Mini-trips around Connecticut

Adventure doesn’t need to involve a ton of travel. If you look for it, you can discover great things right in your own backyard! The past couple of weekends have taken me to locations close to home. Last weekend brought me to the Berlin Turnpike, and this weekend was Collinsville and Litchfield!

Fun on the Pike

The Berlin Turnpike has a lot to offer; shopping, restaurants, and fun activities. On this particular day, a few of my friends and I decided to check out Lucky Lanes. Lucky Lanes was originally called Berlin Bowl, but the alley recently changed ownership (hence the name change). However, you still see Berlin Bowl when you approach the building from the turnpike. When we went they were in the middle of a renovation, but they had plenty of lanes open for us to use. We liked the vintage charm of Lucky Lanes; it reminded me of the bowling alley that I frequented when I was a kid. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and of course we had fun bowling! When we were about to leave, we discovered one of the best parts of Lucky Lanes – the arcade! Lucky Lanes has a small arcade equipped with two pinball machines, two racing games, and a couple of shooter games. All of them are very reasonably priced – the racing game I played was twenty-five cents! At a typical arcade, this game would have cost a dollar! My friends and I loved playing the Indiana Jones pinball game they had. Even though we didn’t win, it was still fun!

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Fourth of July with the Mets!

Last weekend was Fourth of July, which also coincided with two of my friends’ birthdays! Both of them love baseball, and it just so happened that the New York Mets were playing the Chicago Cubs that Saturday. We decided that this game was the perfect way to celebrate!

We took the train in from Fairfield Metro to Grand Central around mid-afternoon, and the first thing on our agenda was finding dinner. Since my two friends’ birthdays were coming up, we felt going to a sit-down restaurant was a better idea than ordering fast food. Not knowing what we would find, we walked into Times Square to explore. It was then that we found the Brooklyn Diner. Continue reading “Fourth of July with the Mets!”

Higher Truth

A couple Sundays ago, I got to see a concert put on by one of the most recognizable voices in grunge rock. Chris Cornell (Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, Audioslave) brought his Higher Truth tour to the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. This all-acoustic show was absolutely incredible; full of great music, storytelling, and laughter.

The Palace Theater

I haven’t had much of an opportunity to visit the Palace Theater prior to this show. When you grow up in Hartford County, you’re either taken to the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts or Hartford Stage with your school. Boy – I missed out. The Palace Theater is gorgeous! While it is a smaller venue overall, the theater is full of beautiful artwork and gold detailing wherever you look. The marble stairs and red carpeting add to the elegance, and make you feel a little like royalty. As I settled in to my seat, I took in my surroundings and thought, “This is a great venue for a show.” Continue reading “Higher Truth”

Father’s Day in Lake George

Last weekend I spent Father’s Day in Lake George, NY; one of my favorite places to vacation. I’ve been going there with my family for over fifteen years and have made tons of memories along the way. This time was no different.

Davidson’s and LARAC

One of the first things my family does when we go to Lake George is stop at Davidson Brother’s Brewing Company in Glens Falls. Davidson’s is a family-friendly restaurant with delicious pub food, including gluten free options! I had their turkey apple melt, which was light and satisfying. My family also split an order of nachos that I enjoyed. You can’t go wrong with a meal from Davidson’s!

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