Hotel at a Glance: Fairfield Circle Inn
Fairfield Circle Inn has the charms of an upscale home with all the amenities you’d expect of a business-friendly hotel. Inside, you’ll find well-appointed guest rooms with Keurig coffee machines, flat-screen high-definition TVs and beach decor, as well as a business center and meeting room.
- Complimentary breakfast is served daily, and free coffee is available all day.
- Best places to relax: in the outdoor pool or on a bench in the fire-pit area
- Prime location: The hotel is centrally located in Fairfield and minutes away from Interstate 95. You’ll be close to picturesque beaches, Sacred Heart University, restaurants, the Merritt parkway, Fairfield University, and the Amtrak and Metro North stations.
- Distance from NYC: about a 60-mile drive, or an hour train into Grand Central
Fairfield, Connecticut: Family-Friendly Community near Beaches
Fairfield is widely known as an upscale bedroom community, a place where people come to sleep after working in the Big Apple (about 60 miles away). Fairfield frequently pops up on those “best places to live” lists for its safety, peacefulness, and schools (it’s home to the esteemed Fairfield University). It’s gotten praise for its thriving downtown area and fine-dining scene, especially for its Italian cuisine. If the action is too slow for you, the big city is easy to reach—a rail station opened in 2012 will get you to New York City in a little more than an hour.
Fairfield sits right on the Long Island Sound coastline, with 5 miles of beaches. Stop by Jennings Beach, which has volleyball nets, a sand-castle playground, a skate park, and lots of boats. Fairfield and its neighboring cities have a number of kid-friendly activities—be sure to check out Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry, and the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, which has hands-on educational exhibits.