Originally Posted by computerpro3
New Britain isn't so hot.
However, CT as a whole is just an awesome state. Depending on where you live, you can be 30min from NY, 10min from the beach, 30min from Newport, RI, 45min from Boston, 3 hours from Philly, 2.5 hours from some of the best snowmobiling and skiing in the country (vermont), not that far from Kennebunkport, Maine, etc, etc. The Fairfield county and Greenwich area is great to live in - incredible shopping (Richard's alone is amazing and has an in-store Hermes boutique), awesome dining, great libraries, etc. The climate in CT is great, and you have the most beautiful fall in the country, bar none.
That being said, I wouldn't live in New Britain. You need to be precise where you're looking though; there are some very nice areas near there.
NB is a shit hole. As a whole, it is not an awesome state. Your travel timeline description above has people living all over the state - 30 min from NY is greenwich (and 30 min is pushing it), 30 min from Newport is all the way up 95 near the RI border in the shitty SW corner of the state. 45 min from Boston - wtf?? Skiing in VT is far from the best in the country - VT is crowded and cold with small mountains...not bad for a long weekend, but hardly enough for a week. Climate is not great - there is a damn lot of snow in the winter. Fall is beautiful, but I'd hardly pick my location based on how pretty the leaves are.
I'm going to guess that you've been in CT for <10 years.