Niantic still leads state in 'favorite town' vote

With less than two weeks of online voting left, Niantic is holding on to the top spot in a state Office of Tourism-sponsored campaign to identify Connecticut's favorite town.

Though not actually a town, Niantic, a seaside village in East Lyme, has led the voting on the tourism office's Facebook page for three weeks running. Mystic, a village that straddles two towns, Groton and Stonington, continues to occupy the No. 2 spot, according to the tourism office.

As of Friday, Putnam was No. 3 and Old Saybrook No. 4.

Among Niantic's voting fans, the village's Inn at Harbor Hill Marina was the favorite business, destination or attraction.

"We're intrigued by the whole thing," Dave Labrie, the inn's owner, said. "To be honest, we're not big Facebook users."

A lot of travelers are, though, said Labrie, who attributed Niantic's showing to its guests' loyalty.

"We do have a (Facebook) page and we're keeping our fan base informed about the campaign," he said. "I guess our surprise is at how many people are voting."

Or at least how often. Participants in the online campaign can vote once a day. Each vote counts as an entry in a drawing for an in-state vacation package.

"It's not about having the largest-population town or the highest-attended attraction," Labrie said. "This speaks volumes about this community."

The voting will continue through May 15, with the winning locale to be announced May 21 during the annual Connecticut Conference on Tourism at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

The winning town - or village - will be featured in a promotional video that will air on the state's tourism website,, and social media sites.

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