If you’re ever heading out to the Hampton, Connecticut area, can I recommend a walk through the town’s center? Much like Mansfield Historic District, it’s a grouping of old homes and storefronts — none of which ever seem to be open when I drive through. There are lots of things to do around the Hampton area, just nothing to do right here, except walk around and look at these pretty old houses.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
For this walk. set your GPS to the Hampton Congregational Church and park there. From there you can walk up and down Main Street.
Windham Historical Society-Jillson House
627 Pomfret Rd
Hampton, CT 06247
Theodore Dwight Weld House
77 Parsonage Road
Hampton, CT 06247
A Bit Hampered in Hampton
I have never had a bad time at Sharpe Hill. Well… except one time Mike and I brought about a dozen friends for an afternoon at the winery and we brought our own snacks. The famously cantankerous owner yelled at us for bringing outside food when they have a restaurant. (more…)
This visit was over my birthday weekend in October and the leaves had juuuust fallen off the trees so the landscape was barren-esque, bit not so barren as to have no color at all. (more…)
The apple cider doughnuts at Horse Listeners Orchard aren’t actually made at Horse Listeners Orchard; they’re from The Milkhouse Bakery in Sterling, but that hardly matters when it’s sunny and beautiful and crisp out. Horse Listeners has all the must-have trappings of a pick-your-own farm: wagons to pull your kids in, cider and doughnuts for sale, and pumpkins and apples to pick. Plus, there are horses just wandering around the orchard eating apples.
They also have their own apple sauce, apple butter and a host of salsas and pickled veggies made from their own produce. This makes it a great place to stock up on hostess gifts for the holidays.
Horse Listeners Orchard
317 Bebbington Road
Ashford, CT 06278
Chester is one of those towns that you can show up, park your car anywhere, and not really have a plan. Just get out and walk. I spent a lovely spring day here and did have a plan: it was to wander and explore, but most importantly it was to eventually end up at the River Tavern for lunch. So we walked through Chester which has a quaint little downtown right on the Connecticut River, and then we got cracking at the River Tavern with guacamole with homemade tortilla chips, a rare burger, steamed mussels and a vegetable frittata accompanied by some glasses of processo and a delicious dark-n-stormy. I can’t wait to see what they do here for dinner.
23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412
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