What’s Doing in Downtown Stamford, Connecticut

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The statue “Unsolicited Advice” by G. Seward Johnson Jr. on Main Street in Stamford

WHAT TO DO

Stamford is part of the New York metropolitan area, but, despite its proximity to the Big Apple, it offers a rich cultural life for residents and visitors.  Edwin Booth is said to have performed in the theater that was in the city’s old Town Hall, which burnt down in 1905.  The city’s Grand Opera House once stood on the site of the current Palace Theater, which opened in 1927 as a vaudeville house that, since a recent renovation, can seat 1,600 and hosts Broadway musicals. The Rich Forum, which opened in 1992, has also showcased numerous shows en route to the Great White Way.

The Stamford Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1919 and revived in 1967 by Tonight Show’s band leader Skitch Henderson, is comprised of 65 musicians and is the only professional symphony orchestra in Southern Connecticut.  It performs at the Stamford Center for the Arts at the Palace Theater along with the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra.

Set on 118-acres (48-hectares), the Stamford Museum and Nature Center is on the northern end of the city and is home to a collection of works by Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore and a former Stamford resident. Meanwhile, the Fairfield Country Astronomy Society runs the Stamford Observatory, known for its 20” (510 mm) telescope.

A guest room at the pet-friendly Lloyd Hotel

Finally, the Barlett Arboretum and Gardens are also worth a visit.  The Arboretum spans 90 acres (36.5 hectares) and features trees and bush specimens from all over the world.

WHERE TO STAY

The brand new Lloyd is a new luxury boutique hotel that is on the site of the former Hotel Zero Degrees, which closed in 2019.  The hotel offers modern, elegant rooms and an extremely high level of service as based on our experience, comparable with some of the finest hotels in Europe, including a coffee wake-up call.

Other hotels downtown include the 379-room Sheraton Stamford Hotel, the 16-story 502-room Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa, the Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, and the Stamford Suites hotel, although the Lloyd is the only near luxury property in the downtown area.

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