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Harvest Festival Draws Crowd to Buell’s Orchard

Posted on October 13, 2015

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Hospitality, a chicken barbecue, live music, hay rides, as well as pumpkin and apple picking drew a large crowd to the Annual Harvest Festival at Buell’s Orchard in Eastford, Connecticut over Columbus Day Weekend. Cool morning temperatures rose to close to 80 degrees by afternoon on Monday, October 12, leaving folks to tie sweatshirts and sweaters around their waists then roam the farm grounds in short sleeves.   A winding line of eager visitors waited for the donuts and cider samples being handed out. Yes – they were tasty. Meanwhile, another long and winding line of all ages waited to pay for their selected treasures at the outdoor canopy market. Inside apple sorting continued to keep…

Destination: Cozy “Vanilla Bean Cafe” in Pomfret, Connecticut

Posted on October 28, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Perched on one of the coziest of New England four corners is the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, Connecticut. The beauty of the drive here alone is worth the trip, along scenic country roads – some are officially designated “scenic”. Upon arrival it is clear this cafe is something special. With a clientele ranging from preppies to couples, families, and cordial bikers sporting a bevy of Harley-Davidsons, everyone can feel comfortable at the¬†Vanilla Bean.¬†   On a recent busy, autumn Sunday, customers waiting in line to reach the ordering counter were greeted by friendly staff inquiring whether or not it was a first time visit. They then offered a brief rundown of the day’s homemade soups.…