Follow The Fall Foliage to Connecticut’s Giuffrida Park

Growing up in Washington state, fall and winter storms are nothing new or surprising.  I grew up on Whidbey Island, in a neighborhood dotted with tsunami evacuation signs. Winter didn't always bring snow, but it almost always brought power outages, high-wind warnings, debris in the roads and frequent school delays. I find it funny people…

5 Great Coffee Shops Near Groton, CT

We are coffee people. And with every move, no duty station feels like home until we find our coffee shop. Monterey, we're looking at you Captain + Stoker and Bright Coffee.  Here in southeastern Connecticut, we're deep in suburbia and thousands of miles away from the coffee comforts (and fellow snobs) of the Pacific Northwest. In…

10 Delicious Reasons to Visit Mystic, CT

While we've been living in Connecticut for six months, it took us only six seconds to go visit Mystic. And we've been back, virtually every weekend, ever since. Tucked between Groton and Stonington, this unofficial municipality is a charming seaport village with a huge secret: its thriving food and drink scene.  Settled in 1654, Mystic was…

A Sea of Sunflowers in Griswold, CT.

We've only been in Connecticut for a few short weeks, but we're learning very quickly that the region is home to dozens and dozens of family farms. This last weekend we stumbled upon Buttonwood Farm in Griswold (yes, like Clark Griswold - no relation). The family farm is known for its farm-fresh ice cream and…