How Long is Your Gift List This Year? Come Shop in Downtown Stamford

Holiday Shopping In Stamford Connecticut

Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday shopping season, and no place says shopping like Downtown Stamford.  From shops selling unique wares made by local artisans to nationally known brands at Stamford Town Center, Stamford has something for everyone, making it easy to find that perfect gift for even that most difficult to buy for person.
Shopping in Downtown Stamford this time of year is especially enjoyable as you stroll from shop to shop, taking in the decorations, music and spirit of the season.  If you need a break, entertain yourself with a show at The Palace or go ice skating at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.  

Holiday Shopping In Downtown Stamford

Whether you are looking for unique gift ideas or some Holiday family fun, Stamford has something truly special for everyone. 
Visiting Stamford for the Holidays?  Book your stay at the Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center and enjoy our hotel amenities including an indoor pool and heated whirlpool, 24 hour fitness facility, complimentary shuttle transportation and Senses Restaurant.  


Did Someone say Chocolate? Check out Connecticut's Chocolate Trail!

Connecticut Chocolate Trail

Did you know that Connecticut is home to many of the world-renowned chocolatiers and chocolate artisans?  Surrender to your cravings and savor the decadent, smooth tastes of mild, dark and white chocolate while you tour our one-of-a-kind bistros, cafes and local chocolatiers.  Creative and full of rich flavors and variety, Connecticut's Chocolate Trail is not to be missed.  Start your ultimate chocolate excursions today!

Connecticut Chocolate Trail
Stop by these sweet spots near Stamford:
 Chocolate Rain Shop
Featuring a wide variety of handmade chocolates, French Macarons, Petit Fours, pastries and cupcakes at the shop.
Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shop
Enjoy homemade chocolates, ice cream and an array of candies, including chocolate-covered pretzels, granola and marshmallow caramel.  Watch as truffles are being hand-rolled, daily.
H. Mangels Confectioner
Truffles, truffles and more truffles!  Hand-made truffles that come in a variety of flavors including Grand Marnier, Double Dutch Chocolate, Chambord and Espresso, to name a few. 
Knipschildt Chocolatier / Café Chocopologie
Voted one of the Top Three Chocolates in the World by Gourmet Magazine, Knipschildt Chocolatier’s handcrafted specialties are in high demand.  Take a tour through Café Chocopologie, where you can watch the confections made by hand. Then, grab a seat in the dining area for a gourmet meal, finished with a five-piece chocolate sampler, bonfire s’mores, chocolate fondue, crepes or truffle beignets.
The Chocolate Lab
This unique chocolate shop and cafe features handmade truffles and filled chocolates, all handsomely packaged, as well as pastries, confections, espresso and coffee drinks, and an assortment of premium coffee and loose leaf teas.

After a day of indulging on some of Connecticut’s finest chocolates, come dine with us at our Senses restaurant.  Our Senses restaurant offers mouthwatering American cuisine menu options, set within a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere.  Make it a weekend getaway to the Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center and take advantage of one of our custom-tailored packages we offer.  Visit our website today to book your next stay!


Get Ready to Lace up for a Good Cause

Fight for Air Climb

The Fight for Air Climb is one of the American Lung Association's signature fundraising events and will take place Saturday, November 22nd at Trump Parc Stamford.  This unique event will challenge participants as they walk, run or race up hundreds of steps to the finish line.  Participants can either climb as teams or as individuals and are required to raise a minimum of $100, due by event day. Incentive prizes are offered for fundraising levels of $250 or more. Awards are also given to individuals and teams who raise the most money. 

Fight For Air Climb
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Trump Parc Stamford
Event Schedule:
8 AM - Registration opens
9 AM - First climber takes off
11 AM - Firefighter challenge begins
Time TBA – After Party at Tiernan's Bar & Restaurant

All of us at Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center would like to wish the participants of the Fight for Air Climb good luck!  If you are looking for overnight accommodations in Stamford consider staying with us.  We offer the perfect place to relax and unwind before and after the race.  Don’t forget to take advantage of one of our vacation packages we offer.  Visit our website to book your next stay.

image source – American Lung Association


Largest Helium Balloon Parade in the Country is Floating Into Stamford

UBS Parade Spectacular               

Downtown Stamford comes alive on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 12 Noon as over 100,000 spectators enjoy the UBS Parade Spectacular, presented by Stamford Town Center and The Advocate.  This annual holiday parade is one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country and features everyone’s favorite giant balloon characters, award winning marching bands and fabulous floats. 
Don’t miss the Balloon Inflation Party on Saturday, November 22nd on Hoyt Street!  Get a backstage look at the balloons as they come to life surrounded by music and costume characters.

UBS Parade
UBS Parade Spectacular
Sunday November 23rd, 12 noon step-off
Stamford Downtown: Summer to Broad to Atlantic Streets

Looking for the perfect place to stay near the UBS Parade Spectacular? The Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center is just a quick 5 minute drive to downtown Stamford, plus we offer stylish and affordable accommodations for your stay in the area.  Visit our website to reserve your stay or to learn more about our hotel.


Already Have Tickets for the Big Game but Need a Place To Stay?

Park & Stay to Watch Your Team Play

Whether you are a baseball, pigskin or hoops fan, the Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center offers quick and easy access to the area arenas while providing our guests with a great place to relax after an invigorating day cheering your favorite team.  We offer a convenient location, accessible via Metro Park North and major highways, making it easy to reach New York City and New Jersey.  Guests can enjoy our convenient proximity to numerous shopping and dining options, museums, theaters and the best sports and entertainment venues in the Metro area including Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, MetLife Stadium and Madison Square Garden.
Take advantage of our Park & Stay to Watch Your Team Play package and enjoy the convenience of our hotel shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up at the Amtrak Stamford Metro North Station so you can get to/from the Major League Baseball or NFL games without any hassle.  This package includes complimentary breakfast too! 

Park & Stay to Watch Your Team Play

We invite you to experience the luxury, style, service and sophistication provided by Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center.  Relax in the comfort of our spacious guestrooms or meet with family and friends for a drink at our Senses restaurant.  Visit our website today to book your Park & Stay to Watch Your Team Play package.


It’s About to get a Little Spooky in Connecticut!

Halloween Fun

Looking for some Halloween fun this October while staying at Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center? Check out some of the area's Halloween attractions listed below, ranging from haunted attractions and hayrides to graveyard tours and family Halloween events.
Autum Farm TractorFairview Tree Farm Haunted Hayrides and Trails
Select dates October 3rd – 25th from 7 PM – 10 PM
Come for a spooktacular time!
One and a half miles hayride in the dark with creatures of the night waiting for you!
Beardsley Zoo Howl-O-Ween
October 17th, 24th & 25th from 6:30 PM – 10 PM
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Enjoy an evening of Halloween Fun at the Beardsley Zoo featuring a Greek Mythology Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include free face painting and candy. 
Mill Hill Historic Park:  A Haunting at Mill Hill
October 24th &  25th  Tours: 6 PM, 7:30 PM & 9 PM
Take a lantern lit tour through the historic Mill Hill graveyard and hear stories about Anna Howard, the spirit that roams the Norwalk River.  Don’t forget your flash light!
Halloween KidsStepping Stones Museum for Children Monster Mash: Heroes & Heroines
October 25th from 6 PM - 8:30 PM            
Dress up in your favorite costume and join in this family fun Halloween event and enjoy a costume party and parade.
Legends & Hauntings at Fairfield Museum and History Center
October 27th from  6pm - 8pm
Take part in a frightening Fairfield tradition during this bone chilling tour that explores haunting legends and folklore. 
All of us at Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center wish you a happy and safe Halloween.  We're located just minutes away from these attractions and offers a cozy place to rest and unwind after an evening out and about Stamford.  Visit our website today to book your next Stamford fall weekend getaway.


Curtain Call’s Boo-Tiful Night Costume and Cocktail Gala

Costume and Cocktail Gala

On Thursday, October 30th from 7 PM – 9 PM, the Curtain Call will host its first annual Boo-Tiful Night Costume and Cocktails Gala.  Guests are invited to don their best Halloween costumes and enjoy an evening of cocktails while participating in several silent auctions.  Some of the amazing featured items include:  Disney’s Frozen “Let It Go” sheet music and CD signed by composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and multi-Tony Award-winning musical “The Light in the Piazza” score and CD signed by composer Adam Guettel.   
Curtain Call is Stamford's longest-running nonprofit producing theatre company. Guest can enjoy year-round performances in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre conveniently located at Sterling Farms in Stamford.  For ticket sale information, please visit the Curtain Call website.


Curtain Call’s Boo-Tiful Night Costume and Cocktail Gala
Royal Green at Sterling Farms
October 30, 2014 from 7 PM – 9 PM

All of us at the Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center wish all the attendees a wonderful evening at the Curtain Call’s Boo-Tiful Night Costume and Cocktail Gala.  After a night of cocktails, Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center is a short drive from Royal Green at Sterling Farms and offers luxury accommodations that are perfect to help you unwind.  Choose from one of our deluxe special packages we offer.  Visit our website to book your getaway today.


Family fun Activities at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

If you are looking for things to do with the family while visiting Stamford this October, check out these fun fall activities at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center:

Stamford Museum and Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

Scarecrow Making
Sunday, October 5th & 12th from 2PM - 4 PM
Families will create a life-size scarecrow that will be exhibited and entered in a scarecrow contest at Harvest Festival on October 18th and 19th.  After the festival, you will be able to pick up your scarecrow in time to decorate your home for Halloween.  Basic materials are provided by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center; however, families are encouraged to bring clothing and accessories to help make their scarecrow unique.  *One scarecrow per family.   Supplies are limited and are first-come, first-served.
Oktober Fest on the Meadow
Friday, October 17th from 7 PM to 10 PM – Adults Only
Enjoy a beautiful night out and celebrate the fall season with great Oktoberfest beers on tap, food, a S'mores Bar and live entertainment. 
Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm
Sunday, October 26th from 1 PM - 3 PM
Calling all goblins and ghouls.  Come head up to Heckscher Farm to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends.  Make your first stop at the otter pond to collect a bag and get your first Clue.  Follow the clues to find the five "trick or treat" stations.  Stop by Overbrook for "Ick-Fest" to get slimy with our slime table, visit live reptiles and bugs, and create crafts around some of our favorite Halloween critters. Don't forget your treat bag!

Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center is just minutes away from the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, making it easy to enjoy these family fun activities.  Make it a weekend getaway and enjoy shopping and dining in Stamford surrounded by the amazing views of the stunning fall foliage.  Visit our website to book you stay today.


Get Ready to tee off for the Lyme Research Alliance Annual Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

On Thursday, October 9th the Lyme Research Alliance will host its Annual Golf Tournament.  Help raise funds and Lyme disease awareness at one of the area’s finest golf courses, The Stanwich Club.  Participants will enjoy a fun-filled day of golf, plus lunch, amazing raffle and auction packages completed with a cocktail reception and awards ceremony.
The Lyme Research Alliance is commitment to the prevention, education, treatment and research activities related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.  For event or ticket sale information, please visit the Lyme Research Alliance website.
Lyme Research Alliance Annual Golf TournamentLyme Research Alliance Annual Golf Tournament            
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Stanwich Club, Greenwich, CT          
Event Agenda
Registration, Practice & Lunch on the Terrace – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Shotgun Start - 12:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception & Awards - 5:00 p.m. 
The Stanwich Club in Greenwich is 20 minutes away from the Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center and is one of the most difficult courses in the New York metropolitan area, on a par with U.S. Open sites Winged Foot West and Bethpage Black, and features a 18-hole private course along with a swimming pool, paddle and tennis courts, and both casual and fine dining. 
All of us at the Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center hope you enjoy the Lyme Research Alliance Annual Golf Tournament!  If you need overnight accommodations the Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center is the perfect choice to relax and unwind after a day on the green.  Take advantage of our luxury accommodations, Hilton Fitness by Precor® center, indoor heated pool and delectable dining options.  Visit our website to book your next stay.


Enjoy a day of Family fun at the Arts & Crafts on Bedford

Arts & Crafts on Bedford

Dozens of artisans will take over and set-up shop in downtown Stamford’s popular Bedford Street Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st.  This popular arts and crafts event will feature more than 100 juried artisans from throughout the Northeast, who will display and sell their creations.  Shop and explore beautiful handcrafted works of ceramics and metal sculptures, fine art, original oil paintings and watercolors, photography, natural and organic body products, candles, fiber arts, wearable art, quilts and home decor.  Shoppers can enjoy live entertainment and an imagination station area for kids including arts & crafts, face painting and petting zoo. 
For more event information  please visit the Arts & Crafts on Bedford website. 

Arts & Crafts on Bedford

Arts & Crafts on Bedford
Bedford Street, Downtown Stamford
Saturday, September 20th from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, September 21st from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Looking for the perfect place to stay while attending the Arts & Crafts on Bedford?  The Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center offers stylish and comfortable accommodations with a variety of amenities for all of our guests to enjoy including complimentary shuttle service to downtown Stamford, on-site business center, health club and our popular on-site restaurant and lounge, Senses.  Visit our website to book your overnight stay.


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