Archive for August, 2009

The Big E at the Eastern States Exposition

August 20th, 2009 by nancyross

Where else can you visit all 6 New England States in one day, with only a 30 minute drive from the Dutch Iris Inn?  The Big E!  Sep 18 - Oct 4, 2009.  Stroll down the Avenue of the States, visit agriculture and livestock exhibits, food contests, and more…all in grand state fair style.  Enjoy free live musical entertainment, The Big E Super Circus, and indulge in a Big E cream puff – the signature tasty treat of The Big E!

The Big E cream puff is a spectacular treat!

The Big E cream puff is a spectacular treat!

Dutch Iris Inn Special:  Stay with us on Wednesday September 23rd, attend Connecticut Day at The Big E, and get a second night free (Sep 22 or Sep 24).  Simply mention this blog post when reserving online or by phone, and show us your Big E ticket receipt before check-out.

Fall foliage in Connecticut

August 8th, 2009 by nancyross

We are gearing up for a fabulous autumn season, so plan your trip now! Fall festivals abound (we’ll keep you posted), our sugar maple trees will truly WOW! you with their color, and pumpkins piled everywhere will add the perfect seasonal touch. We have some wonderful biking and driving routes to share with you, so that you can soak in all the local color…literally!

Connecticut Wine Trail

August 7th, 2009 by nancyross

Many of our guests have made their way around our wonderful Connecticut Wineries this summer (yes, CT has wineries…what state doesn’t?). Many special events have been taking place at individual wineries, too. Stop by and meet these friendly folks, enjoy some tastings and learn more about wine. Don’t forget to bring back a bottle to enjoy on our porch while viewing our beautiful gardens in bloom, listening to the birds, and relaxing to the sound of our backyard fountain.

Backyard happenings at the Dutch Iris Inn

August 6th, 2009 by nancyross

Despite the rainy start to summer (which we New Englanders are tired of talking about…), we have had a wonderful crop of blueberries and blackberries bursting their way onto our breakfast table! Tomatoes are a different story, but our herbs survived and are now enjoying the sunshine. Peaches from our local orchards (and our neighbor’s backyard) are also finding their way into our breakfasts these days, and the apple crop is predicted to be one of the best this year. Let our farms and orchards welcome you to all that is Connecticut Grown!