Connecticut January 31, 2018
There’s A Little Town Hidden In The Connecticut Mountains And It’s The Perfect Place To Relax
Although Connecticut does not have the impressive mountains of Colorado or Arizona, We have some tiny ones in the northwest corner of the state. Nestled among these big hills is a mountain town that is a picture perfect getaway. Simsbury is charming, picturesque, and a great place to unwind.
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The town of Simsbury is bordered on the east by Talcott Mountain. It is a cozy town with many outdoor activities and is the perfect spot to unwind.
You will be surprised by all that this mountain town in the northern part of the Nutmeg state has to offer. Let's take a look at a few of the things that make Simsbury an excellent choice for a getaway.
You can tour the town by bike -- even if you don't have one!
Simsbury Free Bike allows you to take a bicycle out for up to 24 hours. It's a great way to cruise around this quaint mountain town. Borrow a bike for a $10 refundable deposit. You can learn more about Simsbury Free Bike
You can also ride a bicycle along the Farmington Canal Heritage and the Farmington River Trails, part of the East Coast Greenway network.
Experience the wooded trails for a peaceful afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of everything.
Take a stroll across the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge for a delightful view.
Loaded with flower boxes and hanging baskets, this entrancing footbridge that crosses the Farmington River is a sight to behold. It is a popular destination for portraits and wedding photos.
Visit the largest tree in the entire state of Connecticut.
The Pinchot Sycamore is over 100 feet tall and the diameter is over 28 feet. The tree was named for area conservationist and Connecticut resident Gifford Pinchot. It is located on the east bank of the Farmington River near the base of Talcott Mountain in a small park. The park is a popular location to launch canoes and kayaks and can be found at 20 Hartford Rd., Simsbury, CT.
Take a relaxing paddle down the Farmington River.
There is something very calming about kayaking and canoeing. Here in Simsbury you can take in the sights as you drift down the Farmington River.
If you want to grab a bite to eat while you're in town, we recommend the Red Stone Pub.
This warm restaurant in a historic building has a cozy atmosphere with fireplace in the winter and outdoor dining in the summer. You can find mouth-watering sandwiches and snacks on the menu and also a fine selection of beer. The Red Stone Pub is located at 10 Jim Gallagher Way, Simsbury, CT.
Explore the 3,400 acre McLean Game Refuge that is in Simsbury and neighboring Granby.
There is quite a network of trails available for hiking or in the winter, cross country skiing. Some of the highlights include a pond, small waterfall, log cabin structures and wildlife.
For more information visit
Stop by Flamig Farm, home of the backwards EGGS sign. They have a great petting zoo that will entertain all ages. On the weekends, the farm also gives hayrides and pony rides.
April through November, the farm is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Flamig Farm is located at 7 Shingle Mill Rd., West Simsbury, CT. Learn more about this farm
Great Pond State Forest is the place to go in this town for quiet lake fishing.
The 36 1/4 acre pond is the largest body of water in Simsbury. The state forest has nearly five miles of trails to explore. To learn more about Great Pond State Forest visit
Enjoy a 5th generation local farm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards. Purchase fresh flowers, produce, and pies or on the weekends stop by for a wine tasting.
This farm can be found at 25 East Weatogue St., Simsbury, CT. You can get more details about Rosedale Farm & Vineyard
Don't leave town without hiking up Talcott Mountain, there is quite a sight to see at the top.
The 1.25 trail leads up to Heublin Tower which stands 165 feet high. This area is particularly breath-taking in the fall, but the views are spectacular any time of year. Get more information about this hike
If you choose to spend the night in Simsbury, try the Green Acres Bed and Breakfast.
The home is comfortable, charming, and the hosts are always welcoming. The rooms are just lovely and there is a pool on site if you're in the mood for a quick dip in the summertime. Fresh eggs straight from the pet chickens are part of the delicious breakfast at this spot. Green Acres Bed and Breakfast is located at 444 Bushy Hill Rd., Simsbury, CT.
Have you ever visited the little mountain town of Simsbury? Share your experiences in the comments section below, we’d love to hear about them!
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