Some background: since 10 weeks ago we had our first daughter, my wife and I had to give up our traditional fall trip to VT this year.
However, I am trying to plan a small trip to New England to breath some of that unique fall atmosphere that you can't find anywhere else!
As you may remember, we live in Philly and since we are travelling with a three month old we are looking for a relatively short drive, let's say 3 hours top from Philly, possibly less.
What we are looking at is a small town with classic New England feel (churches, barnes, New England's architecture etc.) in which we can stroll the baby around and enjoy the atmosphere.
Possibly we would like a lake nearby and of course amazing fall color.
After some browsing around I found the town of Kent and the nearby Lake Waramaug as a potential candidate.
Would you recommend that area? Any lodge you would recommend? What's the best weekend to be there in a normal season and what do your guts suggest you for this specific season? We are having a pretty worm September in Philly and it doesn't feel like fall yet!
Is the town appropriate for a couple with a 3-month old? We would get there on a Friday morning and would leave Sunday night.
Any other alternative?
The color SHOULD be peaking around Columbus Day or sooner. I have been up there on numerous weekends lately and the color is popping out like crazy with a lot of reds!
I would also suggest some towns as follows: Salisbury, Lakeville with twin lakes adjacent. NW CORNER
Washington Depot is an absolute must! One of the most beautiful CT towns ever. CENTRAL CT
In the quiet corner, route 169 to Woodstock CT is a must! Yes, sidewalks for strollers! NE CORNER
The town of Sharon has one of the longest town greens in CT and has amazing architecture, places to eat, ok for strollers! Just south of Lakeville NW CORNER
Salisbury is having their fall festival Columbus Day Weekend and I'll be there! It is the best in CT! Very rural feel but in a sophisticated CT town!
Visit the Cornwall Bridge in West Cornwall when in the NW zone. The town of Simsbury is great and was just featured in Yankee Magazine!
I can help you decide about lodging once you find a place in the area you want to stay. I know a bit about the places that are recommended....
Ahhhhh, where to start! Keep me posted! I can even meet you somewhere, probably Litchfield or Salisbury!
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
Make sure you visit Barkhamsted Reservoir...….. in the New Hartford/Barkhamsted towns.
Just south of the town of Woodstock CT is Pomfret on route 169. Grand private schools line the road and that is where you will see some amazing colonial architecture...…….. That whole area of 169 from Woodstock to Brooklyn is divine!
Ridgefield CT is also perfect for colonial architecture and has some of the finest homes in the state, but more of a "New Yorky" vibe and not what is presented in the NW corner (rural and more "local" feel). The Gold Coast scene starts here even though it is inland and extends to the shoreline to Greenwich, New Canaan, etc. These areas have a lot of rural back roads and small, gorgeous colonial towns to go through, but if I were you, I would head to the NW hill towns!
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All of the places you listed sound lovely, the problem is that they are all distant at least 4 hours from Philly, and we still don’t feel comfortable driving this much with the baby.
She is changing every week and she is in a phase in which she doesn’t love the car!
The reason I picked Kent was that it is ~3 hours from home and that would be already a bit too much. Is there anything more towards south that you would recommend?
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If you go any further south, you'll be in an area that is just commuter towns from the city and I feel that you will benefit more in a rural area that is more quintessential Connecticut. Kent is beautiful but it is very touristy and crowded and although I go there for photography and fall back road tours, it is still intense with visitors in the town. The traffic is terrible!
Let me know your thoughts and we'll go from there! CT (3 hrs 12 minutes from Philly)
https://explorewashingtonct.com/plan-yo ... s-to-stay/
I will help you no matter where you decide to stay, don't worry! I have my CT Delorme all mapped out with roads as I plan trips for people on the sidelines.
Foliage moving fast here in northern CT and the western hill towns a few days ahead of us! Let me know what happens and where you decide, I'm leaving in two days for VT!
If we go we go there on the Columbus day weekend. We haven't made a final decision, but we will decide soon.
Thanks in advance!