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

The Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret

Connecticut Wine Trail
Pick up a “passport” and get it stamped as you travel through the vineyards and wineries, many in the Last Green Valley. 860-267-1399;


Antiques Marketplace, Putnam
All antiques, all the time. In fact, the entire downtown is like one big antiques market. 860-928-0442;

Celebrations, Pomfret Center
Ten rooms of original art and gifts in a colorful 1885 Queen Anne. 860-928-5492;

The Christmas Barn, Woodstock
Twelve rooms of everything Christmas in a 1795 barn. 860-928-7652;

Majilly, Pomfret Center
Colorful, hand-painted pottery by Italian craftsmen and exhibited in an airy 19th-century barn (the adjacent Victorian farmhouse is also a B&B). 888-625-4559;

Scranton’s Shops, South Woodstock
A group shop in a former smithy, with a mix of antiques, crafts, collectibles, and gifts. 860-928-3738


“Sundae Drives”
Pick up a copy of this brochure, listing no fewer than 21 places to sample a scoop, or download the PDF.

Creamery Brook Bison, Brooklyn
A bona fide bison farm offering year-round guided tours and wagon rides for groups. Reservations required. 860-779-0837;

Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, Sterling & Franklin
Family farm raising free-range turkeys and geese; Brown Cow Cafe with farm-fresh ice cream; and Milkhouse Bakery with pies, cookies, and muffins. 860-564-0248;

Mik-Ran’s Sugarhouse, Brooklyn
Sugaring season is February/March: 3,000 taps; free samples and sugarhouse tours; lots of maple products year-round. 860-774-7926

Safe Haven Farm, Hampton
Baby alpacas galore in the spring and fall. What’s cuter than a cross between a fawn and a fuzzy little swan? 860-455-1101;


Click here for a route through Brooklyn, Pomfret, Putnam, Eastford, and Hampton, for a visit in Connecticut’s Last Green Valley.

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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