My Top Five Adventures in Connecticut

It’s official. We have a date! We have visas!  We have flights!

MemeYup, that about sums up how we are feeling. Our visas finally arrived Wednesday so that means we’ll be hopping on a plane tonight and heading to our new home in Toulouse!

While we were in Connecticut a bit longer than we originally anticipated, we did manage to have fun, so I thought today I’d do a post on my top five favorite spots in the Nutmeg Constitution State  (if you want a fun read about the state’s nicknames, check out this article from the Connecticut State Library).

1. Minor League Hockey: I used to attend a lot of Atlanta Thrashers hockey games–at least until they were sold to the Winnipeg Jets. Thus ended my love affair with the NHL for a few years (Am I bitter? No, why do you ask?). Looking for something to do one night, we discovered the Hartford Wolf Pack (Connecticut’s minor league team and a feeder to the New York Rangers) was playing, so we figured it wouldn’t hurt to check out a game. We were able to get tickets on the ice behind the net for a fraction of the cost of NHL tickets. We had so much fun that we decided to adopt the New York Rangers as our NHL team. And, no, that decision had nothing to do with the fact that they’re in the playoffs (ok, maybe just a little bit).

2. Hiking: When we first arrived in Connecticut in mid-April, we felt we were sent back in time (at least by a few months). We left Atlanta with 80-degree temperatures to travel to a state still struggling for release from winter’s cold, bony grasp. Once the days began warming, though, we were able to explore many of the state’s beautiful hiking paths, including the Indian Council Caves Trail. If you love to hike, Connecticut definitely has you covered.

3. Mystic: Visiting the site where Mystic Pizza was filmed was one of our first trips in Connecticut. The adorable little town and yummy ice cream we got while we were there provided a perfect escape from the stresses of moving. This is also where we discovered the pure bliss of espresso drizzled over ice cream. Our lives were forever changed. Check out my post about Mystic here.

4. Mark Twain House: Until my mother-in-law took me to visit the Mark Twain House, I didn’t know much about the man (other than the fact that he authored The Adventures of Tom Sawyer). As we wandered around the exhibits, I quickly discovered a kindred; Twain was a writer who loved to travel and write about traveling. This quote from Innocents Abroad is a terrific summation of how I feel about visiting new countries and experiencing new cultures: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Thank you, Mark, for being so incredibly B.A.!

5. Daybreak Coffee: I had to throw this one in here because I’ve spent a lot of time in this Glastonbury coffee shop writing. You know you’re in for a treat when you walk into a coffee shop and they are roasting their own beans. Nearly every time I’ve been there, I’ve strolled in to the glorious smell (sort of like burnt marshmallows) of coffee beans being freshly roasted. Just as many times I’ve returned home to discover my clothes have absorbed that aroma like a sponge. In addition to delicious coffee, they have yummy breakfast and lunch treats, including hot paninis with savory meats and gooey cheese!

Here’s a fabulous map courtesy of Travelabulous showing just where each of my favorite spots in Connecticut are located.

Yes, we’ve made the most of our time in Connecticut with lots of fun adventures and, of course, some great, quality time with family and friends. The latter was the silver lining amid the frustrations of living in limbo.

So (deep breath and big swallow) here we go! We’ll be taking a vacation in Paris over the next week, so I won’t be blogging until we get back, but I will be posting to Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to follow me there!


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