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Apr 11, 2014
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A Burgers, Clams, Frozen Custard Connecticut Adventure; Ferry Ride and Antiques Too

A Burgers, Clams, Frozen Custard Connecticut Adventure; Ferry Ride and Antiques Too

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Frozen custard at cult favorite Scotties in Colchester.

OK, it's finally, truly spring (we'll just ignore those annoying but now tiny piles of snow that linger in yards and woods at higher elevations in northern parts of the state.)

Time to hit the road in search of Connecticut adventures, and any such trips have to be rewarded with good food—couture cuisine in some cases, but this isn't one of those.

This is a suggestion for an adventure that includes communing with some prime Connecticut attractions, and to embellish that we're linking to a couple of our "roadfood" stories from a part of the state that invites discovery, Eastern Connecticut. Once we describe the casual but deliciously classic American fare that beckons, we'll offer a few tips for an intinerary to build around the bites. (Right, a burger and fries at Harry's Place; photo by Michael Stern of

Recently we announced the seasonal opening of a classic roadside place for burgers, hot dogs, fried clams and more, Harry's Place in Colchester:

A Roadfood Favorite for Burgers, Harry's of Colchester, Opens for Season

Starting Monday, another cult-favorite spot in the same town will open for the season. It's Scotties, and its singular specialty is frozen custard. We last checked in with Scotties as it was wrapping up last season:

Frozen Custard With a Cult Following in Colchester, But Hurry for the Pumpkin Pie Flavor

The flavors for the beginning of the new season at Scotties were recently announced:

April 14-15 Cookies & Cream Vanilla and Oreo Cookie chunks
April 16-17 Decadent Kahlua Kahlua base w/decadent dark choc flakes
April 18-19 Cherry Cheesecake Cheesecake base with cherry swirls and graham cracker
Closed Easter Sunday
April 21-22 Butter Caramel Crunch Butter Carmel base/crunchy graham bits
April 23-24 Cappuccino Delight light cappuccino base/dark chocolate flakes
April 25-26 Fat Elvis banana base/PB swirl/choc flakes
April 27-28 Brownie Explosion chocolate base and brownie chunks
April 29-30 Peanut Butter Kiss peanut butter base/kissed with Reese's Peanut Butter chunks


Colchester, for many in Connecticut, isn't—or doesn't seem—close by, but there's plenty in the extended neighborhood to make a day trip worthwhile.

Maybe the biggest drawing card that most Connecticut residents have never tried is a modest but dramatic part of getting there:

Historic Connecticut River Ferry Crossings Are Great Spring Adventure

If you chart a route that involves taking the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry on the way to or from Colchester, you'll be near Chester and East Haddam, each a mini destination of its own. You're also in the vicinity of Gillette Castle and not too far from Essex Steam Train or a cultural attraction such as the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

In Colchester itself, the place to go is Nathan Liverant and Son, Antiques and Fine Art. The other amenities in town, including additional casual food like wood-fired brick-oven pizza, can be found on the website of the Colchester Business Associaton.

For a sense of where Colchester is situation see the map below. Beyond that, explore and enjoy!

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A Burgers, Clams, Frozen Custard Connecticut Adventure; Ferry Ride and Antiques Too

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