Welcome to Simsbury
From fall festivals and vibrant leaf foliage to peaceful scenery throughout, it's no surprise that Simsbury is touted as one of the best places to live in Connecticut.
Simsbury is located on the northern edge of the Farmington Valley, and it's consistently voted as one of the best places to live in Connecticut. Visitors travel from across the country to get a glimpse of the trees in autumn, and friendly residents are happy to show off their small town's charm.
What to Love
Simsbury is a charming town filled with scenic hiking trails, rural farms, and an abundance of outdoor adventure opportunities. Located just 20 minutes from West Hartford, it's close enough to the big city to enjoy its amenities but far enough away to bask in peaceful tranquility.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Simsbury may be small, but it's home to plenty of locally-owned restaurants that are true hidden gems. At Millwrights Restaurant and Tavern, guests are served farm-fresh American meals in a fine dining establishment complete with a picturesque waterfall view.
Metro Bis Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant that's located in a historic bed and breakfast that has been transformed into an upscale American bistro. From the expansive front porch to the beautifully plated food, every meal and event is memorable.
Popover Bistro and Bakery serves baked goods and signature drinks made from fresh and typically locally-sourced organic ingredients. This restaurant also has a number of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.
Abigails Grille and Wine Bar is another restaurant that's housed in a one-of-a-kind venue where guests can eat inside a Colonial-era tavern. Here, you'll find contemporary American dishes served in the dining room or on the patio outside.
Rosedale Farms and Vineyards partners with other local businesses and farms to offer a wide selection of produce, ice cream, cheese, and chef-to-farm dinners. They also offer wine-tasting events and fall festivals.
Things to Do
The Simsbury Historical Society sits on two lovely acres of carefully maintained land at the center of town. Since 1911, the Simsbury Historical Society has protected the city's most valuable archives, and they currently offer tours of the buildings and gardens onsite, and visitors can purchase items at the museum store.
Talcott Mountain State Park is a lovely place to hike year-round, but it's most popular during the turning of the leaves each fall. Tourists travel from miles around to hike and climb the 165-foot Heublien Tower, where they can enjoy panoramic views of the fall foliage. Each October, the park hosts the Tower Toot Festival as well.
Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge is a beautifully landscaped spot to enjoy a quiet picnic, and Folly Farm Stables is an equestrian facility that's staffed with supportive and knowledgeable trainers who offer horse riding lessons for children and adults. Families especially love visiting Flamig Farm, where children are encouraged to interact with the farm animals on site.
Simsbury residents live in the Simsbury Public School District. Some notable schools in Simsbury include:
The Ethel Walker School, Grades 6 through 12 plus postgraduate studies
Westminster School, Grades 9 through 12, this college preparatory school only accepts 20% of applicants