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Be a Tourist in Your Town: Things to Explore in Stamford, CT

The thriving community in Stamford is just one of the reasons why it was chosen as the site for Waterstone on High Ridge, a brand-new, premier rental senior living community opening in early 2022.

In a city as diverse, lively and energetic as Stamford, CT, there’s always something to do, especially during the summer months.

“There’s never a dull moment in our town,” says Wendy Kaufman, Executive Director of Waterstone on High Ridge. “Every day, you’ll find a new adventure, whether that’s walking along our 19 miles of shoreline, hiking the scenic trails of one of our many parks, or finding a new favorite dining location downtown.”

The thriving community and unique location in the heart of Fairfield County are just a few of the many reasons it was chosen as the site for Waterstone on High Ridge, a brand-new, premier rental retirement community opening in early 2022.

“We wanted to provide a location and environment where Stamford-area seniors could live a carefree, adventurous lifestyle in the city they love,” says Kaufman. “Our community is being built on a beautiful hillside close to retail stores, restaurants and cultural venues. We’re just minutes from Greenwich, New Canaan and Darien villages and boutiques. Residents will be able to easily get anywhere they want to go – whether they use their own transportation or the community’s services. Our Waterstone on High Ridge location offers the perfect blend of activity, convenience and accessibility to local attractions.”

To see for yourself how great the location is, we recommend “being a tourist in your own town” this summer. We’ve put together some of Stamford’s top locations and destinations, all located conveniently near Waterstone on High Ridge. Find your new favorite spot or see what life could look like in our new community.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Resting on 118 acres in the woodland of North Stamford, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center mixes art with nature, history and agricultural sciences. Start your visit at the Bendel Mansion (once the summer home of department store founder Henri Willis Bendel). Here you’ll find galleries featuring contemporary art exhibitions, antique farming equipment, totem poles, vintage pedal cars and works from both world-famous artists, such as Warhol and Dalí, and prominent local artists. Outside, you’ll discover a beautiful sculpture collection and the 10-acre Heckscher Farm, a working farm with various heritage breeds and nonindigenous species like alpacas, burros and llamas. Overbrook Nature Center has interactive wildlife exhibits and more than 80 acres of parkland connected by hiking and walking trails. Be sure to pay a visit to the Edith & Robert Graham Otter Pond, where you can watch North American river otters playing up close.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Sometimes called a “living classroom,” the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is an enchanting environment for people of all ages to explore, enjoy, and learn about the habitats of the natural world. Visitors can enjoy more than 3,500 specimens from across the globe planted in 12 different gardens, each with its own specific focus. For example, the Alice Smith Fern Allée contains more than 60 kinds of fern, while the Frank Bartlett Heisinger Conifer Garden is focused on – you guessed it – conifers. Walk miles of trails that will take you through beautiful gardens, past champion trees, and into native Connecticut habitats alongside colonial stone walls and over pristine wetlands. Check out their robust events calendar – with everything from classical and rock concerts to tours and family events, there’s always something planned that can connect visitors to nature and the community.

Cove Island Park

The park has it all – walking and running trails, a playground, sandy beaches, a small salt marsh – you name it, you can enjoy it at Cove Island Park. Cove Island was originally the site of a 19th-century factory manufacturing bleached minerals, dye extracts and licorice. The mill was razed by a fire in 1919, and over the next few decades, it was developed into one of the area’s most well-loved parks. It’s specifically known for fishing and birding opportunities: anglers can cast their lines along the rocky shorelines, while birders can spot feathered wonders at Cove River and Holly Pond. The park is listed as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, with more than 287 species recorded.

Philip Johnson Glass House

The Glass House was built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT and is one of the nation’s most significant modern architectural landmarks. It’s located just a short drive away from Stamford proper in New Canaan and is definitely worth the trip. Inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the Glass House’s exterior walls are made of glass with no interior walls. The 49-acre property boasts a variety of structures, including the Glass House, the Guest House, Pavilion in the Pond, Painting Gallery, Ghost House, Studio and Da Monsta. The grounds feature a permanent collection of renowned 20th-century paintings and sculptures, along with temporary exhibitions.

First Presbyterian Church

This gorgeous masterpiece of Modernist architecture was designed by Wallace Harrison, an architect who took part in the construction of the Rockefeller Center. The First Presbyterian Church, also called the Fish Church due to its evocative outline, was built in 1958. Inside, the stained-glass windows feature a magnificent 20,000 pieces of faceted glass, depicting the crucifixion and resurrection. Situated in front of the grand Visser-Rowland pipe organ sits a wooden cross that is just under 10 meters tall and clad with wood from Canterbury Cathedral in England.

Fort Stamford Park

Fort Stamford Park contains the 340-year-old earthworks of an American fort from the Revolutionary War. The Goodbody Garden also is on the property and features a stone-pillared pergola, sunken garden and Italianate balustrades. It’s a great place to spend a day learning about the area’s history and enjoying the gorgeous gardens. Be sure to take a trip to the Revolutionary-era tree that still stands to the west of the formal gardens – it’s now more than 250 years old.

West Beach

West Beach is a favorite place to spend a pleasant summer day. You’ll discover 26 acres of clean, pale sand, a children’s playground, bathrooms and on-duty lifeguards (during peak times in summer). Best of all, the beach is located within walking distance of restaurants on Shippan Avenue and across the levee, allowing you to whet your appetite after a long day of fun in the sun.

Harbor Point

Harbor Point is an up-and-coming redevelopment district comprised of five distinct areas, each centered on a park or waterfront feature along the harbor. Visitors can spend a sunny day enjoying daily fun, good food or easy access to the waterfront. Besides boating opportunities, the area has more than 20 acres of public parks perfect for families and individuals alike and a full calendar of seasonal daily activities.

“Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of everything Stamford has to offer,” says Kaufman. “We encourage you to get out there and explore!”

Welcome Home – Become a ClubW Member Today!

We look forward to introducing you to the distinctive lifestyle at Waterstone on High Ridge and welcoming you as one of our first residents. For more information, please call 203.361.9717 and discover how you can help shape the future of our premier rental community for seniors 62 and over.

The Height of Senior Living: Opening Early 2022

Discerning seniors in Fairfield County who desire a dynamic retirement lifestyle will find exactly what they’ve been seeking at Waterstone on High Ridge.

Located on beautiful site that neighbors a conservation area, Waterstone on High Ridge is an experience like no other. You’ll live on a lush campus with easy access to the shopping, dining and cultural opportunities in nearby downtown Stamford, CT. Once you step into our sophisticated common areas brimming with extensive amenities, attentive team members, engaging programming and thoughtful care, you’ll know that Waterstone on High Ridge is the place to call home.

Offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, Waterstone on High Ridge provides countless ways for seniors 62+ to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. In this classic, beautiful new community, you’ll be inspired by all the amenities and programs to take up a new hobby, exercise in our fitness center and indoor pool, and make new friends while dining and enjoying social events.

Waterstone on High Ridge is filled with energizing and convenient amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center, salon, media room and more. Enjoy your elegant living space – a large, sunlit apartment complete with a full-size designer kitchen, well-appointed bathroom, walk-in closet and more. Everything at Waterstone on High Ridge was created with you in mind, where our wellness-focused lifestyle and elevated amenities give you the ability to make life your own– how you like it.

Welcome to Waterstone on High Ridge. Welcome home! Join the experience of what life is like at this premier senior living community by calling ​203.361.9717.