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Cheshire and Connecticut's Hot Spots For Summer Dining

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

We all know that Summertime in the Northeast passes all too fast, but we sure know how to make the most of it and with our varied and pictaresque landscapes, coastlines, rolling hills and rivers, it is one of the most beautiful places to spend a summer.  So, let us help you make the most of the summer you have left, before the frigid cold sets in again and we all go hybernate.  Connecticut is home to a varied and gourmet food scene, but without all of the attitudes that can usually come with fine dining.  We in Connecticut simply like to eat beautiful delicious food and have a good time while doing.  So, here is a list of some of our favorites in the area.  All of these restaurants are within 30 miles of Cheshire and we promise you, they are all worth it.    

Yes, our winters can be brutal, that is why there are so many seasonal restaurants in the area, old favorites like Fish Tale, which has been in business since 1979 and now has restaurants in Westbrook, Madison and New Haven is a classic fish fry joint and best of all it's BYOB.  So, bring whatever beverage you like to swill with your fish, but that's not all, the carousel is always a hit with the little ones, making Fish Tale an all around crowd pleaser for the whole family.  OR if lobster is your thang, satisfy your seafood cravings at the Lobster Shack in Branford, and yes, it is true to its name, literally a shack in the parking lot of a Marina in Branford.


A favorite to many is the Max Chef-To-Farm Dinners.  A really cool concept, now in it's seventh season, that hosts a series of themed alfresco dinners at a variety of locations throughout Connecticut.  These meals obviously feature local favorites, seafood, barbecue, tomatos, vegan specialties and also does brunch at places like Rosedale Farm and Vinyard and Sub Edge Farm in Farmington.  Check out maxcheftofarm.com for more info.  

Another fantastic farm dining experience is with our friends at BOULDER KNOLL, a non-profit community farm here in CHESHIRE, who hosts an annual Farm To Table Dinner.  This year, on August 27 Chef Jason Sobocinski of Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro will construct a delicious experience using ingredients fresh from the farm.  This event will also feature the delicious fermented beverages from Black Hog Brewing Company, drinks, and live music.  You don't want to miss one. Check out Friends Of Boulder Knoll for more information.   


These aren't the only casual farm dining experiences around Cheshire.  If brunch is more your style, head to Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, who offers weekend breakfasts featuring fresh hand picked fruit, local eggs and veggies, and a variety of local meats and cheese.  All local, all day, the perfect way to fuel a day of apple picking on the farm.  


If you like to spend your summer days sipping on local craft brew and chillin lazy in the sand then you'll want to head to what locals refer to as the "Hidden Beach", also known as the backyard at Eli Cannon's Tap Room. The yard is basically a sand coated patio, complete with lawn chairs and good vibes.  A classic summer stop in Middletown's North End.  

A fairly new Beer lover's Mecca is Stony Creek Brewery in Branford.  Currently operating in it's first summer as a full service venue, Stony Creek has a large tasting room, outdoor decks with stunning water views and a space for Weddings, Parties and Special Events.  The place is always hoppin, undoubtedly due to its jovial atmosphere, full bocce ball court, and custom cornhole boards.  Oh, and there are fire pits. Sound like the coolest place on the list so far?...yeah, it's pretty great.  Food trucks often park on site, but guests are also encouraged to bring their own food and takeout from local eateries and at just 23 miles from Cheshire, you'll definately want to check this place out.    

 If you'd like more information about our wonderful community of Cheshire, give us a call! We'd love to give you a tour of our town and show you why we've been selected #5 Best Town to Live in Connecticut!  You can also visit our website and checkout homes that are available.  If you'd like, you can sign up for our Preferred Email List and be notified FIRST of any homes that meet your personal preferences, as soon as they come onto the market!  Just follow this link: EXCLUSIVE EMAIL HOME SEARCH

We love our community of Cheshire...and know you will too!

Sally Bowman Real Estate....."Opening Doors to New Homes, One House at a Time!"  Let the next home be YOURS!

    

Cheshire CT Celebrates the 4th of July!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

THINGS THAT GO BOOM!

The Fourth of July is a sacred day for our country, we call to mind the blood, sweat and tears that accompanied the founding of this great nation.  It is really special to Cheshire, CT as four members from Connecticut signed that fateful document, the Declaration of Independence, that laid the foundation of our great nation and the unalienable rights that all men are created equal and have the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  We also call to mind the many men and women who still fight to protect those rights, especially those who've made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy those rights still today.

Start your 4th of July with a very special annual reading of the Declaration of Independence with the Bennett Family of Cheshire, CT!  The reading will take place on the Church Green, at 10:00 am

 As John Adams, our 2nd of the U.S. once said..."The fourth day of July... will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to Almighty God."

                                                                  

On July 5th the Bennett Family has also put together a "Tribute to America Concert" at Nelson Hall at Elim Park in Cheshire. This Patriotic musical tribute to America's heritage includes handbell, vocal, instrumental ensembles, accordion arrangements of familiar patriotic tunes and a dramatic flag folding ceremony. They do require reserved seating. The Tickets are FREE through Nelson Hall. If interested, please follow this link: Tribute to America Concert

Read the Declaration Of Independence here.

The KURTZ FAMILY FIREWORKS SHOW is the perfect way to wrap up your Independence Day celebrations in Cheshire, CT.  The Kurtz family, 3rd generation Cheshire farmers have a special place in the hearts of the community. For many years the family has hosted this free community fireworks show at their property at 1604 Peck Lane. This Fantastic Fireworks Display will begin around 8:30 PM on the fourth.  

A Sneak Peek at the Fantastic Fireworks Displays on the 4th of July at the Wonderful Kurtz Family Farm!

 

From all of us at Sally Bowman Real Estate........ Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!   GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Realtor.com Interviews Sally Bowman of Cheshire CT!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Just this year Sally Bowman was recognized by the Cheshire community for her excellent service, by receiving the 2015 Best of Cheshire #1 Real Estate Agent and Sally Bowman Real Estate received the 2015 Best of Cheshire #2 Real Estate Office award, so when Realtor Magazine came calling to ask her some questions about her team....we (her office staff) weren't too surprised.

Realtor Magazine, The Official Magazine of the National Association of Realtors, called on Sally for an article they were writing about "How to Keep Your Real Estate Team Happy".  They couldn't have chosen a better person to interview for this article! As our Boss, we wanted to share some of our thoughts as well;  "I love working at Sally Bowman Real Estate because Sally always gives you her support - whether it's just some encouraging words or some funny quotes. There is no 'I' in team and at Sally Bowman we are a team and we have each other's back. I can't say there is a day I don't mind going to work. Sally is a terrific boss who is a hard worker and a great role model for all her fellow realtors. Sally Bowman Rocks!" that comes from one of the original real estate professional's at SBRE whom opened the doors with Sally, 7 years ago. Another one of our team members, who started out as administrative help and worked her way up to a successful, full-time real estate professional with Sally's help & guidance, had this to say: "Sally is great to work for because she always makes time for you if you need it (even though she probably doesn't ever have a "free second"), she doesn't micro-manage any of the agents (has faith in you), always encourages you to try new things that are outside of your comfort zone, so that you can grow in the business. she's ALWAYS a team player and fair with everyone, and almost always has a smile on her face." These are the comments you will hear over and over again when it comes to Sally's leadership.  Her upbeat and positive attitude is contagious, the fact that she is always willing to do what is ever necessary to train her agents on every aspect of the business and make herself available to them at all times his a rare find these days. Combined with her ability to make the office atmosphere run more like a family unit where everyone likes to come to work because she sets the tone and example for everyone else really sets the SBRE team apart from others in their industry...and it carries through to the way they treat each one of their clients as well.  In fact, another one of our team members- and long-time SBRE real estate professional summed that up quite well when she said, "Sally loves Cheshire, and it shows as the proud leader of SBRE. She wishes everyone a warm welcome to live and work here!"

Sally attributes her success to her happy and committed team. As she told Realtor Magazine, " It's all about Trust and Respect...and whatever they need from me!" That is very evident as you walk through the office and talk with the agents that work with the Sally Bowman Real Estate Team. Sally also treats her team like family. It's this culture of trust, respect, support and family that also encourages the team to treat their clients the same way. It's a philosphy that is carried through from the top down, and one that works beautifully. 

The tone of a team and office always starts at the top and our team knows we are fortunate to have a leader who sets that tone with a smile & positive attitude every day!

Read the full Realtor Magazine article at this link: How to Keep Your Team Happy

If you're interested in becoming part of the Sally Bowman Real Estate Team, give Sally a call at 203-687-8026, or you can visit our website at: www.sallybowmanrealestate.com.

Sally Bowman Real Estate....Opening Doors to New Homes, One House at a Time!

Tips For The Perfect Cheshire CT Summer Garden

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

Keeping your garden in tip top shape through the summer season isn't that hard if you follow these simple guidelines. 

Start by taking a leisurely stroll through your Cheshire garden with your morning coffee! 

Weed Patrol

 Weeds are an ever-present annoyance for all gardeners. Pluck a few weeds as you walk around and be on the lookout for problem areas. By keeping a diligent "weed patrol" routine, you can cut down on the amount of time you will spend weeding later. When you do get ready to do some serious weeding, try this excellent weeding tool - the Swiss-made swing-head hoe. It's a super efficient way to weed large areas of your garden

 

  

Mulch!

One of the best things you can do for your flower beds is to put down a 2-3" layer of a good quality mulch. This will not only reduce the number of weeds that pop up in your gardens, but it also reduces water loss from the soil, helps maintain a constant soil temperature, and gives your gardens a neat and polished look.

Water Wisely

Most gardens consist of a variety of different kinds of plants; annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs, and each of these may have different water requirements. In addition, a plant's need for water varies with the weather and the time of year. So what do you do? Follow this simple rule of watering: Water slowly and deeply over an 8-12 hour period to put down 1-1½" of water. This type of watering allows the water to penetrate deeply with very little runoff and encourages deep root systems which allow your plants to better survive periods of drought. If you water like this every 10 days throughout the summer your plants should have just the right amount of water. 

Pest and Disease Patrol

 As you wander around your garden look out for signs of disease and insect damage. Catching problems early will make a big difference in being able to control pests and diseases before they cause major destruction. Since insects and disease seem to be drawn to weaker or stressed plants, the best way to reduce your chances of infestation is to keep healthy, happy plants. Give your plants a "shot in the roots" with a drench of Nature's Creation Quick Dissolve Plant Food enriched with 11 beneficial mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhizal fungi consist of fine threads that attach to your plants' root systems and spread into the surrounding soil absorbing water and nutrients and transferring them back to the plants. These fungi also stimulate your plants to produce additional roots. The more extensive the root system, the healthier your plants will be and the more resistant they will be to insects, diseases, and other sources of stress.

Sometimes You Just Need to Spray

If you do find a pest or disease problem, it is important to correctly identify the cause so you can choose the right course of action. There are many environmentally friendly pesticides for plant diseases and insect control. There are even some home-made remedies that you can try.

Take advantage of the great knowledge you can obtain from the wonderful people at the fantastic Floral & Garden Centers we have right here in Cheshire!  They are well versed in what plants grow best in our climate and can help you in matters of choosing the best for the purposes you need. Below are some of the Garden Centers and Nursery's here in Cheshire you can count on for great  advice and even greater service!

Cheshire Garden Center & Nursery

1317 South Main St, Route 10 Cheshire 06410

203-272-3228

www.cheshirenursery.com

 

Tower Farms

1338 Highland Ave, Cheshire, CT  06410

203-272-5952

Tower Farms

 

Hometown Garden Center

210 Main St. Wallingford, CT 

203-530-1628

HometownGardenCenter

 

Dietrich Gardens

                                                                                      1818 Highland Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410

                                                                                                   203-271-0690

                                                                                                   DietrichGardens

If you'd like more information about our wonderful community of Cheshire, give us a call! We'd love to give you a tour of our town and show you why we've been selected #5 Best Town to Live in Connecticut!  You can also visit our website and checkout homes that are available.  If you'd like, you can sign up for our Preferred Email List and be notified FIRST of any homes that meet your personal preferences, as soon as they come onto the market!  Just follow this link: EXCLUSIVE EMAIL HOME SEARCH

We love our community of Cheshire...and know you will too!

Sally Bowman Real Estate....."Opening Doors to New Homes, One House at a Time!"  Let the next home be YOURS!

    

Cheshire's Strawberry Festival is Finally Here!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!  DON'T MISS THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL & CRAFT FAIR THIS WEEKEND

78TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL  

 Saturday, June 20, 2015 

10:00AM - 4:00PM Historic Church Green

Downtown, Cheshire, CT

Many of you know this is one of my absolute most favorite things to do in the summertime, and obviously with good reason! The Cheshire Strawberry Festival has been delighting the community for the past 78 years with endless varieties of strawberry delicacies and plenty of whipped cream, and though that's all you need, there is more to love; live music, a craft fair, activities for the little ones, inflatables and face painting and a fantastic raffle.  It is held on the historic Church Green in the center of downtown Cheshire, June 20, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Explore these links for more information:  CraftsRaffleFoodKid StuffEntertainment.     

This year there will be more than 30 crafters from four states; the assortment of articles will be better than ever. Below is a partial list of items that will be for sale at this years fest:

  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Wood Signs, Carvings
  • Knitted, Crocheted and Sewed Items
  • Quilts
  • Goat Milk/Herbal Soap and Lotions
  • Lotions
  • Birdhouses
  • Clocks
  • Hair Bows
  • Photos
  • Candles
  • Glassware
  • Pottery
  • Sculptures and Paintings

 

OK, so we know that it's only June, but the festival is an excellent opportunity for you to purchase unique, high-quality, handcrafted items as Christmas gifts for your friends and family.  Might as well get it out of the way now, stick it in a closet and save yourself the last minute christmas chaos of the mall...just saying.  


If you'd like more information about our wonderful community of Cheshire, give us a call! We'd love to give you a tour of our town and show you why we've been selected #5 Best Town to Live in in Connecticut!  You can also visit our website and checkout homes that are available.  If you'd like, you can sign up for our Preferred Email List and be notified first of any homes that meet your personal preferences as soon as they come onto the market!  Just follow this link: EXCLUSIVE EMAIL HOME SEARCH

We love our community of Cheshire...and know you will too!

GRADUATION DAY in Cheshire CT!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

By the end of this week, another school year will have officially come and gone. Students will begin their summer vacation on Friday, June 19, but not before many of them participate in traditional promotion and graduation ceremonies, which begin Wednesday.

The following is the Cheshire School District schedule for promotion and graduation ceremonies:

Promotions

June 17
Chapman School 8:30 a.m.

Norton School 9:45 a.m.
Doolittle School 11 a.m.
Highland School 1:15 p.m.

June 18
Dodd Middle School 8:30 a.m. (ceremony at Cheshire High School)
Humiston School 1:30 p.m.

Graduation

June 18
Cheshire High School 6 p.m

When the Cheshire High School Class of 2015 takes the stage at the Maclary Athletic Complex next Thursday, they will be doing so nearly 60 years to the day on which the first-ever CHS senior class celebrated their graduation.

NOTABLE ALUMNI:

 

With Graduation, inevitably comes Grad Parties.  Make sure you have everything you need to throw the best Grad Party of the summer and don't forget the balloons! Avas Party Designs has the best of Graduation Balloon Decorations and check out the Taste Of Home article on how to feed your guests stellar food without all the last minute preparation hassels.  

CHESHIRE CT....One of the TOP 10 Places to Live in Connecticut!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

We've already been named the BEST STATE TO LIVE IN, so how do they go about picking the BEST TOWN to live in...in the BEST STATE?!  The first hurdle was to decide if a Big City weighed more than a town of 52 people!  After all, there is MUCH more to do in a larger city than in a teeny, tiny town...but who's to say that that is what is important to all people?  So it came down to this:  

All 268 cities in Connecticut were entered into a database in hopes that an intelligent computer, with all it's formula's, would crank out the answer....and it did.  After utilizing data from the FBI, Census, Sperling's Best Places data, and Bureau of Labor Statistics plus the following Crititeria for rankings:

  • Population Density (The higher the better)
  • Lower Unemployment Rates
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Low Housing Vacancy Rate
  • Education (Expenditures per student and Student Teacher Ratio)
  • Short Commute Times
  • Low Crime
  • The Best Weather

When all that was said and done....our FABULOUS COMMUNITY OF CHESHIRE came in #5 out of 268 cities/towns in Connecticut!!

CHESHIRE, CT

Median household income: $110,587

Population density: 30th lowest

Crime: Lower 20% in the state

"Another city in New Haven County, Cheshire, population 30,000, is a typical great place to live. Low crime and the 20th highest income levels in the state make it desirable across the board.

The hometown of ESPN legend Chris Berman has also ranked high on other lists, including Money Magazine’s description as one of the top 75 placesto live in America two years in a row."

If you'd like more information about our wonderful community of Cheshire, give us a call! We'd love to give you a tour of our town and show you why we've been selected #5 Best Town to Live in in Connecticut!  You can also visit our website and checkout homes that are available.  If you'd like, you can sign up for our Preferred Email List and be notified first of any homes that meet your personal preferences as soon as they come onto the market!  Just follow this link: EXCLUSIVE EMAIL HOME SEARCH

We love our community of Cheshire...and know you will too!

Important Cheshire Events You Don't Want To Miss

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

Relay For Life of Cheshire 

Saturday, June 13, 2015 

11:00AM - 11:00PM Cheshire High School 

625 S Main St, Cheshire, CT

Get ready for a new & exciting CHESHIRE RELAY for LIFE event this year! The 19th annual event will have a new format this year which will include an all day Saturday Extravaganza!  Hot Air Balloons will also light up the night sky on Friday night to kick-off the relay this year as part of the Luminaria Ceremony! The Luminaria Ceremony here in Cheshire is done after dark, in memory of people we have lost to cancer, honoring people who have fought cancer in the past, and in support of  those whose fight continues. Candles are lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer. There will also be a Bounce House, A Minute to Win It Games and a fantastic Silent Auction that will give participants the chance to win incredible prizes such as;  a round of golf, a trip to a .pa, in- home wine tasting and so much more! This year's Relay for Life has something for young and old alike!  Entertainment runs the gamut from Clowns to a belly laughing Comedy Show, to a Game of Muscial Chairs and a Hula Hoop Contest, Plus Live Music, a Scavenger Hunt, even Zumba Classes!

If you're wondering about the food element....don't! Cheshire Relay is hosting a medley of Food Truck Vendors with everything from Grilled Cheese and Baked Potato's to Hawaiian and Soul Food! Just make sure to leave room for dessert! There will be yummy Italian pastries, Ice Cream and Shaved Ice!

Some things are too important and won't change, like our Opening Ceremony.  Congresswomen & Cheshire Resident, Elizabeth Etsy, will speak and do a "meet & greet" afterwards. The evening will mark the reason for our event, The Survivor Ceremony, which will commence at 5:30 p.m., where the survivors and their caregivers will conduct their annual lap around the track. A reception and dinner for the survivors will take place and the closing ceremony will begin at 10:30 pm.  This 19th Annual Cheshire Relay for Life is going to be SPECTACULAR! Even if you've attended every year before....don't miss this one!  Be prepared to be AMAZED!  CheshireRelayForLife

 

CONGRATS TO THE GRADUATES OF

CHESHIRE HIGHSCHOOL 

You are about to embark on the next big journey of your life.  Whether you are going to college or straight into the workforce, there is no doubt new challenes lie ahead.  Below are the 20 most watched TED Talks...If you're not a regular TED watcher...you should be.  Go to the TED website for knowledge and inspiration as you take these awkward next steps in your life.  

GOOD LUCK!  


CHESHIRE'S 78TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL  

 Saturday, June 20, 2015 

10:00AM - 4:00PM Historic Church Green

Downtown, Cheshire, CT

One of my favorite things to do in summer is eating strawberry shortcake at the Cheshire Strawberry Festival For the past 78 years, this New England Tradition has delighted and inspired many weekend chefs and cakesters, and though the numerous strawberry delicacies are the best reason to go, it's not just about fruit.  All your usual summer fest suspects will be there.  Live music, a craft fair, activities for the little ones, inflatables and face painting and a ton of strawberries and kool whip.  Oh, and there is also a fantastic raffle.  It is held on the historic Church Green in the center of downtown Cheshire, June 20, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Explore these links for more information:  CraftsRaffleFoodKid StuffEntertainment.     

Sally Bowman Voted #1 Real Estate Agent in Cheshire CT!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The contest was held, the votes cast and counted, and the results are in.  Now all I can say is....THANK YOU, THIS MEANS SO MUCH TO ME AND TO SALLY BOWMAN REAL ESTATE!

I love the town of Cheshire and all the people I have the opportunity to work with everyday.  I'm thankful for all our past clients and friends and all the new ones we get to meet on a daily basis. Those of you who know me well, know that I live and breathe Cheshire. I truly believe there isn't a better place to live, or a better community of individuals to call our family, friends and neighbors. Cheshire has the all quaintness of the quintessential small New England town with the amenities to rival the larger cities around us in Connecticut. That's why we were named one of the Best Small Town Place to Live, after all! There is a rich history to our town, and many of the families that live here. But what makes this community so special is the open arms that exist to welcome every new neighbor that chooses to make Cheshire their home. 

I know you have many choices for your Real Estate needs, and I am grateful that you have chosen me as the Best Real Estate Agent 2015, and Sally Bowman Real Estate as a Top Choice Best Real Estate Agency 2015, whenever the opportunity to serve your real estate needs may arise. We appreciate you and the trust you have put in us. THANK YOU!

                       

                          A WINNING COMBINATION


                                    

Join us for our OPEN HOUSE on SUNDAY 05/31!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

                      COME JOIN US FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE!

                                        SUNDAY (05/31)  1:00- 3:00 PM                        

                            499 MOUNTAIN RD, Cheshire

                       

                       

For additional information or photos of this home, you may call Sally directly or visit our website at this link: 499 MOUNTAIN RD.

           850 BETHANY MOUNTAIN RD, Cheshire  06410 

                     

                     

For additional information or photos of this home, you may call Sally directly at 203-687-8026 or visit our website at: 850 Bethany Mountain Rd

Both of these fantastic Cheshire Homes have so much to offer. I look forward to seeing you at our Open House so that you can take a tour of these homes for yourself.

If you're interested in moving to the wonderful community of Cheshire, give one of us a call! We'd love to sit down with you and learn about what you are looking for in a home, neighborhood, and the Cheshire community. That way we are better able to match you up with the PERFECT CHESHIRE HOME FOR YOU!

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Sally A. Bowman Broker, Licensed in CT
Sally Bowman Real Estate, LLC
220 Old Towne Rd
Cheshire CT 06410
Phone: 203.272.2828
Cell 203.687.8026
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