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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I am not a Cape Cod person by birth or genetics. My family believes the best beaches in the world are located on the east end of Long Island and anyone who disagrees just doesn’t know what they’re talking about. I subscribe to this myself; however, I have really fond memories of my friend Nancy’s family beach house on the Cape in Chatham, and her wedding in Chatham, and Mike and I just had a really great weekend in Hyannisport. I feel like I’m cheating on Montauk when I admit I like Cape Cod. I liked the lobster, I liked the boat shoes, and I loved the company. (more…)
What a strange thing to make the trek to Vermont up 91 and across route 100 from Hartford in June and not in January. Usually when we drive up it’s freezing and white and snow-y. This time it was a balmy 80 and we stopped for roadside lobster rolls and ice cream along the way. I’ve never been up to Killington in the summer. My trips have been reserved for ski season; but, since friends Helen and HP have an actual real adult house which they own — as opposed to an Animal House-style seasonal rental — we made the trip up for a relaxing June weekend in the Green Mountain State. (more…)
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