Our first stop was in Washington Depot, CT. Yep, never heard of it before either and I grew up in Connecticut. However, if you are coming through the Connecticut/New York area you might want to get to know The Hickory Stick Bookshop. It is probably my favorite of the three stores that I stopped in today. And author friends - I understand that they have quite a number of book signings. I know I will certainly be recommending this off-the-beaten-track hidden jewel to everyone I know.
Wendell Minor and several by Lane Smith.
|It's A Book signed by Lane Smith|
|apologies for the poor lighting|
After visiting with the store, my sister and aunt and I headed over to The Pantry for lunch. This was not your typical New England restaurant or menu. Aside from a full range of gourmet packaged foods available for sale, there were creative entrees and sandwiches on the menu along with some fabulous desserts. I tried the Apricot Chicken Almond Salad Wrap which was quite delish.
On our way out, I noticed this great sign for an after school art program right next to the bookstore.
If you are in the area and looking for a somewhat cooler place to spend some time and love books and food, I would suggest placing The Hickory Stick Bookshop on your places to visit list.