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Insiders' Guide: 50 Great Things You Must Try in 2012

This magazine has been dishing about New Canaan, Darien and Rowayton for a decade now, so we’ve learned a little more than our share about how to navigate the dining, shopping, family and outdoor scenes in these terrific towns. We’ve put 50 savvy secrets into this go-to source for great food, fashion and fun.


Art Exclusive
While Philip Johnson’s Glass House attracts visitors from around the globe, many don’t realize that this National Trust Historic Site also has  a museum-quality collection of modern art. Pieces by Warhol, Rauschenberg and Stella are displayed in a bunker on the Glass House grounds. Serious enthusiasts can rent this space, called the Painting Gallery, and host a private party inside. ~ 199 Elm St., New Canaan, 203-594-9884; philipjohnsonglasshouse.org


Plugged In
Whether your décor taste goes to Jonathan Adler’s bright hues or the organic neutrals of Roost, Orange and Pear has your house covered. This website for all things home—also a fabulous source for baby gifts, jewelry and more—is the brainchild of Jennifer Hassell, a Rowayton resident. It’s like having a local personal shopper on your laptop. ~ orangeandpear.com


Savage Tan
Has that trip to the BVIs been postponed? You can still rock a beach-worthy tan thanks to the high-tech spray system at Williams & Company. There’s no odor and no uncomfortable drying time in front of a fan. You come out looking sun-kissed and feeling like a million bucks. ~ 1020 Post Rd., Darien, 203-656-2363


Plant a Seed
If you’re dreaming of a lush landscape come spring, don’t miss the annual Garden Club plant sale at the Darien Community Association May 10 and 11. Club members spend the winter months cultivating an array of plants in the greenhouse that are sold at this popular event. Other gardeners donate perennials from their own properties. Their green thumbs are sure to rub off on you—and the proceeds go to the Darien Community Association. ~ dariendca.org

See the January/February 2012 issue for the full story.