Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett

Shoppers in Southern New England are fortunate to have a L.L.Bean retail store nearby in South Windsor, Connecticut. L.L.Bean is a big draw for The Promenade Shoppes at Evergreen Walk, designed exactly as the name describes – a walker friendly promenade emphasizing greenery. Within the same square as L.L.Bean is Munson’s chocolates- a Connecticut original, and, a park where concerts are held in the summer.

During the holidays, small planted trees at the promenade have been decorated with strings of green and white lights and an outdoor fire pit has been added, a great spot to warm up during an evening shopping expedition and stroll. Numerous other name stores and eateries are here and dogs are welcome. For “Bean-lovers,” however, that’s the ‘Maine’ attraction.                                                                  

Christmastime visitors to the promenade might also want to check out an elaborate display of lights outside a Felt Road home in South Windsor – about four miles from the shopping area.