Steam Train & Riverboat Ride and
Hike to Gillette Castle
Details About This Market
Lyme Farmers' Market
78 Bill Hill Road, Lyme
June 6 - October 31
25-30 vendors, including guest vendors, offering a full range of Connecticut-Grown farmers’ market fare including beef raised on the farm and coffee roasted on the farm.
There are ready-to-eat options and lawn for enjoying an alfresco lunch. Market days often include live music and cooking demonstrations.
Also at the farm is the Ashlawn Farm Coffee Roastery & Café. Children will enjoy the ice cream and farm animals.
Parking is adjacent to the market field.
Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome.
Bon Appetit included an article on this market penned by frequent visitor Dorie Greenspan.
Last year, the market was ranked 4th best small farmers’ market in the nation by American Farmland Trust.
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat offers a unique hiking experience including a 30-minute train ride through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Passengers detrain at the Ferry Road flagstop for a short hike to the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry.
The Ferry transports hikers to the base of Gillette Castle State Park for a hike up a hill of moderately graded trails to one of Connecticut's most famous destinations. The entire trip (train ride / hike to ferry / ferry ride / hike up hill to castle) takes about an hour each way. Ticket options also include about an hour-long ride on the Becky Thatcher riverboat.
Gillette Castle State Park, 67 River Road, East Haddam. Sitting high above the Connecticut River, Gillette Castle was originally a private residence commissioned and designed by William Gillette, an American actor who is most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage. The park consists of the castle and its ground, a museum, hiking trails, and a picnic area, and holds many theatrical celebrations.
Niantic River Estuary Canoe/Kayak Trail, East Lyme: Canoes and kayaks can be launched from the car-top launch at Cini Park. Off Route 156, below the bridge across the Niantic River, and just steps away from the Village of Niantic, this launch is easy to get to and easy to use. A map of the Canoe/Kayak Trail is available through the Town of East Lyme website
Connecticut Coastal Kayaking, Enjoy guided kayak tours of coastal waterways. Explore secluded beaches, islands, wildlife and tall ships. All equipment provided. No experience required.
Call for reservations.
Swimming, Hiking, and more...
Nehantic State Forest Rte 156, Lyme, The swimming area at Uncas Pond is a popular summertime spot. 1,667-acre hardwood forest with two picturesque ponds, smaller beaver ponds and marshes and several trout streams. Trails; scenic vista at the top of Nickerson Hill. Also offers boating, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and letterboxing.
Sound View Beach, Hartford Avenue, Old Lyme, Fewer crowds and concession stands are the mark of this small beach in Old Lyme. Nonresidents have access, and are able to park in the Town’s parking lot, without charge.
Rocky Neck State Park, 244 West Main St, East Lyme, 710-acre state park located on Long Island Sound Camping, saltwater swimming, fishing, and hiking. The Large stone pavilion, diverse trail systems, and gently sloping beach… ideal for families.
Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, East Lyme, accessible via Veterans' Memorial Park or from Damon Heights Road, 420-acre Preserve overlooking the Niantic River. More than 3 miles of trails pass through an abandoned pink granite quarry, twist through blueberry bushes over a high hill and lead to overlooks of a picturesque pond where turtles bask in the sun on top of granite boulders.
Devil’s Hopyard State Park, 366 Hopyard Road, East Haddam, Over 860 acres of forested, rocky terrain plays host to miles of hiking trails, camping sites and the impressive Chapman Falls and old bridges.
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, Home of American Impressionism, featuring the historic house, riverfront gallery with changing art exhibitions, gardens and landscape center, education center and restored artist studio. Part of the Art Trail: sixteen world-class museums and historic sites throughout Connecticut
Diane Birdsall Gallery (860) 434-3209 10 Lyme St, Old Lyme, contemporary art
The Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, fine American paintings from the 19th- 21st centuries, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism & select contemporary artists
EF Watermelon, 24 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, designers of custom jewelry with fine gemstones and diamonds. Estate jewelry, museum quality art objects, gifts and the complete line of Simon Pearce glass and pottery
The Hidden Gallery Fine Art & Jewels, 19 Halls Road, Old Lyme, showcases local fine art, handmade jewelry, custom stained glass, ceramics, furniture, and handwoven Persian rugs
AND FOR THRIFTY FINDS...
Nearly New Shop 70 Shore Road, Old Lyme, handpicked clothing, jewelry, linens, common goods, little treasures