Last fall we had to buy a van to transport me in my wheelchair. At first we saw it as a necessity but as Spring arrived we realized we could now go places we could not go before. We then decided to treat our area as if we had just moved here.
Here is our van with and without ramp. We call him Vinny–
We ended up going to many places but let us start with our favorite place,
Chamard Vineyards in Clinton. It has been here all along but we never knew it had a restaurant.
It has great food and entertainment, some of which we can access. In fact we are planning to see a folk performer this Sunday.
Another place that has always been just up the road from us is Chatfield Hollow State Park. It has a lake, a covered bridge and a waterwheel. We just never knew it was there.
We have not really been able to enjoy living by the water but this year we went to three places right on the water.
The Back Porch–
And Abby’s Place–
All three of these restaurants are on the Connecticut river.
Gail remembered a very nice Inn further up the river next to an old opera house that she and her mother would go to.
This is the view from the Gelston House–
This is the Goodspeed Opera House–
The Guilford Green is the largest in New England–
We were too late to go to Whitfield’s Inn, so we went down the street and found this little Italian restaurant which had the best Italian food we ever had!
We found one place of interest in Essex, the Art Essex Gallery.
This is a picture of the clay bowl that we purchased. It was inexpensive because it was unnamed.
Jean found a wonderful gift shop in Old Lyme called the Bowerbird.
Next to it was Jessie’s Restaurant where John had fish&chips and I had a lobster mac&cheese.
We took my mother to the Florence Griswold Museum and enjoyed a meal over looking the Lieutenant River.
East of Old Lyme is Harkness Memorial State Park. We visited it with Jean and her friend.
Our furthest excursion was to Olde Mistick Village in Mystic.
This is a shopping place that I would definitely like to go back to again.
One of the nicest things this summer was going to Ivoryton Playhouse to see “Dreamgirls”, the story of the Supremes.
It has been a wonderful summer because of our van.