Connecticut Bound: 52 Weekend Getaways

11. Old Fashioned Fun

  1. Get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine with a visit to Allegra Farm & Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Museum, Rte. 82, East Haddam. Take a ride on an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage pulled by magnificent horses. You’ll enjoy their historic and educational programs.
  2. Venture over to East Hampton to the Comstock Covered Bridge on Rte. 16. You can walk across it and have a picnic lunch on the banks of the scenic Salmon River.
  3. Drive Rte. 80 West towards Stony Creek and take a boat ride through the Thimble Islands. Enjoy a personal narration of the islands’ rich history, dating back to 1614.
  4. Make a reservation at a comfortable luxurious inn or B&B in Madison.
  5. Venture back to East Haddam for dinner at the Gelston House then catch a performance at Goodspeed Opera House, where nationally acclaimed musicals are performed in a historic Victorian theater on the Connecticut River.
  6. Next morning head to the nearby outlets, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets,
  7. and Westbrook Factory Outlets,
  8. or head over to Bittersweet Farm in Branford, where you’ll discover high-quality handmade items displayed in shops and galleries in a country atmosphere.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points (1 to 8) is 33 miles.

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