WHAT WE DID
This was a last minute change of route. It was meant to be Concord via Connecticut’s quiet corner : head out on 163 & 138 to Jewett City then north on scenic 169, before heading to I-395 around Oxford, then via I290 and I-495 to Concord. Problem was that the Last Green Valley was white – Athena had dropped the temperatures and there was snow. And snow + us don’t make good driving companions … it looks great when you are at your destination, but not great for a sighseeing roadtrip.
So we went a less scenic, less slippery, less challenging for us hot climate people, way – via 24 to I-95 and got there safe and sound. Concord looked extra pretty with a dusting of snow!!
Concord was a perfect way to end our road trip : everything was on offer : a quaint town complete with photographic church and memorial, beautiful architecture, a wonderful museum, places of historical significance (in fact a sense of living history) and of course that wonderful link to past authors in the cemetery and their homes : Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorn & Alcott. Bliss
We stayed at the Best Western (see “What We Would Change”). While the room was a disappointment, the location of the hotel had advantages. It just out of town and was easy to access the two adjoining restaurants : Papa Razzi (great Italian) and the Asian Gourmet (Chinese/Taiwanese food but they also have a sushi house and a Hibachi bar)
I highly recommend a visit to the small but engaging museum to put you in the right mindset to appreciate the rich history of the area.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
I had avoided “chain” hotels and here in Concord and in Boston I let my guard down for the sake of convenience. Bad decision. The Best Western looked ok from the outside but the room was small, very small, and reached by a jail block style internal concrete corridor. Also, having emailed when making a booking, and specifying that stairs were not an option, it was disappointing to be told (after booking in) that the complimentary breakfast was upstairs. They did offer me a piece of paper where my husband could tick a box to order if he would like to eat in our pokey room looking at the wall. So, if we could do it all over again (yes please!) then I would look harder for different accommodation.
As I said, the weather made us reconsider our route, so, without that restriction, we would have preferred going via 169