Shelton couple offers new escape at Bridgeport Avenue mansion

Shelton residents Michael and Ashleigh McDonald will be opening Adventure Escape Manor, located in the historic mansion at the corner of Bridgeport Avenue and Huntington Street, on April 1, 2022.

Shelton residents Michael and Ashleigh McDonald will be opening Adventure Escape Manor, located in the historic mansion at the corner of Bridgeport Avenue and Huntington Street, on April 1, 2022.

Brian Gioiele / Hearst Connecticut Media

SHELTON — Those who love finding clues and solving puzzles will soon have the perfect local escape.

Shelton residents Michael and Ashleigh McDonald will be opening Adventure Escape Manor, located in the historic mansion at the corner of Bridgeport Avenue and Huntington Street, on April 1. This is the owners’ third location — the other two are Escape 101 in Danbury and Mystified in Mystic.

“We personally felt that there were not a lot of good date night or family night type activities in Shelton,” Michael McDonald said. “There are plenty of great restaurants, but not a lot of places for either a family or a couple to go spend time together either before or after dinner.

“The movie theaters, shopping, escape rooms, and other activities are largely in other towns,” he added. “So, we felt Shelton was a great place to bring Adventure Escape Manor. And we loved the building. It’s unique and historic, but also highly visible and has the proper zoning and parking for an escape room.”

The building, located at 1079 Bridgeport Ave., will feature three escape rooms — titled Clue at the Manor, in which participants work together to solve a puzzling heist mystery; Mystery at the Manor; and Ghost of the Manor.

“We got involved in escape rooms as the owners of Mystified and Escape 101 a couple of years ago,” McDonald said, “What we discovered is that escape rooms are a great activity for people looking for something a little different and memorable.”

McDonald said people think of escape rooms as being scary or involving tight spaces, but it’s more accurate to say that they are like being in a real world adventure.

“You have a mystery that you and your group are asked to solve using clues there at the site and then you need to figure out the answer to the mystery in a defined one-hour period,” McDonald said.

“It really makes you think and interact with the other members of your group,” he added, “(It’s) unlike, say a movie, where you are just sitting and watching.”

McDonald said his other escape rooms get groups ranging from families and birthday parties to corporate events and team-building exercises coming in.

“And with nothing else like this in Shelton or Stratford, we are hoping the community will appreciate the new entertainment option,” he said.

Adventure Escape Manor will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 3 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on the escape room options, visit adventureescapemanor.com

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