Thursday, October 19, 2017
Fall 2017 New England - Day 9
The plan for the day was a long hike along the Appalachian Trail. We had a communal breakfast at the Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast with a couple from Missouri and an elderly couple and their Italian son-in-law. After the breakfast, we drove about 25 minutes east to Bulls Bridge.
It was a great hike. We covered about 5 miles in just under three hours. We hiked on the Appalachian Trail from the Bulls Bridge covered bridge to the top of Ten Mile Mountain and back. We were hiking right along the border between New York and Connecticut. If we had gone half a mile further, I think that we would have been in New York. I will post some maps in the next couple of weeks.
After the hike, we headed to Litchfield. Litchfield was the ending point of the Litchfield Hills Loop that we were following on Wednesday. We had lunch at the bar at the Village Restaurant.
After lunch, we walked around the town. Sharon got to explore a number of antique shops along the main street and we stopped and bought a bottle of wine.
Back in the car, we headed to New Preston. We had passed through this very small town on the way to the hike and she wanted to go back. There were a couple of more antique stores, including one that had the best selection of the type of pieces that she was looking for. Most of the pieces she liked are frankly out of our price range...
We headed back to the bed & breakfast. We spent some time on the back deck enjoying the view and having a class of wine.
Eventually, we got cleaned up for dinner. We finished the night with a late dinner at Arethusa al tavolo. I had Trio of Berkshire Pork (Tenderloin, Braised Bacon, Crepinette, Maple Glazed Carrots, Red Cabbage Gastrique), while Sharon had Roasted Mediterranean Sea Bass (Ratatouille, Chick Pea Cake, Citrus-Fennel Relish, Salsa Verde). When we sit down to look back on the trip, this dinner may be the best that we had!