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12 Mar

Day Trips: A Drive to Kent

There is nothing Rich and I like to do more than hop in the car and go exploring. From The Manor House it is just a short drive along Route 44 past cow farms, the Land of Nod Winery, and Beckley Furnace. If you have a picnic in mind, we can provide you with a basket. The Blackberry River Bakery is right along the route in Canaan where you will be taking a left onto Route 7 South. Stop in and stock up on their delicious sandwiches, salads, and pastries.

Route 7 meanders through scenic small towns along the Housatonic where fly fishermen line the waters casting for bass and other fish. Cornwall Bridge is a small gem of a town we have yet to explore but now that the days are getting longer and spring is almost here you will be hearing about it soon.

Continue on until you reach Kent Falls State Park on your left. There is a large picnic area with tables and the falls can be seen from the road. We were there in the winter but when the snow melts there is a trail you can hike to the top of the falls.

Waterfall at Kent Falls State Park

Waterfall at Kent Falls State Park

Then on to the town of Kent, “one of the best small towns in America”. Along the Appalachian Trail, it offers hiking and kayaking on the Housatonic. Or if the falls were enough outdoor activity for one day, you can visit the House of Books-a great Indie book store right on South Main St (Route 7).

House of Books Kent, CT

House of Books Kent, CT

There are lots of spots to read — coffee shops, casual dining, park benches beside outdoor sculpture, and a very popular ice cream/truffle shop.

Or stroll along Main Street and down side roads lined with Colonial and Victorian homes, stopping along the way to shop in one of the many eclectic boutiques or browse an art gallery or two.

Ober Gallery Kent, CT

Ober Gallery Kent, CT

If you’re looking for fine dining you can choose from several places such as the Bulls Bridge Inn Restaurant, Kingsley Tavern, or the Fife ‘n Drum which also serves Sunday brunch.

So visit us soon. The snow has melted, the days are getting longer, and the birds are waking us up each morning. Spring is here and it’s time to get in the car and drive.