Enjoy A Relaxed Pace of Life in Burlington
Burlington Is Perfect for A Relaxing Rural Break
Burlington is a real gem. This charming little town is easy on the eyes and the perfect place for a lovely rural getaway. With a population of just 9,665, Burlington has a cozy small-town vibe and is easy to explore.
Burlington was originally part of the Farmington plantation. However, in 1785 it separated from the farm and became part of the nearby town of Bristol. Then in 1806, Burlington split off from Bristol and became a town in its own right.
Nowadays, visitors to Burlington love the slower pace of life and easy access to miles of beautiful nature trails.
Get Close to Nature in Burlington
Burlington's rural location at the foot of the Berkshires and right beside the Farmington River make it the perfect location to get out and explore nature. Some unmissable natural beauty spots include:
- Nepaug River runs down to join the Farmington River and is also the Nepaug Dam and Reservoir location, which contains some stunning views. Adventure lovers can enjoy whitewater rafting on the river. The route starts a tenth of a mile from the river, on Dings Road.
- Burlington Fish Hatchery makes a beautiful day excursion for all the family. There is much to see at any time of year, but if you go just before the large specimens are released into the river, you will see plenty of large trout and salmon. You can see young fish at other times of the year and even visit the indoor enclosures where the fish are raised. There is a picnic table but not many other amenities, so be sure to pack a lunch.
- Sessions Wood Wildlife Management Area is the place to stop for education about conservation. The area provides habitats for local wildlife and educates visitors. There is an education center, self-guided interpretive trails, and a backyard wildlife area so kids can learn how to see nature in their backyard. You can also enjoy relaxing walks in the woods.
Have A Wild Forest Adventure with State Park Letterboxing
Letterboxing is a fun activity for all the family. But what exactly is letterboxing, and how do you get started?
Letterboxing is part of the history of Connecticut's majestic State Forests. There are 32 of these forests throughout the state. Some forests are over a hundred years old, while others are less than a decade old. The woods include a wide range of habitats, from managed wildlife areas to soaring hardwood groves. No matter where your location in Connecticut, you are never far from a State Forest.
Letterboxing is a kind of treasure hunt, where you look for small, sealed boxes hidden away. Each box contains a logbook and a unique rubber stamp. You follow a set of clues to find the letterbox. When you find it, you use the stamp to mark your logbook (which you bring with you.) You also use your own logo (also brought with you) to stamp the letterbox record. You then put the letterbox with its seal and logbook back where you found it or somewhere nearby. Remember to hide it well!
To get started with letterboxing, you need three things:
- A personal logbook so you can collect stamps from all the letterboxes you find.
- A unique stamp (you can make or buy these) to stamp the on-site logbook when you find a letterbox.
- A set of hints to lead you to the letterbox. You can print these off online.
Connecticut's Division of Forestry placed the first letterboxes in 2003 to celebrate the State Forest System's Centennial. The letterboxes were a way to get people into the forests to explore and find a connection with the state's wild areas. The scheme was so popular that the Division of Forestry placed a second set of letterboxes in 2005.
Nassahegon State Forest is Burlington's closest letterboxing site. While you are in the forest, you can also enjoy hiking, hunting, and biking. If you decide to try letterboxing for yourself, remember to leave the areas as good or better than you found them and re-wrap the logbook in its plastic bag within the box as not to become wet. Shut the container tightly and head off to find your next treasure! Visit Connecticut's official State website to download some letterboxing clues.
Enjoy Some Fresh Cuisine After Your Forest Adventures
When you are finished exploring the forests and fisheries of Burlington, the town has plenty of restaurants to tempt you.
- Max Pizza 3 is an odd name for a restaurant – but do not let that fool you! This restaurant is one of Burlington's most famous pizza places, offering fresh-made pizza and delicious sides. Everything is made to order, and there is a small sitting area where you can wait for your food.
- Finnegans Tavern is not just for Irish food. Enjoy a home-cooked and hearty meal in relaxed surroundings. The menu has a wide variety of offerings, including traditional Irish food, burgers, and lobster.
- Lemongrass Asian Grill offers authentic Asian food prepared under the watchful eye of its Indonesian owner. Locals love the wide variety, and the hot and sour soup is a particular favorite.
SERVPRO Is on Hand When Flood Damage Hits
Being located near the Farmington River means that Burlington is in danger of flooding. In 1955, the Farmington River floods devastated the Farmington Valley area, destroying many properties and displacing homeowners. Farming land was also severely damaged, and there was a massive rescue effort.
If your home suffers from flood damage, you need a flood damage repair crew that is fast, efficient, and safety conscious.
SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster. We arrive at your home within four hours of receiving your first call. We start by securing the area and making sure all safety protocols are =followed. Then, we extract as much water as possible. Our technicians know that thorough extraction is vital to successful flood damage mitigation. Extraction means that the drying process goes faster and works better.
We also monitor moisture and humidity levels while we dry your home, textiles, and furnishings to ensure optimum dryness before finishing the project. We aim to clean and mend your belongings if possible and only dispose of them as a last resort, which means you are less likely to lose precious items.
If you need help with flood damage, SERVPRO of Bristol is here for you. Call us today at (860) 582-3330.