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Places to Take Your Out-of-Town Guests

Visiting area sights give visitors a taste of Connecticut.

With the holiday school break here, many Newtown families will be swinging open their front doors to welcome out-of-town relatives and friends. The weekend will likely be full of festivities, but come Monday, people may be itching to get out of the house.

Here are some sights and places that give visitors a glimpse at what our area of Connecticut has to offer.

  • Scenic Drive. Take guests down Main Street to see the beautiful historic houses, the and the famous flag pole. Turn down Church Hill Road and continue into Sandy Hook. Stop and have lunch at one of the restaurants or coffee and a treat at while looking out over the Pootatuck River.
  • Movie. Visitors are charmed by the small-town feel of the $2 movies at . Next week's showing is Dolphin Tale (PG). Don't forget to show your guests the beautiful murals painted inside the town hall.
  • Ram Pasture. Although it's not cold enough for skating yet, it is fun to drive by Ram Pasture and point out the pond where the community ice skates.
  • Art Gallery. The is a beautifully designed small museum located in Ridgefield. With ever-changing exhibits, there are always interesting pieces to spark conversation.
  • Eagle Watching. The Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle Observation Area allows visitors to watch these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. The observation area is open Wed, Sat and Sun, starting Dec. 28. Reservations are required.
  • . I have friends that visited years ago who still remember that "big store with the mooing cow." Children love the singing milk cartons and banana, and adults deal with it so they can shop while the kids are entertained. And with a variety of samples, you can snack your way through that one winding aisle.

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