July 21 2018
During one of our long waits at the DMV, a nice woman recommended we go to the Milford Farmers Market. So we were finally able to get there last weekend.
It was a perfect day, there was a band playing, there were a couple vegetable stands, a few jewelry stands, mixed with some random vendors and I believe there was one food truck.
So although this is a very nice weekly event, It would be difficult for me to rave about this Farmer's Market to someone else - only because I just moved to town less than 2 months ago and the Farmer's Market in my hometown of Syracuse, NY - is incomparable. It has been around for more than 80 years.
While I can't 'rave' about the event, I will certainly recommend that you stop by this farmer's market. Your visit will keep it alive and growing! Every Saturday from 9-1, behind the train station.
July 14 2018
We had family visiting this weekend from Upstate NY. Without time to research fun things to do in Connecticut so I could entertain my guests, I headed to a fabulous Milford Facebook group for some help from the locals.
After hundreds of comments, we all decided to head to the 2018 New London Sailfest.
Traffic was a bit heavy on the way up but not bad on the return trip. It took us a little over an hour to get there. We got to the festival early and beat the crowds - and we headed out by 3pm. This landed us a good parking spot - paid $15.
There were a few craft vendors and a handful of food options with a band playing. Seemed as though it was more of an atmosphere for children as there were plenty of rides and games. I hear it gets full of sailboats by sunset and there are some decent fireworks. I had wished to see more than 3 sailboats while there today but we didn't make plans to stay for the night events.
We did pick up a vintage bedroom trunk for the military room from an antique store - so that's a bonus.
July 8, 2018
While there is still unpacking and organizing to be done at the new house, I was determined to get out on the ocean today in our new party float. I have watched other neighbors float around day after day and have been waiting for the opportunity to try it myself.
It really is just as relaxing as it looks.
We only stayed out for about 20 minutes... getting this house in order takes priority right now. But it was SO worth it to take those 20 minutes to relax and enjoy.
I still feel like I'm on vacation... None of this feels real yet.
June 16 2018
Silver Sands State Park - 5 stars!
Free entrance and free parking to a State Park in Connecticut? Yup, it's true! We happened upon Silver Sands State Park during my first outing as a new homeowner in Connecticut and because we didn't have the time to lounge on the beach, bathe in the water, or walk the sandbar, I will surely be back!
This beach offers an accessible boardwalk that meets up with the Walnut Beach boardwalk, small sand dunes, bird nesting areas, amazing views of the Long Island sound and a sandbar that will take you all the way over to Charles Island (during low tide only) and you can search for hidden treasure (or so they say).
This year brings a new permanent sign to the beach that explains more detail of the sandbar and Charles Island. It offers photos of low tide and high tide so if you plan to take the walk, you can see just what you're in for, as well as a tide schedule. There seems to be a slight discrepancy between the sign, the website information and the local news. Some places tell you that walking to the island is not allowed from May 1 to Aug 31, including the new beach sign...but just yesterday on the local news station on TV, they showed beach goers walking to the island and were highlighting the new sign while offering information on ensuring people head over during low tide only. Leaves the newbie to the area a little confused.
For more pics of my day trip to Silver Sands, head over to my instagram page @pointbeachblog
June 18, 2018
My very first outing as a new homeowner in Connecticut.
Mom, my Aunt and my youngest daughter were here at the new house to help me get settled on the weekend my furniture and belongings arrived. We all spent time unpacking in search of blankets, tv cords and other essentials but needing a break from the chaos, we decided to venture out for a few hours. I didn't want to go far from home because my pups are in a new location and they are really uneasy about this whole moving gig, so we did a quick sight seeing tour on the coast.
First stop: Stratford Point Lighthouse. We grabbed a quick photo of the lighthouse and admired the milliion dollar homes that line the water along this dead end road then headed to Short Beach, on the next street over.
There was a hefty fee for entrance into the beach so we didn't stay... we didn't plan a beach day, and weren't staying long. #ctbucketlist
Next stop: Silver Sands State Park. Click here.
I moved to the Point Beach neighborhood in Milford, Connecticut in June of 2018 - these are my experiences of owning a new beach home and relocating to unfamiliar territory. ~ Shelly Straub