Don't Forget to Visit Kollas Orchard During Your Trip to Tolland, CT

Tolland, CT is a town that is located in Tolland County. It is said to have derived its name from either Tolland, Somerset, England or from being a toll station. Although the main highway that connects New York City, Hartford and Boston cuts through Tolland, the town continues to remain a quaint community with many architectural sights to see. In 2009, Tolland was named the 27th Best Small Town to Live in America by Money Magazine. BBOnline recommends visiting these places while you're here.

Kollas Orchard
41 New Road
Tolland, CT 06084-3731
(860) 871-0120
www.kollasorchardct.com

Kollas Orchard in Tolland, CT started in 1975 and is owned and operated by Davide and Janet Kollas. Davide is a pomologist, or someone who studies fruits from developing cultivars to its sale. His father was an orchardist from Oregon. Davide is a retired extension fruit specialist from the University of Connecticut and his wife Janet is a retired elementary school teacher. There are now three generations of Kollas taking care of the farm. The soil of the orchard is sandy fine loam with an abundant supply of stones, which is ideal for growing apples. The elevation is a little more than 800 feet. The orchard began with seven acres planted to 7,000 trees, and has been downsized in keeping with new technology to a total of 8 acres with 2,400 trees and a nursery.

Kollas Orchard sells apples by the pound in its self-service salesroom from early September up to March 13. You cannot pick directly from the trees, as they do the picking themselves. Caramel apples on a stick are available during September and October. You can also buy apple cider, local honey and frozen apple pies. You must schedule a trip from your Tolland Inn during the weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as these are the sales hours.

Wright's Orchard and Dried Flower Farm
271 South River Road
Tolland, CT 06084
(860) 872-1665
www.wrightsorchard.com

Wright's Orchard in Tolland first began in 1981 with semi dwarf trees numbering about 250. Continuous planning is done every year and includes stone, fruits and flowers. Today, there are 2,000 dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees. You can pick your own apples, peaches, blueberries and pumpkins. You can also buy ready-picked fruits and flowers. The circa-1840 barn houses the gift shop with a dried flower and basket display. Dried flowers include peonies, baby's breath, strawflowers, hydrangeas and more. The orchard is just a short drive away from your Tolland Bed and Breakfast.

Crandall Park
64 Cider Mill Road
Tolland, CT 06084
(860) 871-3693

You can go swimming at the Crandall Pond or go fishing for bluegills or largemouth bass at the stocked three-acre Powell Pond using a non-motorized boat. There is a fishing bridge, too. There are also facilities for sports like tennis, baseball, softball and basketball. If you want a relaxing time, just go hiking on the paved and marked hiking trails at Crandall Park.