Vote for your favorite place and space in the Nutmeg state


Have you been to Niantic?

Right now this village in the town of East Lyme, which fronts Long Island Sound, is at the top of the board when it comes to the second annual Fan Favorite program hosted by Connecticut’s Office of Tourism.

For the past two weeks, voters have been heading to a Facebook page to record their preferences for the top town or city in the state. At this point, Mystic, Putnam, Wethersfield and New Haven round out the top five, respectively.

The campaign calls on residents and visitors to vote for the place that embodies the spirit of the state’s tourism tagline, “Still Revolutionary.” Specifically, the office is looking for those sites that are known for “original ideas, inspiration and innovation,” according to a recent news release. Further, specific businesses, destinations and attractions within those towns and cities can be designated as the best within the best.

Organizers said the top 10 favorite towns gain promotional support for its tourism efforts, as well as s video that showcases what makes them special. Voters also stand to gain a getaway to the Connecticut River Valley, since a vote represents a chance to win.

During last year’s contest, several area destinations and attractions made it into the top 10 Fan Favorite list, including Stamford’s Curtain Call, Inc. and Westport’s Levitt Pavilion and Westport Country Playhouse. This year marks the first time the office is seeking the “still revolutionary” town of the year.

Voting takes place here through May 15. For those who prefer the pen-and-paper route, you can mail in your vote by including a first and last name, date of birth, telephone number and email address on a 3×5 card. List a town and destination or business that inspires you and mail it by May 15 to “Connecticut Fan Favorite Town” Sweepstakes, 220 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017 Attn: Jennifer Kohanim.

Christina Hennessy