PLACES TO VISIT
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Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in New England with warm sunny days and cool nights. We are very busy here with weddings and foliage weekend getaways but somehow manage to squeeze in a little Rest and Relaxation for the innkeepers. A picnic lunch in the middle of the day, after breakfast and room changes, and before afternoon check-in is one of our favorite ways to escape.
The Norfolk area has an abundance of bucolic spots for picnicking. Yesterday we drove to the Colebrook General Store for sandwiches, chips, and drinks. The Greek revival building was built in 1812 in the last town in colonial Connecticut to be settled. The first child born in the town was a boy and aptly named Alpha. This northwest corner of Connecticut is known as Iron Country and here in Colebrook iron ore was drawn by oxen from Salisbury to the forges where cannons were made during the Revolutionary War.
With a delicious lunch in our picnic basket, we drove out of town on a road we’d never traveled before knowing that “All who wander are not lost.” Indeed it is the best way to discover something wonderful and new. Which is exactly what we did when we stumbled upon the Colebrook River Lake and Dam. “Well look what we found,” Rich said pointing to a an eagle flying overhead and a picnic table with a view of this:
Today was a very busy day before an even more hectic weekend. After driving to the hardware store in Canaan, I decided another picnic break was in order so we stopped at the Great Wall in Canaan for Chinese takeout.
Just a few miles from the Inn is the Beckley Furnace, another part of Connecticut’s Industrial and Iron producing history. There are picnics tables along the Blackberry River and the Land of Nod Winery is just down the street, in case you would like a glass of local wine with your picnic.
On this particular day, fallen apples sat atop the waterfall and bobbed on the river below, the air filled with the aroma of apple pie and freshly mowed hay.
Visit the Manor House Inn while the weather is still perfect for picnicking. We have picnic baskets for guests to borrow and can direct you to great picnic spots and places to buy delectable lunches. Call for a reservation today at The Manor House, 860-542-5690.