Middlefield, CT, 06455, is a quaint rural town in the center of the state. It's population is below 5,000, and it occupies only 13 square miles. But those miles are packed with wonder fun, as the locals know and the passersby can only imagine!
To reach Middlefield, one needs only to navigate from a more densely populated area nearby. Traveling from New York, simply take exit 69 off of the Merit Pkwy N. You will be on Route 66 in Meriden, and as long as you stay on that road, you will pass right into the north end of Middlefield. From Boston, Middlefield is less than 5 miles off of exit 20 on 91 S. From Providence, just take the route 66 exit off of 9 N, and follow 66 into Middlefield.
As Middlefield is as small geographically as it is in population, there are only two main state highways. Rt. 147 leads South into Durham, and North toward Meriden. Rt. 157 heads West toward Wallingford and East toward Middletown. When navigating the town and its innumerable side roads, it is best to pick up a complementary map from Town Hall, located On Jackson Hill Road, just off of 157.
Middlefield is a very beautiful town, particularly in the transitional seasons. Cherry Hill Road, which runs nearly parallel to 147, has beautiful panoramic views in every direction. The sunrises are enjoyable, but as a resident of the town, I have to recommend you make that drive (or hike) around dusk for the sunsets over the hills.
For the towns best scenery, however, the only place to be is on Powder Hill Road. As the second highest point in the town, commanding views are afforded in every direction, and at any time of day. You will be in the apple and peach groves of Lyman Orchards, and you will not want to miss it.
Has a lovely public park, Peckham Park, which has four baseball fields, a soccer field, a jogging path, and a full on Jungle Gym extravaganza. The last item is great for families in the day, and teens at night. Trust me ;)
A great place to visit, with whomever you are traveling with, is Wadsworth Falls State Park. There are hiking paths, bike paths, picnic areas, open grass areas for sports, and a 30 foot waterfall. The park was dedicated to and surrounds the Wadsworth Estate, upon which sits Wadsworth Mansion. A quintessential New England victorian, the Mansion is worth a visit, and available for booking of formal affairs.
Middlefield prides itself on being the secluded getaway from the busy life. There is no night life to speak of, but Main Street in Middletown has plenty. Wallingford has Route 5, and Berlin has the Berlin Turnpike. These strips offer a good time for the 21 pluses, and Middlefield remains the quiet neighbor.
What you can do in town, though, happens at Lyman Orchards. The Apple Barrel is the main store, where you can pick up information on any goings on around the grounds. In addition to the three, count 'em, Three golf courses, there are seasonal hay rides, a corn maze, live music, frisbee golf, and Pick-Your-Own fruit. This sort of fun is not for everyone, but it is a great source of some good old-timey fun. The kiddies will love it, and the fresh fruit is second to none.
You may be noticing a trend here, but anything worth purchasing in this humble town will be found at Lyman Orchards. Food, apparel, and most importantly apple cider are all presented beautifully in the open market style Apple Barrel. The town is not about commerce, but any souvenirs from your visit should come from Lyman Orchards.
Two eateries are both reasonably priced and casual.. The first is on Route 157, and is called the Black Bird Tavern. There are separated bar and restaurant areas.
Lyman Orchards, for the win. On a sunny day, nothing beats eating freshly prepared food on the deck at Lyman's. The feel is very laid back and friendly, and the meal will fill you without emptying your wallet.
Rule of thumb in Middlefield: When in doubt, go with Lyman's.
Black Bird Tavern, or another town.
At the insistence of the town's First Selectman, and to the regrettable disadvantage of the traveler, there are no hotels, motels, or bed and breakfasts in Middlefield. Lodging during your visit must unfortunately be sought in one of the neighboring small cities. Meriden, to the west, has several low-cost motels available on East Main St., as well as its prize, Candlewood Suites, a reasonably priced three-star hotel. Middletown, to the northeast, has several motels designed with cost in mind. Depending on your budget, you may opt for the higher end places, but I recommend shopping from the right as the hotel is not the attraction anyway.
The best way to get information about the town or planning a trip is to go straight to the top. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw can be reached at (860)349-7114.
Getting out is as easy as getting in. I just recommend scheduling your departure around traffic from the neighboring cities. Drive Safely!