PLAN FOR A GREAT TIME IN THE LAST GREEN VALLEY!
Northeast Connecticut is an ideal place to renew and recharge. Fairs, festivals, farms, vineyards and the arts abound in a setting of unparalleled beauty. Here are some things to look forward to this fall:
Walktober is the Last Green Valley’s annual outdoor celebration like no other. From Sept. 22 to Nov. 4, the 35 towns in eastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts host more than 250 walks, hikes, historic tales, paddles, bike rides, farm visits, and other activities. Starting Sept. 1, you can download the brochure at thelastgreenvalley.org.
Buell’s Orchards’ is a great place to get your fill of native fruits and vegetables (including blueberries the size of quarters!), but their annual Harvest Festival should definitely be on your calendar. Held every Columbus Day weekend on Saturday and Monday from 10 a.m-4 p.m., it features live music, apple and pumpkin picking, cider and sweets, hayrides, a cookout, barbecue and more. Visit BuellsOrchard.com or follow them on Facebook for updates.
A short drive from the farm is Natchaug State Forest. There are more than 13,000 acres of forest habitat, as well as the 19-mile Natchaug Trail that is much-loved for picturesque hiking, fishing from the banks of the Natchaug River, and riverfront picnic sites. It’s also home to the birthplace of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon of Eastford, the first Union general killed in the Civil War.
After your hike, head over to Bishop’s Orchards and pick up some goodies from their farm market and winery. The wine bar is open year-round and for tastings Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The farm market, also open year-round, features fresh produce and gourmet grocery items as well as organic food, international cheeses, and novelties. Visit bishopsorchards.com for more.