We admit it. If we had a private jet, we’d be gone—cheering the sunset in a warm, lush, distant tropical paradise. Sorry, Fairfield County, but come January, we’re ready to let the sun defrost these chilly bones. Since we are here, we’ll embrace it with our friends and neighbors by adopting the unofficial tradition of cheering the sunset on the weekends. Read on for local places to try.
WESTPORT: We know the obvious choice: Compo. And it’s a top pick for good reason—the views are amazing. But we do ask that you stretch just a bit. Head to Compo, sure, but then walk the whole beach to see if there’s a different view you might enjoy even more than your usual. For example, we start at the cannon, but sometimes we catch a gorgeous view farther down near the harbor. The walk will also help you get your steps in.
ROWAYTON: Locals have access to a few shore points that offer unbelievable views, but, alas, they are private. Until you make friends with the lucky locals, you can console yourself with a public place that offers a stunning vista: Pinkney Park (177 Rowayton Avenue). It’s located at the main road into town, so it’s easy to take in at least one sunset with a view along the water. Head to the far back of the park and up behind the building for the longest look down the harbor (return in summer for a stunning view).
NEW CANAAN: As with many coastal destinations, much of waterline is private property. How lucky are we, then, to have Waveny Park (677 South Ave.). We know it’s well known, but usually it’s busy in the warmer months with weddings, baseball, kite flying and runners. Drop by mid-winter and catch a glimpse of the sun headed down to the horizon. Our favorite spot to enjoy the landscape, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., is from the back of the beautiful 1912 mansion.
STAMFORD: For a city, you might be surprised at how many great places you can enjoy seeing the sun set. If you’re woodsy person, head to The Bartlett or Stamford Museum and Nature Center. If you’re a beach person, try The Cove. But if you want to cheer with a cocktail in hand, perhaps head to one of the restaurants, like The Wheel (set along the water) or Sign of the Whale (with its second-floor deck).
GREENWICH: Our first thought is l’escale along the harbor, because it simply drips with Gold Coast honey. But an option is Tod’s Point. The views will have you alternate between taking a dozen photos to share on Instagram and going silent as, in awe, you take in the sites. It’s that good. The nearly 150 acres, also known as Greenwich Point Park, is located at 11 Tods Driftway, and you’ll need a seasonal park pass for entry. See more at greenwichct.gov.