rouse some spirit in his fellow farmers and landowners, as a particularly bad spell of thaw wiped out crops from their farms in 1780's.
Wolcott the man was himself responsible to bring the town, it was known as Farmingbury back then, up on its feet and instil some much needed spirit of confidence in people, many of whom had just abandoned their homes in Europe in search of better life in America.
That spirit of exploration, survival and growth still lingers large in the hearts and souls of people who reside here, making Wolcott a truly great tourism destination. But despite all this heritage, it is strange to note that Wolcott,as a town, has always found itself short of finding its true heights in tourism. Instead, it has forever been bundled into the 'Connecticut' package, or even worse, as a part of Hartford's outskirts sightseeing.
So, aiming to change that fact a little bit in a bid to bring some tourism glory back to Wolcott (which the town so richly deserves), we are excited to present this guide to tourism, sightseeing, food, weather and hotels in Wolcott for our travel enthusiast readers!
Finding Cheap Hotels in and Around Wolcott
It is quite easy to find cheap hotels in and around Wolcott, so long as you are ready to get going with only few basic amenities being available to you. It would only lead to disappointment and frustration, should you go in to this deal expecting some world-class hospitality or lavish facilities.
But if you are good to go with some clean, spacious rooms with homely warmth of hospitality, then some handpicked options from a bunch of cheap hotels here in Wolcott will surely be suitable for you.
The first of this lot is Days Inn Motel near Hartford. Although technically not in Wolcott, it still should be counted here only because it lies only at a distance of about 4 km from the town. Nothing more needs to be told about the kind of budgeted comfort tourists can avail at Days Inn, simply because it is one of the most popular budget franchises in America.
America's Best Value Inn & Suites comes up next for the discussion. It blends luxury and affordability quite uncannily, creating a great platform where tourists get to experience the best of these contrasting worlds.
Seeing Luxury in Wolcott
Since Wolcott is perpetually short of good resorts, to seek luxury, tourists will inevitably have to look at some bigger cities in the vicinity. For example, it is quite easy and reasonable for tourists to enjoy Wolcott without actually staying in Wolcott. While Hartford is only about 5 km away, New Haven isn't too far, either. So, setting your base camp at one of these big cities and then commuting to Wolcott as per your convenience is very much possible, as is evident by experiences of many tourists.
Courtyard by Marriott in Waterbury (5 km from Wolcott) is a perfect option in this category. We are all well-familiar with the brand of hospitality that Marriott is known for all over the world, and hence, tourists can go on with this pick with absolute certainty that they will get their money's worth.
Among other luxury resorts and hotels in Wolcott, Double Tree by Hilton in Bristol, CT (7 km from Wolcott) provides pretty much the same deal, only at a bit of higher price cap. However, extra amenities like free limo pickups and drops mean that the whole deal is definitely not one to scoff at!
That just about does it for various lavish, extravagant and luxurious Wolcott hotels that can be resorted to if you wish to avail luxury of the finest kind.
Independent and Boutique Hotels in Wolcott
Quite clearly, this category is the most dominant one in Wolcott, given the lack of resources city has in order to host large resorts or many lodges. So, holiday rentals and summer houses account for the biggest chunk of tourist-hosting, making them quite popular with incoming visitors, too.
Independent and boutique lodging options are usually considered to be viable, convenience-wise and economy-wise, only if the duration of the stay is going to exceed a few weeks. In that scenario, the whole idea comes to life with budgeted stay and home-like stay experience.
If you are a business traveler, however, you need to also look at some other options. Traditionally, business travelers have chosen to stay at independent suites, rather than resorts. So, finding such suites should be at the top of your priority list, while forging plans of visiting Wolcott.
But then again, being a small town, Wolcott has serious infrastructure void that leads to a lack of options like suites and service apartments.
Top Things to See in Wolcott
The best thing to experience while in Wolcott is the beauty of it all. From largely sprawled meadows to tranquil lakes, pretty much everything that appeals human eye is all right here.
Mattatuck Trail, one of the most popular hiking trails on the East Coast, starts right here in Wolcott, meaning that adventure seekers can look forward to new prospects already!
Getting Around in Wolcott
Wolcott does not have a fully-reliable public transport service. In most cases, as a tourist, you would do best to choose private taxis/cabs to get around.
For long stays, renting a car out can be cost effective as well as quite convenient. Rentals usually are priced at daily rates, with overnight charges being levied in addition to the base charges. A few Wolcott hotels have this facility at discounted prices for their guests.
For sightseeing, hiring a local guide can help you save a lot of hassle.