Morris, CT, USA

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Morris, CT, USA

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Morris _ small-town life on a grand scale

Feeling like a country mouse trapped in a city mouse life? Then trade the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life for the simpler climes of Morris, CT. Amid the rolling hills around Bantam Lake, Morris is a low-key town known for its rich colonial history, bounty of state parks, and lakeside recreation. From your Morris vacation rental, you can explore the numerous hiking trails and campsites in the summertime, while winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Next door, the town of Bethlehem hosts an annual garlic festival every fall, where you'll find plenty of food, vendors, and live entertainment.

Lakeside living in Morris _ a shore bet

The largest natural lake in the state, Bantam Lake is a major draw for visitors all year round. Flanked by dense forests, the sandy Morris Town Beach offers easy access to boating, fishing, and sunbathing, while amateur ornithologists can keep an eye out for the many bird species along the lake's wooded shoreline. In the winter, you can try your hand at ice boating and ice fishing _ but we'd also understand if you just stay in your toasty Morris vacation rental with a glass of local wine and a good book.

Check out the past masters of Morris

For a look at life during colonial times, check out the Bellamy Ferriday House. A short drive from your Morris vacation rental, the mid-18th-century home is packed with antiques from the period, and guided tours offer insight into daily life in colonial Connecticut. The home also features a sprawling formal garden with roses, lilacs, and other flowering plants. The area around Morris is home to a number of wineries, and a visit to Hopkins Vineyard in nearby Warren is a great way to sample some of the region's best varietals.

From sun to snow _ seasonal swings in Morris

Morris has a humid continental climate, which means balmy summers and cold, snowy winters, with a good number of overcast days and rainfall throughout the year. Summers are temperate, with highs in the low 80s in July and August. Since water activities on Lake Bantam are a major draw, summer is Morris's busiest season. Winters are cold and snowy, with average lows in the teens from December through February _ if you're a fan of ice fishing or cross-country skiing, then this is the time of year to hook a great deal on a Morris vacation rental.

Take a walk on the lakeside in Morris

The area around Morris is mostly made up of rolling hills, with dense forests and marshy wetland lining the shore of Bantam Lake. At nearly 950 acres, it's the largest natural lake in Connecticut, and visitors flock to its wooded shores and sandy beaches for boating, fishing, kayaking, and sunbathing. A diverse ecosystem, the wilderness around the lake provides habitats for a number of wildlife species, including deer, beaver, and a vast array of birds. The protected zones in the state and regional parks also offer plenty of opportunities for hiking and camping.