A friend's invitation brought me to Danbury, CT. Despite being in Connecticut, Danbury is very much part of the New York Metropolitan Area, as it's about 60 miles from midtown Manhattan.
I hopped on a Metro North Train at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan and ended up in Danbury in just over an hour. My friend greeted me at the station, which is located right in downtown Danbury. Since it was in the afternoon, grabbing lunch for my hungry stomach was the first priority. We headed into his favorite restaurant, the Tuscano Bar and Grill.
After lunch, I enjoyed a walk along Main Street, as I studied carefully the historic 19th century buildings, which reminded me of those in SoHo and other classic Manhattan neighborhoods. Of course, there were plenty of boutiques and small window shops as well. Being a history buff, I had to explore local history at the Danbury Museum and Danbury Railway Museum, which are both located nearby in downtown.
What I loved about Danbury is that it has a mix of a historic and modern atmosphere. I couldn't help but notice the active presence of multiple high tech companies in the area. Tucked away behind all of this is an array of quiet and green lined residential neighborhoods, where I ended my day at my friend's house.