I’m really excited to kick-off a new series today called “Favorite Places,” starting with The Mercurial’s Amanda Bloom. Backstory: When I started this blog in October of 2011, I quickly realized that while Connecticut is geographically small, each region has it’s unique charms. I decided the best way to capture this was to interview people from different parts of the state about their favorite Connecticut places.
Of all the places in the state, the Danbury area has gotten the least amount of love from Connecticut Day Trips, a situation I plan to rectify right now. Today is the first in a series of posts on Farmers Markets in Connecticut, and rather than list them alphabetically, I’m going to go through the different regions to highlight markets, starting with the fair city of Danbury, CT. These markets may not be directly in the city-proper, but they are close enough that if you’re day tripping in the area, you can certainly stop by and sample some of the local goods.
Farmers Markets near Danbury, CT
Bethel Farmers’ Market
67 Stony Hill Rd
Bethel, CT 06801
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CityCenter Danbury Farmers’ Market
Main Street (across from the bus station)
Danbury, CT 06801
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dates: June 29 – October 26
Larson’s Farm Market
547 Danbury Rd
New Milford, CT 06776
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ridgefield Farmers Market
88-90 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Fridays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sandy Hook Farmers Market
5 Washington Ave
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dates: June 23 – October 13
Here, you can search my (slowly, slowly, growing) list of Connecticut Farmers Markets. Am I missing any? Leave a tip in the comments.
Many people prefer to drive, but I think taking the train is the best way to travel to New York City from Connecticut. Parking in Manhattan is prohibitively expensive–especially if you are traveling by yourself without the aid of an expense account–and New York City traffic is unpredictable at best, and down-right riot-inducing at its worst (trust me, I went to college in The Bronx). Train travel on the other hand, is romantic, and a little bit old-fashioned, in a good way. You don’t have to worry about driving, you can bring your own snacks, read, have a cocktail, or even take a nap, all for less than $20. (more…)
The idea for Connecticut Day Trips was hatched when I moved from NYC back to my hometown in Connecticut in early 2011. Everyone kept asking me if I missed the city, and I surprised myself every time by saying, “No, I’m pretty happy here.” The truth is, I find Connecticut to be ideal for people who love travel, food and wine. It’s small geographical size is one of it’s greatest strengths, as you can get from one end of the state to the other in less than two hours, while passing beautiful scenery, terrific road food, plenty of museums to visit, mountains to climb, and trails to hike along the way.
Here are five places currently topping my list of venues to day trip to in Connecticut:
1. The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. For both it’s picturesque landscape and world-class impressionist art collection, I like to go to the Hill-Stead for the farmer’s market, the house tours, and to just stroll the grounds taking in the scenery.
2. Barcelona in Norwalk. I love Barcelona for their killer combination of paella and sangria. It’s my go-to restaurant when I visit my friends Nancy and Dan in Fairfield County, who thankfully, are also big paella-sangria fans making it much easier to share this huge family-style feast. (Thankfully, I have on right around the corner from me in West Hartford, too)
3. Plimptons in West Hartford. I grew up within walking distance to Plimptons in West Hartford Center (it’s one of the remaining stalwarts in the area), and while other kids wanted to hit up the Record Express and Baskin and Robbins (now a Ben and Jerry’s) after school, I loved to browse Plimpton’s rows of high-end office supplies and travel accessories, carefully selecting what I would purchase with an unlimited school supply budget. I guess that’s why I grew up to write about organization and productivity.
4. Antiques Marketplace in Putnam. For it’s combination of size and range of different antique items (furniture, table top, clothing, jewelry, art work), I don’t think you can beat the Antiques Marketplace. It’s your best bet for a one-stop shopping experience in the “Quiet Corner,” not too mention it’s close proximity to the wonderful 85 Main, Courthouse Bar & Grille, and Sharpe Hill Vineyard. This area is a daytripper’s paradise.
5. Haight-Brown in Litchfield. This is the winery to which I eagerly bring friends because it’s huge tasting room is the perfect marriage of large and inviting–so there’s no fighting for a place to sit–with a surprisingly cozy feel. They pair their wine with cheese and chocolate, and offer the chance to stop at my new favorite bar, At The Corner (also in Litchfield) for a burger and homemade potato chips.
All trips | Day trips
A good walk
Antiques + shopping | Holidays
Food lovers | Happy hours
CT Wine trail | Farmers markets
Favorite places series
Good for groups | Going solo
Outdoors-y | Preppy | Romantic
Travel tips + how tos
Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch | Dinner
Beer | Cocktails | Wine
Mistakes were made
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