My brother is a Milford firefighter and lives in the area - my parents live in Stamford. So using that as a geographic range, we are trying to plan a surprise event for his 40th birthday. It is family only, so there are 9 adults and two small children. Not a massive group.
My original idea was a clambake at one of the beaches, but this seems to be prohibitive, as it's too late to get a beach spot (if one even exists) for mid-June. If anyone knows of any beaches or parks in the area (my first thought was Sherwood Island, but apparently that's impossible) that we could arrange to rent or reserve - we have found a catering company that does clambakes - that would help.
Our next idea was just to find some kind of fun but special restaurant, but since none of us live in the area, and there are zero decent web sites (that I have found, anyway).
Any suggestions at all re: beaches or parks that would allow a group to reserve or a festive restaurant, that would be appreciated. Or even links to reliable and informative web sites that would give me the information I am looking for.
Thanks in advance.