| May 3, 2013
| 4:58 AM
This column is for all of you who dream of having a little country estate. A place where you can walk along stone walls braced by giant maple trees every few feet.
A place where you can roam across seemingly endless fields with views of the...
| 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...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 12:56 PM
The filming of the London arena production of the revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will be broadcast to select U.S. cinemas nationwide on Monday, Oct. 29 and again on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.,...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 3:57 PM
Maybe it's the sight of grass and trees growing up through the gravel and railroad ties. Or the rotting trestle that spans a small river and fills the air with a light scent of creosote. It could be the echoes of water dripping in an abandoned tunnel....
| Apr 11, 2013
| 7:26 PM
The plan was a good one. I would drive out to Plymouth and hike a place called Peat Swamp Woods and explore the ruins of an old carriage factory.
Then I discovered Plymouth's historic Main Street, so I took a few detours into the past before heading into...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 3:07 PM
1) Crazy Bruce's Liquors
176 Newington Road
1224 Farmington Ave.
2) M&R Liquors
120 Tolland Tpke
3) CT Beverage Mart
| Mar 28, 2013
| 2:12 PM
Last weekend, I went to Coast Guard Beach – a beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore I've been visiting since I was a baby swaddled in a blanket – and found it unrecognizable.
That's how bad the erosion has been this winter on the great...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 3:16 PM
When you combine a vibrant river, a waterfall, and a gorge with high cliffs lined with huge hemlocks, there is bound to be a legend involved. Killingworth's Nineveh Falls is no different.
These falls – now part of a dam and spillway for Lake...