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visiting Mystic SeaportRecently my son and his wife were visiting from the Pacific Northwest. Since we were going to be in Connecticut visiting family over Thanksgiving we decided to plan a day trip and visit Mystic Seaport.visiting Mystic Seaport

 

Mystic Seaport has so many things to see. After checking out their website they mentioned the following highlights that you wouldn’t want to miss. There are boats to visit, the seafaring village and many exhibits to look at when visiting Mystic Seaport.visiting Mystic Seaport

 

The first stop was the visitor reception center. Here we would find everything we would need to make the most of our day. They have maps and schedules and details of the daily events, performances and demonstrations.visiting Mystic Seaport

 

The Seaport exhibits are open from 10-4 and there are various activities going on all day. Since my husband’s family has a strong whaling background we didn’t want to miss the whaleboat presentation.visiting Mystic Seaport

 

The Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard gives you an awe-inspiring opportunity to watch skilled craftspeople perform skills made nearly extinct by steel and fiberglass.

 

Wondering what the Mystic River area looked like in 1870? There is a spectacular Mystic River scale Model which is over 50 feet long and features more than 250 detailed dwellings, shops, barns and lofts as well as five local shipyards.visiting Mystic Seaport

 

James Driggs Shipsmith Shop, this shipsmith shop was built in New Bedford, Mass, by James D. Driggs in 1885. It is the only manufactory of ironwork for the whaling industry know to have survived from the 29th century.

 

The highlight of the Mystic Seaport is the Charles W. Morgan whaleship. The Morgan has outlived all others of her kind. Built in 1841 in New Bedford, MA, the Morgan is America’s last surviving wooden whaleship and a precious piece of maritime history.visiting Mystic Seaport

 

These are just a few of the highlights of Mystic Seaport but there are many other building and exhibits to view. If you ever find yourself in Connecticut take time to visit this wonderful museum of America and the Sea.

 

 

A Walking Tour of Guilford, ConnecticutI love staying with my mother-in-law any time of year. Her house is located on the Guilford Green and there is nothing I enjoy more than taking a walking tour of Guilford, Connecticut when we are visiting.walking tour of guilford, Connecticut

 

Guilford’s Green is one of the largest in New England. In the beginning it was even larger, sixteen acres and about one mile around. What happened? In 1670 the town was in desperate need of a blacksmith. They persuaded Nicholas Huges to come to Guilford, and since all the home lots around the Green has already been assigned, the town gave him a piece of the actual green! The Green is now down to about eight acres.walking tour of guilford, Connecticut

 

My favorite walking tour of Guilford, Connecticut is walking around the Green. The walk is a distance of about a half a mile. You follow Whitfield to Boston Street, Boston Street to Park Street. Park Street to Broad Street, ending with 88 Broad Street on your right. The Green will always be on your left.

 

A Walking Tour of Guilford, Connecticut

 

In that short half-mile walk you will numerous beautiful old buildings and homes. I will only feature a few of my favorites. If you have further interest in learning more about the beautiful homes in Guilford and taking your own walking tour of Guilford I would suggest purchasing the book Guilford: A Walking Guide.

 

Lydia Chittenden, 1 Whitfield Street, built in 1886.

 

This house was originally built after tearing down the original tavern which had been built in 1750. I will always remember this house as Elizabeth Adams house. Dr. Adams practiced medicine here for many years, it is still a private home.Guilford, Connecticut

 

William Eliot’s Store, 21 Boston Street, built around 1880.

William Eliot built his dry goods store on the site of an earlier store owned by his uncle, Andrew Eliot. Both structures had both Greek Revival and Italianate features, but the charming canopy is Queen Anne. In the 30’s this building was an automotive business where cars were sold for 52 years.Guilford, Connecticut

 

Heli Hoadley-Aaron Dutton, 37 Park Street, built in 1805.

 

This is my favorite house, now owned by my mother-in-law. This simple Federal house is distinguished by light touches of ornament-carved cornice, window heads and the doorway with fanlight. The great kitchen chimney has been removed but the house retains its picket fence. The house was first owned by Hoadley and his wife Ann Seward but is better known buy its next owner, the Reverend Aaron Dutton, distinguished pastor of the First Congregational Church from 1802-1842, where he was dismissed for his anti-slavery views. The church council believed slavery was a political, not a religious issue. Charles Hubbard, writer, teacher and artist also lived here, working in a third floor studio which he called Hobgoblin Hall.walking tour of guilford, Connecticut

 

First Congregational Church, 110 Broad Street, built in 1829-30.

This was the church my family attended, my husband and I were married here, and our oldest daughter was also married here. The church sits at the head of the Green and was the most splendid meeting house of its day on the shoreline.walking tour of guilford, Connecticut The builder was already well known for Yale’s chapel and other major buildings in New Haven. The church has had additions since it was built but the exterior, dedicated in 1830, remains the same.walking tour of guilford, Connecticut

 

These are just a few of the wonderful structures found in Guilford, Connecticut. There are five structures open to the public, which are well worth a visit. Take your own walking tour of Guilford, Connecticut and see all the beautiful homes for yourself.walking tour of guilford, Connecticut

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Yesterday I shared about our decision to have a family vacation on Anderson Island, located in Puget Sound Washington. We had done a lot of planning ahead of time and we were well prepared to enjoy our time on the island. Anderson Island ended up being the perfect place to gather and although the island is small there was lots to see and do in exploring Anderson Island.

 

The house we found on HomeAway was actually a working farm complete with cattle grazing next to the house. There was plenty of room for everyone, a large farm table where we could enjoy our meals and wonderful hiking trails within walking distance of the house. To top it off our weather was perfect, cool evenings and sunny days.Exploring Anderson Island

 

The public hiking trails near the house were beautifully maintained and after walking through the woods the path came out on the water.Exploring Anderson Island Every so often you would come upon a picnic table in case you wanted to have a picnic. We saw all sorts of wildlife from newts to slugs to various birds.

 

Anderson Island is so small you can easily drive from one end to the other in a very short time.Exploring Anderson Island They do have a well-equipped store and two restaurants, which we did not try out. We preferred to cook our meals at home and gather around the big table for a family meal. Our evenings were spent playing games.Exploring Anderson Island

 

The island has a wonderful history museum, which we will have to visit another day. Our time was spent exploring the numerous hiking trails and playing hide and seek around the house.

 

All too soon our time on the island came to an end and we were heading back to the ferry. Although the ferryride is only 20 minutes you feel like you have been far away. It was the most enjoyable, relaxing time. I look forward to the day we can go back.Exploring Anderson Island

 

 

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There are many types of islands on which to have an island vacation. There are beautiful tropical islands, islands off the coast of Maine as well as islands in Puget Sound. Since all four of our grown children have chosen  to call the Pacific Northwest home we decided to have a mini reunion on Anderson Island. Anderson Island is located in Puget Sound and is accessible only by ferry. It is a rather small island with only one little store and one restaurant. Since we were going to be there for four days we wanted to be prepare for our island vacation. It would be too costly to have to leave the island for supplies and we didn’t want to have to purchase everything on the island.

 

The first thing to do was figure out the meals we would need. There were going to be 9 adults and three small children and we would have meals for all four days. After figuring out how many meals to plan for I asked if others would be willing to take on a dinner. Both of our daughters immediately chimed in and said they would cook a dinner and bring all the supplies needed for that meal.Anderson Island

 

Since we would be arriving late the night before we were to take the ferry to the island I decided to place an online order for any dry goods we would need. I had the order shipped to my daughter’s house. I then created a shopping list for the morning after we arrived, which would include all the fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy. That way we could make one quick trip to the local grocery store before catching the ferry in the morning.Shopping, budget, prudent living

 

We also wanted to limit the number of cars on the island so we figured out who we could take in our car. Since our daughter’s both have children their cars would be full, and they needed the car seats so our two sons and one daughter-in-law drove with us.

 

By planning ahead and thinking about what we would want and need while on Anderson Island it made it possible for us to relax and enjoy our time together. The meals had been thought out ahead of time, the food purchased and we could just have a relaxing time.

 

We also planned ahead for activities on the island. If it rained we would have plenty of games to play and if the weather was nice we had already looked at the various hiking trails available on the island.Anderson Island

 

It didn’t take much time to plan ahead and as a result we had a wonderful island vacation on Anderson Island!

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Vermont has two major trail systems, the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. We are lucky enough to have both trails intersecting not far from our house. Recently we had friends up for a few days; the weather was perfect so we decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. There is a wonderful short hike in Barnard that takes you to Luce’s Lookout. Luce’s Lookout is on the Appalachian Trail (AT) between Woodstock and Killington. You can start you hike on the AT from Route 12 or you can take the back roads up to a local trailhead for a much shorter hike, about 3 miles round trip. The trail is very easy to follow, you hike up an eroded road and take a sharp right at the Y, at that point you merge with the AT. Continue hiking until you see the sign for Luce’s Lookout.

 

The trail we took is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodstock. When you get to the Lookout there is a small cabin with a lookout platform built on the roof, accessible by a steep ladder. Once you are on the lookout you just about have a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.Appalachian Trail

 

The cabin is open as a hiking shelter and you can spend the night there if you are a through hiker on the AT. There are no facilities but at least you have a roof over your head. It is also a very nice place to just sit and enjoy the scenery.Appalachian Trail

 

Although the trail is popular and used for hiking, nature trips, and birding we only meet a few people on the trail. It was a perfect morning hike with our friends, there was time for conversation, enjoying the scenery and getting a little exercise at the same time!Appalachian Trail

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Recently we found ourselves in Guilford, CT for the weekend visiting my mother-in-law. We realized it was also the Guilford Fair weekend. The previous two years we had attended the fair because both my husband and I graduated from Guilford High School and had class reunions which were held on the Guilford Fair weekend.Guilford Fair

 

This year there were no reunions but we had fun anyway. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Guilford Parade. Saturday morning the parade marches around the town green and as my mother in law lives on the green we have a prime viewing spot. Who doesn’t love a town parade that features tractors?Guilford Fair The high school band marches and there were even lamas in the parade. A New England tradition is the marching fife and drum. Every small town in the area sends their units. Even the town musicians have a float.Guilford Fair

 

We also enjoy attending the Guilford Fair. The fair started as an agricultural fair and the tents of animals and produce is still one of the best features. When I was growing up we used to get the Friday of the fair weekend off from school. It was always such a wonderful tradition. They no longer continue that tradition but the fair is still a great attraction. The flower arrangements were quite clever.Guilford Fair

 

Several of the farms in the area put on beautiful displays of their highlights. Hard to believe the Dudley Farm has been farming for 375 years!Guilford Fair

 

It’s also fun to see all the various canned goods being judged.Guilford Fair

 

Every vegetable from peppers to pumpkins was on display.Guilford Fair

 

No agricultural fair would be complete without a display of apples from Bishops Orchards. They grow so many different kinds of delicious apples.Guilford Fair

 

It was a fun weekend, we reconnected with long time friends and my husband and I even took time to ride the Ferris wheel!Guilford Fair

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