Talcott Mountain State Park
Talcott Mountain State Park is a 574-acre public recreation area located in Northern Connecticut. The state park features the Heublein Tower, a 165-foot-high mountaintop lookout. To get to the tower, which functions as a museum and a historic home, we will have to hike to get there. During the hike you will experience a couple of viewpoints with spectacular views of the surrounding area.
The hiking trail is on a broad gravel road but is a bit steep in some sections. The trail is 2.5 mile roundtrip with an elevation gain of 423 feet.
The Heublein Tower was built as a summer home in 1914 by Gilbert Heublein, following a period of ownership of the property by the Hartford Times during 1940’s and the early 1950's. During the early 1950's, two future presidents were guests of the home, then General Dwight D. Eisenhower (who was asked to run for office there) and Ronald Reagan, whom was president of the Screen Actors' Guild.
In 1965 Talcott Mountain and the home came under public ownership through the cooperative efforts of private conservationists and state and federal governments. If the tower is open during our visit, you will have an opportunity to experience the amazing views from the top of the tower. (The tower should be open, only closed if they have a special event)
Mark Twain House & Museum
The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It was designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter and built in the American High Gothic style.
The Mark Twain House is the 25-room Victorian home where Mark Twain wrote some of his greatest work such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Tramp Abroad, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. You will receive a guided tour of the mansion, and the museum is self-guided. The home was named one of the Ten Best Historic Homes in the World by National Geographic.
You will also find a museum store featuring Twain memorabilia, gifts for the reader and writer, and a large selection of books by and about Mark Twain.
We will visit Flamig Farm, this farm is a Farm Petting Zoo family owned since 1907. At the farm you will meet adorable and friendly farm animals. Most of them you get to hand feed. The farm also has a farm shop where you can buy farm-raised fresh eggs, local honey and more.
We will indulge ourselves in 3 – 4 waterfall hikes varying from 0.5 to 1.5 Miles in length. These waterfalls are some of the most beautiful that Connecticut has to offer. View these photos of some of the waterfalls that we will visit.
West Cornwall Covered Bridge
The West Cornwall Covered Bridge is very significant and important as it is one of only three surviving covered bridges in the state of Connecticut. The bridge was constructed in 1864 and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The bridge is 172 ft long and is known for being featured on many postcards of New England villages.