We are excited to share this guest blog from our Travel Tribe Contributor: DQ Family Travels
Our family recently moved to Connecticut and have been spending time exploring the state. We decided to venture about an hour away to Middletown, CT, and found there was plenty of things to do in CT for families. Although our family only spent a day in the area, we really enjoyed our stay and the downtown of Middletown. I would like to thank the Inn at Middletown for hosting us.
Where to Stay in Middletown, CT
Downtown Middletown was small, yet it had plenty of charm. We walked into a few shops and debated on what we would like to eat for dinner. After another few stores, we finally decided on Eli Cannon’s Tap Room. My husband and I enjoy craft beers and this place seemed to have a nice pub menu for the kids and a great selection of beers on tap for us.
The food here was very good. The burgers were juicy, the wings were seasoned perfectly and the fries were spectacular. The decor inside was quirky, but the kids enjoyed the various items and the TV’s as well. As predicted, their craft beer list was expansive and the waitress was very helpful in going through what type of beer we would like.
Upon walking back to the Inn at Middletown, we decided to have a little nightcap and had another drink and a dessert at their restaurant on site – Tavern at the Armory. The menu did look great and we would have eaten our main meal here, but we had wanted to explore downtown and got hungry in the process. If you are planning to stay in the Inn at Middletown, I do recommend eating at the Tavern. Not only was what we had delicious, but it is very convenient to have a restaurant on site.
Things to Do Near Middletown, CT
In the morning, we woke up and drove 5 minutes to Wadsworth State Park to see the waterfall. There are plenty of free things to do in CT, and parks are a great way to enjoy the outdoors. There is a short hike that you can take to get to the waterfall, but since we were headed to breakfast, we opted for the shorter route of parking in the lot adjacent to it. To find it, type in “waterfall parking” on Google Maps, and you will see it is on the opposite corner of the main parking lot. The walk to the falls from the parking lot was about a minute. You could hear the sound of the water rushing from the lot.
After Wadsworth State Park, we drove another 5 minutes to Lyman Orchards to have some breakfast. Visiting orchards has been one of our favorite things to do with kids in CT, and we were excited to check out a new one. This place is fantastic! They have a sunflower and corn maze open in the Fall, pick your own fruits, a beautiful outdoor setting, and a terrific market called the Apple Barrel. We arrived at 9:05 AM and it was slammed (it opened 5 minutes prior). Although the line did move, the anticipation and the aroma of apple cider pancakes was killing me.
After breakfast, we walked into the Apple Barrel market and were overwhelmed with the amount of delicious offerings. They are well known for their apple pies and apple cider (so get one of each). They also had a plentiful selection of homemade muffins, cookies, donuts, jam, peanut butter, honey and so much more. They even had a freezer section with pot pies, pirogies, dairy, and creme pies.
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