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Connecticut shoreline emerges as desired travel destination as coronavirus upends summer vacation plans

As airlines cancel summer flights to Europe and travelers decide against jaunts to states where COVID-19 cases are spiking, visitors appear to be choosing the Connecticut shoreline as an alternate destination for vacations and day trips.

Local tourism officials, restaurant owners and hotel operators in the area are reporting a more successful summer than originally predicted, considering the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There’s definitely, I would say, more people in town than I would’ve anticipated, given everything that’s going on in the world,” said Dan Meiser, the owner of the Oyster Club, Engine Room and Grass & Bone restaurants

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How one woman turned a small Vermont town into an arts destination

When Kathleen Dolan started teaching music and art to young children in Woodstock, Vermont, in 2003, she was used to being a one-person operation. 

In an earlier role in Boston, she conducted music programs at child care centers, and she recalls, “I would just travel with my keyboard.”

In a span of 10 years, she went from toting her keyboard to renting a small downtown space in Vermont for classes, to owning a dynamic arts center that would give her community and others accessibility to the arts.

Her local nonprofit, ArtisTree Community Arts Center, has become a powerhouse of creativity,

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