July 28th, 2017 was certainly one for the books! I hit the road early in the morning and traveled to Niantic, Connecticut to meet up with a couple of book bloggers and explore The Book Barn.
I admit, I didn’t do much research before the trip… I knew there would be lots of books, but I totally underestimated just how many!
The drive itself was over two and a half hours. Luckily, it flew right by and we didn’t hit any traffic. My future sister-in-law, Alex, and I arrived much earlier than I expected, so we decided to take a look around while we waited for the meet-up time.
When we first walked into the Main Barn property, I was totally blown away! I had no idea that The Book Barn would be that massive! And then Alex pointed out that there were three other locations! WHAT?!
We did a quick lap around the property taking it all in. It was absolutely incredible!
A short while later, we met up with the two book bloggers that I had been in touch with regarding this trip. We all chatted for a little bit and then made a game plan for the rest of the day. We were going to continue wandering the Main Barn for some time, go snag some lunch at a local pizza place, and then hit the other three locations. Below is a group shot of us.
While we all did our own thing at each location, we kept bumping in to one another and chatting for a bit, showing off our finds!
Lunch was where we really got to talk and get to know one another. We went to a local pizza shop and Chris treated us all to a pie and drinks. Thanks again Chris, that was so lovely of you! What a welcome to Connecticut!
During lunch, we talked about blogging platforms, bookish events, local book shops, best practices, social media, and many other such things. I very easily could have sat there all afternoon chatting, but the other three barns were beckoning!
Needless to say, I had an absolutely incredible time!
Special shout out to Lory for getting us all together and organizing this lovely trip! I cannot wait to meet up with both of you ladies again soon!
Now, let’s get to the photos!
Here are a bunch of photos that I took throughout the day as we visited each location.
Main Barn, 41 W Main Street
Below is the map of just the first location!
There were books EVERYWHERE and all of the shelves, carts, and racks were packed!
Here are some shots from the Haunted Book Shop:
There were also games and things scattered all around the property for visitors to use, like chalk, checkers, chess, connect four, basketball, and such!
And to top it all off, there were cats that wandered the property and a couple of goats!
Store Four, 55 W Main Street
Books on books!
Downtown, 269 Main Street
Midtown, 291 Main Street
My Book Barn Haul
Thanks for reading!
If you ever had the opportunity to travel to New England/Connecticut, I highly recommend taking a day to check these locations out. You will not regret it, though your wallet may struggle a bit! 😉