3.5 hours in Newtown

It’s no mistake that we planned our 3.5 hours in Newtown to begin with consuming our favorite beverage (coffee) and end with our other favorite beverage (wine). Sandwiched in between would be a healthy dose of fresh air with a “just faster than a stroll” around Fairfield Hills. Here’s three Unlocking Connecticut tested and approved things to do in Newtown! 

Hour 1: Start the morning at Café Xpresso!

Why? Because there’s nobody you want to serve you a delicious breakfast sandwich and coffee more than proprietors Bob and Marie Schlump. They’re like your favorite aunt and uncle who will take care of you like family! After retiring from very different careers, Bob and Marie opened Café Xpresso, located on Route 25 in Newtown, a little over 2.5 years ago. They serve excellent coffee (beans are roasted weekly by local roasters) in addition to sandwiches and baked goods, made only with clean ingredients. See the full menu of offerings here.

Customers can sit at the bar with their coffee and watch the world go by, or at a table with friends, or outside under the umbrellas to enjoy the last of the summer sun.

Chorizo, egg, avocado, and cilantro sauce on a brioche bun for Lora. Maple, bacon, egg & cheese sandwich for Bev! Pumpkin Crème Brûlée cappuccino. 🤤

Café Xpresso has milk delivered directly from Arethusa Farm, (the milk froths better), their bread arrives daily from multiple artisanal bakeries in NYC, and basically, a whole lot of love goes into everything they serve!

Café Xpresso has renowned pastry chef Matthew Kirchner baking for them on the premises. Marie insisted that we take a selection home with us to try. Well OK then! This was our first Bostock and definitely not our last. So, so, good.

Hour 2: Walk it off at Fairfield Hills Campus.

What used to be the location of Fairfield Hills Hospital (Google it for lots of history and folklore!) is now owned by the Town of Newtown and is reserved for municipal and cultural use, as well as recreational use. The Deep Brook Preserve on the 185-acre property is a beautiful spot for hikers, runners, bikers, dog walkers, fishers, and cross-country skiers. We opted for a 1-hour stroll, with a bit of haystack jumping thrown in.

Did you know? Scenes from the movie Sleepers were filmed in the old Fairfield Hills Hospital.

Hour 3: Pick up a couple of bottles of wine at the Newtown Bottle Stop Wine and Spirit Superstore.

We can always rely on our friend “G” Patel and his family who own three wine stores in CT, to recommend just the right wine, at just the right price. We were lucky enough to meet the entire Patel family at a previous feature, and knew we could trust them to pick out a couple of perfect bottles for us.

G recommended, “Talamonti Kudos, a serious Italian red that’s perfect for fall.  And what’s life without bubbly? I’ve got a great new sparkling rose that’s sensational, Ilauri Rosé Spumante.” Done and done!

If you love wine, it would be easy to spend an hour in here! The selection is varied and huge! Make sure you seek out store manager Joshua who is a wealth of knowledge.
Lora REALLY wanted this bottle of Château de Beaucastel, which could be found in the Collectors Corner.
Another fun side to wine shops – finding some awesome labels!

Hour 3.5: Go home. Pour wine. Eat baked goods.

We know how to spend a morning, don’t we?!

Ok, readers, here’s your mission. Pick a town, pick 3 spots, and have your own adventure. Let us know what you get up to though…we need ideas for what town to hit up next! 😁

Words: Bev/ Pics: Lora