Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Follow the Ice Cream Trail: Sundae Drives

We've had the Art Trail, the Freedom Trail, have to mention the Wine Trail, the kind of trail that goes mostly uphill, and now the Ice Cream Trail, the most delicious one of all. Sounds like my kind of trail.

A newly released brochure from the Eastern Regional Tourism District of Connecticut lists 35 places from the Quiet Corner, to the shoreline to get yourself a cold one, or a hot fudge number. From a 50s Era Ice Cream Stand in Putnam, to home or Connecticut made, farms, mansions, museums and more.

As the brochure says, "Nothing licks a hot Summer day like an ice cream cone." True, but why limit yourself to Summer?" Check out the best ice cream Connecticut has to offer on the trail.

The "Follow the Ice Cream Trail: Sundae Drives," brochure is available in PDF Format at

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Connecticut Wine Trail

Connecticut Wine Trail

The Connecticut wine trail is a state approved winery and vineyard awareness program complete with special directional signs, brochures and special events. No matter where you are in Connecticut there is one or more wineries open to visitors within a 45 minute drive.

Connecticut's 16 wineries produce a wide variety of wines ranging from dry, barrel fermented Chardonnays, Cabernet Francs, Dry Rieslings and Seyval Blanc. To fruitier sweeter whites and reds and late harvest Vidals and Vignoles. Some wineries produce sparkling wines, ciders and wines made from pears and apples.

All the wineries on the wine trail have tasting rooms for visitors to sample their portfolio of wines. You do not need to make any reservations to taste wines. All of the wineries give at least one tour per day. It is best to call each winery for their tour schedule as some do require reservations.

Bishop’s Orchards Winery

Bishop's Orchards Winery has taken the superb reputation and flavor of Bishop's Sweet Apple Cider and aged it into wine with a fresh, fruity bouquet. Other specialty wines created by Bishop’s blend flavors of other fruits we grow: peaches, pears and raspberries, as well as honey and spices to delight the palette.
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437-2399
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Chamard Vineyards
Chamard Vineyards is dedicated to producing fine wines from classic European wine grapes. A blend of time-honored wine making techniques and state of the art winery equipment are used to create world class wines. The main focus at Chamard is on Chardonnay, the most noble white wine grape variety in the world and the best variety that grows in the region. Tasting the the wines make it clear why Chamard has won best Connecticut wine for the last ten years, awarded by Connecticut Magazine.
115 Cow Hill Road, Clinton, CT 06413
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Phone: 860-664-0299

DiGrazia Vineyard
DiGrazia Vineyards was founded in 1978 and is dedicated to producing premium wines of quality and unique variety. Over 15 wines are offered, ranging from dry to sweet, using estate grown grapes, local fruit and honey. Our two vineyard sites are established on high sloping hills to maximize growing potential and grapes grown lead to crisp, flavorful wines. Nine varieties of premium hybrid and native American wine grapes are planted.
131 Tower Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
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Phone: 203-775-1616

Gouveia Vineyards

Watch the sunset by the warmth of the fire while enjoying a glass of Gouveia wine. They offer fine wines, spectacular views and hospitality to help you unwind and relax. They also invite you to bring a lunch basket with you while you sample the wines. Wines are available by the bottle or by the glass and also offer a wine tasting to help you choose the wine that is most to your taste.
1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 06492
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Phone: (203) 265-5526

Haight Vineyard
Haight Vineyard takes great pride in being part of a wine industry in Connecticut that is steadily building a reputation in the eyes of those who enjoy the world’s fine wines. With 25 acres of Vineyards, Haight Vineyard annually produces 6000 cases of wine. Wines produced include Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Covertside White, Barely Blush, Picnic Red, and an old New England tradition Honey Nut Apple.
29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
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Phone: 860-567-4045

Heritage Trail Vineyards
A "boutique" size winery, tours of the winemaking areas are given by request, and guests may tour the vineyards independently. The grounds in season provide an exceptional site for picnicking. Small private events may be held indoors in the historic house year round.
291 North Burnham Highway, Lisbon, CT 06351
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Phone: 860-376-0659

Hopkins Vineyard

Sample the many unique offerings at Hopkins Vineyard. Taste many wines, take a tour of the vineyard and winery, enjoy a glass of your favorite Hopkins wine or browse through the wine shop.
25 Hopkins Road, Warren, CT 06777
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Phone: 860-868-7954

Jerram Winery
Jerram Winery is one of Connecticut's newest farm wineries. It's located in the historic Town Hill section of New Hartford, the site of the original town settlement dating to the early 1700's. Because of the elevation, the vineyards enjoy a relatively long growing season that enables the vines to produce well-matured grapes necessary for the production of high quality wines.
535 Town Hill Road, New Hartford, CT 06057
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Phone: 860-379-8749

Jonathan Edwards Winery
Jonathan Edwards Winery conducts tours at 2pm, weekends at 2pm and 4pm. Tours are complimentary and often given by Jonathan himself. Learn about the winemaking process, our vineyards, and what makes our winery unique. Questions are always welcome and tours are personalized to the knowledge level of the guests.
74 Chester Maine Road, North Stonington, CT 06359
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Phone: 860-535-0202

Jones Family Vineyard
For over one hundred and fifty years, six generations of the Jones family have farmed their land in the White Hills of Shelton, Connecticut. The Jones Winery continues the family tradition of growing high quality crops that celebrate the great bounty of local farmlands. The farm's vineyard and famous berry harvests allow the winery to create a wonderful selection of traditional grape wines and specialty fruit wines.
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT 06484
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Phone: 203-929-8425

McLaughlin Vineyards

McLaughlin Vineyards is a year-round farm dedicated to the production of quality wines and maple syrup in a natural environment. Located in Southern Connecticut, the 160 acre historic operation includes 15 acres of vineyards, a 2500 case winery, hiking trails, wine education seminars, a sugar house, sugar maple trees, and even a 50 acre wildlife and bald eagle sanctuary.
14 Albert’s Hill Road, Sandy Hook, Connecticut 06482
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Phone: 203-426-1533

Priam Vineyard
Priam Vineyards' 40 acre farm has 25 acres of grapes in production, with a breathtaking 35 mile view of the New England countryside.
11 Shailor Hill Road, Colchester, CT 06415
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Phone: 860-267-8520

Sharpe Hill Vineyard

Sharpe Hill Vineyard has received over 185 medals in international tastings and is located in the town of Pomfret - just minutes from scenic Route 169 and from the Putnam Antiques District.
108 Wade Road, Pomfret, CT 06258
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Stonington Vineyards
Stonington is best known for its barrel fermented Chardonnays and its proprietory blends Seaport White and Triad Rose. We also produce, as varietals, Vidal Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT 06378
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Phone: 860-535-1222

Land of Nod Vineyard and Winery
The Land of Nod Vineyard and Winery is located in Litchfield County. The farm has been designated a Connecticut “Farm of Distinction,” thanks to the fact that the farm is one that has been in continuous ownership by the same family for more than 200 years.
99 Lower Road, East Canaan, CT 06024
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Phone: 860-

White Silo Winery
White Silo Farm is a small specialty winery. All of our wine is produced from our own farm grown fruit. Experience the charm of an earlier era by touring the old barn where the winery is located. Visit the fermentation, bottling, and corking rooms where the classical art of wine making has been preserved.
32 Route 37, East Sherman, CT 06784
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Phone: 860-355-0271

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