Is it a rest stop or a mall?

Growing up in NY, now living in Florida and having traveled on this great nation’s highways and byways, I know traveling for long distances usually means the inevitable stop at a rest area to relieve travel stress, stretch your legs and of course, use the restrooms.

The classic rest areas at best, include a vending machine or two at best for snacks, drinks, a few maps on the wall and if you are lucky, a clean restroom. (If you are anything like me, you generally avoid stopping at these “mirages.” (You know, you see and expect one thing in your mind but when you get there, it’s nothing like the picture you painted!)  LOL

Not in Connecticut!  In Connecticut stopping at a rest area, like this one in Darien, CT is like a trip the mall where you can dine in the food court, with choices between burgers, Chinese, Pizza and more! (You can believe the tagline on their website…“So much more than a rest stop!”)

Clean, bright, huge and full of refueling options for you and your car, outside of just the basic maps on the walls and scattered tourist brochures.

Stressed out, sit down and enjoy a relaxing massage while you sip on your McCafe Java.The classic road trip means traveling long distances and perhaps having to stop along the way at one of these.  The next time you are in Connecticut, I suggest you make an enjoyable stop at one of their rest areas, fuel up the car and yourself!

As you can imagine, these rest areas are 100% handicap accessible with ample parking and clean facilities!

Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered.  Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others!  Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!

All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.

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