It’s no secret that some of America’s most picturesque places are in Connecticut. Go on any road trip, and you’ll come across an adorable small town or two. Blink and you might miss them, though.
Well, Smithsonian highlighted one of Connecticut’s tiniest towns in their latest national “best of” roundup. So, if you’re hankering for a great day trip, set your GPS to Kent, CT. Out of 20 small towns, Smithsonian named it 4th best overall.
With a population of just under 3,000 people, it’s no wonder why we haven’t heard much of this place. Unless if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, that is. Remember that big festival that paid homage to the show? Yeah, the entire town hosted it. And hated it, too.
Anyways, you can find Kent in Litchfield County right alongside the New York border. If you want to make a weekend trip out of it, you can even spend a night in their award winning Inn at Kent Falls.
There’s also some pretty great bars and restaurants in the area, too. But, above all else, they have some great unique entertainment that you can only find there.
For example, the House of Books. So, if you’re a bookworm, you’d love this place. Like, you can actually live out that library scene from Beauty and the Beast.
On that note, fans of art and culture will find this place impossible to resist. Heck, even fashion design icon Oscar de la Renta called this place home. There’s tons of music and art stores for you to check out.
Plus. there’s a festival for every season, too. A Gingerbread Festival for the winter, a Sidewalk Festival for the summer, there’s also a fall festival dedicated to the state’s antique machinery.
So, it goes way beyond just Gilmore Girls.
Besides all that, you can’t ignore Kent’s natural beauty. Kent doesn’t have one state park… it has three. One of them even connects to a portion of the Appalachian Trail. You can find sprawling hills, a babbling brook, even an ultra-beautiful 250 ft waterfall.
And, if you’re into the brewing scene, you can head to Kent Falls Brewing for a locally brewed beer before you head home. It’s also the state’s first farm brewery, so there’s a little history for you to enjoy, too.
Overall, if you’re dying to visit the cornucopia of small-town aesthetic and larger than life cultural identity – give Kent a visit. You won’t be disappointed.