Back Roads to Brooklyn

  • Catch a theatrical performance at the Bradley Playhouse in Putnam. Next morning, enjoy a country style breakfast and then visit the antique haven of the northeast in Putnam.
  • You can’t pass up the chance to tour the Roseland Cottage in Woodstock
  • and the Prudence Crandall House, Rte. 169, Canerbury – two historic sites that are a must see!
  • Continue to Pomfret and stop by Sharpe Hill Vineyard for a leisure lunch at the base of the vineyard. If you want to see a spectacular view, hike up the vineyard to the top of the hill and view 3 states. Before leaving Sharpe Hill Vineyard, purchase their renowned bottle of Ballet of Angels (red or white). Then onto Rte. 6 east to Brooklyn.
  • Take a 40-minute wagon ride through a working farm where the buffalo roam and Bison Creamery Farm.
  • Head north on scenic Rte. 169 to Pomfret. Stop by Martha’s Herbary and tour the gardens. Make an overnight reservation at any one of the local B&B’s or inns, before heading to The Vine in Putnam, The Harvest Restaurant or the Vanilla Bean Café in Pomfret for casual dining.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between 1 & 6 are 34 miles

Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse

Turn-of-the-century vaudeville theater, producing eight shows a year.

Roseland Cottage-Bowen House

Gothic Revival summer home built (c.1846) by merchant and publisher Henry Bowen; Fourth of July host to presidents Grant, Hayes, Harrison and McKinley. Barn contains perhaps the oldest surviving indoor bowling alley in the country. 1850 Boxwood parterre garden. National Historic Landmark.

Prudence Crandall House Museum

New England’s first academy for Black women (1833-34), established by Connecticut’s female state hero. Changing exhibits, period furnishings, research library, gift shop. National Historic Landmark; part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail and the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail. Operated by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Sharpe Hill Vineyard

Located on 100-acres of farmland, the winery offers vineyard tours and wine tastings, gourmet dining (by reservations only).

Creamery Brook Bison

40-minute wagon ride through a working farm to where the buffalo roam, sales room, gift shop.

Martha’s Herbary

Extensive display gardens, sunken medicinal gardens, pet cemetery dating to 1889. Unique garden-related gift shop.

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