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MIDDLETOWN (AND NEARBY)

Mondo – a family owned casual restaurant specializing in New York style thin crust pizza cooked in a brick oven. The restaurant also offers freshly made salads with homemade dressings, paninis, pastas, gluten-free pizza and a wide selection of beer and wine selections. Mondo’s opens at 12 pm on Sundays, so stop by after the race to celebrate! More…

Sweet Harmony Cafe & Bakery – Inspired by the everyday family cooking and baking you grew up with, you’ll feel at home while savoring a great meal in their casual and relaxed dining room. Experience inventive cuisine, attentive service, and a friendly atmosphere; see what makes them one of the most popular restaurants in town. Award winning bakery, gourmet coffees, extensive lunch menu with eleven different grilled cheese sandwiches on homemade bread and vegan options are available. More…

O’Rourke’s Diner – established in 1941, the diner features dishes with a strong Irish influence, as well as traditional American classics. The community united to “raise the phoenix from the flames” in 2006 after O’Rourke’s was decimated by fire. The distinctive silver diner serves breakfast and lunch daily from 6 am – 2 pm. More…

The Hop Knot – offering over 2 dozen craft brews, the Hop Knot dedicates half to Connecticut breweries. Made to order gourmet pretzels are finished with salt; garlic basil, cinnamon sugar, Asiago parmesan or cool ranch. In addition to pretzels, they serve pretzel sandwiches, grilled cheeses, stuffed pretzel rolls, and a changing special burger. More…

It’s Only Natural Restaurant– a Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant with Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Raw Food Options. ION has been voted Connecticut’s Best Vegan Restaurant since 1992 in the Hartford Advocate Readers’ Poll. Open for lunch and dinner, with Sunday brunch specials. More…

Wadsworth Falls State Park – designated as a park in 1942, enjoy hiking or biking the varied trails of the park or spend some time enjoying the beautiful falls. A trail system connects the falls with the main swimming/picnicking area and other scenic areas of the park. From a stone bridge, the trail passes through densely wooded areas, the Little Falls and several meandering streams. More…

Empower Leadership Adventure Center – offers several fully-guided, unique and exciting adventures for friends, families, individuals, and anyone looking for a safe and exhilarating opportunity to challenge their personal comfort zones! Enjoy their Zip Line Canopy Adventure, Map & Compass Scavenger Hunt, and Tree Climb Adventures. More…

Kid City – a museum is usually a place for looking, but a children’s museum is a place for doing! Three floors of imagination play, where kids ages 1 to 7 play pretend with their favorite grown-ups. All exhibits are handmade and one-of-a-kind, built by in-house artists who love inspiring playfulness in visitors of all ages. More…

Amato’s Toy and Hobby – a classic toy and hobby store since 1940, Amato’s is filled to overflowing with fun for the whole family. Model car, plane and boat kits, electric radio control helicopters and airplanes, model trains, games, puzzles, and books for young readers. Stop by and be a kid again! More…

Wesleyan Potters – a non-profit cooperative guild founded in 1948 to promote the learning and development of skills in weaving, metalsmithing and ceramics. The Gallery/Shop exhibits and sells a constantly changing display of fine handcrafts by Wesleyan Potters members and especially talented outside craftspeople. Items are sold at a range of prices and their staff will help you choose the perfect gift. More…

Cinder and Salt – eco-friendly printed apparel with designs that are fresh and modern. They strive to design and create innovative, stylish and fun products out of ‘landfill destined’ clean waste and reusable materials. Their flagship store is located in Middletown, and you can find their apparel in many Northeast shops as well as in Colorado. More…

Wesleyan University – founded in 1831 and named for John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, Wesleyan is among the oldest of the originally Methodist institutions of higher education in the United States. The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and the Davison Art Center, which holds Wesleyan’s collection of more than 24,000 works of art on paper, are open to the public. More…

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