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If you go: Southbury

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Globe Correspondents / January 29, 2006

How to get there

From Boston, take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) west to Interstate 84 (exit 9). Continue on I-84 through Hartford to exit 14 (Route 172). Go right at the bottom of the exit to a stoplight. Turn left and drive one mile; just across the highway, turn right onto Fish Hook Road. Continue 1.6 miles to a right turn onto River Road. Continue a little more than three miles, keeping the Housatonic River on your left, to reach the check-in center inside Northeast Utilities gate. The area is 149 miles, or about a three-hour drive.

What to do

Shepaug Eagle Observation Area

River Road, Southbury, Conn.

www.nu.com/environmental/steward/shepaug.asp.

Open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through March 15. Free. Reservations are required. Call 800-368-8954 Tuesday-Friday 9-3.

Where to eat

Firehouse Eatery & Taproom

75 Glen Road, Sandy Hook

203-426-4441

Located barely across the Housatonic River from the eagle viewing station, this colorful bar and casual restaurant serves burgers, sandwiches, and baked pasta dishes. Sandwiches $4.95-$8.95, entrees $8.95-$13.95.

Denmo's Snack & Dairy Bar

340 Main St. South, Southbury

203-264-4626

Classic hot dog-burger-fried clams drive-in stays open all winter for in-car dining. Sandwiches and plates $2.95-$11.95.

Where to stay

Curtis House Inn

506 Main St. South, Woodbury

203-263-2101

An 18-room bed-and-breakfast inn dating to 1754. Double rooms $56 with shared bath, $90-$135 with private bath.

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