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Cheshire CT Night at the Rock Cats!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate


What a great start to the weekend! Watching AA Baseball on a summer, Friday night with family & friends. We had an awesome time at the 1st Annual Cheshire Night with the Rock Cats !

Since I was a little girl, I've been playing baseball with my brothers on fields and parks all over Cheshire. For many of us, that's how we grew up. We remember the first time we went to a professional or AA baseball game with our fathers, and we reminisce about a favorite family past time; and going to the ballpark. That's the feeling we all had Friday night in New Britain, at the Rock Cat Stadium.  All the kids that joined us received a dodgeball with the Rock Cats logo from SBRE.  They can take that back home for the hours of fun in the neighborhood playing with their friends, just like we all did. The evening started with snacks and drinks and lots of great conversations.


The game started with me throwing out the first pitch! I've played softball for years, even on the collegiate level, but this was a surreal feeling being out on the field! The Rock Cats played a great game starting off with outfielder David Dahl's solo home run and ending the game with a 6-5 win over the Erie Sea Wolves.                      

We had fun in the stands too....winning the T-shirts shot into the stands; the little ones LOVING the stadium food (and pondering the next sugary treat); enjoying the good company; and cheering our team to victory. The Cheshites were represented well by both young and old(er).

Thank you to everyone who came out to represent our town & to make the night so much fun!

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Connecticut Schools System Among Best In The Country

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

A very special congrats and thank you to our Connecticut teachers, school systems and ofcourse students for representing our state so well and helping to be ranked 9th best school system in the US!

According to a new study, conducted to encourage parents to help their children realize their full potential, Connecticut has one of the best school systems in the country.



The personal finance website ranked the state as ninth on its list of 2015’s states with the best and worst school systems.

The study compared the quality of education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by analyzing 13 key metrics, including, pupil to teacher ratio, dropout rates, standardized test scores and bullying incident rates.

Our state was 27th in bullying, 22nd in math test scores, 4th in reading test scores, 7th in pupil to teacher ratio, 10th in dropout rate and 28 in safety.

Topping the list were our friends in Massachusetts followed by Colorado.

Bringing up the rear were D.C. and Alaska.

Our Highschools are getting recognized as well!

Recently, according to U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, Connecticut has 14 gold medal schools, 35 silver medal schools and 9 bronze medal schools. Lucky for us, one of the bronze medal winners, Sports & Med Science, is in Hartford.


(In order to be eligable, a school must be awarded a Gold or Silver Medal)

1. Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy

2. Amistad Academy 

3. Academy of Aerospace and Engineering

4. Conard High School

5. Weston High School

6. Simsbury High School

7. Staples High School

8. Darien High School

9. Wilton High School

10. Farmington High School

Cheshire CT Summer Is Sweet In Connecticut...Sweet Corn that is!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

I like to think that we in Cheshire, CT enjoy our summers more than anywhere else in America, especially for reasons like our early access to sweet corn. Connecticut leads the Northeast in sweet corn production and we're always earlier than our neighbors.  Our farmers stay on the cutting edge of agricultural technology, allowing the corn to grow quicker and more efficiently, without sacrficing the natural goodness that we have all grown up with all these years. Sweet corn is among the most, if not the most popular, of Connecticut grown vegetables.  Around 300 farmers work a total of 4500 acres to grow the crop, producing more than 37 million ears annually, (about 11 ears per person each year if you're doing the math), and this year was another successful season. If you haven't already, expect to see sweet corn popping up at our farmers’ markets or our local grocery stores;  pick some up and enjoy yet another perk of living in Cheshire.  

Want to get it fresh from the farm stands? Here's the best of Cheshire!

Arisco Farms, LLC  Cheshire, CT 

 Arisco Farms, a family owned and operated farm located right here in Cheshire and a favorite among the locals, who can visit the green houses of Arisco and buy fresh, high quality produce through November.  One of their specialties, yup, you guessed it, sweet corn! They also sell some of the best fresh baked pies in the area.  Stay up to date with all their weekly/monthly specials by visiting their Facebook page.


 Zentek Farms Cheshire, CT

Zentek Farms has been a staple in Cheshire for over 100 years.  They provide produce for wholesale and for regular consumers at their farm stand.  There is a lot of buzz that Zentek sells the "best corn in town", but we'll let you decide.  They also sell a variety of potted and hanging plants as well as other fresh produce...and their "pick your own program" makes for a fun summer afternoon.  Keep an eye out for them at your local farmers market! 


Norton Bros, Cheshire,CT

Norton Brothers Farm has been a Cheshire tradition since the 1700's! They are a place to bring the family for an outing! Come and pick your own fruit, have a picnic, shop in our farm stand or watch the bees making honey. whatever you choose to won't be disappointed! They also have the sweetest, sweet corn around, according to the folks at Norton. In the fall you can count on Norton Bros for Hay rides, pumpkins, scarecrows, and Christmas trees. The fun never ends...and neither does the delicious fruit and vegetables!

As to the burning question of ...WHO HAS THE BEST SWEET CORN IN CHESHIRE?  We'll leave that up to you!  All 3 of these spectacular farm stands had EXCELLENT SWEET CORN from our taste buds point of view!

Check out the Connecticut Department Of Agriculture website for a full list of local farms in the area and what each provides your community. 

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!"

Cheshire CT Homes are Moving Faster than a NASCAR Driver!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate


It's been a crazy busy week here at the Sally Bowman Real Estate offices! As quickly as homes are being listed....they are going UNDER CONTRACT and being SOLD! If you've been following the Real Estate market, you've undoubtedly been hearing the comparisons to the real estate boom back in 2007.  In Cheshire, I don't think we're back to those numbers yet, but we're definitely on track to getting there!

Here's what the Cheshire market looks like right now:

                                                Cheshire Housing Market Update

Average Sales Price- Single Family Home- $368,500. (Up 9.9%)

Median Sales Price - Single Family Homes- $337, 500. (Up 8.5%)

Number of Homes Sold- Single Family Homes- 78 

Average Days on the Market- 69 (awesome!)

** Rental prices in New Haven County have increased a whopping 17.54% in the 2nd quarter of 2015 with the average rental unit price being $2124.

If you were looking at a particular home on our site, you may want to check the list below to see if it's still available. If you don't see it here, follow-up with your real estate agent. We have several more closings coming up this week!

1430 Highland Ave, Cheshire, CT           101 Highland, Wallingford, CT






476 Wood Hill Rd, Cheshire, CT               1315 Meadow, Cheshire  



520 Squire Hill Rd, Cheshire, CT            100 Strathmore Dr, Cheshire



80 Spring St, Cheshire                       249 Maple Ave, Cheshire 


Like I's been a very busy week, and houses are going under contract quickly.  If you haven't yet done so, make sure to sign up for our Preferred Email Listing Alerts. This is an exclusive service that allows you to provide your personal preferences and in return be notified of NEW properties that come onto the market...FIRST- even before other real estate agents. The properties you will receive will be homes that fit YOUR personal preferences ONLY, instead of a bunch of random homes that you need to rifle through, wasting your valuable time.  It only takes a few moments. Just follow this link: EXCLUSIVE EMAIL LISTING ALERTS

If you're a Cheshire Home owner and considered SELLING your home, NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO DO IT!  Give us a call and we'll be happy to come over and go through your home with you and help you get it ready for the market.  

Not sure what your home may be worth in this new, housing market growth? Get a Free, No Obligation Home Value Report....instantly! Just click on this link:  FREE CHESHIRE HOME VALUE REPORT

 SALLY BOWMAN REAL ESTATE....."Opening Doors to New Homes, One House at a Time!"

7 Best Places To Swim This Summer!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

We Nutmeggers know that summertime in Connecticut is a very special experience!  After long brutal winters, we know how to enjoy the summer sun!  All around Connecticut, locals are out grazing in the summer heat, but few places offer the ideal swimming spot... and we in Cheshire know of three perfect spots to cool off in the summer sun, and swimming isn't everything... these parks offer a variety of extracurriculars; from fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and best of all, the perfect picnic spots!  So grab your trunks, a bottle of white and head to one these three perfect summer spots.

Wharton Brook State Park, North Haven

 Directions: From I-91 (north or south): Take Exit 13. Left at the end of the long exit ramp onto Route 5 south. Park entrance comes up quickly on the left.

OK, well first of all, Wharton Brook is a designated Trout Park, which means that it is stocked weekly with fish from the state's fish hatcheries, uh...really?  A great day of fishing is Guaranteed for you and your friends or child, who can come here and learn the ropes... theres no going home without a catch here!  

This Park began as a rest areas for travelers.  People could stop to have their cars serviced while enjoying a nice picnic lunch with friends.  In 1918 Wharton Brook was finally established as a park.

*Note to Swimmers:  Please read the Beach Rules and Swimming Safety Information before entering the park. 

*Note to Fishers: Trout Park will have more fish in them, but their daily creel limit (the number of trout an angler can keep) has been reduced from five to two fish per day in order to spread the catch among a greater number of anglers.  

For more information or fees and such visit CT GOV.

Wadsworth State Park, Middletown
The mists of the waterfall here alone make Wadsworth worth the trip!  The exquisite biking and walking paths lead right to the Coginchaug River, a historically important piece of local history.  Not too far away sits one of the first Pistol Factories in Connecticut, which was first operated during the 1800s and played a major part in the civil war.  Needless to say, there is definitely more than just swimming here.  Check out the Wadsworth State Park Website for more information.


Black Rock State Park, Watertown

Another Designated Trout Park!  This steep wooded park, covered with Pine, Hemlock and Oak is the go to place for excellent swimming, hiking, and scenic views, all tucked into the rolling hills of the Western Highlands!  Home to 78 campsites both in wooded and field areas habitats (the camping season begins mid-April until September 30).  Hiking here is like nothing you've ever experienced; especially on the Mattatuck Trail from the Grey Stone section of Waterbury to the Wigwam Reservoir in Morris and thanks to the Connecticut Forrest and Park Association, the parks are meticulously maintained!...and all by volunteers!  Thanks Guys!  Check out the Black Rock State Park Website for more information.



Silver Sands State Park, Milford

This state park in Milford consists of 297 acres of beaches, dunes, salt marshes, wooded and open areas.  It offers great swimming in Long Island Sound, multiple walking trails and great picnicking areas perfect for bird watching.  14 of the acres are actually the bird sanctuary of Charles Island, which is also the area rumored to be the site of Captain Kidd's Buried Treasure.  Silver Sands is located directly across from Walnut Beach, with the main entrance located on Meadow side Road in Milford.  


Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic

 The 700 acre Rocky Neck state park features 1/2 mile of crescent shaped white sandy beach and clear water, and the rest of the terrain is quite varied, offering something for every taste.  There are numerous trails, varying in type and terrain, which provide a lot of unique opportunities for walks to the scenic salt marshes, Baker's Cave, Tony's Nose and Shipyard.  The pavilion offers the perfect spot for a picnic or family gathering.  To the west of the park lies a tidal river and the east is where you'll find the salt marsh.  Both Native Americans and Colonists knew Rocky Neck as a place of abundant fishing and wildlife.  Osprey, cranes and herons can be seen regularly, hiding in the cattails and herring swim into Bride Brook to spawn. Fishermen can catch mackerel, striped bass, black fish and flounder.  

Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island

Misquamicut Beach has always been a a favorite summer destination for locals and visitors from Connecticut and with over half a mile of beach front and a number of local activities for children, it is one of the most popular beach destinations in the area, so there are sure to be a lot of crowds in the summertime.  There are bathhouses, showers, a gazebo and concession area, which also houses a gift shop!  Go see what all the hype is about at one of the busiest summer beaches!


Pleasure Beach, Bridgeport

Pleasure beach, recently reopened in June, 2014, after being closed for almost 2 decades.  It extends 2 1/2 miles from Point to Point, connecting to Long Beach in Stratford.  Prior to June 2014, it was Connecticut's largest ghost town.  It was abandoned fairly recently in the 90's after a large fire on the bridge (which connects it to the mainland) destroyed access.  It has since been a favorite destination for visitors, who can get there seven days a week on of the two free water taxis. 



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!

Cheshire CT Tips For A Happy Move

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Anyone whose ever moved knows it can be a real pain in the...neck.  It's chaotic to begin with, add kids and a dog in the mix, forget about it.  So, here are some tips for a happy, stress-free move.  Follow these and you are on your way to experiencing a happy positive move.  

1. Plan

Obviously, planning ahead is important.  Moving takes alot of energy! Alot more if you havn't planned properly.  A little forethought and effort on the front end will save you energy and frustration on moving day.  Have a plan and stick to it.  You should even have a moving budget to avoid spending unnecessary and unplanned ammounts of money.  

2.  Put your kids to work!

They will be much happier and less chaotic if they have a job to do.  Kids love to help in general!  What they don't like is being ignored while you're doing something else.  Give them a job, they will love to help and feel appreciated.  They will feel like one of the "grown ups" and you can focus your energy on your moving duties, rather than keeping an eye on the kids.  You can give them a checklist they can use to cross things off as they complete the tasks.   When they've complete all their tasks and you still have some work to do, give them stickers and markers and have them decorate their boxes!  They will have alot of fun and will stay occupied until you finish.  

3.  Talk about the move

Most kids are scared when it comes to moving to a new place... especially if it's in another state.  Talk about this ahead of time. Get yourself a map and show them exactly where the new house will be.  Imagine what your new life will be like there.  Use this time to answer any questions they might have and encourage them to embark on this new adventure.  

4. Get the little details done ahead of time

There will be alot of paperwork.  You'll need to change your address with multiple companies, you'll need to enroll your children in school, complete new hire documents, etc. This will take up alot of your time when you arrive.  So, try to get as much of this done ahead of time as humanly possible.  


5.  Get rid of stuff

We accumulate alot of "stuff" in our homes throughout the years...alot of unneccessary stuff!  Stuff that we never use.  Stuff that just takes up room!  If you haven't used it in 6 months (with the exception of seasonal clothes) get rid of it.  Donate to Goodwill or have a rummage sale to help with moving costs, either way get rid of stuff!  It will make for a much easier, quicker and happier move.


6. To Hire Movers or Not to Hire Movers

It's up to you.  No way is better, some people prefer to move themselves, but, if you hire a moving company be sure they are qualified.  Not all companies are created equal. Bad movers can take quite a toll on your move, financially, emotionally and don't take unneccessary risks and be sure to get insurrance.  Most moving companies have some sort of moving insurrance, but if you really want to protect your things, buying additional moving insurrance is a good idea!  It is also a good idea to label boxes and inventory what is in each box.  That way everything can be tracked and you can be sure you have everything at the end of the big move.  

7. Pack a first night box

Aside from the basics; toothbrush, pajama's, other toiletries, etc.  pack a box of other things, comfort things.  If your child has a special toy or blanket, put that in there, it will go a long way to helping them feel comfortable in their new home.  Pack favorite toys, a book, snacks, nightlight, blankets, and clothes for the next day, basically anything that will help your family feel comfortable in the new place.  Make sure to put breakfast in the box for the next morning too!  That will really make the kids feel like they are in their own home!  

8. Buy a case of water and snacks

Enough said.

9. Make it fun

For instance, after the big move, go out for ice cream in the new town or check out a nearby park.  Plan a scavenger hunt for the kids, so they can check out the new house.  Anything to lighten the fear of moving and relax a bit.   

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!

Getting Your Cheshire CT Home Ready For A Showing in 45 minutes!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Getting your Cheshire home ready for a last minute showing can be chaotic, but keeping your home clean as you take all the necessary steps to sell your house is key;  things like removing the personal items, staging, and ramping up your curb appeal.  Hiring a professional cleaning service isn't a bad idea, but those expenses add up over time and let's face it, most of us don't have that much extra cash sitting around to spend on cleaning.  So, here are some tricks to help you clean your house in a hurry.  You'll be ready for a walkthrough, or a last minute visit from your inlaws,  at a moments notice!

Here's the trick...Start big and work your way to the smaller rooms and you'll be done in a snap!

1. Kitchen -15 minutes

  • Remove Clutter from all counter tops, cabinets and tables.
  • Clean Counters and Cabinets Wipe down counters and cabinets with all-purpose cleaner, speed up your process by brushing all crumbs and such on the floor (you'll sweep later).
  • Wipe Appliances Wipe down the fridge, dishwasher and cooktop areas as well as microwaves, toasters, etc.  
  • Load Dishes into your dishwasher.
  • Sweep and Mop Starting from the back and working your way to the front sweep those crumbs up and mop.  

2. LIVING & DINING ROOMS 10 minutes

  • Clean Up The Clutter put anything that's out of place in boxes or drawers...if you put it in boxes, you're going to have to neatly hide the boxes somewhere.
  • Ditto on the Dust! Dust tables, fireplaces, mantels, window blinds and shades.  If any dust happens to fall on the floor, no worries, you will vaccuum at the end.  Don't forget to dust the ceiling fans and bookshelves... get yourself a long armed duster.  
  • Make that Glass Sparkle! Use glass cleaner to wipe down anything made of glass.
  • Vamp up the Vaccuum! Ok, vacuum all the dust you just put on your floor and on to the next room. 

3. BATHROOMS 10 minutes

  • Start With Sink and Tub wipe down the sink and shower/tub with a good all purpose cleaner.
  • Clean the Toilet Thoroughly scrub the bowl with a brush, finish by scrubbing the outer area with a rag.
  • Wipe Mirror with your glass cleaner.  Start from the top corner and work your way down in a circular motion, think karate kid, "wax on...".
  • Wash The Sink Scrub the spots around the sink and fixtures with a brush to free up the grime, then finish with a rag and cleaner.  
  • Wipe the Shower/Tub Use a damp rag to wipe the shower and tub, if there are any tough-grimey spots, use a hard cleaner and brush to remove it...but don't scrub too hard. 
  • Mop the Floor Use a mop to quickly clean the floor of your bathroom, starting at the far corner and then working your way back to the door.

4. Bedrooms 10 minutes

  • Remake the Beds Remove the linens and replace with fresh ones so they look clean and crispy.  Don't forget to tuck the sheets in at the corner, go for the 5 star hotel feel, neat and crisp!
  • Clear the Clutter Everything out of sight! Use drawers, baskets, the can organize more later.
  • Clean Furniture Wipe down furniture with a moist cloth or use a vacuum with hose attachment to suck up the dust.
  • Dust everything! tables, furniture, lamps, closets, shelves, ceiling fans, mirrors...everything.

Try these steps before your next showing, and be amazed at how quickly and efficiently you get your home done.  If you are no longer living in the home or will be out of town you can hire a cleaning service for about $150. Check out our website for Preferred Business Partners in the Cheshire area. 

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!

Ansonia, CT Freedom Beer Fest to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

                          Get Ready for BEST Festival of the Summer!

      July 18, 2015    Warsaw Park- Ansonia, CT    


     A Craft Beer Festival to Benefit the Wounded Warrior Project!

The 1st Annual Freedom Fest is sure to be a huge success with 70+ Breweries, 6 Food Trucks and 20 Specialty Vendors with Live Music all on site to make for a fantastic day!

Where: Warsaw Park, Ansonia CT   

Time:   1:00 - 4:00 pm  

Cost:    Tickets In Advance: $35   At the Gate: $45    

            General Admission Tickets

            In Advance: $15             At the Gate: $20

*Tickets include Root Beer tastings! 



Gates Open at 12:00 pm 

 All Veteran and Active Duty Military ...1 hour early to enjoy some great Connecticut only Brews! 

                                                                                      (Must Present Military ID / DD214)

At the admission tent you will receive an ID wristband and Freedom Fest souvenir tasting mug for unlimited samples of all the great beers available! The event is open to the public to visit all the great & informative vendor tents and food trucks, but you will need the official wristband and glass to enjoy the beers. 

We are excited to announce that Sally Bowman Real Estate's very own Jessica Danard, a Veteran herself and a Military Relocation Professional, will be participating in this very worthwhile event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Jessica will be available in one of the vendor booths to speak with participants about Home Buying and Mortgage Loans. Since Jessica is a Veteran herself she is very aware of the needs, demands, and changes that are involved in Military Life and can provide well informed choices to active duty and veterans on the many terrific choices available to them.  Along with Jessica with be Doug Huhn of Bridgeport Mortgage to provide information on Mortgage Lending. 

Freedom Fest is proud to benefit a very noble cause in the Wounded Warrior Project. Founded in 2003, the Wounded Warrior Project looks to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Freedom Fest is hosted by Valiant in the Valley, Inc, an all-volunteer non-profit organization and each ticket purchased is tax deductible. Our goal is to produce another first rate festival in Connecticut and help raise funds for a worthy organization whose efforts benefit the overall community.

Reserved parking is on site for our Disabled Veterans. If you have additional questions, you can visit the event website at: 

If you have any questions on Home Buying or Home Selling, please give our office a call, or visit our website at



Sally Bowman Real Estate is proud to sponsor the 1st Annual Town Of Cheshire Night With The Rock Cats!

It's going to be a blast!  Treat your employees to a night out for a job well done, bring your clients to a night of fun at the ballpark, make it a great family night to celebrate a graduation or birthday or a just a fun night with your friends. There are lots of reasons to come to the ballpark...but this one is extra special because it is the inaugural event of the Cheshire Community Night with the Rock Cats!  Spread the news and get your group together. All seats are reserved so you are guaranteed to sit together! Check out the information below for ticket packages & prices.  Can't wait to see you all at the park!  There will be a food drive that night that benefits our very own Cheshire Food Pantry, so don't forget to bring your non-perishable food item with you!

Gates open at 5:35 Game starts at 7:05

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 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!


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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
Fax: 203.272.2702