Nathan Hale Homestead (open seasonally), Coventry, family home of CT’s state hero, filled with original furnishings and family memorabilia, reflecting the lifestyle of the 1st generation of American citizens. House and garden tours, gift shop.
Walk the trails through Nathan Hale State Forest.
Caprilands Herb Farm, Coventry, a rustic 18th century farmhouse surrounded by 30+ herb gardens, greenhouse, book and gift shop. High tea served Sundays, lunch served Saturdays (May-Dec.) Nationally recognized.
Dine at the historic Bidwell Tavern or Coyote Blue(Mexican).
Prudence Crandall Museum (open seasonally), Canterbury, New England’s 1st school for black women opened by CT’s state heroine. Exhibits, period furnishings, library, gift shop. CT Freedom Trail and CT Women’s Heritage Trail.
Drive Scenic Route 169, a national scenic by-way which meanders through Village Greens, past steepled white churches, historic barns and stone walls to Lebanon, settled in the 1690’s and one of the most important towns of the American Revolution.
Visit Lebanon Historical Society Museum & Visitor Center, displaying of local history and interactive exhibitions, and Lebanon Green – walk the 1-mile town green, one of the largest in New England, a National Register Historic District.
Heritage Trail Vineyards (open seasonally), Lisbon. Wine tastings, light food. Located on 38 rolling acres in the Quinebaug-Shetucket National Heritage Corridor, on Scenic Route 169.
Lunch or dine at the acclaimed Golden Lamb Buttery, Brooklyn, set in a historic barn on a 1000-acre estate
Roseland Cottage (open seasonally), Woodstock, the Gothic Revival summer home and 1850’s boxwood parterre gardens of publisher Henry Bowen.
Antiquing and shopping in Woodstock Village‘s shops and stores, a picturesque New England village – the entire village, on Scenic Route 169, is listed on the National Historic Register.
Pick fresh berries or apples at Woodstock Orchards.
Lunch at The Vanilla Bean Café, Pomfret, a popular gathering place for local residents.
Dine at the elegant Inn at Woodstock Hill.
Drive Scenic Route 169 to Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts (45 minutes), a recreated entire village and history museum of early New England, just over the Massachusetts state line.
Lunch at The Old Sturbridge Village Tavern.
Explore outlet stores and other fine shops in Sturbridge.
Dine at the historic Publick House in Sturbridge.
Antiquing in Putnam, a village of more than 20 antiques shops and 400 dealers.
Mrs. Bridge’s Pantry, an authentic English Tea Room, for tea, tea sandwiches and scones with clotted cream.
Logee’s Greenhouse, Killingly, an internationally recognized grower of more than 1500 varieties of indoor tropical container plants, including rare herbs, geraniums and begonias.
Dinner at the stylish Vine Bistro in the heart of Putnam’s antiques district.
Hike Connecticut Audubon Society’s Trail Wood in Hampton, former home of Pulitzer-prize nature writer Edwin Way Teale, now a nature sanctuary laced with 3-4 miles of hiking trails. Author’s writing cabin and home are open to the public. Or, hike Connecticut Audubon Society’s Bafflin Sanctuary in Pomfret, a network of more than 8 miles of trails on 670 acres.
Lunch at Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Pomfret, for award-winning wine (#1 selling wine in Connecticut) and epicurean lunch in fireplaced tavern or outdoor wine garden.
Dinner at The Harvest, Pomfret, for award-winning dining.
buildings and ships, housing the largest collection of boats and maritime photography in the world. Demonstrations, exhibit galleries, planetarium, and gift shop.
Mystic Aquarium, see beluga whales (the only ones in New England), sharks, sea lions and more.
Clinton Crossing for designer outlet shopping.
Opulent Newport Mansions, built during the “Gilded Age” by the founders of America’s industrial society, made Newport the center of high society.
Cliff Walk, a 3.7-mile spectacular walking path overlooking the mansions on one side, and the Narraganset Bay or Atlantic Ocean on the other.
Trinity Church, where John F. Kennedy and Jackie Bouvier were wed, International Tennis Hall of Fame, shopping, etc.
Downtown Providence is a rich mix of history, academia, shopping, fine food, and entertainment. Benefit Street offers a glimpse of colonial Providence and Brown University of Ivy League fame. Federal Hill provides an array of restaurants serving up delicious ethnic fare. Near the state capitol is the massive Providence Mall, complete with shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. Across the street from the Capitol and Providence Mall is the train station where an easy 50-minute ride can be taken to downtown Boston.
WaterFire Providence (scheduled seasonally), the award-winning sculpture installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence is a powerful work of art. Sparkling bonfires, flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from across the world engage the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths and bridges of Waterplace Park.
Additional Day Trips
Day # 10/Boston: Freedom Walk, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park, Boston Commons & Public Gardens…
Day #11/Hartford: Mark Twain House, Old State House, Wadsworth Atheneum, the Bushnell Theater, Elizabeth Park…
Day #12/Lexington/Concord: famous sites of the American Revolution and birthplace of America’s early poets and authors. Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord Museum, and Longfellow’s Wayside Inn … …for wonderful colonial fare.
Innkeepers Beverly & Rusty Yates