The Size of Connecticut is dedicated to sharing the best and most unexpected places in the Constitution State and surrounding regions.
The site focuses on off-the-beaten path finds in the categories of travel, outdoors, food and drink, and shopping.
TSOC embraces the offbeat and the off-season, the underrated and the surprising. It highlights hidden spots considered obscure even by locals, Connecticut favorites that go unnoticed in the wider world, and, on occasion, popular attractions experienced in uncommon ways.
The Size of Connecticut aims to help you find the places you won’t hear about everywhere else – or at all. It’s written for day-trippers curious about what they might find in the next town over, explorers who want to feel far from home even when they’re just crossing a city or state line, and travelers from near and far who love discovering amazing and underappreciated destinations.
Johnna Kaplan started The Size of Connecticut in 2009, having recently moved back to the state after many years away. The blog’s name came from the realization that whenever Connecticut was mentioned in national or international media, it was almost always as a unit of measurement: wildfires, national parks, and small European countries were said to be “the size of Connecticut,” but no one using the phrase seemed to know or care about anything within the real Connecticut’s 5,567 square miles. On TSOC, Johnna chronicled her rediscovery of the state as she wandered Connecticut’s 169 towns, finding seemingly endless curiosities amid natural and human-made beauty she had never anticipated. She has been fortunate enough to speak about her finds on local radio programs such as WNPR’s Where We Live and Star 99.9’s Anna & Raven Show, and to write about them in publications like Atlas Obscura and Connecticut Explored. She also co-hosts a podcast, Going/Steady, about travel in Connecticut and beyond. After taking a two-year break from TSOC, she relaunched the site in 2019 with a renewed focus on sharing her favorite places with others.
In her career as a freelance journalist, Johnna concentrated on travel in addition to covering a wide range of topics from local news and business to minimalism; she also wrote about subjects close to her heart such as history and Jewish culture. These days, when she’s not seeking out new Connecticut destinations with a camera and notebook, she can be found going on long-distance road trips, walking in nature (usually on a beach), and obsessively scrolling through photos of kittens on Instagram.
TSOC posts from 2009 – 2017 can be found at thesizeofctarchives.com.
If you have a question or comment, or if you’re interested in working with The Size of Connecticut to spread the word about your brand or destination, email Johnna at firstname.lastname@example.org.