Sunday is by far my favorite day of every week. It is the one day that I have zero commitments and I can choose to either get stuff done or completely relax and it is entirely up to me, myself, and I. When I woke up Sunday morning, I checked the weather on my phone like I do every other day and realized that it was forecasted to be STUNNING. Since the summer months are quickly coming to an end, I decided that the perfect weather could not be wasted and that I must get outside and enjoy it.
For the past several years, the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut has hosted a single day Open Air Market & Festival. On this day, they turn the gorgeous mansion grounds into an outdoor marketplace where local vendors can gather to sell their products to the many eager festival patrons. Having never attending before, I asked my good friend Jess to accompany me to check it out.
When we first arrived, we were directed to park at the local elementary school as the mansion parking was reserved for handicap parking. This didn’t bother me in the least as there was a rather convenient trail that led from the back of the school to the mansion that offered some pretty awesome views.
Upon arrival at the mansion, we could hear the music from the Middletown Symphonic Band as we walked up the driveway. There were horse drawn carriage rides and plenty of staff directing you where to go. Before we made our way to the actual festival, I wanted to take a look inside the mansion and it did not disappoint! In addition to this festival, the Wadsworth Mansion also hosts private parties and weddings and after seeing it for myself, I am not surprised that it is so popular.
Around the back of the mansion, the vendor tents were set up with ample space for everyone to walk by and check out all the goods.
We spent quite a bit of time soaking it all in and even met a new friend, Oliver, along the way!
After looking at everything, Jess and I both decided to buy some gorgeous flowers from the Wellstone Farm tent…
…and I also purchased some OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD shortbread cookies from the Savor Fine Foods tent (seriously, their Rosemary, Lemon and Salt cookies are life changing – I ate almost an entire bag by myself).
Overall, it was a picture-perfect summer day. We discovered a bunch of new local vendors that we will be checking out in the future and we got to spend some quality time with the great outdoors while we did it. If you live in the area, you can find more information about the festival on Wadsworth Mansion’s website and be sure to follow them on social media for stunning pictures of other events they host.
What are your favorite outdoor festivals??
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