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    Default Where do you stay in Kent, CT?

    Just curious where hikers stay in Kent? Doesn't seem like a lot of options, money wise. And it appears to be a main maildrop / resupply point.







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    Last time I was there I stealthed in the treeline behind town hall.

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    the shelter is so close to town everyone just stays there.

    I slept in a lawn near the outfitters, but we got permission.

    If I remember right, the only type of motel is a pretty high-end one.

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    Get in, get out. There ain't much in Kent worth hanging around for.
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    Coffee and baquettes in the AM 'eh Wolf!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blissful View Post
    Just curious where hikers stay in Kent? Doesn't seem like a lot of options, money wise. And it appears to be a main maildrop / resupply point.
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    Agree with Sleepy. Plan your day so you can enjoy a couple hours of R and R and move on. There is a shelter right on the Housatonic that is about 7 miles north of town, and made for a nice destination.
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    Default Kent.. in and out

    I agree. For Kent KT get in and get out. You only need a couple hours to by groceries, get mail, visit outfitter etc. Everything in town is quaint and expensive, lodging especially. The town is only 0.5 miles from the trail so it is easily walkeable. Get in before 11 am be out by 2 pmish you'll have time for errands and to get to next shelter afterwards.

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    Between the Mt Algo Shelter, the Stewart Hollow Brook lean-to and a few decent, although buggy camping areas, there really is no need to stay at one of the B&B's or inns in Kent, unless you want electricity, plumbing and a real bed. If you need those, honestly your options are few and $$$$.

    I would just go in and spend a few hours and be on your way, Kent is one of those places that will drain your funds very quickly.

    I will recommend stopping in for some ice cream though... It is made fairly locally, and the owner is very pro hiker... Last summer when I stopped in, he was in the process of getting a tent for some hikers to borrow for the night, and was setting them up with a place to set it up... Very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrc237 View Post
    Coffee and baquettes in the AM 'eh Wolf!
    Yup. Fond memories. Fresh baquettes, a stick of butter, hot coffee streetside and many beers at the bar.

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    Stay at Mt. Algo shelter. Outfitter has a solar shower, or used to anyway.

    I have fond recollections of beer and salad at the bar near the laundromat.
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    Blissful:

    The people above have have it right....it's a good place to get food or mail as it's so close to town, and there are restaurants and an Outfitter, but it's a lousy place to overnight unless you want to spend a good deal of money.

    I think it's best to plan on staying at Mt. Algo shelter, then go into town in the morning, do what you gotta do, and get OUT. Connecticut is an expensive place to pay for lodging, but happily you won't be there very long.

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    As you head out of town back to the trail, just over the bridge and before the school athletic field on your right, there's a hill with a blue-blazed trail. Hike up about 50 yds +/- to a fairly flat spot. I've camped here several times.

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    Default where do you stay in kent,ct

    what a pleasant little town!locals little rowdy but heck thats life.use to have a nice coffee shop, nice people I use to hang out their alot,best bet is to hit the blue blaze like LW wolf said or hike up to mt algo again or just walk down the river road a ways,I do believe its a walk though.ky

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    Kent Pizza Garden
    & Pasta Grill

    17 Railroad Square
    Kent, CT 06757
    (860) 927.3733

    This is my Favorite place to eat on the CT section on the AT for excellent food and good price.

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    I'm pretty sure in 2006 there was a church that let hikers tent outside or sleep under an overhang when someone is around (which was usually but not always). Don't think too many people took up on it though.

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    I slept in someone's back yard right next to the cemetary. I snuck into the church to use the bathroom..
    Never felt so homeless.....

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    Did you have permission to sleep in their yard, Hopeful?

    And whether you did or not, "sneaking in" to churches or any other building to use any of their facilities, without an invitation, and without asking, is a pretty thoughtless thing to do. At least it is if you have any consideration for the hikers that are coming after you, and how they'll be viewed and treated in small Trail Towns.

    It is actions like this that make homeowners, other residents, and entire towns unfriendly to hikers.

    If you felt like a homeless bum, Hopeful, has it occurred to you that this is because it is exactly how you were behaving?

    It is also how you would have been perceived, had you been caught in someone's yard, or the cemetery, or in the church.

    If places like Kent are perceived by some to be unfriendly to hikers, all too often, there are good reasons for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Wolf View Post
    As you head out of town back to the trail, just over the bridge and before the school athletic field on your right, there's a hill with a blue-blazed trail. Hike up about 50 yds +/- to a fairly flat spot. I've camped here several times.
    Me too Or, you can always pass out right behind the post office after a night of livin' it up at the italian restaurant. However, you might wake up sleeping half way out of your sleeping bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy View Post
    Me too Or, you can always pass out right behind the post office after a night of livin' it up at the italian restaurant. However, you might wake up sleeping half way out of your sleeping bag.
    That was the town hall.

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