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.
Last month I blogged about my day in Stonington borough. Many local readers saw that I “forgot” a restaurant for the recommendation list… Dog Watch Cafe. Guess what? I intentionally left them off the list! Why’s that? Lemme tell you, Dog Watch Cafe is TOO good, they deserved their own post. When I moved to Connecticut in 2011, Dog Watch Cafe was one of the very first restaurants that I tried in New England. Dog Watch quickly became my go-to restaurant for many milestones and celebrations. It’s safe to say that Dog Watch is my favorite restaurant in the entire New England region.
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.
Cafe Otis is housed in the 19th century building located right across from the City Hall. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well happy hour. The food on the menu is locally sourced and they have a craft cocktail bar too! The menu is described as Mediterranean-inspired with many vegan or non-vegan options. There was a selection of smoothies called Wild Otis with variety of flavors.
Southeastern Connecticut got more warm weather last weekend. Inspired by exploring Essex’s main street, I decided to explore another main street. Niantic was my pick, the only exception is that I have been there several times. I visited the beautiful seaside village of Niantic for the first time during my first summer of living in New England. I went there for the Lions’ annual Lobsterfest and their outdoor arts & crafts show. Niantic is a village that is part of East Lyme, CT surrounded by Long Island Sound and Niantic Bay.
The beautiful spring weather called for exploring a new town. I decided to explore Essex which is a small town on the Connecticut River in Middlesex county. I went down to the historical main street of Essex which had the Colonial seaport town vibe. The street is lined with Colonial style homes and buildings that house restaurants and shops.
It’s almost time for some wicked chowda!!! This year marks the Olde Mistick Village’s 16th annual Cabin Fever Festival which hosts the chowder cook off to donate all the proceeds to a charity. This year’s charity is Always Home which works to prevent homelessness. It will be taking place this upcoming Saturday February 23, 2019 from 12-4pm at Olde Mistick Village in Mystic, CT.