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Middletown, Connecticut is Not Mediocre

 

 

My visit to Yellow Yellow Circle at Middletown, Connecticut was random, yet meaningful. It was a total random destination out of several of different places I could’ve landed on between Worcester, MA and NYC. But I headed to Middletown. The reason why? I got an invitation. Only one rule: I was welcome anytime, but I had to leave, just like their children.

The invitation was from my friend Katie Tibbetts’ parents, Mr and Mrs. Tibbetts. And the brief visit to Middletown was a huge turnover. Middletown was such a charming little town among all the big cities around. It means more to me personally because, our friendship got tested by naked baby photos, and we survived.

 

Middletown is named it because it is in between of major cities around. It is in a midway of New York City and Boston, also Hartford and New Heaven. However, the name ‘middle’ doesn’t represent ‘mediocre’. It was an extraordinary in a lot of ways.

 

Wadsworth Falls State Park

Little Fall at Wadsworth Falls State Park

 

Wadsworth Falls State Park was a place to walk/run/hangout in Middletown. Through the woods, there’s the Little Falls and Big Falls. Be aware of mosquitos while walking down the trail. I lost a lot of blood that day, seriously. Jaunt down to the stone bridge and find Wadsworth mansion and the Olmsted Carriage Road in Long Hill Estate. It will make you feel like being in the old days, just like the time when the mansion was alive.

The carriage road was part of the original approach to the Wadsworth mansion. This section of the drive is bordered by handcrafted brownstone walls and lined with white oak trees, is one of the most impressive features of the landscape.

Wadsworth mansion was neglected in the late 1980s when the developer went bankrupt. In 1994 the Middletown purchased the property and restore the mansion, which was reopened January 2000.

 

Stone wall on The Olmsted Carriage Road

Stone wall on The Olmsted Carriage Road

Wadsworth Mansion

Wadsworth Mansion

 

We wrapped this day up with Sloppy Joe a la Mr.Tibbetts along with another great American beer Magic Hat and their wise wisdom that hidden under the bottle cap.

Thanks to Mr & Mrs.Tibbetts (+ Cooper) for their warm hospitality and special thanks to Katie Tibbetts for poke them to send me a kind invitation.

 

Sloppy Joe a la Mr.Tibbetts

Sloppy Joe a la Mr.Tibbetts

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Magic Hat Beer

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

8 Comments

  1. I love your photos and the fact that you’re showing appreciation for a place that’s a bit under the radar. It’s always great when I go to a place with no expectations and I’m surprised by gems like these.

    • Juno says:

      Thanks for your great words. 🙂 Yes, I’d like to think everywhere can be travel destination. That’s why I do Runaway to Sister’s city series. Even small towns, little corner of somewhere could surprise us.

  2. Natalie says:

    What I would give for a look around that mansion?! 🙂

  3. Sabina says:

    Hey, I live just 15 minutes away from Middletown! I have spent a lot of time there, but would you believe it – have never been to the Wadsworth mansion. It’s beautiful in your photo 🙂 I’m so happy you liked my little corner of Connecticut!! 🙂

    • Juno says:

      Hey! That’s funny! 🙂 The mansion was really gorgeous. Front and back are different architecture. Back of the building is a gorgeous Roman architecture. Visit someday! 🙂

  4. Isn’t Middletown a cool place? Right on the Connecticut River! It’s also home to Wesleyan University, where famous film directors like Martin Scorcese attended (my mother went there too, but she’s not a famous director). I grew up about a half hour away in Waterbury. Glad you got to visit!

  5. Andrew says:

    The forest is stunning. looks like a great place to explore! great pics! Thanks for sharing.

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