10 Reasons to Love Shelton!

A local resident shares 10 reasons that she loves Shelton, check out some of her cool finds and before you do bookmark her page on our site; with Shelton area happenings:

1. Walking Trails

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Shelton has beautiful walking trails throughout the city, well protected and maintained by the Shelton Trails Committee and also partners with the Shelton Conservation Trust. There are trails for easy walks, or more challenging ones that will meander through the woods and waterways for the more adventurous. In addition, there is a dog park near the Shelton Recreations Path that is great for folks to bring their pups so they can get their energies out and meet their tail wagging friends. Volunteer for their upcoming Annual Fall Litter Cleanup at Riverview Park. Perfect for scouts. Click here for more info. 

2. Farms 

     

Fairview Farm, is famous for their Fall Haunted Hayrides, “Legends of Fear”, bringing in thousands of fright- seeking folks each year. It is not for the weary, though. They have monsters, zombies and other creatures jump out as you meander on the hayride (or walking trail) throughout the farm. If Haunted Hayrides isn’t your thing, be sure to visit the farm to pick your own pumpkins or Christmas trees and visit the local goats!

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Laurel Glen Farm has been in the family since the early 1900’s. While the farm spent most of its thriving years as a dairy farm, it has a storied history growing a variety of vegetables and housing various livestock. Stop by to meet this generation of farmers (ask them about what the farm did during prohibition… just don’t tell the feds!) Do you prefer produce that ripens on the vine vs. the back of a truck? Find out about joining our C.S.A. program! You get a wide variety of hand-picked seasonal vegetables throughout 3 seasons.

Stone Gardens Farm offer farm fresh produce, meats and eggs on location and at the annual farmers market in downtown Shelton. They offer many different CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), which is a wonderful way to buy local and fresh. 

 

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Wells Hollow Creamery is proud to be a 5th generation farm located in Shelton, Connecticut, offering over 40 flavors of ice cream! Come by to enjoy your favorite cup, cone, milk shake, or sundae, and enjoy our farm animals! Our spacious outdoor patio provides ample seating for your family, group of friends or special event. Our ice cream is so delicious, we’re confident you’ll be back for more! With over 40 different flavors, you may want to check out our Ice Cream page for all the descriptions before your visit.

3. Recreation – Take an Art Class or Plan a Moms Night Out

 

If you, or your child, have a creative bug, you can visit The Giggling Pig. They host art classes and workshops and the ever so popular Paint and Sip nights for a fun night out.

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Juliart is a private art studio also located in Shelton that specializes in kids art classes, and sip and paint classes for adults. 

Center Stage Theatre located in Shelton, Connecticut

   

If you are looking for some excellent, home-grown entertainment, look no further than Center Stage Theater, run by Fran and Gary Scarpa. This theater offers Broadway-like shows, utilizing young and old talent in a small venue. They also offer summer camps and classes for kids, interested in performing and theater.

Snip-Snaps A children’s hair salon, which could make a hair cut a breeze in the park while their distracted by their size and interest distractions. 

4. We have a Winery! Yes no whining though!

  

And speaking of a fun time out, where else can you go locally for food and wine than our own Jones Family Farms and Winery?! They are open most of the year and are known for your pick-your-own fruits, like strawberries and blueberries, as well as pumpkins in the fall and cut- your-own Christmas trees during the Christmas season. This seven generation farm is a true gem of the city, with its picturesque 400-acres of farmland. For the adults, you can visit the tasting room for samples of farm produced, hand-crafted wines. During the summer, weekends are a perfect time to visit, enjoy a glass of wine and sit on the patio outside and take in the sights while socializing with friends and family. The Harvest Kitchen offers a delightful cooking experience that takes you from the farm to the table, including food pairing classes.

5. Events – Ample annual events, town-side events and seasonal ta-dos. 

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During the summer, there is an event called SoupStock, where the local restaurants and musicians come together and share their talents. From chili and soup cookoffs, to live entertainment, SoupStock is a great place to gather with the community and help raise funds to benefit the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund.

A fun family event in early October is Shelton Day. This is where anyone with a business, product or service can showcase their business to share with the community. In addition, there is entertainment, food, and arts and craft vendors, too. That is one day you don’t want to miss! Save the date for the first Sunday in October. 

During the holidays, there are two annual tree lightings. One takes place on the Huntington Green and the other in downtown Shelton. In addition, a menorah is also displayed to honor the Jewish holiday of Hannukah.

A plethora of races for a good cause: FADE, Run 4 Life, Crazy 4 Color and Moving with HOPE to name a few. 

Shelton offers annual summer outdoor Movies and Concerts

6. Food & Drinks – With ample local restaurants, a year-round Farmer’s Market and bakeries! 

Shelton has a year-round Farmer’s Market which is open Saturday. Click here to check out the vendors.   

Shelton has many fine bakeries, like Oronoque Pies and Boutique, where you can take home a freshly baked peach or cherry pie if you are looking for that fine summer dessert.

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A latest addition to the bakery scene and farmers market is The Drunk Alpaca. Utilizing local brews, they offer sweet delights like pound cakes, cookies, brownies and sweet or savory nuts, etc.

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Grow, a local restaurant does just that. They make farm to table dishes, partnering with local farms for the best and fresh ingredients to offer the tastiest, healthiest food for its patrons.

Cuisines range from Italian, Japanese, Chinese, American, Indian and even middle eastern. The choices are almost endless! And, whether you’re looking for a upscale restaurant to take your loved one to, like Il Palio, or a casual dining family place, like Caloroso, there is something for everyone.

7. Cider – Things people love about Fall: apple cider and donuts!

In September and October, don’t forget to pay a visit to Beardsley Cider Mill. You can pick-your-own apples, or visit the shop and buy a freshly made pie and cider to take home. They also feature hard cider for those over the age of 21. 

8. History

Shelton Historical Society offers ample activities and events throughout the year including a reading club, camps, a navigate and classic car show, annual tea party. 

9. Athletics 

SportsCenter of Connecticut is a unique family entertainment experience, featuring: weather-protected golf driving range 18-hole hole nature themed mini-golf course, Star Wars-themed laser tag arena, bowling, arcade, baseball/softball batting cages, arts and crafts and the world’s only double-decker, NHL-sized ice-skating arena. 

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The Edge Fitness is a gym not only for adults but also for kids. 

10. Home to a State Park – although swimming is currently not allowed

Indian Well Park‘s scenic waterfall and brook give this park its name, Indian Well. The lovely falls, and shaded picnic grove at the water’s edge make this park a great place to spend a lazy summer day. Indian Well was so named because of the Romeo and Juliet-like Native American legend surrounding the Park’s scenic waterfalls and the splash pool at the bottom of the falls. Local Native Americans never actually used the area as a well. Although the falls are lovely, the Park’s primary attraction is its location on the western bank of the Housatonic River. The shaded picnic grove at the water’s edge is a nice spot to spend a lazy summer day. In 1928 Indian Wells was established as a state park.

“Shelton is a great place to live, especially for families. There are always opportunities to join in community events, whether just for kids or adults. You will not be at a loss for something to do.” Elisa T. Uhrynowski

“Shelton is a historical city and a great place to spend the day at any of the local trails, river view parks or to try out a new place to eat. Families love living here because of the wonderful community, family-oriented events and activities, as well as great schools that continue to improve their services in order to provide the best education for our children.” Elisa T. Uhrynowski