A Day Trip to Avon, CT
Avon is a small town located in the Farmington Valley region of Hartford County. It was originally a farming community and while a lot has changed since those days, much of the area still remains untouched with intact antique structures. Riverdale Farms Shopping Center is one of those places. A convenient shopping and dining area for all of your needs, it lies on the restored site of a 19th-century farm. There is everything from home accessories to kids beauty products, and a lot in between. Once you've shopped 'til you drop, stop for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants in the center.
If you're a crafty sort, pop into Knit and Pearls. This yarn shop sells a range of knitting supplies and offers classes and events for every skill level. The Farmington Valley Arts Center is a creative hub covering the entire arts spectrum for people of all ages. Explore your own creativity and artistic abilities by taking a class, visit with the resident studio artists who create and sell their works on-site, or browse and shop in the Arts Center's two galleries. They have great youth programs, a summer camp, and much more!
The Avon Public Library is a fun option for something to do with the kids. The library is host to exciting events like story time for the little ones, a variety of craft making for all ages, game nights, movement classes and much more.
To learn more about the history of the small town of Avon, spend the day at The Living Museum, a site full of educational and informative exhibits.
The Pickin’ Patch is a family farm located in Avon that offers fresh produce and pick-your-own. Some of the lovingly tended harvests you'll find here are basil, beets, blueberries, dill, green beans, lettuce, swiss chard, and wax beans. In the fall, they even have hay rides to their pumpkin patch.
If you're looking for a spot to satisfy your sweet tooth then Taste by Spellbound in Avon is the place to go. Upon arrival, you feel like you have entered an enchanted garden, where the walls are lined in butterflies and other beautiful décor. The owner started her business at the ripe age of 20 years old, and has a passion for developing tasty treats that are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat. Stop in to say hello, congratulate the young owner and try out one of her goodies.
Whether you crave a little retail therapy or a farm adventure, some history or a sumptuous sweet, Avon has got you and the family covered.
Updated 9/17/16. Photo Credit Wiki Commons