The New York Times chose a New England city as one of its “52 places to love” this year

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“It might be small, but it’s home,” one reader wrote of East Haddam, Conn.

Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. Photo AP / Susan Haigh

The town of East Haddam, Connecticut, just received a shout in the New York Timesfrom the annual “52 places to love” list.

Usually titled “52 Places to Go” and compiled by recommendations from editors, journalists and contributors to the New York Times, the annual story was a game-changer this year by posting recommendations from readers “that delighted, inspired and comforted them in a dark year.” Out of more than 2,000 recommendations, the publication included 52 destinations, including East Haddam.

“I never liked being from a small town,” wrote Caley Millen-Pigliucci, a graduate student from East Haddam. “Even when I was a kid, I wanted to leave as quickly as possible. As soon as I got my driver’s license, I zoomed in on other places. But last year – a year the world felt smaller than ever before – I felt a connection and a longing for my hometown, East Haddam: its rolling hills along the Connecticut River; the magnificent swing bridge, which opens for boats; the Goodspeed Opera House, where I worked as a high school usher.

Millen-Pigliucci shared that she finally fell in love with the city last summer while visiting with her boyfriend.

“We jumped into the waterfall in Devil’s Hopyard State Park; I marveled at the quaint farm stalls and quaint New England churches, ”Millen-Pigliucci wrote. “It might be small, but it’s home.

Other destinations on the list include Andros, Greece; Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah; Svalbard, Norway; and Tagaytay, Philippines.

In October, the New York Times posted a call encouraging readers to submit descriptions of places they hold dear and why.

“You might inspire someone else to go there someday, or to reconsider their assumptions, or to spark their curiosity about a new piece of the world – all the exciting things that travel brings to our lives,” writes the post.

Check out the full list of ’52 places to love’.

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