Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Day In Middlebury

Welcome to the next installment in our series, A Day In, where one of our Nutmeg Collective members takes us on a tour of their hometown and gives us the scoop on some of the must-see local spots. Today, ShawnaLee of Portraits by ShawnaLee, shares Middlebury with us.

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This park boasts views of Lake Quassapaug and has a lot to offer for a small town feel. New rides are always being added and they are always hosting local events.

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A great hike for any aged hiker with trail loops for your convenience. Trails are marked well, but do have a map and compass on you for the fun of it. The local scouts hike this often and it is well groomed. Beautiful trails and great sites abound throughout, and it is right down the road from Quassy Amusement Park. When you're done hiking, pick up a Pizza in town. Middlebury has copious pizza restaurants!

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 Lake Elise

Got tots? Less inclined hikers? A Scout troop that needs a *first time* outing? This is the trail loop for you! This loop is short enough for the tots and long enough that it is worth the outing with gorgeous lake views, a few scattered benches and a healthy song bird population. When you are done, head over the field across the street to play at Middlebury's Meadowview Park with a small playground, and some trails around a small pond behind the police station.

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OK - this isn't in Middlebury, but this is where we all go for the creamiest Ice Cream around. Be sure to bring cash. Riches Farm Ice cream is fresh made, has a GORGEOUS patio to enjoy your ice cream while you gaze upon real cow barns and cow fields, and the occasional barn swallow.

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When you are done, go for a hike along the Larkin State Bridle Trail.  Be sure to park your car so that horse trailers can also park.  If you see a horse, please be sure to communicate with the rider in a way that doesn't startle the horse.  The trail runs from Hop Brook all the way to Southbury and is enjoyed by walkers, joggers, and horses!

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ShawnaLee Kwashnak loves animals, a warm cup of coffee, and bringing joy to others by creating portraits of pets and people. Her cats provide constant critique and companionship to ensure each portrait comes out great. She supports animal welfare and has been featured on Pound Posse Presents and Pet Talk TV programs. ShawnaLee is a mother of three, leader of two Girl Scout Troop.

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