While on vacation for the last few weeks I knew I wanted to do something other than gardening/landscaping/farming to make it actually feel like I was on vacation from work, so I was itching for a daytrip somewhere. Well, I can't believe that our daytrip would end up being about 10 minutes from the house to a little part of Seymour, CT that I never even knew existed. How on earth I haven't known about this amazing little part of town is beyond me, but I'm about to become it's newest regular.

We stumbled upon this part of town last Tuesday, but most places were closed (good to know, Wednesday - Sunday is your best bet for visiting). So we returned on Thursday and planned to spend the early afternoon there. Our first stop was The All American Valley General Store. The second I set foot inside that store I felt like I had died and gone to southern heaven. The store sells produce + goods from local farms, local handmade items, and the food coming out of the kitchen is amazing. They have live music every week and the ambiance and decor make you feel like you've stepped right in to the Yankee version of the Whistle Stop Cafe. So needless to say, I'm in love. 

After lunch we visited a few of the local shops, most of which were a part of the Seymour Antiques Annex. These aren't your typical antique stores, they have some of the best antiques and displays I've ever seen. Everything was right up my alley, there was no shortage of mason jars, enamel ware, old crates, and everything in between. I allowed myself to spend only the cash I had in my wallet and it certainly was a challenge. Thankfully I'll be returning soon though and that means I can add to my enamel ware collection, right?

Our final stop was Wildfour Confections, which is an adorable and delicious cupcake shop. It's owned by a sweet young gal by the name of Alyssa DeMatteo who is a resident of Seymour and man can she make one good cupcake. 

I can't say enough about how sweet this little downtown is. My day was completed by the sounds of the passing train, which really made me feel like I was back in the south. I highly recommend it for a daytrip!

Megan Kazukynas