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Kent Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 12 photos

Kent, Connecticut

Although on the outside it may appear that Kent’s essence derives from the surrounding mountains, streams, and vast valleys or from the antiquity of its small population, its true character is a created sum of these factors and a respect of them. If one was to simply drive through the undersized city, they would witness its aesthetic splendor. What they would miss however is the attractiveness of Kent’s spirit and soul. Kent portrays feelings of euphoria and tranquility.

Lying in the westernmost part of Connecticut, midway between Long Island Sound and the Massachusetts line, the town of Kent was selected as one of seven townships to comprise Connecticut’s “Western Lands” established by the state to head its expansion of the north-west in the early 18th century. It is said that in early 1738, Stephen Pain’s tools might have been the first to create housing and residence in the new found settlement. An “Indian Problem” had discouraged many from settling with their families in this small river town along the Housatonic, but persisted they did and the town sitting on the western-most side of Connecticut state was settled.

Today, Route 7 splits the center of Kent with one major traffic light creating a border fence to other towns. It must be expressed that unlike other cities surrounding it, Kent keeps its distance with a calm and hushed breeze and an aura of tradition. While other of its neighbors McModernize for their residents, Kent has seen value in keeping away from the proverbial “times,” and left all commercial occupants absent.

A night out in Kent provides little selection, but what is readily available will provide access for all types and all moods. Kent Pizza is a popular selection for the locals and with its newly renovated bar you can share a pizza pie and ale with many of the town’s fire force that frequent the pub. The owner Chuck, like many of the residents of Kent values the small community and befriends all that enter with sincerity.

Another popular restaurant in Kent is titled the Fife ‘n Drum. Displaying and serving high quality foods and wines, the Fife ‘n Drum has been awarded in the past by “Wine Spectator.” This restaurant also includes an Inn and a gift shop for those who wish to stay in the town.

But, if small town night life is not on the agenda, Kent lies just forty minutes from Danbury and two hours from Manhattan and the rest of New York City.
As mentioned before, Kent sits in the Appalachian Mountains, more specifically the southern section of the Berkshire’s, which is known to have the longest continual hiking path in the world. Otherwise known as the AT, or Appalachian Trail, Kent offers itself as a major port city of AT hikers, and they can find stores to fit all of their needs and desires. Whether you are a novice or skilled hiker, or you’re looking for a few hours to a few months on the dirt paths, the Appalachian Trail is not to be missed.
Kent’s presence, although widely unknown to most, can provide an excellent experience for those seeking a small town with romantic and natural options.

I would suggest making Kent a hub if visiting western Connecticut. It is a place that I visited after leaving farm-land Midwest, but it will always hold a place in my heart and my head. It is special and will never be forgotten. To me, a second home.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Vast beauty of hills and valleys.
  • Cons:Distance from major city.
  • In a nutshell:Displays beauty of history and heavenly nature.
  • Last visit to Kent: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated Feb 17, 2004
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  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    We visited Kent on Labor Day weekend; we could not go to the Falls because the park was full. My great X 5 grandmother was born there. Her father was in the French and Indian Wars that you discussed in your intro. Greetings from Augusta, GA

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2003 at 2:38 PM

    I agree with keeweechic, that is a great picture of the American Flag House. Thanks for taking some great pics and sharing the information;-)

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2003 at 9:09 PM

    That's a very good run down on Kent. That's an amazing American Flag house:-) Sounds like you made some friends at Kent Pizza Garden:-) Good music store recommendation!!

  • ABL1958's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2003 at 7:04 PM

    I live a half hour from here......it sure is beautiful. Glad you got a chance to enjoy it.


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