Ridgefield Holiday Stroll 2017

Ridgefield, CT

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If you had a list of New England town must-haves, three-century-old Ridgefield in Connecticut would tick every box. Located on the western fringe of Fairfield County, it’s the right amount of small. It’s upscale but not pretentious, has museums and playhouses, and parks and lakes. The town’s generously tree-lined Main Street has rows of charming storefronts and a slew of Colonials and Capes, which made for a pretty nice backdrop for the Holiday Stroll.

Ridgefield CT

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Ridgefield, CT

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Ice sculptures, Christmas carolers, cozy cafes, and tasteful decorations aside, we found an indie book shop called Books on the Common. Defying the onslaught of Amazon and Barnes and Noble, it has been a part of the community since 1984. It had everything we wanted. A great collection, cozy reading corners, friendly staff, fun recommendations, and a warm, relaxed vibe that made it almost impossible to leave.

Books in the Common, Ridgefield, CT

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Books in the Common, Ridgefield, CT

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Books in the Common, Ridgefield, CT

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During checkout, our six year old was given a Dog Man Comic Creator, and since then he has scribbled some fun “situations”, with plenty of CRASH, KA-BLOOM, and SPLAT thrown in for good measure. We love indie shops, especially those that are not just pretty to look at, but also has the goods if you know what I mean. Books on the Common is one such store, and we will be going back for more.

Tazza Cafe in Ridgefield, CT

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We also stopped by at Tazza Cafe for some hot chocolate, and later, at Prime Burger for a bit of Americana – burgers, fries and milk shakes.

Prime Burger in Ridgefield CT

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Prime Burger in Ridgefield CT

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Ridgefield CT

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Christmas,  as I have written before, is a joyful gathering filled with food and festivities. It’s meant to include, not divide.

The towns are all decked up, there’s singing on the streets, presents are being exchanged, parties are being planned, smiles are freely exchanged, hands are tightly held, and kids look happier. They know Santa season is here and they are trying their best to be nice, even if it’s for that coveted toy they have been eyeing for a while.

At the cost of sounding cheesy, I must say it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

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