Connecticut, Day Trip, Life, Travel

The Spring Bucket List

One.  Plants

Not exactly sure I’m ready for the allergies, but I’m ready for the greenery of spring.  Next weekend I’ll be at the Rooms in Bloom event at The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.  For nature and flower lovers there is also The Arboretum at Connecticut College to visit and The Dogwood Festival in Fairfield.

Two. Duck Races

I love duck races, they were some of my favorite days as a child and now I get to relive the glory, but with a beer in my hand.  Last year I went Pawcatuck River Duck Races which takes place on the border of Connecticut and Rhode Island.  I got the opportunity to wander through Westerly and discover a new bookstore and pretzel place.

Three.  The Robin Hood Festival

I’m not sure what took me so long to attend The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, but better late than never.  I attended the Robin Hood Festival that takes place in the spring last year and never wanted to leave.


Four. Hiking

Over the winter I’ve been on a few trails, but cold can’t compare to the smell of warm spring air.  The CT Visit website actually has a list of great hike suggestions.  I do tend to hike the same trails so I use the tourism website and Instagram to discover new great places to explore.

Five. Beer

PK and I are looking forward to beer garden season!  It’s no secret how much I love the Connecticut beer scene, but I’m getting even more excited because two new breweries are opening up super close to me.  Kinsmen Brewing in Plantsville and New Park Brewing in West Hartford will be within walking distance of family or a very short Lyft ride away.

Six. Brooklyn

It’s not just hipsters.  I’ve definitely made Brooklyn jokes, but there is a lot to discover here.  I got a travel guide and everything, but I’m still overwhelmed with where to start.  Suggestions welcome!


Seven.  New England

I am a creature of habit.  I find something, I like it, I stick with it.  Once the warmer weather is here I will be making a conscience effort to visit more New England towns other than Connecticut and Salem.  Deerfield, MA and Portland, ME have been on my radar for awhile now, it’s probably time to check them off the to-do list.

Eight.  Kayaking

I absolutely cannot wait to get back out on the water.  Preferably, water I can see into and isn’t murky.  I am determined to find a good launch spot in Mystic and to explore White Memorial Conservancy.

I’m sure there’s a lot more I’m forgetting to post, but I’m seriously ready for the warmer weather, and I’m a cold weather person.  Tomorrow it’s going to be 14 degrees, it’s definitely a day that will make me happy I get to work from home.

What are you looking forward to doing this spring?

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