The SpaceThe bathroom is shared ONLY IF there are guests in the Lake Room too. Otherwise, your bathroom is private!
We call our place The House in the Woods. The reason we fell in love with the house was the 73 windows...with no other house in view at all...and no roads going by our yard. We love the light...combined with the seclusion provided by the dense woods.
Beyond that, we love the the ample kitchen; the relaxed breezeway; the comfy dining room and living room; the ceiling fans; the cozy fireplace; the decks on east and west; the gas grill; the brook and the pond; the "camp out" space (read campfire and picnic area); and the trampoline and covered (unheated) swimming pool.
There is a large smart TV in the basement, as well as an elliptical machine and a weight bench and hand weights. Guests are free to use them, with prior arrangement. Guest AccessGuests are free to use any and all of these areas. We require a waiver for use of the pool and trampoline.
If you'd like to cook a meal, you will find the kitchen well-equipped and easy to use. If you want hot dogs and s'mores, just let us know and we can usually get a fire going at the camping area. If you want to grill steaks, go for it! We do request that you clean up at least as well as a teenager when you're done. :)
Business travelers may need office space, and if that's the case, we're happy to share one of the two offices in our home.
In general, we are relaxed and easy about our spaces. Interaction with GuestsWe have fairly full lives, so may or may not be around much. We are not, however, intensely private people. We're open to interaction as you and we have time.
If you're a private person, just let us know and we're happy to give you ample space and alone time. The NeighborhoodSooooo many choices in our area...a few listed here:
*Adventure Park at Storrs has seven trails through the trees interconnected by zip lines, ropes, obstacles, challenges and fun! Unlimited climbing for 2 or 3 hours. Ages 7 and up.
*The whole world knows that University of Connecticut has fantastic basketball. In addition, there's an ice rink, lots of exhibitions and shows, and plenty of ag-related things to see.
*UConn's Dairy Bar serves up ice cream that's worth the trip on its own! Do. Not. Miss. This.
*The Mansfield Drive-in Theater is a unique community asset. This is a great drive-in with 3 screens. There are two first run movies on each screen. Many people bring chairs and tables, sit outside and enjoy the summer night…when it’s summer. The rest of the time, it’s fun to snuggle in the car.
*The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is a public performing arts venue located on the University of Connecticut's main campus in Storrs. From student led productions to summer shows featuring stars from Broadway and Hollywood, there's something for everyone in Jorgensen's theatrical season. With unique offerings such as cabaret-style seating, where patrons can wine and dine at their own private table during the production, this venue provides a quality experience at reasonable rates.
*The William Benton Museum of Art is Connecticut’s State art museum, located on the University of Connecticut. Drawing largely from its collection of over 6,500 works of art, the Museum presents exhibitions of art dating from the 15th through the 21st centuries. The museum also creates special exhibitions drawn from outside sources as well as loaned exhibitions. Special events include gallery talks, campus art walks, academic and non-academic discussions, musical performances, and family programs.
*The Mansfield Hollow State Park was created when damming of the Natchaug River created a 500-acre lake for boating and fishing. No swimming is allowed since part of the lake is used for public water supply. There are several trails in the park to hike.
*And if you like to hike, Mansfield Town alone has about 32 miles of maintained and marked trails. Maps can be downloaded to your phone.
*The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is one of America’s hidden treasures—a superb collection of over 2,500 puppets from all over the world. It is also the new home of the Puppeteers of America’s Audio-Visual Collection: the largest collection of videotapes, films, and other media about puppetry in the United States. The Ballard Institute curates and produces exhibitions of puppetry, both at the Ballard Museum and for touring across the United States. The Institute also offers workshops, museum tours, artists’ forums, film showings, performances, and other events and programs that promote the art of puppetry as a twenty-first-century art form with deep historic and global roots.
*Sharpe Hill and Taylor Brooke Wineries are very close. Sharpe Hill Vineyard has received over 250 medals in International tastings. Taylor Brooke is tucked in the scenic rolling hills and has over 7,500 carefully cultivated vines and create our wines and a commitment to quality.
*Yale University's Art Gallery collection has grown to number more than 200,000 objects representing Eastern and Western cultures and ranging in date from ancient times to the present day. It's an hour's drive.
*Old Sturbridge Village - a "must-see" New England attraction - depicts life in an early 19th-century rural Village, featuring costumed historians, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm. You can view antiques, meet heritage breed animals, and take part in hands-on crafts. They recommend allowing at least three hours to tour the Village. Full priced admission includes FREE second visit within a 10-day period. Guests of second-day visitors receive 25% off admission. Prices are $27 for adults; $25 for seniors; $14 for ages 3-17; free for kids 2 and under. It’s a 45 minute drive.
*The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world's finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the "Silent Service" from David Bushnell's Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines. Just a 45 minute drive.
*Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres and include a recreated 19th-century coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whale ship Charles W. Morgan. Just 45 minutes from here and a great visit.
*The Mark Twain House & Museum: where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books. National Geographic named it "one of the ten best historic homes in the world," and TIME magazine dubbed it "Downton Abbey's American Cousin." Just 35 minutes from our driveway.
*The Connecticut Science Center: With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips. Just half an hour away.
*The Yale Peabody Museum is one of the oldest and largest university-based natural history museums, with more than 13 million objects housed in 10 different divisions and representing more than 4 billion years of geological, biological, and human history. Whether your interest is dinosaurs, birds, the history of human culture, gems and minerals, insects and plants, or the wonders of our universe, the treasures housed within the collections throughout the museum greatly enhance teaching and learning, and often are the keys to important scientific discoveries. One hour's drive.
*The Mashantucket Pequot Museum: Multi-sensory dioramas and exhibits introduce visitors to the history of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the natural and cultural history of the eastern woodlands. Films and videos, interactive programs, archival materials, ethnographic and archaeological collections, commissioned art, and traditional crafts by Native artisans are featured in the exhibits. It's a 45-minute drive.
*The Mohegan Sun Arena and Casino are just half an hour. In addition to 3 casinos, entertainment options include a 10,000-seat arena, an arcade for kids and several nightclubs. The complex also features a 55-ft indoor waterfall, casual and upscale dining, indoor and outdoor pools, a solarium, a spa, shops and an 18-hole golf course.
*The Foxwoods Resort has huge gaming rooms, including a 3,600-seat bingo hall, plus restaurants, shopping, & shows. It is 45 minutes.
*A visit to Hammonasset Beach State Park, is more than just another day at the beach. Connecticut's largest shoreline park offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf. One hour by car.
*The Florence Griswold Museum is in Old Lyme, about 45 minutes away. It is centered on the home of Florence Griswold ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)), which was the center of the Old Lyme Art Colony, the main center of development of American Impressionism, and has a 9,500 sq. ft. collection of American Impressionist paintings.
*The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks. The museum houses 66 aircraft, 26 helicopters, a variety of missiles, ejection seats, and other pieces of flight-related equipment. Exhibits include the history of Sikorsky Aircraft, computer-based flight simulators, and the 58th Bombardment Wing Memorial's B-29. Additionally, there are exhibits on early French aviation, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Kosciuszko Squadron, and the 57th Fighter Group. It's a 45 minute drive.
But that’s about all there is to do around here... Well, not really. It’s just all we managed to copy from the web! Getting AroundWe're a great location for someone with a car. But if you're coming on public transportation - try Uber! We use it occasionally when we don't want to park at the airport, and it's been wonderful for us. The ride from the Hartford airport is about $45. It'll be around $60 for a regular cab or car service.
There is bus service to Storrs from almost everywhere, including New York City, and you could Uber from Storrs to the House in the Woods. In a pinch, we could pick you up.
If you're a bike rider, you'll love our location. We're on back roads and they're lovely. Other Things to NoteWhen the sun goes down, we can usually be found relaxing in the swing or by the fire with a glass of wine. Feel free to join in. Or not.