Brookside Manor - Guidebook

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Brookside Manor - Guidebook

Neighborhoods

North west Wilton is entirely residential, extremely leafy and the perfect playground for a nature loving escape. It borders New Canaan and is just 4 minutes from town center and train station that has direct trains to NYC. It offers both nature preserves and beautiful walks or bike rides in the neighborhood.
Wilton
North west Wilton is entirely residential, extremely leafy and the perfect playground for a nature loving escape. It borders New Canaan and is just 4 minutes from town center and train station that has direct trains to NYC. It offers both nature preserves and beautiful walks or bike rides in the neighborhood.

City/town information

Wilton is a town of 18,000 people in Fairfield County, CT, located about 1 h 10 minutes by car and 1.5 hours by direct train from Manhattan. Officially recognized as a parish in 1726, Wilton is a former farming community and now an upscale but low-key commuter town with open lands, colonial homes and historic architecture such as the Round House. It is known for an idyllic and relaxed environment, safety and access to both larger towns, such as Westport, and to nature, farmer's markets and local art museums. The town has historically prided itself on its socio-economic diversity and has a friendly and open energy.
Wilton
Wilton is a town of 18,000 people in Fairfield County, CT, located about 1 h 10 minutes by car and 1.5 hours by direct train from Manhattan. Officially recognized as a parish in 1726, Wilton is a former farming community and now an upscale but low-key commuter town with open lands, colonial homes and historic architecture such as the Round House. It is known for an idyllic and relaxed environment, safety and access to both larger towns, such as Westport, and to nature, farmer's markets and local art museums. The town has historically prided itself on its socio-economic diversity and has a friendly and open energy.

Food scene

Delicious Neopolitan pizza in Wilton.
Parlor
5 River Rd
Delicious Neopolitan pizza in Wilton.
Very tasty sophisticated food on Norwalk's Washington St.
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Match
98 Washington St
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Very tasty sophisticated food on Norwalk's Washington St.
Cool rooftop Mexican dining off of Norwalk's Washington St.
Evarito's Mexican Kitchen & Bar
16 N Main St
Cool rooftop Mexican dining off of Norwalk's Washington St.
Delicious Japanese cuisine in Westport.
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Kawa Ni
19A Bridge Square
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Delicious Japanese cuisine in Westport.
Cool cafe with local organic produce located at fancy Graybarns Inn.
Mercantile at GrayBarns
193 Perry Avenue
Cool cafe with local organic produce located at fancy Graybarns Inn.
Elevated dining at historic inn.
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Tavern at GrayBarns
194 Perry Avenue
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Elevated dining at historic inn.
Cool coffee place with good coffee and fast wifi in Wilton town center.
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Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee
142 Old Ridgefield Rd
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Cool coffee place with good coffee and fast wifi in Wilton town center.
Organic food store for picky eaters in Wilton town center.
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Village Market
108 Old Ridgefield Rd
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Organic food store for picky eaters in Wilton town center.
Best market in the county. Check location based on season.
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Westport Farmers Market
50 Imperial Ave
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Best market in the county. Check location based on season.
Superior baked good, especially the sourdough bread.
Flour Water Salt bread
20 Grove St
Superior baked good, especially the sourdough bread.

Sightseeing

Farm and market with lots of activities for kids.
Friends of Ambler Farm Inc
257 Hurlbutt St
Farm and market with lots of activities for kids.
Artsy farm refuge.
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Weir Farm National Historic Site
735 Nod Hill Rd
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Artsy farm refuge.
Surprisingly sophisticated exhibits and fab little bar.
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MoCA Westport
19 Newtown Turnpike
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Surprisingly sophisticated exhibits and fab little bar.
Little museum with a lot of firepower.
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The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main St
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Little museum with a lot of firepower.
Hiker's delight
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Devil's Den Preserve
33 Pent Rd
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Hiker's delight
1 hour trail over some obstacles 7-minute drive from the Manor.
Wilton Town Forest
162 Branch Brook Rd
1 hour trail over some obstacles 7-minute drive from the Manor.
Private preserve across the street - go through driveway across the street and bear right to get onto blue trail. 40-minute loop over cool obstacles.
Sackett Preserve
13 Deforest Rd
Private preserve across the street - go through driveway across the street and bear right to get onto blue trail. 40-minute loop over cool obstacles.
Romantic stroll on beach.
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Calf Pasture Beach
Calf Pasture Beach Road
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Romantic stroll on beach.
Great beach and hiking.
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Sherwood Island State Park
Sherwood Island Connector
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Great beach and hiking.

Råd om byen

Skikke og kultur

People are friendly

Say "hi" or wave to people when passing them in the neighborhood or nature preserves.
Gå ikke glip af

Museums, farmer's markets, nature preserves, beach

Don't miss farmer's markets in the county - there is at least one per day in a different city. Don't miss local museums, including The Aldridge in Ridgefield or Westport MOCA. Don't miss nature preserves with trails, including Sackett Preserve across the street, Wilton Town Forest and Sherwood Island State Park. There are also beaches in Westport, but the daily parking is a bit pricey if one is not a resident of Westport.
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Options

A car or a bicycle are required to get around. Lots of people use road, terrain and regular bikes. Uber and Lyft are available. A number of trains go directly from the Wilton station to Grand Central each day. Parking at the station is free. You can also use the South Norwalk, Westport and Darien station with paid parking. On the weekend, I recommend taking the train from Darien as the train ride is much shorter, more frequent and trains run later. If you need overnight parking, use the Westport station as Darien doesn’t allow that. Parking on the weekends is free at both stations.
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Money saving hacks

1. Trains: Wilton train station has free parking all the time. Westport and Darien have free parking on weekends. 2. Stop & Shop in the town center has a great selection of organic goods and is sometimes better priced than Whole Foods. Village Market has competitive prices to Whole Foods. 3. The walk to town center is about 40 minutes.
Skikke og kultur

Working Out

L.A. Fitness on Main St in Norwalk is surprisingly large and clean (nicer than the Equinox at Columbus Circle, one friend remarked). It had squash courts, basketball courts and a pool as well as a two large weight lifting areas in addition to a large cardio area. For barre and Pilates, try Synergy Barre in the Wilton city center, Forme Barre in New Canaan or Pilates Advantage in norther Wilton.