Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reasons to Make Connecticut Your Next Travel Destination

Ah, Connecticut. We may be small, but we are mighty, entertaining, and quite delicious. There might be as many reasons to love CT as there are pizza places…but here are just a few wonderful reasons why Connecticut should be your next road trip destination.

1. We are home of the world’s best pizza.
Look no further, pizza-lovers. We are home to Pepe’s pizza, where you’ll find the famous white clam pie and plenty of other innovatively delicious toppings to choose from. If thin-crust is more your style, try the Tomato Pie from Sally’s Apizza. After six years unable to eat or drink, check out how PIZZA changed my life.
2. Take a hike with breathtaking views.
According to a Native American Legend, a disturbing spirit was put to sleep, and voila, a great hiking mountain, Sleeping Giant was created. Drive north and you’ll discover a magnificent mountain to climb – a giant, natural, sleeping beauty. (This is my painting "Blushing Tree")

Nature is the most healing way rediscover yourself. Learn how to find your self in nature here

3. Bijou Theatre: 

This relic is one of the oldest buildings used as a movie house in the country. See a movie, musical, drama or comedy night and order in pizza from Two Boots next door. 


I got to perform my own musical, Gutless and Grateful, here in 2013. I’m partial to theatre – I’ve been in love with words and music for as long as I can remember, and after my own decade of trauma, I wrote a one-woman musical about my life to help others. 

4. See fine art: 

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich is a world-class institution with acclaimed art in its permanent galleries, and constantly changing, innovative traveling exhibits. 


As an artist, Connecticut is brimming with fine art, creativity and nurturing resources for anyone with a desire to be creative! Check out some of my art here. 

5. International Festival of Arts and Ideas: 

Every year for 15 days, New Haven is alive with music, lectures, entertainment, and artistic inspiration. Even better, most of the events are free!


It’s like CT’s own version of a TEDx talk! I was thrilled to give a TEDx talk last month. You can learn some of my secrets for “getting” a TEDx talk here!  

Stop by! I’m a proud to be born and bred in Connecticut. As much as I love touring the country with my speaking, mental health programs and performances, the best part is being able to come back home!

About the Author
Amy Oestreicher B&W 2006Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.
As the creator of the Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, she's toured theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awarenes and Broadway Theatre for college campuses.
To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others thrive through difficulties.
As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she's contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC's TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, among others.
She has devised workshops for conferences nationwide, and is this year's keynote speaker for the Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability. Learn more: and follow her on Twitter Instagram and Facebook.

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