Five fun day trips for the history buff, outdoorsman or art buff in you
You’ve done the skiing and snowboarding thing. But what about snow-biking? Take a quick trip up to Woodbury Ski Area and try the exhilarating sport that will have you flying down the mountain on a bike equipped with skis instead of wheels. (Woodbury is the only venue in Connecticut that offers the sport). Of course for traditionalists, they do still allow you to ski down.
Take a leisurely drive up to quant Kent, Connecticut. Pop into the shops, art galleries and restaurants. And be sure to go for a spin on Hatch Pond (provided it is frozen enough for skating). You’ll feel like you’ve steeped into a Norman Rockwell painting. Backcountry Outfitters rents skates as well as snowshoes and cross-country skis for those who want to brave the trails. www.bcoutfitters.com
Get outside and explore the pristine trails and views offered at Bluff Point Costal Reserve in Groton—all 778 untouched acres of it. The area includes an undeveloped barrier beach, terrific bird-watching, and gorgeous views of the sound and coastal landmarks including Ledge Light and Pine Island.
Step Back in Time
For the history buff in your family, head to Hartford and check out the historic nineteen-room Mark Twain House, where Twain lived from 1874 to 1891 and created the characters of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. While you’re there, pick up a free copy of Mark Twain’s Hartford, A Guide to Connecticut’s Capital, which highlights seventeen stops significant to the literary master.
Love all things British? Head to the Yale Center for British Art. The museum houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The geometrical matte steel and glass building, designed by American architect Louis I. Kahn, allows visitors to view the works in natural light. While you’re there visit the Yale University Art Gallery, which contains a major modern and contemporary art collection. You’ll find works by artists including Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Hartford native Sol Lewitt and Andy Warhol. www.yale.edu/ycba