Devil’s Hopyard State Park, 366 Hopyard Rd., Rte. 82 (off I-95 North or South, Exit 70), 860-873-8566. Nice woodland hiking by Chapman Falls (60 feet high), mountain bike trails, fishing, and picnicking.  Link

 

Gillette Castle State Park, Rte. 9 North or South to Exit 7 (Rte. 82), 860-526-2336. The 184-acre park’s startling 24-room fieldstone castle was designed by stage actor William Gillette, well-known in the early 20th-century for playing Sherlock Holmes. The park has pleasant river views, walking trails, and picnic areas.  Link

 

Goodspeed Opera House, Goodspeed Landing, Rte. 82, 860-873-8668. Take Rte.9 to Exit 7, then follow Rte. 82 across the Swinging Bridge. This wonderful, intimate Victorian (1876) playhouse overlooking the Connecticut River specializes in musical productions. www.goodspeed.org

 

Chester/Hadlyme Ferry, Rte. 148 between Chester and Hadlyme, 860-594-2550. Selden III, a small car ferry, crosses the Connecticut River from the foot of Gillette Castle State Park. Link

 

Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, Main St. Rte. 149, 860-873-9547. Restored one-room school building where American Revolutionary hero Nathan Hale taught before his arrest by the British for spying. Link

 

Cockaponeset State Forest, Rte. 148, 860-245-8521. This 15,000-acre forest has hiking trails, picnic areas, and opportunities for fishing. Link

 

George D. Seymour State Park, off Haddam Neck Rd. south of Hurd State Park. An undeveloped park on the east side of the Connecticut River with meadows, wetlands, and a handsome forest with hiking trails. Link

 

Haddam Meadows State Park, Rte. 154, three miles south of Higganum, 860-566-2304. 175 acres of meadowland on the west bank of the Connecticut River. Sports field, picnicking, boating, fishing, and cross-country skiing.  Link

 

Goodspeed’s Station Country Store, Nestled along the Connecticut River in Haddam, Connecticut, Goodspeed’s Station offers an array of unique gifts and home decor. Candles, nostalgic candy, handcrafted jewelry, specialty foods, and holiday must haves! 

www.goodspeedsstation.com

 

Ivoryton Playhouse, www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/ 

 

Gift Certificates Available

Phone: 860-662-0577

Upcoming Excursions

January 8, 2015