| Jun 20, 2013
| 8:55 AM
Connecticut is not exactly known for having long, walkable stretches of shoreline. Not unless you want to be arrested for trespassing on someone's private beach or jetty.
But there is a place where you can walk along a beach on Long Island Sound for...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 7:37 AM
In Connecticut, the robin is the state bird, "Yankee Doodle" is the state song, the mountain laurel is the state flower and, of course, the sperm whale is the state mammal.
And if there was ever a state bridge, I would go with the stone arch. Dating...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 12:17 PM
What's being promoted as "the most highly sought after Grateful Dead show captured on film" will run simultaneously in HD at theaters around the country on August 1, including nine cinemas in Connecticut, according to a Fathom Events press release....
| Jun 10, 2013
| 6:45 AM
For most shoppers, when they hit the mall or grocery store, the sweetest five words are: buy one, get one free.
This week, I offer not one but two suggestions for hikes in Cheshire – one that takes you to some of the bedding plant capital of...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:18 AM
Growing up, I was never one to stay on the trail. Family hikes consisted of my parents saying: "Oh, kids, look at that bird," "Oh, kids, look at that rare plant," and "Where did Peter go?"
And 40-something years later, not much has changed. Especially...
| May 24, 2013
| 4:53 AM
As flags were raised into the blue sky during the dedication ceremony for Camp Meribrite on a June day in 1966, the hope was many would "enjoy the beauty and contentment" of the Girl Scout day camp "now and into the future."
And although that beauty has...
| May 17, 2013
| 5:53 AM
Maybe it's because I read "Treasure Island" too many times as a kid. Or maybe it was the islands of grass -- known as "witches heads" -- we would hop across as kids to get to the other side of the swamp.
Whatever the reason, I love islands. Whether I...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 4:13 AM
Everything has its exceptions, and this column is no different.
For years, I've been exploring all corners of the state looking for places to escape — places where civilization disappears. Places where you forget you are in one of the most...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 3:06 PM
Connecticut loses approximately 8,000 acres of farmland to housing developments and urban sprawl each year, according to the Connecticut Farmland Trust. That's why places like Bauer Park are so special.
Madison's Bauer Park was once the farm of Erwin C....
| Dec 6, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Shortly after parking my car near the railroad tracks in Manchester, I heard the sound of a train whistle. And I knew in an instant it wasn't a train as I saw Susan Barlow wearing an engineer's hat and blowing into a wooden whistle.
I had arrived at the...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 3:52 PM
I was a "want-to-believer" walking into the lion's den — Bo Ottmann's mountain lion's den.
Each time I've written about mountain lions, Ottmann has invited me to see his part of northwestern Connecticut. Ottmann is the founder of the Friends of...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 3:59 PM
Many towns and cities have turned their backs on the Connecticut River since early in the 20th century, so New England's longest waterway often flows unnoticed through our state.
But if you search it out, you'll find places like the Windsor Locks...