East Hampton, Connecticut lies on the banks of Lake Pocotopaug, where boating activities draw travelers who love the outdoors. For a sojourn in the woods, drive eight miles to Salmon River State Forest. Open from 8 a.m. to sunset, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection says, “Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails,” parking is free. Take a hike along the Salmon River or pass the afternoon fishing. When your day at Salmon River State Forest leaves you and your travel group ravenous, go to a local restaurant in East Hampton, Connecticut.
Governor’s Tavern offers American cuisine in a traditional Irish Tavern. Highlights of this restaurant in East Hampton, Connecticut include a full-service bar swathed in top shelf spirits and an assortment of beers from around the world. The most “popular menu items include steaks, hamburgers, seafood, salads and hot sandwiches.” Located next to the town hall, Governor’s Tavern opens for dinner Sunday through Thursday 4 to 9 p.m. (bar closes at 1 a.m.); Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. (bar closes at 2 a.m.) Contact: Governor’s Tavern, 26 E High St., East Hampton, CT 06424, (866) 578-8508, governorstavern.net.
Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, Rossini’s Italian Restaurant wants you to know they are “dedicated to providing you the best service using only the highest quality ingredients.” Savor Rossini’s pizza, baked Italian specialties and fresh seafood creations with an abundance of vegetarian options. Rossini’s Italian Restaurant serves lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dress causal; booth seating available. Contact: Rossini’s Italian Restaurant, 62 West High St., East Hampton, CT 06424, (860) 267-1106, rossiniseasthampton.com.
Angelico’s Lakehouse Restaurant features a forest setting and grand outdoor dining balcony. The perfect atmosphere for an spring afternoon of spirits, this restaurant in East Hampton, Connecticut offers more than 20 appetizers from empanada’s stuffed with lobster and goat cheese to roasted red pepper hummus. Stone baked pizza pies with a thin crust are star of the show with gourmet toppings like spicy ranch dressing, pesto and grilled eggplant. Sandwiches, wraps and paninis dominate the menu; small but ample selection of hot entrees. Angelico’s Lakehouse Restaurant opens for lunch and brunch at 11 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. in the summer and 9 p.m. in the winter. Contact: Angelico’s Lakehouse Restaurant, 81 North Main St., East Hampton, CT 06424, (860) 267-1276, angelicoslakehouse.com.
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