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Harvest Garden Farm Stand Ashford Connecticut

The Quiet Corner of Connecticut: Final Getaway in the Chevy Malibu


Getaway Connecticut: The Quiet Corner


The final leg of the Girlfriend Getaway journey found me driving the Chevy Malibu to the Northeast portion of the state known as The Quiet Corner, formally known as the Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Connecticut which borders Rhode Island and Massachusetts. I pointed the compass located on the mirror towards Pomfret with the intention of having lunch at the renowned Vanilla Bean Café, located in a restored 19th century barn. The cafe was bustling with activity for a Tuesday, most likely other leaf peepers. The Pomfret School, one of many private boarding schools tucked away in our tiny state, is located down the street.


I stopped at the Harvest Garden, offering fresh old-fashioned ice cream and pumpkins, along with assorted veggies fresh from the farm. The old cider press used to produce 20 gallons of cider per hour until it was retired when local laws prevented the sale of unpasteurized cider.


Harvest Garden Farm Stand Ashford Connecticut


Stone Wall ConnecticutAlong the designated Scenic Highway road, I let the big rigs pass me by and pulled over to photograph veggie stands with the honor box sitting on a table, and hay pastures bordered by amazing fences.


Moving on to the town of Putnam, known as the Antique Capitol of New England, I made my way towards the Antiques Marketplace, with over 400 vendors and 200 exhibits. Historic Putnam, an old mill town along the Quinebaug River, is an easy day trip from Rhode Island, Massachusetts or NYC. All that walking and driving had me refueling at Victoria Station for home-made-on-the premises Snickerdoodle Cheesecake (ssh, don’t tell) served on what else but – antique china!


Putnam Antique Capitol of Connecticut


The journey home found me stopping at the late actor, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, along Route 44 in Ashford, CT.


Hole In the Wall Gang Camp Connecticut

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It is with much trepidation that I realized I will be turning the Chevy Malibu in shortly. This car has been my trustworthy tour guide, providing directions to my destinations through OnStar, letting me keep in touch with my family while I’m a Chevy Girl on the Go through one-touch hands free Bluetooth calling, and letting me sing out loud to the tunes on a variety of XM radio stations. Along with my trusty tripod, this photojournalist tucked the trinkets and souvenirs I accumulated on my Getaways into the back of the spacious Malibu trunk.

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  1. WOW! I’m from CT and only knew about 1 of these places. We love to try all the great homemade icecream in CT. Rich Dairy Farm is our favorite so far. We will definitely have to make our way over to the Harvest Garden to try theirs. Not really sure how far it is from us? We live on the shoreline.

  2. Homemade ice cream and snickerdoodle cheesecake…yum…what a ride~!!!

  3. I owned a Chevy Malibu back in college and I can tell you it was an awesome Car even if it was yellow LOl

    looks like a great place to visit
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  4. WOW… nice ride, huh! So.. what next?

  5. Wow, my best friend used to live in Hartford, but she always complained about it. Connecticut actually looks like a cool place for a road trip – might have to try it!

  6. Okay you had me at the vanilla bean cafe. Mmmmm I can smell that brewing right now, and if I had some of that homemade ice cream with it oh girl, talk about heaven!
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