The city of New Haven  is surrounded by a thriving area of quiet bedroom communities proud of their history and culture. This was one of the first areas of Connecticut  to be settled, and residents have taken pride in retaining and restoring its many historic buildings.
The presence of New Haven and Yale  adds to the sophistication of the area, with many fine restaurants and boutiques nestled in the salt marshes.
A half dozen daily flights from Philadelphia  arrive at Tweed New Haven Regional Airport (155 Burr St., New Haven, 203/466-8833, www.flytweed.com ), which also offers seasonal flights to Orlando, Florida. Both Amtrak (800/872-7245, www.amtrak.com ) and Metro North (800/638-7646, www.mta.nyc.ny.us ) run trains to and from Union Station (50 Union Ave.); Greyhound (203/772-2470, www.greyhound.com ) and Peter Pan Bus Lines (800/343-9999, www.peterpanbus.com ) provide bus routes to the same location.
The New Haven regional service of CT Transit (203/624-0151, www.cttransit.com ) operates buses around the city and immediate suburbs. Milford Transit (203/874-4507, www.ci.milford.ct.us ) runs shuttle buses around the town of Milford. The Shore Line East (800/255-7433, www.shorelineeast.com ) commuter rail service runs trains to Guilford, Brandon, and other eastern suburbs, continuing on to New London .