Lyman Orchards

Who would have thought that a small plot of land purchased in 1741 could turn into a quintessential New England destination? Fast forward 275 years, the Lyman family’s original purchase of 37-acres ...

Mark Twain House and Museum

In my childhood bedroom, a pink, handmade dollhouse sat adjacent to my rod iron bed. Countless hours were spent creating storyline after storyline that centered around my barbies and their adventures ...

Saville Dam

Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. It’s hard to explain how a place can be such a large part of a person. What was once constant large waves of California sunshine, became a soft ebb and flow of gloomy, overca...

Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival

Ok. So you missed the highlight of the summer. But, it wasn’t your fault! Your grandmother had her 80th birthday party. Your best friend had her bachelorette party and you were the maid of honor. O...

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

This week’s Secret of SoCal is the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Located in Downtown Hartford, Connecticut, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, more commonly known as the Wadsworth, is the o...

Five Mile Point Lighthouse

Let’s face it, the Northeast can’t compare to SoCal, but it definitely has its quirks. Although my level of fondness varies on the different qualities such as the intense summer humidity and the f...

Buttonwood Farm Sunflower Festival

Are you really a Connecticut resident if you don’t visit Buttonwood Farm during its annual Sunflower Festival? Rumour had it (and by rumour I mean a coworker told me) that a local farm held an annu...

Farmington River Tubing

If you told me a year ago that I would be tubing down a rocky river in Central Connecticut, I would have politely replied something along the lines of “… I think you mean laying out in Laguna ...

Skywalk Observatory

Being 2,700 miles away from home occasionally leaves me with emotional voids that can only be filled with the Los Angeles skyline, west coast sunsets, and smog-filled air… At least that’s what I t...

Castle Hill Light

This week’s Secret of SoCal is Castle Hill Light. Located on Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island, Castle Hill Light is an active navigation vessel that was built in 1890. The white and black l...