NY: Katonah: Caramoor (American Roots Festival)

I’ve written of the beautiful Caramoor property before but their improvements and schedule enhancements bring it from a nice stop to a MUST stop. It has a great summer season of music to include a couple of music festivals. My favorite is the American Roots Festival which offers several artists performing throughout the property leadingContinue reading “NY: Katonah: Caramoor (American Roots Festival)”

CT: Fairfield County- Stamford Nature Center

I feel fortunate to have the Stamford Museum and Nature Center near me but it’s one of those places that’s certainly worth the drive if I weren’t. The property is very well maintained and the animals are too! So lovely to see them about in such comforting surroundings. While they offer many activities for kids,Continue reading “CT: Fairfield County- Stamford Nature Center”

CT- Fairfield County- Stamford Nature Center

There is a fee or membership required but if you live near by young or old it’s a great place for a walk. They have their farm, a pollinator garden, a museum with varying exhibits, nature’s playground for the kids and an accessible trail through the woods. Each visit offers me a different experience toContinue reading “CT- Fairfield County- Stamford Nature Center”

CT:Fairfield County- Trumbull-Twin Brooks Park (Spring Biking)

Several years ago I rode through this park in the early Spring and couldn’t wait to get back to see it bloom again. Parking here is restricted to Trumbull residents but as park of the Pequonnock Trail you can ride through – you actually can drive through as well. While I have not learned allContinue reading “CT:Fairfield County- Trumbull-Twin Brooks Park (Spring Biking)”

CT: Fairfield County- Ridgefield- Ballard Park (Spring)

Likely my favorite town in Fairfield County is Ridgefield. It has lovely stores, a great mix of restaurants from fast to fancy and lovely outdoor parks and events. Highlights of my early springtime walk in Ballard Park included the gazebo and the garden. In the summer there are wonderful free “Chirp” concerts here (with aContinue reading “CT: Fairfield County- Ridgefield- Ballard Park (Spring)”

CT: New Haven County-Meriden-Castle Craig (Winter 2021)

I returned to Castle Craig for a winter “hike” using the paved road to the top – although some may not refer to using the road in lieu of the trails as a true hike. This was also a site visit before we took my cousins kids up here (4 and 5 years old), RomanContinue reading “CT: New Haven County-Meriden-Castle Craig (Winter 2021)”

CT: Fairfield County- Norwalk- Calf Pasture Beach (Winter Sunset)

It can be pretty darn magical to take a stroll around Calf Pasture beach as the sun sets and the colorful time following. Some people, however, don’t believe in magic. Recognize I am not a photographer but I can share approaches I have used to capture the more colorful or unusual shots. I have mentionedContinue reading “CT: Fairfield County- Norwalk- Calf Pasture Beach (Winter Sunset)”

CT: Middlesex County-East Haddam- Yankee Cider Company

Perfect pairing for the holidays! Loved the ambience of the Yankee Cider Mill. Coupling it with a tour around East Haddam makes for a delightful day. They offer flights of hard cider and sweet wines as well as freshly made cider donuts or s’mores over the open fire outside. Yankee Cider Company, 23 Petticoat Lane,Continue reading “CT: Middlesex County-East Haddam- Yankee Cider Company”

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CT: Middlesex County- East Hampton- Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Farm

What’s better than a Charlie Brown Christmas? An even better Christmas tree! This family farm was absolutely adorable. A beautiful setting into the woods to cut down your own tree and they were lovely. There is also a log cabin with a smoking chimney where you can mail your letters to Santa (#ROLA), get decoratedContinue reading “CT: Middlesex County- East Hampton- Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Farm”

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CT: New London County-Colchester Tour

Fun Fact: The town of Colchester delayed Thanksgiving in 1705 as they didn’t have enough molasses! Known as the Great Molasses shortage of Colchester, the write up in the link at bottom shares the background about the postponement due to the impact on baked beans, brown bread and pumpkin pie! Founded in 1698 and knowingContinue reading “CT: New London County-Colchester Tour”

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