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Key Hyundai Owner Explores Her Hometown of Madison, CT

March 27, 2009

Tips on Taking a Sunday Drive to Madison, CT

I talk a lot about my current life – I’m the owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester, I have two great kids and I live in West Hartford, CT. But, what you may not know is that I grew up in Madison, CT and even crazier, I was president of my high school class at Daniel Hand High.

I was just in Madison on Wednesday night visiting my mom. It dawned on me that I should post about what a great town Madison is and what you should do on a Sunday drive to town. So, here it goes:

1. Getting there – Instead of taking 91 to 95, I would recommend taking Route 9 through the lights in Middletown and exiting at Route 17. Follow Route 17 all the way through Durham onto Madison, CT. When you get the the traffic circle, exit onto Route 79 and follow it all the way into downtown Madison.   This is a much more scenic route.  You may even want to stop in some of the shops in Durham.

2. First Stop – Get a cup of coffee at Willougby’s Coffee. Not only will you enjoy the coffee, but they have great pastries too.

2. Visit RJ Julia’s Booksellers – This store is a real treat! You can spend hours here. A lot of the books have handwritten reviews by staff posted in front of them. This is one of my all-time favorite places to hang out.  RJ Julia’s just released their Top 100 Bookclub Books.  So, check it out while you are there.

3. Wander around the town – The stores are all amazing. My husband and I love the Madison Wine Shop. Of course, it’s closed on Sunday but if you are there any other day of the week, be sure to stop in and chat with Rick. He is amazingly knowledgeable and friendly. Behind the wine shop is a great cheese shop. Make sure you walk down Wall Street (the cross road in town). There are plenty more shops down this road.

4. Get some lunch – Get back in your car (hopefully your Hyundai) and head back up Route 1 North until you come to Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tail on the left hand side of the road. This place is an institution! All my highschool friends worked there. You will not be disappointed in the food quality.

5. Walk off your lunch – Take a right out of Lenny and Joe’s and in 1/4 mile you can turn left into Hammonasset State Park. If the park is open and you don’t want to pay, you can park on the road leading into the gate and take a nice walk into the park.

Hopefully you are good and tired and now ready to head home.

For more driving tips and information, be sure to visit us on the web at www.driveworryfree.com

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