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9. Shopping, Dining & Unwinding in Kent

Several miles beyond Bull's Bridge, on Rte. 7 north you will enter the center of Kent. Situated on the Housatonic River between Macedonia Valley and Lake Waramaug, Kent enjoys a setting of great natural beauty. A portion of the Appalachian Trail winds through Kent and two state parks, Macedonia Brook (off Rte. 341) and Kent Falls (Rte. 7) enhance the town's unspoiled character.

Kent's natural beauty has attracted many artists and writers. Today in the center of this friendly village, you will find many exciting antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and art galleries including: The Gallery at Kent Art Assoc. with representational paintings and sculptures by prominent northeast artists in four juried shows annually, Heron Gallery offering one of the finest contemporary collections of American crafts in New England; Foreign Cargo's upstairs gallery of Asian, African, and Pacific Island art; Eckert Fine Art Connecticut specializing in Traditional, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary paintings and sculptures and Pauline's Place with an eclectic mix of Asian, European and American art and textiles.

An an enclave of galleries just behind Main St. includes the 7000 sq. ft Morrison Gallery that provides a spacious and beautifully lit interior for large sculptures, paintings and installations as well as a private Client Viewing Room and a Print Room. Nearby, the Robin Alexander Gallery features studio furniture created by local artisans in native, exotic and reclaimed hardwoods.