Canfield-Meadow Woods Nature Reserve
Essex and Deep River
The bottom line: There are over a dozen trails totaling over 7 miles in total within the 300-acre reserve, including Long Trail with stunning views of the Connecticut River, North Cove, and Essex Harbor. The trails cross numerous rock formations and ribbons of stone walls.
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate with a few steep climbs. The terrain can be rocky with tree roots.
Total mileage: The main loop is approximately 4 miles long. But visitors can create their own hikes of varying lengths.
Instructions: There are four entrances to the reserve. The main entrance is on Route 154 in Deep River, near the Essex / Deep River line. Take Exit 4 from Route 9 and head north on Route 154. Parking is approximately half a mile on the right. There are also entrances into Essex on Eagle Ridge Drive and the Dennison and Book Hill Woods roads. For a map, go to essexct.gov and click on “Departments” and “Park and Recreation”.
Accepted animals ? : Dogs on a leash are allowed and must be cleaned up afterwards.
Little House Brewing Co.
Located in an 1836 house, the brewery wants visitors to “think of us as the ‘Cheers’ of Chester; a throwback to the origin of the tavern, a small tasting room where locals and visitors alike can feel at home. them”. The list of offerings includes “My Fake Money Isn’t Worth Nothing”, “Everything’s Upside Down Now”, “Perfectly Splendid” and “Belly Mist” IPAs and “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Cider. Nearby, River Tavern has a special brewery menu and will deliver it to your table. 16 Main Street, Chester, littlehousebrewing.com
The restaurant prides itself on having regional American cuisine prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients and featuring local craft beers. Special events include Taco Wednesdays, Fried Chicken Fridays and Burgers Saturdays. Menu items include “medium” fried green beans with chipotle sauce, charred mahi tacos, brick-pressed chicken, Cajun chicken pasta, and mac and cheese with jalapeño bacon. 158 Main Street, Deep River, 860-526-2600, redhousect.com
Essex Indoor Golf Center
Golfing all year round on some of the more than 70 world famous golf courses is the attraction of this facility. Visitors can play 3D golf matching their skills at courses such as Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and Myrtle Beach. The facility also includes mini-golf courses like Galactic Greens, Lost Lagoon, and Mystery Reef. 23 Saybrook Road (Suite 5), Essex, 959-265-8979, essexindoorgolf.com