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5 Connecticut Excursions to Help You Channel Spring Vibes

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Last Updated on October 17, 2018 by epapp

Okay, so here’s the thing. I’m done with winter. I mean really done this time.

It’s gotten to the point where I’ve started engaging in activities that are normally reserved for spring just so that I can remind myself that it will get warm again at some point.

Crazy as it may sound, I’ve actually discovered some really beautiful places in the process, right here in my little home state of Connecticut.

I must say, despite whatever preconceived notions you may have about the third smallest state, it sure packs quite the punch!

So, in an effort to help all of you similarly winter-challenged folk channel some spring vibes of your own, I thought I’d share five memorable excursions I’ve recently enjoyed here in Connecticut.

Even if you do nothing more than live vicariously through my photographs (and I actually hope that you will), that’s at least a step above burrowing in your little winter hole.

And who knows?

By more of us visiting these places and channeling the warm weather vibes, maybe we’ll will spring to come sooner like a law of attraction kind of thing.

Besides, I never did trust that pesky groundhog anyway…

1 - Picnic at Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford

So I already know what you’re thinking.

Have a picnic in the winter? Is she insane?

Okay, so I know this isn’t the popular opinion, but I see no reason why you can’t wear a jacket and enjoy a picnic, albeit a brief one, before the calendar officially dictates that it’s spring.

Not convinced? Perhaps these photos will change your mind…

Picnic at Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford
Picnic at Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford
Feeling fancy at Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
Feeling fancy at Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

Now I’m not going to lie to you. It was cold during this particular excursion, so I definitely recommend dressing much warmer than I did.

(Oh, the things we do for Instagram, le sigh. #doitforthegram)

But if by some crazy sorcery I’m able to change your outlook and convince you to do a winter picnic, you definitely need to do it at Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford.

As the name suggests, this park is known for its beautiful roses (which you’ll need to wait a bit longer for, I’m afraid).

However, it’s open year round and it’s free. Plus, you’ll basically have the place to yourself.

Although you won’t see the typical roses in bloom just yet, there’s something strangely beautiful about the “naked” arbors…

Still not convinced?

Under an arbor (sans roses) at Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
Under an arbor (sans roses) at Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

How about now? Are we getting warmer? No?

Fine, if I’m not going to change your mind on this one, I understand. It may not be for everyone.

In that case, this next activity should be much more up your alley…

2 - Indulge in a Royal High Tea Experience in Seymour

If you’re adamantly against picnicking unless it’s at least 50 degrees out (and I honestly wouldn’t blame you), I highly suggest heading out to the adorable town of Seymour and paying Tea with Tracy a visit.

Tea with Tracy in Seymour
Tea with Tracy in Seymour

You may remember reading about my fabulous high tea experience in my last post, but it bears repeating here.

Not only do you get to sit inside where it’s toasty, you get to drink hot tea and feel the warm sunlight beam down on you from gigantic windows.

Enjoying high tea at Tea with Tracy
Enjoying high tea at Tea with Tracy

Add to that some pastel-colored walls and this place has springtime written all over it, even if you still need to whip out the winter boots to get there.

If you do go, you must order the garlic oregano scones and try the Emily Dickinson Tea from the literary tea collection!

3 - Dream of Life at Sea in Charming Old Saybrook

There’s just something about being by the water that has a way of warming your soul…

Okay, so it was cold when I went, I’ll admit that.

That being said, it’s really refreshing to peel yourself from the couch to see that there’s beautiful water out there in the world and that in a few more months there will be boats, too!

Dreaming of life at sea in Old Saybrook
Dreaming of life at sea in Old Saybrook

If you do have the pleasure of visiting this beautiful town, you must check out Bridge Street so that you can gush over the adorable life-sized dollhouses at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa.

My personal favorite was this pink beauty cleverly named Tall Tales.

Admiring Tall Tales guest house at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
Admiring Tall Tales guest house at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

I was also rather fond of this multi-porch wonder, Three Stories

Three Stories guest house at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
Three Stories guest house at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

You’ll be happy to know that these are actually guest houses, so who’s to say you can’t spend a few nights pretending you live there?

If you do have some time to spend in the area, I definitely recommend checking out the Katharine Hepburn museum in town.

The Katharine Hepburn Museum in Old Saybrook
The Katharine Hepburn Museum in Old Saybrook

I myself didn’t have enough time to enjoy this one, but I’ve heard great things!

4 - Stroll Over The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury

If you’re looking to take a pretty stroll that will make you think of spring, I can’t recommend The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge enough.

To be honest, I didn’t have any enormous expectations before going, but it’s seriously such a little storybook spot.

Strolling across The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury
Strolling across The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury

Retained as a pedestrian and bicycle way in 1984, this metal truss bridge construction is people and bike-friendly only, meaning you never need to worry about negotiating with cars.

Not to mention, it’s lined on both sides with 62 flower boxes and will have 32 hanging baskets come spring!

Although it’s not quite warm enough yet, you can see some greenery peeking out, reminding you that spring is just around the corner!

Dreaming of springtime at The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge
Dreaming of springtime at The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge

It’s the perfect place to take pause, clear your mind, and gaze out at the water below.

Enjoying the view from The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge
Enjoying the view from The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge

5 - Enter a Dream World at Saville Dam in Barkhamsted

Saville Dam in Barkhamsted was a totally unique experience for me.

I first saw it from afar, and couldn’t resist hopping up on the stone wall to admire it from a distance before approaching.

Admiring Saville Dam in Barkhamsted from afar
Admiring Saville Dam in Barkhamsted from afar

The whole area surrounding it has this incredibly cinematic feel to it, particularly when you’re walking up to the beautiful door (which looks suspiciously like a gigantic Belgian waffle)!

Walking across dreamy Saville Dam
Walking across dreamy Saville Dam
The big "Belgian waffle" door of Saville Dam up close!
The big "Belgian waffle" door of Saville Dam up close!

It’s all kind of surreal, almost as though you’ve entered a different time period where beautiful princesses were trapped in castle towers. (Or that could just be my crazy writer’s imagination getting away with me!)

In any case, Saville Dam is definitely worth a visit, even before we can officially call it spring outside.

So before you agonize over the next days/weeks of winter weather, make a plan to get out there and enjoy what nature has to offer right now, even if you can’t pack away the winter mittens just yet.

I guarantee once you start channeling those warm vibes, you’ll stir up a little springtime magic from within!

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