I live in New York City. And as everyone knows, New York is one of the most wonderful, loud, smelly, crowded, lovely, hideous, chaotic, sweaty, hip, annoying, exciting, cool places to be in the whole world. I love it. And I also occasionally hate it. And when I just plain can’t stand it anymore and need a break (and everyone needs a break from time to time), I go to Kent, Connecticut in Litchfield County. I’m writing this post while sitting on my porch, and I truly couldn’t be more excited to explain why this is one of my favorite places on earth.
When I’m here in Kent (as I am right now), this is the place I spend most of my time: my peaceful porch. The bugs up here can get pretty vicious (ticks, mosquitos, gnats), so I love to sit on the screened-in porch and write, read, drink wine, and even sleep.
House of Books
When I go into the town of Kent, one of my all-time favorite spots is House of Books. Voted one of the best independent bookstores in Connecticut, House of Books is a lovely shop with a wonderful selection of books, a great line-up of author events, and the nicest bookstore owner ever, Robin Heard. Here I am at a book signing, meeting the amazing Elinor Lipman, author of ON TURPENTINE LANE:
Gifford’s market is wonderful because not only can you stop in for a cup of coffee and a berry muffin, or a hamburger and fries, but you can also order your Thanksgiving turkey, your Christmas fillet of beef, or a dozen mini crab cakes for a cocktail party. They do it all! And if you’re not in the mood to cook dinner, then you can go to their lovely restaurant right around the corner.
The Great Outdoors
My favorite thing by far about Kent, CT is nature! Whether I’m at Kent Falls or Macedonia State Park, I NEVER get over the beauty of this New England paradise. It’s gorgeous in every season:
I never know who will be wandering around in the woods behind my house. I’ve seen bobcats, bears, deer, turkeys, bats, frogs, coyotes, herons, ducks, woodchucks and weasels. Here are a few pictures I’ve managed to take of my outdoor neighbors:
I highly recommend taking a drive or going for a hike in Litchfield County! It is the perfect escape from busy city life, and I am my happiest self when I’m here.
And if you’re still not convinced, let me show you the best bar in town, otherwise known as my backyard:
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