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The Quiet Corner of Connecticut: A Classic New England Vacation Without the Crowds
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Scenic view in Woodstock CT

Scenic view from Woodstock Center, Conn. (photo by Eric)

Here's the type of email you just hate to get….

My husband and I have vacation from 31 May through June 8th.  We have no kids or dogs.  We would like to see beautiful country without the crowds and touristy stuff.  We particularly like antiquing.  We would also like to go fishing one day.  We don't want to spend tons of money.  We would like to pay a fair price for a fair vacation. Any suggestions? Mary M.

Mary:
I actually don't mind this type of e-mail at all. It's a pleasure to answer the question...


I couldn't think of a better place than the "Quiet Corner" of Connecticut. Located in northeastern Connecticut, this area of quiet New England towns with classic New England churches with tall white steeples and town commons is perfect for the couple with no kids or dogs.  There are plenty of ponds and lakes in the region for fishing.  The nicest towns are Pomfret and Woodstock, as they have little commercialism and plenty of open land, beautiful hills and valleys, farms, quaint inns and nice dining choices. We particularly like the Inn at Woodstock for lodging, built in 1816, and offering plenty of charm, solitude, views and a romantic restaurant.  The Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret is quaint, cozy and features some really fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner specials.  They also offer folk entertainment on certain nights.

Putnam, while a tad gritty, has a charming, old-fashioned central district offering more than 50,000 sq. ft. of antique shopping, while other towns in the area offer antiques in stand alone settings.

The northeast corner of Connecticut feels like a million miles away from civilization, yet it's under an hour to Hartford, CT, and Providence, RI, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, and Mystic, CT. It's about a half hour to Sturbridge, MA, and 90 minutes to Boston, MA.  It's truly a special place, like making your own discovery.

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