Congrats on getting back into sailing! I'm sure you'll find SailNet to be a great resource in many, many ways.
I see you from Connecticut. As you probably discovered during last season, Long Island Sound (and the surrounding area) offers some great sailing and plenty of interesting destination ports too (my wife enjoys visiting the different harbors & towns more than sailing around to get to them). We try and get out to Block Island every summer for a week although we usually avoid Race Week and VJ Day weekend since it's just a little too crazy out there (with the 1000+ boats in the Great Salt Pond) during those periods.
For now, at least the days are getting longer, so it won't be too much longer before we'll be back out on the water! Hopefully our mild winter (so far) will indicate warm "boat prep" weather for April!