Celebrate Spring: Get Outside!
After an unseasonably warm winter, and a cold end to March, we’re all hoping for the perfect start to spring! April in New England is the perfect time to shed your down jackets, get outside, and celebrate the season. Northwest Connecticut is the ideal place for an outdoor enthusiast to visit for a weekend in the spring.
The famous covered bridge, Bull’s Bridge, in Kent offers a wonderful river walk with waterfalls, rapids, a historic power station, and scenic overviews. A portion of the Appalachian Trail is included and is clearly marked for those unfamiliar with the area. The history of the bridge varies depending on who you ask, but it has been built and rebuilt multiple times since the 1700’s. It is a one-lane bridge and services all vehicles crossing from Connecticut to New York state so be cautious when passing through. If you decide you’re up for a slightly more strenuous hike with less crowds of people, follow the sign to climb Ten Mile Hill for gorgeous views.
Hop in the car and follow Route 7 all the way up to Housatonic River Outfitters in Cornwall Bridge. Organize a trip on the river with one of their guides. They will meet you at the shop, get you outfitted with equipment, help with your casting or fishing techniques, supply you with a gourmet meal and take you out for a full afternoon of fishing! Their guides have more than half a century of fishing and guiding experience between them and will give you the absolute best fly-fishing experience that you could possibly imagine. There is no better way to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the Housatonic River, which is known for world class fishing.
If fishing isn’t for you, continue even further up Route 7 to North Canaan and visit the Canaan Country Club. This hidden gem is any golf lovers paradise with relaxing landscapes and unmatched value. This scenic nine-hole course is open to the public and crosses throughout inland wetlands, with views of Canaan Mountain. The course is open seven days a week from April to November and includes a pro shop, restaurant, and bar.
Not far from North Canaan, you will find Falls Village, a small town named after the Great Falls which is part of the Housatonic River. In this quaint village, you’ll find Rand’s View, a great spot to take in the northern Berkshire Mountains. This moderate to slightly strenuous trail is situated along the Appalachian Trail and well known as the jewel of Connecticut to hikers. Parking at the old Iron Works area allows you to follow the trail past the hydroelectric station, crossing over the bridge, and up the banks of the Housatonic River. You can catch the waterfall and enter the woods up to Prospect Mountain for some of the best views that Northwest Connecticut has to offer.
If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can visit the Norfolk Farmers’ Market, which continues year round. In April, it is held inside of the Norfolk Town Hall from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and includes only the best local vendors and seasonal producers. Vegetable farms, hand made jewelry, hand woven linens, beef, pork, maple syrup, and baked goods are only a small percent of the wide array of artisan products.
Feeling inspired by the farm to table, local and artisan movement? Visit Thorncrest Farm in Goshen and learn how to make your own cheese. This family run farm is dedicated to excellence in animal care and farming. Their cows are fed the sweetest hay and feeds, and treated like family members themselves! They say that happy cows make the best milk and that couldn’t be more true. At Thorncrest Farm, they milk into individual pails and slowly pasteurize for the richest flavor. Cheese making classes are kept small and topics include butter, yogurt, creme fraiche, mozzarella ricotta, and cheddars. These hands-on classes allow you to experience an authentic culinary journey.
Give yourself a thrill and hike the tallest peak in the state of Connecticut! Bear Mountain reaches 2,316 feet and for those in good physical condition, the views are breathtaking and well worth the efforts. There are two main entrances either by Undermountain Trail off of Route 41 or at Lion’s Head, a popular spot for locals due to its short distance and amazing views. No matter which way you decide to go, you won’t be disappointed by Bear Mountain. It is a well marked trail at about 5.9 miles. Hike with a group or bring your furry friend!
Slow down and smell the flowers with a final stop in Sharon. Pick up a book from Darren Winston Bookseller, a cross between the traditional gallery and the vintage bookshop. The perfectly arranged variety of books include everything from first editions to pulp fiction classics. As you exit the bookstore, cross the street to the town green and relax on a bench. Walk the perimeter and enjoy your personal walking tour of historical Sharon. The Hotchkiss Library, Sharon Historical Society, Nathaniel Skinner House, and Sedgwick Cottage are just a few of the historical homes and buildings surrounding the green.
Whether you decide to lounge in the sun, discover a new favorite activity, or hike the Appalachian Trail, make sure to enjoy all that northwest Connecticut has to offer! Don’t miss out on anything, celebrate Spring!
*Please remember to be safe when taking any walks, or hikes. You should not travel alone. Bring water and snacks, and layer up. Keep your dog on a leash and stay away from wild animals!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download