Well, it’s obvious that you somehow managed to miss 95% of the state, Ukelele Ike. Connecticut is quite beautiful, and I’m not just sayin’ that because it’s my home state.
Chief, it’s like any other tour. If you are willing to make the effort, there is a lot to do there. If you are just going to sit in the barracks and be pouty (as many young service members are wont to do…but I’m sure you are past that stage) then of course it is going to suck. Heck, I even knew people who claimed they couldn’t find anything fun to do in Germany. Go figger.
Anyway, the Mystic Aquarium and Seaport are world class, and the shore towns (Saybrook, Essex, Westbrook, etc.), have tons of very cool bars, pubs, and resturants. We make the trip up there regularly, and Bluesman and I would love to take you on the grand tour of fun places to go.
If you at all into hunting, fishing, hiking, etc., the opportunities are legion. There are many, many state parks and forests, all of which are great. I used to work as a patrol officer at one in particular, called Devils Hopyard. Definitley worth a visit. Skiing is not so great, but if that’s your thing, numerous points north that offer fine winter sports are only a few hours away. Like Sofa King said, there are some very nice beaches, including Hammonasset (I’m probably spelling that wrong), and Misquamicut.
As you can probably tell, I give it my highest recommendation. If you do decide to take the assignment, drop me a mail. The majority of my family is still there, and I may be able to provide you with some contacts, depending on what you need.