Natchaug State Forest
Warm up with a hike through Natchaug State Forest in Eastford. This wooded paradise, known for picnicking, fishing, and hiking, will interest history buffs. The large stone fireplace and chimney are the remains of the birthplace of General Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union General killed in the Civil War.
Cycle along the Air Line State Park Trail. Beginning in East Hampton, the rail-trail gently winds for fifty miles through the towns of East Hampton, Colchester, Hebron, Lebanon, Columbia, Windham, Chaplin, Hampton, Pomfret, Putnam, and Thompson. Do as much or little bicycling as you want – the idea is to enjoy panoramic views.
Elias Child House
Stay overnight at Woodstock’s Elias Child House, a bed-and-breakfast with nine fireplaces, hearth-cooked dinners, onsite wooded trails and an in-ground pool.
Carbo-load at breakfast for your third adventure. After checking out of the B&B, opt for a kayak or canoe trip with Five Mile Outfitters in Danielson. The outfitter offers rentals, demos, and information on paddle events throughout the season.
Celebrate your status as a try-athlete. Putnam is home to several restaurants, such as the 85 Main. Cozy up in a corner booth and raise a glass.