About || Westport, Connecticut

Westport is a small, coastal Connecticut town located on the Long Island Sound in Fairfield County just 47 miles from New York City and 30 miles from New Haven. Westport offers residents a rich cultural history; at the turn of the twentieth history, many artists, writers, and thinkers, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, retreated from the hustle and bustle of New York City and found inspiration in Westport’s scenic ocean views.

Downtown Westport is a vibrant commercial area, offering specialty shops, delicious restaurants, an arts center, and diverse recreational organizations.

Residents can enjoy the extensive public library and community theater, or join soccer and golf associations. Residents have access to three beaches in Westport, as well as Sherwood Island, Connecticut’s first state park, which provides opportunities for fishing and observing marsh life. With a high quality of life for residents, easy access to New York City, recreational activities, and abundant natural resources, Westport provides traditional New England charm with all the convenience of modern living.

Westport attracts families and individuals that are inspired by the lifestyle the town offers. The excellence of the school system and beauty of the coastline and architecturally rich communities inspire people to choose Westport, but it’s the feeling of true community spirit that inspires people to stay for a lifetime.

population: 26,391 (2010 census)

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Commute

Westport has a Metro-North Railroad station with one hour express trains to Grand Central Terminal in New York City, making the town a natural choice for commuters. There are also city and county wide bus systems.

Westport is flanked by two major roadways – Interstate 95 and RT 15/Merritt Parkway. From the center of town, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway is a five to 10 minute drive. Both roadways have a number of exits in Westport.

Education

Westport has an exemplary school system. Staples High School was recognized as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education and sited in the first category defined as “Exemplary High Performing.” With a high Advanced Placement (AP) Participation rate, extracurricular activities, and professional development for teachers and staff, Staples is an excellent preparation for college. Westport’s middle schools are equally impressive, ranking number one and number two in the state.

The district has two middle schools (Grades 6 to 8)–Bedford Middle School and Coleytown Middle School. In September 2009, Bedford Middle School was awarded the government-honored Blue Ribbon Award.

There are five elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 5) with a total of 2,556 students:

Coleytown Elementary School

King’s Highway Elementary School

Green’s Farms Elementary School

Saugatuck Elementary School

Long Lots Elementary School

Private schools

Greens Farms Academy, located in the 1920s Vanderbilt estate overlooking Long Island Sound, is a K-12 private preparatory school located in the Greens Farms section of town.

Pierrepont School, opened in 2002 on Sylvan Road, is a private K-12 school for gifted students.

Carrie’s Five Faves in Westport

1. Favorite Dining Establishment: leFarm is a truly unique culinary experience. leFarm aims to support Connecticut farmers, serving fresh, organic, locally grown meals that change with the seasons. There’s also an affordable wine list and friendly, knowledgeable staff to answer questions about the menu. leFarm is perfect for an intimate dinner for two, or for sharing plates with a large group.

2. Favorite Place for a Stroll: Compo Beach is a scenic stretch of beachfront coast along the shore of the Long Island Sound and bordered by the Saugatuck River. Compo Beach extends across 29 acres, with a boardwalk, concession stands, marina, volleyball courts, and unparalleled views of the Long Island Sound.

3. Best Hidden Gem: Burying Hill Beach on Beachside Avenue is a small 2.39 acre park surrounded by a wildlife preserve. It’s tucked back off the road and is a quiet, neighborhood beach perfect for walking, mediation, or taking in a peaceful sunset.

4. Best Place to Get a Pizza: Tarry Lodge Enoteca Pizzeria, owned by famous chef Mario Batali, serves up more than your basic slice of cheese pizza. Each pizza on the menu is prepared with artisan cheeses, fresh sauces, and gourmet meats, such as pancetta, prosciutto, and pepperoni. Several pizzas come with truffle oils and honey, and are reasonably priced. Tarry Lodge also serves pasta, meat, and seafood entrees, and Saturday and Sunday brunch.

5. Best Ice Cream Establishment: Sunny Daes, on Riverside Avenue, is situated along the Saugatuck River. With dozens of delicious homemade ice cream, sorbet, and gelato flavors, there is a shake, sundae, and combination for everyone. Sunny Daes stays open into the fall with seasonal flavors, such as pumpkin and eggnog.

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