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The Garden of Ideas is located

in Ridgefield, Connecticut, approximately one hour

north of New York City.





Cass Gilbert Fountain

Ridgefield is a picturesque community in the southwest corner of Connecticut.   it is readily accessible from Danbury, Wilton and the northeastern part of Westchester County on routes 7, 33 and 35 and is within a half-hour’s drive of the Merritt Parkway and Interstate 84.    Metro North Railroad services the Branchville station located in Ridgefield, providing a public transport connect to New York City.     It’s only an hour from NYC!

In 1938, the Connecticut Guide called Ridgefield’s Main Street “one of America’s most beautiful rural streets.” Still renowned for its charm and cultural offerings, Ridgefield’s village is best investigated on foot, and there are stops to please all ages. Main Street passes antique homes from the beginning of the 18th Century to grand homes built at the end of 20th. In the business district there are many places to dine, from the elegant to the casual. Or stop at Chez Lénard, Ridgefield’s always-popular hot dog stand, on Main Street. Park at the municipal lot off Bailey Avenue to start your stroll and head north or south. A full loop south to the blinker light at Route 33 and north to the stop sign at Route 116 is about three miles and a popular route for health-conscious walkers and joggers. North will take you to Ballard Park, which has a playground and gardens. South will take you past two museums, the Aldrich (check out the outdoor sculpture) and Keeler Tavern.  Close by in New York state is wonderful Salinger’s Orchard and Farm Market great to visit all year.

Things to Do:

    The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art  

    Weir Farm

    Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks

    Ridgefield Playhouse

    Ridgefield Guild of Artists

    The Ridgefield Theater Barn

    Restaurant Guides

    Ridgefield Chorale

    100 Things to Do

    Ridgefield Historical Society



  1. Garden of Ideas Guest House

  2. Green Rocks Inn

  3. West Lane Inn 

  4. Stonehenge Inn