It’s that time of year for New England’s biggest fair. The Eastern States Exposition known as ‘The Big E’ takes place in West Springfield, Massachusetts every September. The best part? It goes on for 2 weeks! This weekend marked the opening of the The Big E.
Happy Labor Day weekend! This usually indicts the end of summer. I have to mention one of my favorite places to go during summer - Watch Hill, Rhode Island. It may be known as the location of Taylor Swift’s summer home where she has her 4th of July parties. Watch Hill is a coastal village in the town of Westerly, Rhode Island. It’s small so it’s perfect for day trippers or those who wants a quiet weekend getaway.
New London in Connecticut is one of the oldest seaport city on Thames River. A city filled with art, music, eateries, history and many more! When I moved to Connecticut, I lived in Groton so I hopped over to New London several times to enjoy the many things it had to offer. I’ve been in Southeastern CT for 8 years but I’m always still learning new places or things to do in New London - it’s the city that continues to always have something for everyone!
Every summer I take the drive on a long scenic country road in Griswold, Connecticut until I reach Buttonwood Farm. Buttonwood Farm is a working family owned farm that sells farm fresh ice cream. They have the best ice cream in New England region. It’s THAT good. Griswold, CT also got the “sunflower capital” cred from Buttonwood Farm’s annual event in July. The Sunflowers for Wishes is a fundraiser event donating all proceeds to the Make-A-Wish of Connecticut.
Chester, Connecticut is a small rural town sandwiched between Essex and East Haddam. I discovered this town a few years ago in May during their town wide tag sale. They hold one annually around Memorial Day weekend. It’s so good that I’ve gone there three years now. I wondered what Chester looked like on an ordinary day so I took a drive up one Sunday.
The town of Westport in Fairfield county was the very first town I visited in Connecticut. I came to Westport in 2010 so it holds meaningful memories for me. Westport is only 50 miles from NYC so it was the perfect suburban neighborhood without the city bustle. It is known to be on the top richest towns in CT list. That makes a drive around Westport very stunning with all of the mansions and structures. The downtown main street is another beautiful spot to see.
One of my favorite part about summer is when the fair season officially starts! North Stonington Agricultural Fair is the first fair to kick off the season this upcoming weekend July 11th-14th. I have been going to No Sto Fair as long as I have been in CT (8 years!). It’s my favorite fair to attend in New London county. Nothing beats the small community of No Sto, the folks are amazing. They show their pride by the hard work they put into the fair and know how to welcome everyone to their beautiful town.
One of my most favorite flowers (beside hydrangeas!) are peonies. Once I found out that there was a peony farm in Rhode Island, I had to make the drive last weekend to see it. The peony farm was located outside of Little Compton, Rhode Island. Little Compton is quaint small farming town on the coastline classified as “farmcoast”. It was the kind small town where you didn’t see much of traffic lights or big chain stores. There are many long winding roads with views of farm lands while you’re inhaling the coastal breeze. It’s perfect town for a slow paced day of driving to take in the beautiful scenery.
This past Saturday was one of my favorite days in the state of Connecticut… it was Open House Day! What is “Open House Day”? It’s a day when museums and attractions all over Connecticut offers discounted or free admission. Some museums and attractions also have giveaways or special activities. It’s a fun day to explore so off to East Haddam I go! East Haddam is a small town that lies on Connecticut River in Middlesex county.
I drove over to Stonington Borough for a quiet, slow paced day. The borough is just a hop over from Mystic, CT. Stonington quickly became one of my favorite New England towns when I first moved here. I was drawn to the beautiful homes that lined the main street along with the fascinating town history. Stonington is the oldest village in Connecticut established in 1649. The borough is a perfect destination for a leisurely stroll during any season.