Connecticut Bound: Foliage Driving Loop – Scenic Fairfield

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Scenic Fairfield

The Connecticut county nearest the Big Apple is commuter country, and right away you see its appeal. White clapboard houses, winding streets with over branching shade trees, quiet stretches between towns, and always, water-a stream or pond, lake or river. History? The green and white town of Ridgefield (1) was the scene of a Revolutionary War battle in 1777; at the Old Keeler Tavern on Main Street you can see the British cannonball still lodged in a corner post. Contrast? A block north, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art challenges visitors with the latest from avant garde. Along Route 7 you pass corporate homes of companies that have opted for a Connecticut address but the road is best known as antiques alley because of its many shops devoted to yesterday’s treasures. As you move into the higher hills, keep your eyes open for views, especially along the ridge between New Milford (2) and Roxbury (3). Unspoiled state parklands, orchards and villages make the crush of city life seem far away.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance from Norwalk making a loop back to Norwalk is 115 miles.

Begin in Norwalk on Rte. 15 (Merritt Parkway) Exit 38. Rte. 123 to Rte. 33 to Ridgefield then take Rte 35 to Rte. 7 to New Milford, pick up I-84 E at Danbury and go to Exit 6 and get off to continue on Rte. 7 to New Milford, take Rte. 67 to Roxbury 10 miles, Roxbury Rte 317 to Woodbury 7 miles, Woodbury to Southbury and RTE 84W to EXIT 10 Sandy Hook 16 miles, Sandy Hook to Bethel (Rt.302) 7 miles, Bethel South on Rt. 58 to Rt. 136 to Merritt Parkway Rt. 15 to Norwalk and close the loop.

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