Killingworth, CT New Places to Visit

How common is it to not visit places in your own town? Visitors can travel from all over and plan to see all the sights. Yet when we live near something of interest, we may never go—too busy, assume we’ll get there one day and so on.

I visited my parents this week in Connecticut and when I arrived I asked my mother if there was anything she wanted or needed to do. Often I accompany her on simple errands and we take walks. This time she said she wanted to visit some places in Killingworth, where they’ve lived for more than 50 years. Two of the sites are fairly new so we can’t blame ourselves for never going.

One was the Lavender Pond Farm.  Spanning acres and acres on gorgeous landscaped grounds, the farm sells lavender plants and products.  IMG_1068 IMG_1066 IMG_1064No one was there when we arrived so we walked around a bit and said hello to the chickens. IMG_1069

Then we went to a new bed & breakfast that has opened. Set back in the woods, surrounded by ponds, it seems a perfect getaway yet close enough to area attractions. We met the innkeeper who told us the site has become popular for weddings. My mother, a Justice of the Peace, offered her services to conduct marriage ceremonies.

Next we stopped into Parmelee Farm, a 19th homestead purchased by the town that includes hiking trails and a community gardenIMG_1072

a Little Free Library at the gardens

a Little Free Library at the gardens

Of course no sunny day is complete without a walk on the boardwalk at Hammonasset State Park.IMG_1076

 

 

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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9 Responses to Killingworth, CT New Places to Visit

  1. Great photos Lisa. It is fun to be a tourist in your own town. 🙂 We have those free little libraries here too. It’s a great idea – take a book, leave a book. Love the picture of Barb! ❤
    Diana xo

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  2. She’s doing ok! Has her moments. But still made fantastic matzo ball soup for the holidays.

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  4. ShimonZ says:

    A good matza ball soup really makes the holiday.

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  5. Great Post. Worth of National Geographic

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