Once you’ve been to this part of Connecticut, in the area defined by the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers, you’ll understand why it’s been designated as The Last Green Valley. What’s even better is that a nonprofit stewardship organization called The Last Green Valley has come up with a terrific series of biking trips that will take you through the region, with many suggestions for things to see and places to eat and stay as well. One such trip, a 25-mile Canterbury/Scotland Loop, takes you past fields and streams, stone walls and grazing cows.
Biking the Quiet Corner
Some of Connecticut’s most picturesque roads can get pretty crowded from time to time, but that’s not the case in eastern Connecticut, also known as “The Quiet Corner.” This is the state’s most bucolic region, with plenty of natural beauty in spring, summer, and especially fall, along with the elbow room to take it all in.
Begin the day with the 13.2-mile Pomfret/Woodstock Loop which will take you from Pomfret up into Woodstock and back again. Among the highlights here is Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, a spectacular 1846 summer house, now preserved as a museum, whose gardens and fascinating interiors give a good view into how high the high life was before the federal income tax came along. If, at the end of this loop, you’re ready for a little more, there’s a link to the Thompson Loop that will take you on a 10-mile circuit of that town.