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60-somethings in CT August 1-5

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60-somethings in CT August 1-5

My husband and I hope to travel to CT to enjoy a day or more at the Litchfield Jazz Festival. We can allot extra days for our trip and wonder what else we might include on our agenda August 1-5. In offering suggestions, please bear in mind that we're not particularly athletic (but enjoy walking) and have zero interest in casinos.

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1. Re: 60-somethings in CT August 1-5

Here is a nice little art and decorate arts museum in the Hartford area (a hidden gem): http://www.hillstead.org/

The Wadsworth is the leading art museum in Hartford: http://www.wadsworthatheneum.org/

Yale's Peabody Museum (impressive dinosaur collection) http://www.peabody.yale.edu/

Yale also has a nice British Art musuem and walking tours of the campus.

Web page for Connecticut landmarks: http://www.ctlandmarks.org/index.php

If you are interested in the American civil war and fight against slavery, you may want to look into the CT freedom trail: www.ctfreedomtrail.com/site/urailroad.html

Litchfield has the prettiest historic center and green with Victorian houses. There is a historical society museum, some nice restaurants, and local wineries. Woodbury, CT has lots of antique shops if you are into that. If you love flowers, stroll around the grounds of White Flower Farms in Litchfield. It is a world class flower retailer, but is also so pretty just to stroll around.

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The stroll around White Flower Farms is a good one. We do it every Mothers day.

A stop at Kent Falls. You can hike, or not, up the falls. If you're in decent shape, it's not too tough. And very pretty.

Just drive Rt 7. Lots of cute little towns to explore, shops to wander.

At afternoon at the White Hart Inn in Salisbury is a real treat.

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3. Re: 60-somethings in CT August 1-5

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum is marvelous. Down the road from the Foxwoods Casino, built and owned by the Pequots who own and run Foxwoods. You can go to just the museum, you don't have to set foot in the casino portion if you don't want to. The casion and the museum are in separate buildings. It's at the opposite end of the state from Litchfield, but Connecticut is not a large state. Probably 75 miles or sofrom one to the other. Also in the area is Mystic Seaport, a living history museum, Mystic Aquarium, and the USS Nautilus submarine which you can tour.

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Thanks for the array of grand suggestions.

It's been almost six years since I've visited two old friends in CT. A college classmate who's a CT native lives in a 225+ year old house in Wethersfield, and another friend moved from Berea to Southbury almost 20 years ago. I expect that we may stay with one or both a day or two, but the Inn at Kent Falls looks so very appealing that I think we'll see if we can book a room there for a couple nights.

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Hi Pat. You may want to check out the covered bridge in Cornwall just north of Kent. The town of Kent is cute with a number of shops, restaurants and galleries.

Another possibility is to follow the western CT wine trail http://www.ctwine.com/

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6. Re: 60-somethings in CT August 1-5

Thanks for the variety of interesting suggestions for our time in the Western Hills. What if we can also spend a couple days along the CT Coast? Any suggestions for B&Bs and things to do?

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One poster had correctly intuited that we would enjoy flowers. In addition to the suggestion for White Flower Farm, I've discovered a site with information about eleven historic gardens -- www.flogris.org/cthistoricgardens/index.html. Any comments on these: Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Butler-McCook House & Garden, Florence Griswold Museum, Glebe House Museum & The Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Harkness Memorial State Park, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hill-Stead Museum, Osborne Homestead Museum and Kellogg Environmental Center, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Roseland Cottage, Bowen House? Florence Griswold Museum and Hill-Stead Museum are likely choices for us because each also offers an opportunity to see the art collections.

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Something else I've discovered for us is an exhibition featuring 60 works of California Impressionist art, "All Things Bright and Beautiful: California Impressionist Paintings, from The Irvine Museum" which will be at Katonah Museum of Art from July 13 - October 5. That's just about 40 minutes from our friends in Southbury, isn't it?

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9. Re: 60-somethings in CT August 1-5

Yeah, it's about 40 minutes, and an easy ride, down route 84 from Southbury to Katonah.

Woodbury has been mentioned. Besides the antique store and beautifully restored old homes, they have a marvelous French bakery.

When looking for something to do with my aunt a couple of your ago, we found Hill-Stead Museum (hillstead.org) and were very satisfied. Farmington also has areas with gorgeous old homes.

You mentioned Kent. All the towns along route 7 are picturesque.

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10. Re: 60-somethings in CT August 1-5

Again my thanks to all who have posted suggestions. Curiously though it was the Litchfield Jazz Festival that initially sparked our excitement about coming to CT this summer, we've actually shifted dates for our visit to July 13-18 (and will catch the Litchfield Jazz Festival in another year or two). Please let me know if there are any particular events July 13-18 that should not be missed while we're in the area.

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