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The Last Green Valley

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#1 Accommodations

  1. Historic, homey, and it is like staying with best friends when you visit The Daniel Rust House Bed & Breakfast in Coventry!
  2. Grant yourself a gift, visit Preston and learn why this B&B is named Captain Grant’s, 1754.
  3. Overlook lots of green & vistas at the Inn at Woodstock Hill!
  4. Want to stay where Josias Byles lived & walk out the door to a peaceful wooded trail? The Henrietta House B&B has that in Ashford!
  5. The Quiet Corner Inn welcomes you to Brooklyn, right in the middle of the National Heritage Corridor, for a day, a weekend or longer!
  6.  A quality stay in the country is calling you to the Bed & Breakfast at Taylor’s Corner in Woodstock!
  7. For luxury nearby, plan a getaway at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center!
  8. Heading to Storrs for some entertainment? Check in to the Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center!
  9. Sturbridge Tourist Association welcomes you to stay, whether for a quick visit or an extended stay to make the most of their beautiful town!
  10. Woodstock Sustainable Farms hosts hearth dinners and has a great get-away at the Manton-Greene Bed & Breakfast!

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#2 Astronomy/Night Sky Views & Scenic Overlooks/Views

  1. Borrow the Southbridge Jacob Edwards Library Telescope, a StarBlast 4.5” Astro Reflector along with Astronomy & Sky Telescope magazines to learn what you are seeing in our dark skies!
  2. Make plans to camp out next season under the stars at the West Thompson Lake campground.
  3. Walk Norwich’s Yantic Falls/Uncas Leap is a stunning view in any season, an easy walk, and you can see much more during winter months with no leaves on the trees!
  4. All four seasons offer photogenic scenes at Roseland Park looking out over the Lake. Great chances to glimpse eagles flying during winter months, too, for an added bonus!
  5. Have TLGV Rangers Geoff & Kim do a dark sky presentation for your group!
  6. Keep your eyes on the skies with Friends of Sturbridge Trails, because they offer hikes year-round, including some super night hikes with a telescope out in a Heins Farm field!
  7.  Feeling too chilly for a night under the stars or walk to a view? Take a drive along the National Scenic Byway in The Last Green Valley, our own Route 169 is a stunner! Take a look at a map to our destinations.
  8.  Chester C. Corbin Library in Webster ALSO boasts a Telescope that you can borrow. Wonderful family bonding opportunity!
  9.  Joshua’s Trust and the Town of Mansfield  together own and maintain the Coney  Rock Preserve Overlook trails, offering dramatic views, which seem bigger than ever during the winter months!
  10.  Tour the universe at the Eastern CT State University Planetarium! Great for schools, scouts, community groups and more to learn about the night sky!

#3 Hiking/Walking/Strolling

  1. The Air Line Trail is an absolutely perfect winter trail. With over 50 miles running through The Last Green Valley, there are plenty of places to hop on and off. Flat and easy, great for walking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing to keep the blood pumping on chilly winter days!
  2. Putnam’s River Trail is paved, and most often even cleared after a snow offering walking pretty much every day of the year along the Quinebaug River. Keep your eyes open for eagle & osprey sightings!
  3. Opacum Land Trust’s Claire Birtz Wildlife Sanctuary offers user-friendly trails through mixed forest habitats that wind along the shore of Morse Pond. The peaceful walk seems even more silent during the winter days.
  4. Looking for a place to let the kids run around and get that energy out from being cooped up? Wyndham Land Trust’s Lyon Preserve is a delight. Safe, off-road parking, a few easy loop trails, lots of birds to hear and see! Get the kids out and let ‘em run!
  5. A short, but brisk and interesting winter stroll can be found at the East Brookfield Town Common. View the war memorials and 19th-century structures as you stroll and ponder!
  6. Creaser Park Nature Trail is a favorite of 2 and 4-legged creatures in Coventry, and they’d love to have you visit for a stroll along the banks of the Skunkamug River, around the pond and through the woods this winter!
  7. CT Audubon’s Grassland Bird Conservation Center at Pomfret has more than 10 miles of trails, and offers guided hikes of all topics all-year long. Learn from the best this winter!
  8. Visit Wells State Park’s Carpenter’s Rock Trail in the winter for an easy loop hike up to a scenic overlook that will take your cold breath away!
  9. Mashamoquet Brook State Park looks bigger than ever with winter scenes and leafless trees. Keep in shape and enjoy history as you take the moderate 4.75 mile loop hike to the “Wolf Den” and “Indian Chair!”
  10. Lake Siog Recreation Area offers a short, flat nature trail (0.75 miles) with ample parking and perfect for younger kids to work on their balance and walking skills. You will return to the car with rosy cheeks and smiles!

#4 Museums/Historic Sites

  1. Listen in to Heritage Information Radio’s 24/7 online streaming for all things history (and more) in The Last Green Valley!
  2. Digging into your genealogy? Killingly Historical & Genealogical Society can help with their library, the largest east of the CT River!
  3. Want to enjoy local history with compelling events and guided hikes? Connect with the robust Norwich Historical Society!
  4. An experience that kids of all ages will marvel at! Visit the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs. We are not pulling your strings!
  5.  The historic 1 mile long Lebanon Town Green is home to Revolutionary happenings of our past, with a wonderful paved & flat 2 mile loop walk, is surrounded by historical buildings and is a National Register Historic District! March in George Washington’s footsteps! Oh – and the Lebanon Historical Society Museum is here, too!
  6. Visit the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich! For over 100 years this local gem has displayed and interpreted the best examples of fine and decorative art, representing a broad range of world cultures. Exhibits, events, experiences. RIGHT HERE in The Last Green Valley!
  7. The Tourtellotte Memorial Room Museum is the largest public school museum in the COUNTRY, housing 89 pieces of art & hundreds of artifacts celebrating the Tourtellotte family. Get in touch with the Thompson Historical Society to arrange a visit that will knock your socks off!
  8. Enjoy events & talks with historical topics? Canterbury Historical Society is a place you should keep your eyes on, and then participate in what they have to offer!
  9. FACES at FAHS = not a cryptic message, but the acronym for Fine Art & Craft Exhibit & Sale at Finnish American Heritage Society. FACES is their annual event happening in Walktober, but FAHS has fun happening all year.  Meet the FACES at FAHS this year!
  10. Another Storrs delight is the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut, with permanent and changing exhibits, there is much reason to visit & visit often!

#5 Nonprofits

  1. The Arc Quinebaug Valley is making a difference in the lives of people with intellectual, physical, developmental and other life-affecting disabilities, and so can you by donating, shopping at the Arc Emporium & donating to the Arc’s Project Redemption Center!
  2. CLiCK is Commercially Licensed Co-operative Kitchen, Inc.! Their motto is: Grow, Cook, Share. You know you need to learn more!
  3. Participate with N.O.W (Northeast Opportunities for Wellness) NOW if you support their mission of being dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of Quiet Corner children by insuring each child’s access to fitness, nutrition, and athletics. They offer events galore!
  4. Art happens and artist support each other grandly in NECTAG (Northeastern CT Art Guild)! Join and broaden your artistic horizons!
  5. Land Trusts! We’ve got them in The Last Green Valley. Investigate and join, volunteer, or donate to make a difference in our region, and help keep it 77% GREEN with forests, woods, farmlands! Avalonia Land Conservancy, CT Farmland Trust, Dudley Conservation Land Trust, ECFLA/Wolf Den Land Trust, Joshua’s Trust, New Roxbury Land Trust, Opacum Land Trust, Wyndham Land Trust.
  6. Mansfield Downtown Partnership is more than just a simple partnership. They are the A-Team of year-round events! Plan to attend, whether one of their upcoming summer concert series, the PUP crawl with your 4-legged friend, or any of the other choices!
  7. Chambers, Business Associations, Economic Development – lots of people working hard for our region. Join and participate! Bring value, get value where you live. You do make a difference!
  8.  Trinity Catholic Academy is a vibrant and caring Pre-K to Grade 8 School in Southbridge, promoting academic excellence, athletics, and the arts with respect, compassion, and service among their diverse population!
  9. Webster Lake Association is on a mission, that mission dedicated to enhancing, preserving, and protecting Webster Lake. Oh – and they lead a lot of paddles, too!
  10. Who raises funds so that all residents of northeast Connecticut have the opportunity to attend QVCC regardless of income? Yes – the same folks that give us the “Tackle the Trail” 20 mile running event on the Air Line Trail, the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation!

#6 Retail-Arts/Antiques/Uniques

  1. The Sunshine Shop does bring sunshine into any day, and is especially sparkling to visit during the not so long winter days. Flowers, greenhouse, gifts  – and they even pick a name a day for a free rose! Get in and visit our sunshiney friends!
  2. Need shirts or hats for your event, staff, volunteers or teams? Terri’s Embroidery & More is the answer! Terri does exquisite work and The Last Green Valley Rangers and member are proud to sport our TLGV-wear, thanks to Terri’s talent!
  3. Custom wide-plank flooring made right here and shipped worldwide! Did you know what a treasure Hull Forest Products is? Visit their wood flooring showroom to see what they can make for you!
  4. Artistic? Unleash your inner artist in downtown Putnam with the help of Artique and Sawmill Pottery. Their guidance makes your creative explode – and you’ll have fun while painting and potting!
  5. Booklovers’ Gourmet is snuggled in to East Main Street (Route 12) in Webster, and you will not want to leave once you enter this marvelous escape from the busy world that often encompasses our time. Visit. Relax. Enjoy! Repeat the process often!
  6. Downtown Danielson, with a short and walkable historic & architecturally delightful stretch also has inviting and unique shops like Tunk City Revival and the Trink-et Shoppe. Don’t leave empty handed!
  7. Give a hoot, shop at the Hoot in Mansfield. With the Farmer’s Cow Calfe nearby, you get two delights in one stop!
  8. Need something to brighten you winter days? Once in a while it is good to treat yourself or a friend to a bouquet! Garden Gate Florist will make smiles blossom!
  9.  Sturbridge welcomes YOU to visit and shop till you drop! The Sturbridge Tourist Association can point you in the direction for an exciting visit!
  10. Wonder why it is called Hidden Treasures Shop? Hmmm, the best way to find out is to go visit and find a hidden treasure! Don’t feel like going out, shop online with Semaki & Bird

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#7 Service Businesses

  1. Need brochure printing, new logo, raffle tickets, pens with your company name on them, banners, trade-show displays, bookmarks, blueprints…. Chase Graphics does that and so much more!
  2. Did you know that Angell House Design creates for The Last Green Valley? Most of our publications are the design of Angell House! We’d be happy to introduce you!
  3. Team Longmeadow Automotive not only take superior care of their customers’ needs, they are huge in giving back to the community!
  4. Need reasons to back local businesses? Dr. Debra Burns of Advanced Back & Wellness Center not only is knowledgeable and passionate about her profession, she gives back to the community and is a member of The Last Green Valley’s Board of Directors!
  5. Clarus Studios captures The Last Green Valley’s diverse scenes, people, events and activities like no other! Use and learn from local talent.
  6. Providing financing, working capital & professional services to agricultural business owners in the northeast is just the tip of the iceberg of what Farm Credit East has to offer with a team nearby in Dayville to serve you.
  7. Experience a community of caring! Expert short-term rehab, award winning long-term nursing care, adult day care, independent & assisted living is all offered thanks to the PierceCare community and team!
  8. Plan Well. Invest Well. Live Well. The expert Weiss & Hale Financial team with more than 50 years’ combined experience in the financial industry is here to assist you with your financial life goals.
  9. Look for The Last Green Valley ad each month and keep up to date with Lebanon & Franklin happening in Lebanon Life, a Lebanon Life Publications publication!
  10. TEEG = Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group and is indeed empowering. A small social service agency helping to meet the needs of Northeastern CT residents for over 28 years with the aim of providing a “hand up” to all who walk through their doors.

#8 Tastes/Sips

  1. Be sure to visit TLGV’s Taste of the Valley “People’s Choice” multi-year winner at Bella’s Bistro!
  2. Do You Bean? Once you’ve bean, you will always return to Bean again at the Vanilla Bean Café!
  3. George’s Galley is located in the walkable downtown of Danielson, so no matter what the season, you can take a stroll after you delicious meal!
  4.  Although 85 Main offers patio dining and open windows during the warm seasons, it is a perfect & cozy choice for winter delicacies!
  5. Huge menu, big slices and welcoming smiles are tossed in at Pizza Pizzazz!
  6. Gobble up ice cream, fresh baked goods, take home fresh meat & more from the freezer & shelves at Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm!
  7. Delicious! Delicious! Delicious! You get served that at George’s Galley!
  8. The Oliver Wight Tavern serves up 4 distinct dining rooms with fireplaces & you’ll be served with historic New England hospitality.
  9. 53 seasons of exquisite tastes, sips, service & scenery still going strong at the Golden Lamb Buttery!
  10. Dine, stay, celebrate – the Inn at Woodstock Hill is a dream come trueain

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#9 Theaters/Entertainment

  1. Bogey Lanes will bowl you over with fun & a super-friendly staff. Be sure to talk to the owner, Dan, because this guy loves and supports The Last Green Valley like a champ!
  2. Local community radio exists and thrives in The Last Green Valley at WINY Radio. You want to know what is going on and really connect to your community? Do it with WINY Radio at 1350am or winyradio.com, and TuneIn Radio, too!
  3. 70,000 annual visitors each year can’t be wrong! See what you are missing at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, offering a robust events schedule just for you!
  4. Listen in to “Radio Ranger Kevin” for hourly updates from The Last Green Valley as you learn more about our National Heritage Corridor on Heritage Information Radio!
  5. The Bradley Playhouse is a 114 year-old vaudeville theatre in the heart of downtown Putnam, offering a diverse slate of main season shows each year as well as a variety of “Off-Bradley” productions, too!
  6. Entertain yourself as you create a painted masterpiece with the guidance of Artique’s staff, and entertain your friends when they see the final product on display in your home or office!
  7. Hall Communications is a family-owned company with a total of 21 AM and FM radio stations, including WILI-am and WILI-fm helping to spread the news in The Last Green Valley!
  8. Mystic Aquarium lies just outside the borders of The Last Green Valley, but is still a strong partner, offered a Walktober and has plenty of entertainment and events for the whole family!
  9. The members of the Putnam Business Association are happy to help you discover all sorts of entertainment in their town!Discover Putnam!
  10. The Vanilla Bean offers not only great dining, but live entertainment. Just another reason to BEAN!

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#10 Winter Activities

  1. SNOWSHOE! The Air Line Trail offers over 50 miles of flat, clear and easy snowshoeing for beginners and seasoned hikers alike!
  2. SLED! The Roseland Golf Course Hills is open to the public for respectful sledding activity, so be sure to treat the hills as if they were your own!
  3. CROSS-COUNTRY SKI! Westville Lake Recreation Area has 3 miles of trails ranging from flat to rolling hills, and a great way to spend any snow-covered winter day in The Last Green Valley!
  4. HIKE! Whether there is snow or no snow, Mansfield Hollow State Park and West Thompson Lake both have trails that are spectacular and invigorating in winter!
  5. FISH! Fisherman don’t need to stop if the ice freezes as there are ample ice fishing spots in The Last Green Valley, like East Brimfield Lake!
  6. SKATE! UConn’s Freitas Ice Forum has public skating, lessons, skate sharpening & rentals available! Try it, you’ll like it!
  7. SNOWMOBILE! 17 miles of unplowed forest roads and seasonal hiking trails await you and your snowmobile at the Natchaug State Forest
  8. Goodwin State Forest offers trails for you to trek on your own or programs of varied topics! Take that turn off of Route 6 and into the Goodwin State Forest this winter!
  9. Learn on guided hikes all winter long with the CT Audubon Center at Pomfret and at Trail Wood in Hampton!
  10. Quaddick State Park is a water lover’s delight all summer long, and continue that enjoyment throughout the winter when the ice is safe for both ice fishing and skating!