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Hike, Stay, Eat, Shop in the Last Green Valley

by in Mar 2009
Hike, Stay, Eat, Shop in the Last Green Valley
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With more than 130 miles of trails, at least 25 recreation areas, and countless campgrounds, this valley’s the ultimate in green.

Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union
Bigger is better–9,600 acres (combined with Nipmuck State Forest) of scuba diving, fishing, hiking, and biking. Epic mountain laurel in June. 860-684-3430;

James l. Goodwin State Forest, Hampton
All kinds of foliage and flowers, fishing and hiking, plus a natural science and forestry museum. 860-424-3200;

Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield

Big water–that’s Lake Naubesatuck. Water sports and hiking. 860-928-6121;

Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Pomfret
Check out Wolf Den, Indian Chair, and Table Rock. 860-928-6121;


There’s no shortage of inns and B&Bs; here’s a handful to get you started.

Chickadee Cottage B&B, Pomfret Center
As cute as it sounds, with two options: Carriage House and Lower Nest, available as short-term rentals or for families with children. 860-963-0587;

Feather Hill B&B, Pomfret
Beautiful country rooms or a separate cottage with gas fireplace. 860-963-0522;

The Inn at Woodstock Hill, Woodstock
Cozy rooms, canopy beds, fireplaces, and country dining in a large, 1816 Federal mansion. 860-928-0528;

Go to and click on “Campgrounds” for a full listing (more than 35).


85 Main, Putnam

The Golden Lamb Buttery, Brooklyn

Mansion at Bald Hill, South Woodstock
A former Gilded Age estate, it’s gone green, with a seasonal menu and local produce. 860-974-3456;

Still River Cafe, Eastford

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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Updated Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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One Response to Hike, Stay, Eat, Shop in the Last Green Valley

  1. Paulette Baker March 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    I used to live around the corner from the Golden Lamb, and there were often sheep in the road. On my way home one afternoon, I saw a car with New York plates pulled over to the side so that the driver could get out and take pictures of the woolly creatures. One of the sheep decided to take advantage of the man’s lack of attention — and open door — and was halfway into the driver’s seat before the guy noticed.
    I’ve been back on Long Island Sound for many years now, but that memory always brings a chuckle.

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