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Darien CT

With a population of only 20,000 and covering just under 13 square miles of land, wealthy Darien is the smallest town along Connecticut’s Gold Coast. Small but mighty, the town’s public high school has been voted best in state. Residents enjoy the best of coastal living with two public beaches, beautiful parks, and nature reserves throughout town. A quintessential bedroom community, Darien is home to few businesses, and locals cherish the quiet residential retreat it provides.

LIFESTYLE

Darien lies 37 miles north of New York City, which commuters can easily reach in under an hour by way of the town’s two Metro North train stations. Additional stations in neighboring communities are walking distance from households on the northwestern or southeastern limits. If they don’t commute to New York City, residents often work in Darien’s neighboring cities, Stamford and Norwalk. Route 1, known locally as the Post Road, runs across the southern part of town and along with the Noroton Heights business district makes up the town’s commercial shopping area. I-95 connects to Darien through multiple exits, and the town lies just south of the Merritt Parkway and the New Canaan border.

Location

Fairfield County CT

Community

Visitors give themselves away easily by the way they pronounce the town’s name (locals know it’s called “Dairy Ann.” For new neighbors, the YWCA Newcomers Club provides an introduction to the area and organizes events throughout the year to foster community, from book clubs to wine mixers. The town’s main coastal neighborhoods include Noroton, Long Neck Point, Delafield Island, and the mostly private Tokeneke. Noroton Heights and downtown Darien lie north of the turnpike, where most businesses are clustered. Residents have ample opportunity to connect with neighbors at any one of Darien’s many community groups, philanthropic organizations, or private clubs.

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For the Kids

One third of Darien’s residents are under the age of 18, and local youth benefit from a variety of pursuits they can enjoy in town. Darien’s excellent (and LEED gold certified) public library offers diverse programming for all ages, from crafting groups to author visits. Young adults can participate on the library’s Teen Advisory Board, or join The Depot, a youth center. Darien is home to a number of Boy Scout units as well as the Girl Scouts, and in recent years has seen its members earn top honors. Young athletes can compete in team sports like squash and hockey, or participate in youth baseball and softball leagues. The YMCA also organizes a basketball team. The Noroton Yacht Club runs the largest junior sailing program in the country, and recruits racers ages 8 and up.

AMENITIES & RECREATION

During the summer, locals flock to Weed Beach and Pear Tree Point Beach, which are restricted to residents during the season. Back on dry land, the parks provide tennis courts, trails, and boat launches for those who can’t stay out of the water. The Darien Parks & Recreation department offers a broad range of activities that aren’t limited to the local green spaces. While they sponsor sports and fitness activities for children and adults, they also organize cooking classes, music lessons, and scrapbooking workshops. The YMCA and YWCA offer additional opportunities to stay active, and a local men’s soccer league provides for friendly competition. Budding horticulturalists can join the Cherry Lawn Community Gardens, which are active from summer to fall. The Darien Nature Center at Cherry Lawn Park celebrates the wonder of the great outdoors and hosts annual community events like their Halloween Hoot and Howl. The Woodland Park Nature Preserve also caters to nature lovers with more than 64 acres to explore. In the winter, Gorhams Pond transforms into a skating and hockey rink.

Food & Drink

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Shopping

With most businesses in town centralized around Post Road, shopping in Darien is both pleasant and convenient. The Goodwives Shopping Center houses Chocolate Works as well as Runner’s Roost, where the helpful staff can assist you in finding the best footwear to exercise off that dessert from next door. Wiggles & Giggles offers quality children’s clothing for kids up to age 10. Shoppers can browse the colorful, on-trend women’s fashion at Everything is Rosey Boutique. For ladies with a more specific dress in mind, A Little Something White Bridal Couture is a popular destination for brides-to-be looking for their perfect wedding dress. The nautical-themed wares at the Dock Shop make great gifts, and Johhny’s Records over on Tonekeke Road is a vinyl lover’s paradise.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Darien art fans can browse the rotating exhibitions featuring Connecticut-based artists at Geary Gallery. In the summer, enjoy outdoor movie screenings and family concerts at Weed Beach. In the springtime, gear up to compete in the Darien Dash, a community scavenger hunt. The Tilley Pond Model Boat Regatta is a beloved tradition with as many as 100 vessels launched in the water. For bubbles and bivalves, locals head to Ten Twenty Post Oyster Bar. Bodega Taco Bar provides the atmosphere for a festive feast. Pick up specialty items for hosting your own soiree at Palmer’s a supermarket and specialty grocer with a highly curated bakery, prepared foods, and gift shop.

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History

The First Congregational Church of Darien was established in the year 1739, two years after the land it stands on had been broken off from Stamford and became part of Middlesex Parish. When finally made independent in 1820, locals renamed the area with a nod to the Isthmus of Darien, as suggested by a sailor who had visited what is now modern-day Panama. Later during the Revolutionary War, the town was a site of numerous loyalist-patriot clashes. The historic Mather Homestead was built during this period and visitors to the site can view some of its original furnishings and other remnants of 18th century life. The Civil War marked a new era for the rural community of Darien, when railroads provided access to wealthy New Yorkers looking to build summer homes.

SURPRISE FEATURES

The Ox Ridge Hunt Club Charity Horse Show, one of the oldest horse shoes in the US, is held over three days each June. It draws up to 16,000 spectators and 500 horses and ponies from near and far. The club was founded more than a century ago and has proudly continued its horse show tradition for nearly 90 years.