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The Inn at Woodstock Hill: Classic New England Atmosphere in Beautiful Northeastern Connecticut

Many vacation spots purport to offer true relaxation, but upon
closer inspection impede the promise with myriad outlet
stores, souvenir shops, heavy traffic akin to the kind you
were trying to ecsape, and trendy restaurants offering lots of
attitude and very little food.

The Inn at Woodstock Hill, in Northeastern Connecticut’s
pristine town of Woodstock, avoids these modern day tourist
trappings by just being itself. And, in turn, you can be
yourself. Beautifuly situated in the gentle rolling hills of a
town center with no traffic, gas stations and few stores, The
Inn at Woodstock Hill is like meeting that special,
once-in-a-lifetime love–once you meet this romantic
vacation destiny, you’re sure to return again and again.

Around the corner from the bustling downtown complete
with a produce stand, a church and colonial homes (the
town’s idea of a strip mall are rows of apple orchards), the
placid Inn at Woodstock Hill could convince the most
hardcore business executive to slow down, breathe in the
untouched air, and marvel at the old and wise tall trees.
First, consider the nice, warm people who make the Inn at
Woodstock Hill such a special place. They just don’t tell you
to have a nice time, but actually are part of that experience
with nice conversation and a graciousness only known in a
previous New England era. They make you feel like a part of
their lives, and that is truly rare in this one-hour, fast food,
drive-through society in which we live.

The Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places,
stands majestically on Plain Hill. Built in 1816, the Inn
largely consists of a Federal/Georgian style mansion with a
carriage house and two barns. Later additions were built in
the last half of the 19th century. In 1927, a caretaker’s
cottage, with three guestrooms, was built.

Everything you see here is truly beautiful, the prototype for an
elegant country inn. As you drive up the circular entrance
drive, you see the manicured gardens and know that you are
in for a special treat. Upon entering the remarkably
renovated inn, the warmth of classical archways draw you
deeper into the heart of the stately establishment, to the
reception desk. Surrounded by floral wall and window
treatments and scattered, but well-placed thriving plants
reminiscent of your grandmother’s house, you are suddenly
feeling more relaxed and begin eyeing the
comfortable-looking seating in the sitting rooms, lined by
shelves of old classics (and also a children’s literature
section) and newer releases.

The Inn at Woodstock Hill offers 22 beautiful rooms. We
recently had the honor of staying in a room with a strikingly
charming 20 foot high ceiling, antique and period
reproductions and a four poster canopy king sized bed. Big
windows provided wonderful views of the open land and
hills beautifully framing the backyard. We later realized that
modern amenities also existed such as cable television,
videos, a telephone and computer jack, but none of that
interested us much. We were strictly interested in doing
nothing, which is ultimately everything.

So comfortable was our nap that we almost forgot about our
dinner reservations downstairs at what turned out to be a
truly remarkable restaurant. We walked down the elegant
red carpeted, curved staircase (which was wrapped in tulle,
with just the right amount of ivy and floral accents to make
you feel as if you were royalty floating down to meet your
subjects) straight to a charming little dining room with
candlelight, a fireplace and old world furnishings. This was
the smaller dining room which was long on warmth,
ambience and an incredibly fine menu. We devoured some
crab cakes, as good as anything we’ve had in Maryland. The
caesar salad mixed fresh dark greens with a “just right”
dressing. After finishing some wonderfully warm
homemade bread, we then fell in love with the irresistablly
tender and tasty Long Island duckling with a brandied
lingonberry glaze. The New York sirloin steak had perhaps a
little too much pepper, but that was no problem, as the
quality of the steak rivaled the best steak houses in New
England. For dessert, we sampled a fallen chocolate cake,
which we had instantly fallen for. Not in recent memory had
we tasted such a rich, yet airy chocolate, with just the right
amount of raspberry sauce, ultimately designed to finish
within seconds because of its incredible taste.

After dinner, we walked off some of the food by experiencing
the other rooms at the Inn. The main living room has yet
more stunning period furnishings, a roaring fireplace,
classic hardwood floors and large, open windows to view
those rolling hills beyond scenic Route 169. The main
dining room is like a larger version of the smaller dining
room, but probably more reminiscent of an old world hotel
dining room. Candlelight, soft music, polished silver,
beautiful crystal and fine linen are just a few of the touches,
which complement the superb food.

Before retiring for the evening, we chatted for a while with a
manager who told us of the virtues of the Woodstock area,
also known as part of the “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut. He,
as well, as other Inn personnel are either happy transplants
or lifelong residents. It was touching to hear someone
speak from the heart on the place they have chosen to live,
instead of uttering cookie cutter promotional talk. Just like
the leisurely look of the Inn, the personnel talks in a most
relaxed and friendly tone. You never feel an aura of
pretentiousness, which could be the case at such an
elegant, historical setting.

We slept so well that night in one of the most comfortable
beds known to us. Refreshed the next morning, we walked
down that memorable staircase one more time to have a
fine continental breakfast, with fresh fruit, muffins and bread
serving as quality offerings.

We then rested a little more in our room, hesitatingly signed
out, and promised to come back soon. Traveling home on
scenic Route 169 — one of the most beautiful bucolic drives
in New England — gave us some great last memories of
this underrated region, but in our minds, we wanted to turn
around and head back to the Inn at Woodstock Hill. Just
hours after leaving the Inn, we missed it greatly, indeed like
meeting that special someone for the first time, and then
eagerly awaiting that second date. We can hardly wait for
that second date, with an eye to commit ourselves, forever,
to frequenting this classic New England inn.

The Inn at Woodstock Hill, 94 Plaine Hill Road,Woodstock,
CT 06281-2912. Phone: (860) 928-0528

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Q&A: I am looking for some fun kids activities (out or indoor) around Stratford Connecticut or southern CT?

Question by Pluto: I am looking for some fun kids activities (out or indoor) around Stratford Connecticut or southern CT?

Best answer:

Answer by surfjax32
How old are the kids? Here are a few suggestions:

The Children’s Museum
18 Lindeman Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611
office (203) 373-0001
fax (203) 373-0180

Bridgeport Bluefish
Region: Fairfield County
City: Bridgeport
Date: Apr.-Sept.
Description: Professional baseball club.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Region: Fairfield County
City: Bridgeport
Date: Oct.-Apr.
Description: American Hockey League (AHL) team, affiliated with the New York Islanders.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Region: Fairfield County
City: Bridgeport
Description: The state’s only zoo features primarily North and South American animals

The Discovery Museum
4450 Park Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
An interactive science museum with hands-on displays, changing exhibits, gift shop, and food court. Challenger Learning Center features computer-simulated space missions). A planetarium and CineMuse Hi-Definition Theater both with daily shows.

Silverman’s Farm
451 Sport Hill Rd.
Easton, CT 06612
Farmer?s market, animal farm, pick-your-own peaches, nectarines, apples, seasonal scenic hay rides.

Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum
314 Unquowa Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824
Historic (1914) museum highlights natural history of the state with dioramas, wildlife exhibits, and dinosaur footprints. Adjacent 6-acre sanctuary with trails. A National Historic Landmark, first nature center in America, on the Connecticut Women?s Heritage Trail.

Bruce Museum of Arts & Science
One Museum Dr.
Greenwich, CT 06830
Over 12 changing exhibitions, environmental galleries, marine touch tank, lectures, educational workshops, museum store.

Blue Spruce Farm
626 Wheeler Rd.
Monroe, CT 06468
Trail rides, moonlight rides, tractor drawn hay rides, pony rides.

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840
40 acres with walking trails, visitor’s enter with natural science and horticultural exhibits, live animals, gift shop. Bird, butterfly, herb, wildflower and naturalists? gardens; arboretum. Cider house, raptor exhibit, maple sugar shed, educational and recreational programs.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse
ferry service from Hope Dock
(corner of Washington St. & N. Water St.)
Norwalk, CT 06854
Picturesque boat ride to the three-acre park with picnic area and 1868 lighthouse that has four levels and 10 rooms to explore. Clambakes and special events on the island. Adjacent to the Stewart B. McKinney U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
303 West Ave.
Mathews Park
Norwalk, CT 06850
Award-winning interactive museum for children ages 10 and under, with a variety of exhibits and activities that inspire learning and discovery. Explore tropical rain forests, report the weather, or experiment with water.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 North Water St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
Come nose-to-nose with sharks, inches away from seals, river otters, sea turtles, jelly fish. Educational public cruises, changing exhibits, boat shop, hands-on touch tanks, IMAX movie theater.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Rd.
Stamford, CT 06903
118 woodland acres; includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, Nature’s playground, boardwalk (accessible to wheelchairs), galleries for interactive exhibitions with hands-on area for children, two stores, special events, planetarium. Observatory Fri. evenings (weather permitting).

The Garbage Museum
1410 Honeyspot Rd. Ext.
Stratford, CT 06615
Environmental education facility with hands-on exhibits featuring “Trash-O-Saurus”, enclosed skywalk overlooks recycling plant.

Earthplace – The Nature Discovery Center
10 Woodside La.
Westport, CT 06880
62-acre wildlife sanctuary with trails. Museum with natural science exhibits, live animal hall, nature plant court, bird and butterfly garden. Gift shop.

Scarecrow Festival
Region: Fairfield County
City: Greenwich
Date: October 14, 2007 – October 14, 2007
Description: Celebrate the fall season with a day of traditional entertainment and crafts.

Harvest Spooktacular
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Rd.
Stamford, CT 06903
Visit the haunted house, take a spooky hay ride, enter a corn shucking contest, sip on some hot apple cider or paint a pumpkin.

Corn Maze
Plasko’s Farm
670 Daniels Farm Rd.
Trumbull, CT 06611

I would check this site out for more information, they have a ton of ideas! Hope this helps!

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Eagles Tour 2013 Gains Steam As Dates Approach For Summer Concerts In Philadelphia, Connecticut, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Bethel New York

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 11, 2013

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