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Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

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Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

Hello again

Thought I would post an update as to our "final" itinerary for our Aussie Grandmother/Mother/daughter trip. We have all become addicted to this wonderful Trip ADvisor, and our final picks have all been helped out by your many kind suggestions... thanks to you all! While our itinerary may not have "the best" of everything, or be to everyones liking, it fits in with the places we want to see, and the things we want to try and do.

So....here goes:

We arrive NYC 31 Aug, have 4 nights at Radio City Apartments.

Depart Grand Central for stamford on morning of Thurs 4 sept, collect Hertz Hire car, and make our way that day up to Lenox, MA. (maybe Litchfield, Kent, or Washington Depot for lunch??). OVernight at Hampton Terrace B&B. Make way to next day over to Salem, MA. Probably drive via the I90, but would like to make a stop in at Concord MA. 2 nights at Henry Derby House B&B, Salem, and we'll do a day trip into Boston, via the Salem Ferry. Leave Salem and spend day getting down to Falmouth Heights Motor Lodge on Cape Cod for 1 night. NExt morning, drive to Newport RI for mansions tour and Cliff Walk, then make way to Niantic for 2 nights - Inn at Harbor Hill MArina. Visit Mystic, casinos, and Griswold Inn at Essex amongst other things. On final morning, do a Yale Tour, then deliver car back to Stamford, before catching train back to NYC for 1 last night.

Phew! We are all so excited... Cant wait to see your lovely part of the world!

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1. Re: Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

Wow, that sounds like a great trip and you will see so much of the Northeastern United States. You will have a great time. Your research has done you well.

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2. Re: Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

Hi Aussie!

I am so glad to hear back from you! It sounds like you have a plan! Have a great time and be sure to report back when you return!

The only comment I have is based on the hotel choices you made, be sure you are not expecting 3-4 star.. have fun.

Sun

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3. Re: Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

No... we are very comfortable being 2 star kinda people! lol :) Prefer to spend on nice meals, tours etc. The places we picked (gosh, there were so many to choose from.. it was hard!!) had mostly good reviews re: cleanliness etc, and so as long as we have a bed to crash into at night, we'll be happy. My teen daughter will have spent 2 months living out of a back-pack in hostels etc by then so anything will be a bonus to her!

Will definitely post a trip report on our return.

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4. Re: Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

Aussiestef, don't know if you have your entire driving route planned. Hopefully you're taking Route 7 north out of CT toward Lenox. You'll hit some commercial areas but the drive is pleasant and often-times very scenic. After driving through Kent (stop at Belqique - on your left - in Kent for mouth-watering chocolate or pastries), you will see Kent Falls State Park on your right. This is worth a stop (rest rooms!) and it's a very beautiful spot for photos. We've had lots of rain and the falls are at their best. Continuing along on Route 7 and driving along the Housatonic River (on your right), you'll see West Cornwall, CT, and the historic covered bridge. Nice place for photos there as well. Take the right (the road dips down a slight grade), cross the bridge, park your car and then walk back toward the bridge. There's a little park to the right of the bridge and the rapids under it add to the lovely photos you'll be able to take there. If there's any way you can continue the drive north after your overnight stay in Lenox, an incredibly scenic drive east is Route 2 along the top of the state of MA (it's called the Mohawk Trail), and then 2A and then evenually Route 2 which will take you right into Concord. I do wish you Godspeed and sincerely hope you'll enjoy every moment of our neck of the woods!

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5. Re: Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

Thanks Raecam... your suggestions are exactly what we hope to do. The falls sound so pretty, and covered bridges are on our list of must-sees. Re: the Mohawk Trail - I have been very iterested in this, just wasn't sure how the driving time from Lenox to Concord/boston area compared to taking the I90 route. BUt yes, for a few reasons, the Trail route appealed to us. Thanks for your help!

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6. Re: Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

There's another covered bridge you'll drive by on Route 7 - Bull's Bridge. It is in (ironically) Bulls Bridge, CT. It will be on your left and you will reach it before the town of Kent. Cross the bridge and there's a large car park ahead of you. The river (the Housatonic again) spills out over a huge dam and is a spectacular display. There are also hiking trails off of the car park but you won't have time for that. Bull's Brige Inn (on your right), although I haven't been there for a while, has always been a nice place to eat. Enjoy!

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7. Re: Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

Just exactly how are you getting from Stamford to Lenox? You do not need to take Route 7 from its southern boundary up through Danbury. That area will be traffic and takes a long time to get from around Norwalk to Danbury. Be aware that Route 7 has been under repair from Brookfield to New Milford for quite a long time now and can be a mess with traffic delays. If you want an alternate route, you can come up 95 in Stamford or the Merrit Parway to 25 North and I can direct you through a back way to New Milford where you can pick up Route 7 again. This is the nicer part of Route 7 that takes you into Kent. Also since you will be near Stockbridge, Mass. You might want to walk around there. I know you are from out of the country but you may want to see the Norman Rockwell museum there. Note: the back way into New Milford takes you through some pretty scenery, past Lake Lillinoah and through the quaint town of Bridgewater. Good chocolate there too. Let me know if you want directions. have a great trip and welcome.

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8. Re: Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

hi JeanneFromCt

Thanks for your suggestion and hint re: roadwork etc. Thats exactly the kind of tips we are looking for. SO... looking at my google map your idea sounds great. Confirmation of dIrections would be great (I only have the google maps at the moment, will buy better ones over there!)... and of course will have a GPS in the hire car. :) Realistically how much time would you allow from STamford to say, new milford, kent etc?

A question from my duaghter, a HUGE "Gilmore Girls" fan ... we know that Stars Hollow is a fictional place, but we have read somewhere that Washington Depot is the town it was based on? If so, we'd probably divert up through there after New Milford. OR.. can you suggest another place on our way which would be a good "Stars Hollow substitute"?? THANKS!!

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I can give you directions at the end of this e-mail. You can go to Washington Depot although I think you would really like the town of Kent much better and it would be on route 7 so you would not have to detour from that route to go to Washington, Depot. Kent is a lovely little town with many shops and a great bakery and one of my favorite restaurants, the Fife and Drum. Great place for lunch or dinner. They are closed on Tuesday, though. The restaurant is filled with drawings by David Armstrong who will remind you very much of the Wyeths. Kent is the home to a private school and when in session, you can see lots of Gilmore girl types in town.

I think it would take you about 2 hours to get from Stamford to New Milford. A lot will depend on 95 traffic or the Merritt. You should try to avoid rush hour commute. If you hit Stamford after 9am you should be OK. Here is what you do. If you take 95 north you will want to take the Trumbull exit which I believe is 27A. It will say Trumbull 25 North or if you take the Merritt Parkway North and you will want Exit 49 that says 25 North. Both of these exits will put you on 25 North towards Monroe/Newtown Danbury. Actually you will be on what is called the Colonel Mucci Highway. Follow 25 North until you come to a stop light at Route 111 intersection. Continue straight into Newtown, CT. You will pass the famous flagpole in the middle of main street. Continue on 25 North which now becomes Route 6 towards Brookfield and Bethel. This is really the same road. You will go down a hill until you come to another stop light intersection with a choice to turn right toward I 84. (Exit 9) You will want to turn right here. Follow this road over the Railroad tracks towards Hawleywille and continue to follow this road into Brookfield. When you get to the intersection with Route 133 you will turn right onto Route 133 and follow this until it ends at route 67. You will pass Lake Lillinoah and go through the small town of Bridgewater. In Bridgewater at the Village Store where you can get sandwiches, etc. you can also buy Bridgewate chocolate which is yummy. When you get to Route 67 you will turn left and follow this into New Milford. When you are approaching New Milford you will want to bear to you left and go over the bridge until you come to a circle. You will pick up route 7 again here. If you have your heart set on going to Washington Depot, when you get to New Milford you can bear to the right and take route 202 until route 109 for Washington Depot. If you want you can stay on route 202 and take route 45 past Lake Waramaug into Kent. This is an alternative, but very pretty route as would be route 7 from New Milford. I know other posters would give you alternate routes, but I think these are the least confusing and probably will take you through the nicest areas towards Lenox. When you get here, our AAA offices can map this whole trip for you if you a member anywhere. I hope this helps. Jeanne.

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10. Re: Aussie Gr'mother/mother/daughter trip! Nearly time!

Wow jeanne, thanks. I really appreciate the time you have taken. i will check out the maps I have, and get back to you with any quesions. And yes, Kent does sound like it will do the trick! And thanks for the tips on good stops for food and chocolate! :)

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