Things To Do

by admin on March 18, 2017

Putnam Park

Putnam Memorial State Park… click here to view web page

“Connecticuts Vallry Forge”

 

Partial history; General Israel Putnam’s division of the Continental Army encamped in Redding in the winter of 1778-1779. This division was comprised of General Poor’s brigade of New Hampshire troops under Brig. General Enoch Poor, a Canadian Regiment led by Col. Moses Hazen, and two brigades of Connecticut troops: 2nd Brigade Connecticut Line regiments commanded by Brig. General Jedediah Huntington, and the 1st Brigade Connecticut Line regiments commanded by Brig. General Samuel H. Parsons. This division had been operating along the Hudson (Eastern New York) during the fall, and as winter approached it was decided that it should go into winter quarters at Redding, as from this position it could support the important fortress of West Point in case of attack, intimidate the Cowboys and Skinners of Westchester County, and cover lands adjacent to Long Island Sound. Another major reason was to protect the Danbury supply depot, which had been burned by the British the year before but resurrected to keep supplies going to Washington’s army.

Colonel Aaron Burr, one of General Putnam’s aides and a frequent visitor to Redding, had suggested that Putnam look over the area for a future winter encampment during a summer visit to General Heath’s Brigade in Danbury. Putnam found the topography and location ideal.

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Visit Connecticut for a few days

by admin on December 20, 2013

As your interest in Connecticut increases, you might want to come for a visit and even stay for a few days. I have listed below some interesting places to stay other than the typical hotel or motel.

Check Out These Places Too Stay For A Visit To The Lakes Region Of Western Connecticut Including…CandlewoodLake, LakeLillinonah, LakeWaramaug, BantamLake, LakeZoar and more2013-12-19_162404

New Milford; stay at the Heritage Inn  Heritage website for about $100.00 including breakfast. Walk to the lovely town green and downtown area restaurants. About 15 minutes to CandlewoodLake or Lillinonah.

 

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Woodbury, stay at a truly classic New England Inn Inn website many rooms in this charming Inn are less than $90.00. Stroll down historic Main Street down with many buildings and homes built in the 1700 and early 1800’s. Woodbury also has many interesting restaurants and a large concentration of antique stores. It is an extra 10 minutes or so to get to the lakes.

Check Out These Places Too Stay For A Visit To The Connecticut River Region And The Eastern Shore Area Of  Connecticut

2013-12-19_162515East Haddam, stay at the Gelston House Gelston website what an amazing spot to relax and recharge and then travel around the area to see the beautiful Connecticut River, try and stay for the Sunday brunch

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Essex, stay at the Griswold Inn Griswold website wonderful place to eat and stay, stroll around historic old Essex, the marinas and the river front park a most pleasant place to hang around for several days.

2013-12-19_162544Old Saybrook, stay at the Saybrook Inn & Spa Saybrook Inn website  sited at the mouth of the Connecticut River this luxury resort marina really is a special place to visit

2013-12-19_162557Niantic, stay at the Harbor Hill Inn Harbor Hill website enjoy commanding views of beautiful Niantic harbor and a great to begin looking around the eastern shore on Connecticut

 2013-12-19_162614Stonington, stay at the Inn At Stonington, Inn website Stonington harbor is one of the most beautiful harbors in New England, wander around the old village dine in one of the waterfront restaurants or just sit back and enjoy the view

 

 

 

 

 

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   Sycamore Drive-in  BethelCreamery Newtown So here’s the plan for this Saturday night, we uncover the old vette and fire her up, then it’s off to the Sycamore Drive-in  in Bethel for a French pressed hamburger, fries and homemade root beer float. After we stuff our face, let’s spend some time looking at all the cool cars and chillin to the 50’s music.  Gee I’m getting hungry again, let’s go to the Creamery in Newtown and watch the cows cross the road and have one of those super yummy dairy ice cream cones…. Hmmmm large please with chocolate sprinkles.

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Norwalk Boat Show

by admin on September 15, 2013

Connecticut certainly has lots of fun things to do all year long but the fall brings a concentration of events across the state. One of our favorites is the Norwalk Boat Show in mid September. Excited boaters travel from all over the eastern states, to visit this famous in-water boating extravaganza with hundreds of boats, boating accessories and boating seminars to see. Make sure you visit the food booths, the food seems to get better every year. Enjoy!

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New England Air Museum

by admin on September 12, 2013

 

Located just steps away from the Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks CT, the New England Air Museum is a hidden gem.  Beyond what you might expect, there are over 70 aircraft and engines, a myriad of family activities, and various unique events held throughout the year.   You can try your hand at the flight simulator, you can participate in the RC swap meet, and most especially have the unique opportunity of climbing inside one of the many planes on display like the F-100A in the picture below.  And yes, you can even purchase surplus inventory for that restoration job you have been working on.  This family friendly excursion makes for a comfortable day trip from anywhere in Connecticut.  

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Things To Do…. Visit Kent Falls

by admin on April 30, 2013

Kent Falls, is located in the northeastern section of beautiful Kent. The park is best known for it’s series of waterfalls on a mountain stream known as Falls Brook. The stream begins in the town of Warren, draining an area of  about seven square miles. It then flows west to the big fall where it plunges approximately 70 feet in a dramatic cascade. From here the stream descends in a series of lesser falls and cascades to the valley, where it enters the Housatonic River some 200 feet below the brink of the big fall only a quarter mile away.

The park began in 1919 with the gift of 200 acres by the White Memorial Foundation. Other parcels were donated or purchased over the years and now includes  295 acres . The area was developed in the 1930′s by the Civil Works Administration. In the mid nineteen-seventies, considerable trail reconstruction was done by the Youth Conservation Corps of Connecticut. The covered bridge is an authentic reproduction built in 1974 by a park employee, Edmund Palmer.

The flow in the cascade at Kent is normally heaviest in the spring when the winter snow is melting. However, the falls can be dramatic at any time of the year, particularly after substantial rainstorms. Fall foliage season is also an excellent time to enjoy the area. Because of its exceptional scenic qualities, Kent Falls has been featured in a number of magazine and television advertisements.

I really can’t remember how many times we have visited Kent Falls over the years, as it has always been a favorite stop to take family and friends that are visiting Connecticut. I hope you enjoy your visit as much as we always do.

Video Tour of Kent Falls State Park         Another Kent Falls Video

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Candlewood Lake…..Sight Seeing Flights

by admin on April 23, 2013

 

If you are looking for a different kind of lake experience, or a very unique gift idea a sight seeing flight might just fit the bill.  Docked at Candlewood lake, your aerial tour would take you on a trip of the surrounding vistas where you will gain a different perspective of the lakes, rivers and countryside of the Nutmeg State and beyond.  If you are an experienced pilot or would like to be come one, Sport Flying also offers a variety of courses from light sport to sea plane training.  This is surely one of those experiences that won’t soon be forgotten.

 

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The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, is the oldest public art museum in the United States, and one of the most interesting to visit. The museum was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth, one of the first important American patrons of the arts.  Its collections include nearly 50,000 works of art. I especially enjoyed the unsurpassed collection of Hudson River School landscapes and the collection of American colonial furniture and decorative arts and the Samuel Colt firearms collection. The museum continues to schedule new exhibitions, lectures, tours, performances, films, and family events. We also always enjoy a visit to the lovely Museum Café, most museum food is, how should I put it …..Hmm not so good, not so with the Museum Café, open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday, the menu includes freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and pastries, you might want to check out the Sunday jazz brunch.

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Ice Sailing On Bantam Lake

by admin on January 21, 2013

I am always surprised when I tell folks about ice sailing in Connecticut and get this blank look back and reply of “what’s ice sailing”  Here’s your chance to learn a little and see a video about ice sailing. So what’s ice sailing… you take a piece of wood, attach three skates to the bottom and a mast with sail on the top, add a nice thick ice on one of Connecticut’s lakes, some wind and off you go. If you want to go faster, and we all want to go faster, you upgrade the piece of wood to a aerodynamic shell, add better and sharper skates and a bigger mast and sail. So what are you waiting for lets go ice sailing on Bantam Lake

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My first visit to the Seaport was back in the sixties and I must say a lot has changed, back then the Seaport was, how should I say  it, a bit basic and almost shabby, what a transformation over the years. The Seaport is now a world class tourist destination and pretty much a must see if you are visiting Connecticut. Many come for just a stroll around the collection of 18oo’s buildings and to see the tall ships but wind up spending many hours listening to maritime music, observing maritime re-enactments or just taking an in-depth look at one of the many living museum exhibits. Hope you enjoy your visit.

   What To See And Do  click here  Events Calendar  click here

Charles W Morgan Whaling Ship  click here

Direction to the Seaport  click here   Seaport Website  click here

Ticket Prices & Operating Hours  click here      

Seaport photo tour  click here   Seaport Video  click here 

Another Seaport Video  click here

Grounds map click here    Visit by boat  click here

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