City Escape: Danbury, Connecticut

Text: Karen Troiano • Photography: Adams and Knight

Danbury, CT, approximately 70 miles northeast of New York City, was nicknamed Hat City for producing more hats than any other U.S. city in the 1800s. You can visit Tarrywile Mansion sitting on approximately 600 acres to take a step back in time. This ride follows the Housatonic River, taking you north into Litchfield County.

In the Litchfield Hills, you can soak in views of forests, local farms, and plenty of foliage. Heading west into Dutchess County, NY, you will follow the foothills of the Taconic Mountains and Hudson Highlands. Touring a portion of SR 22 in New York takes you by small hamlets, dairy farms, and the New York City Watershed. Finally, follow SR 202 back to Danbury. 


When Pigs Fly South is a BBQ joint with mouthwatering treats, a patio, and vegetarian options. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich with a side of shoepeg corn pudding. Find it at 29 West Main St, Sharon, CT, (860) 492-0000.