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Visit bucolic Riverton Connecticut this weekend

Old Riverton Inn
Old Riverton Inn
Old Riverton Inn

Riverton Connecticut is situated on the banks of the western branch of the Farmington River, that has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River. Riverton is a perfect spot for a summer afternoon sojourn or a long romantic weekend.

Along the banks of this unspoiled river visitors will find Peoples State Forest and the American Legion State Forest. Here, there are many opportunities to hike on well marked trails such as the Henry Buck blue blazed trail that will lead you through the forest to the ruins of an old mill that made cheese boxes. Another trail, the Agnes Bowen Trail is marked with orange blazes and will take hikers through the James Stocking Recreation Area and along Beaver Brook and past Beaver Swamp known for the variety of birdlife you will see there. There is a yellow, red and blue trail as well. The Elliot Bronson Red trail begins at the Nature Museum with its' interesting displays located on Greenwoods Rd. in Peoples State Forest.

After all this hiking, stop in at the Riverton General Store in business since 1850 that serves up everything from delicious sandwiches to bagels, pastries and a number of cold and hot drinks and ice cream.

For glass lovers, visit Peter Greenwoods Art Gallery located in a historic church in the heart of the village. Here you will find artistically hand blown glass pieces in all price ranges and sizes by an award winning master craftsman. There is also an opportunity to take a workshop to learn how to blow a glass ornament.

The Hitchcock Chair Company founded in 1818 by Lambert Hitchcock was once the heart of this quaint village. Today, you can still find Hitchcock Furniture at the Hitchcock Chair Company that is having a Barn Sale this Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The sale will feature floor samples and many discounted items and furniture parts.

To end your day, have a romantic dinner and spend the night at the Old Riverton Inn Once a stage coach shop, the Old Riverton Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been serving guests since 1796. The 12 guest rooms are cozy and decorated in Hitchcock Furniture. Visit the Inns website for special deals and packages.