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Outside, Chili Inside in Pomfret CT
Article and photos by Eric H.
The pastoral, expansive lands with
pure white snow -- and old homes and churches that add true rural New
England character -- often create these idyllic scenes in Pomfret.
While many refer to this northeastern section of Connecticut as "The
Quiet Corner," a more appropriate name would be "The Scenic Corner,"
courtesy of Pomfret and surrounding quaint, small towns with such
incredible rural ambiance. Pomfret might just be the nicest of the
towns with its leafy private schools, rolling hills and farm land,
extensive network of stone walls, the 700-acre Audubon Society’s
Bafflin Sanctuary to explore, Sharpe Hill Winery (108 Wade Rd., Tel.
860-974-3549), and several locally-owned quality (not tacky) gift
shops. Quaint area bed and breakfasts and inns
like the Feather Hill Bed and Breakfast and Inn at Woodstock Hill, the latter just a few
minutes up the road in equally beautiful Woodstock, both provide a
respite from the highly developed industrial belt in the northeastern
United States with traffic, crazy drivers and a faster pace lifestyle
that we have come to know and often not like.
In theory, one could explore Quiet Corner towns like Pomfret all day in the winter for New England winter travel inspiration, but the reality is that the cold temperatures often prevent most travelers from doing so for any extended amount of time. The best bet is to wait for a warmer winter day with the snow still intact, or find someplace locally to warm up.
Our favorite winter "warming up"
place in Pomfret is
the Vanilla Bean Cafe (corner of
Routes 44, 97, and 169, Tel. 860-928-1562)
where a nice cup of fresh coffee, homemade soups, made-from-scratch
foods and frequent nighttime folk music entertainment provide
nourishment within a beyond pleasant 1840s restored
farmhouse setting. The Vanilla Bean also happens to make one of the
of chili on the planet. Flavorful with the right amount of
spices, tomato base and beef, this food selection might just be the
remedy for the cold environs outside...
The chili looks amazing, doesn't it? But then again, so does the Vanilla Bean Cafe. To get an idea of this restaurant's ultra coziness, move the arrows on the Google Virtual Tour below with special attention to the main dining room on the right....
What a nice day to spend a winter
day in a beautiful Connecticut town that, thankfully, also offers such
warm and welcoming cafe. The overall experience will get you in a New England
state of mind in no time -- no matter how rough the winter.
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