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Weston is a primarily residential town in Fairfield County, approximately 45 miles outside New York City. It was originally Norfield Parish when settlers came from Fairfield in 1757, and it consisted of Easton and Weston. The two towns eventually split in 1845. Weston is surrounded by other great towns, such as Easton, Fairfield, Redding, Westport, and Wilton. Weston is also considered a “sister” town to Westport, which affords the residents to use Westport amenities for a nominal fee. Though there is little commercial development in Weston, there are several highlights of this quaint town.
1. The Lunch Box
There are two great spots to get your food in Weston, and The Lunch Box is one of them. The Lunch Box is a locally owned restaurant in the town center that offers an expansive menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
2. Lily’s Weston Market
Lily’s Weston Market replaced Peter’s Weston Market and will be another full-service grocery store that offers catering, baked goods, premade meals, and a soup and salad bar. It is also the anchor store for the shops in the town center.
3. Weston Pharmacy
Weston Pharmacy replaced Lang’s as Weston’s small independent pharmacy. It offers convenient pharmacy hours and great gifts. They also will sell cosmetics, perfumes, and toiletry items.
4. LaChat Town Farm
LaChat Town Farm is a beautiful farm on Godfrey Road West. The farm hosts community gardens and a monthly farmers’ market. The farmers’ market brings several farms, food trucks, goods, and live music. They run from June through October. They also have a special holiday market in December. A variety of classes and programs for adults and children alike are offered throughout the year, ranging from art to yoga to pickling. LaChat also just opened the Offutt Education Center to offer even more programming. There is something for everyone!
5. Weston Library
The Weston Library is a great resource for the town. It has several children’s programs, including outdoor story times, digital resources, and crafts. It has book groups, and they offer museum passes as well.
6. Bisceglie-Scribner Park
Bisceglie-Scribner Park has a playground, fitness trail, picnic area, little league fields, and a swimming pond. The swimming pond is free to residents, but you need a pass to get through the Parks & Recreation Department.
7. Weston Parks & Recreation
Weston Parks & Recreation is a great asset to the town that offers a variety of programs for children and adults. Swim lessons and summer camps are highlights of their offerings.
8. Weston Historical Society
The Weston Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history and educating others. It works very closely with the school district in helping coordinate educational programs. There are also several exhibits and events offered throughout the year. If you are a member, you can also see exhibits for free and get discounts in their shop.
9. Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil’s Den Preserve
Devil’s Den Preserve is the largest preserve in Connecticut, hosting 1,756 acres of protected land. It is home to several aquatic species and over 140 species of birds. Devil’s Den provides a great habitat for hiking, bird watching, and cross-country skiing. The preserve has a 20-mile trail system that you can use for those activities.
10. Aspetuck Land Trust
Aspetuck Land Trust is a non-profit that preserves and conserves open space in Weston and surrounding towns. It manages several Weston preserves that can be found here. The trust supports a Junior Ranger Program where children can check out backpacks from the Weston Library and explore some of the preserves. The backpack gives them maps and tools for exploring.