This quaint town sits on the shoreline off the Long Island Sound and is prominently a combination of residential and summer communities. Guilford spans a total of five miles in width and 12 miles in length with an overall 47.5 square miles. Guilford's population is estimated to be around 22,382 as of the 2015 U.S. Census. Located in the New Haven County, Guilford borders Madison, Branford and Durham and is located on I-95.
Guilford was named after the English town, Guildford, and was first settled in 1639. Guilford offers many town parks, hiking trails, public swimming areas as well as multiple events hosted at the Town's Green.
The heart and soul of historic New England rest in Guilford, a quintessential Connecticut jewel on the sparkling shore of Long Island Sound. Here, one of the largest collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century homes in existence gathers along tree-lined streets and the town green is considered incomparable. Boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, restaurants and museums coexist in harmony with a residential and summer community that enjoys the charm, the rustic character, and the individuality of the uniquely balanced seaside town. Only minutes from downtown New Haven, this strong community's approximately 22,382 inhabitants that have chosen a Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting from of legislation.
Guilford is focused on education, creating "a high performance learning community where instruction invites effort and supports academic rigor for all students and educators." This historic town's commitment to meeting today's modern needs is carried throughout a fine public educational system consisting of four elementary schools, two middle schools and Guilford high school. New Haven's Yale University and the area's many cultural offerings are of the highest caliber. Indeed, it may be said that Guilford has it all.
To inviting beaches and three marinas; Guilford provides public access to recreation on the salty Sound. For yachting enthusiasts, private clubs include the Sachem's Head Yacht Club and Guilford Yacht Club. Enjoy public and private tennis courts, the Guilford Lakes Golf Course, and the pleasures of nature on the Guilford's abundant thinking and riding trails. The charm of the village life flourishes in this picturesque setting, with free August concerts on the green, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and many other engaging holiday activities.
Great source for delicious lunch options like sandwiches, salads, local farm fresh vegetables, and one of a kind beverages. Catering options are also available.
American comfort food at its best. Offering the latest selections of locally crafted beers, which are rotated daily. Burgers, salads, steaks, and more.
Family-owned and operated farm, Bishop's has been growing and selling the finest quality fruits and vegetables since 1871. Come pick your own fruit/vegetables or stop by the farm market and indulge in some home-home-made pies and pastries.. Bishop's also has their one winery available with tastings.
Voted Best Wine Bar in CT by CT Magazine, this restaurant offers outdoor space and live music on the weekends. Great spot for date night or a night out with friends. Vast wine list, and moderately priced platters top-notch small plates that will please all foodies.