Top 10 Reasons to Move to The Farmington Valley

Top 10 Reasons to Move to The Farmington Valley

  • Laurie Kane
  • 03/14/23

Top 10 Reasons to Move to The Farmington Valley

If you are contemplating a move to Connecticut, the Farmington Valley is sure to entice.

With its charming towns, excellent schools, scenic outdoor activities, beautiful homes, and convenient location, The Farmington Valley is pleasing, desirable, and welcoming. 

Voted one of the best places to raise a family, best places to live, and best school system, the Farmington Valley consists of five exciting towns:  Avon, Farmington, Simsbury, Canton, and Granby.
According to, “Whatever the season, you’ll find FUN in the Farmington Valley.” 
Niche’s Best Places to Live CEO, Luke Skurman says “The pandemic triggered a new set of possibilities - suddenly many individuals and families have found themselves more mobile than ever before and continue to think hard about where they really want to live.” If you are thinking a move to Connecticut is in your future, click on all the links provided and find out all that the Farmington Valley has to offer.

Here are the top 10 reasons to move to The Farmington Valley

#10 Golfing Heaven

Golf reigns supreme in Farmington at Tunxis Country Club, with its 45 holes of championship golf, seven bars, banquet venue, and outdoor pavilion. Simsbury Farms Golf Course is a spectacular highlight for this beloved community offering 18 holes, swimming, tennis, ice hockey, and a terrific playground.  If you have a golf enthusiast in your family, be sure to check out Avon’s 18 holes for all skill levels at Blue Fox Run Golf Course. Reconfigured by renowned golf architect, Steven Kaye, this course ensures championship quality and offers several professional events each year. Also in Avon, reserve a tee time at the Golf Club of Avon, “a place to experience and enjoy life”!

#9 Shopping Galore

Convenient and plentiful shopping adventures abound throughout the Farmington Valley. With delightful boutiques, big name retailers, and a wide variety of stores to choose from you are bound to find exactly what you desire. For the shopping aficionado you will want to spend your time in Canton at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, with its exciting selection of unique shops and eateries. For chic women's clothing visit Bodytalk in Avon or Ava Grace in Simsbury. In Granby, you will want to spend your time at Old Mill Pond Village, an amazing multi-building set of shops that offer everything from Christmas decorations to gardening, furniture, and one-of-a-kind gifts. When you simply need a mall, check out Westfarms in Farmington, a large, modern hub for shopping and dining.

#8 Dining Out on the Town

For a fun evening out, be sure to make your reservations at Avon’s Max a Mia, The Elephant Trail, Market Place Kitchen and Bar, First and Last Tavern, or any of their other fine dining establishments. You’ll also find in Avon, one of the most searched and trendy coffee spots, Dom’s! In Farmington be sure to check out Wood-n-Tap, Butchers & Bakers, or Bamboo Asian Cuisine. In Simsbury be sure to try Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern and Abigail’s Grill and Wine Bar. Canton features some terrific dining options, including Dish N Dat and Saybrook Fish House. When in Granby, be sure to eat at The Barn Restaurant and Cambridge House Brew Pub.

#7 Outdoor Activities for Every Age and Every Stage

Outdoor enthusiasts in Farmington will want to spend time on the Farmington River; stroll, bike, or walk on either the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail or the Farmington River Trail. Make sure to check out Winding Trails outdoor activity center.  On hot summer days be sure to pack a picnic and head over to Granby’s Salmon Brook Park or explore Enders State Forest. Apple picking, a petting zoo, and the best apple cider donuts can be found at Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard. If it’s farm fresh foods, homemade ice cream, and loads of fun you are after, spend time at Simsbury’s Flamig Farm, Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, and Tulmeadow Farm Store.
Nature lovers be sure to visit Canton’s Roaring Brook Nature Center, offering both children and adult education programs, animal exhibits, and hiking trails. Water enthusiasts need to head over to the Collinsville Canoe & Kayak for rentals and outings, paddleboarding, fishing, and all things fun on the Farmington River.
The bike-friendly community of Simsbury is home to the biggest tree in Connecticut, the famed Pinchot Sycamore, Talcott Mountain State Park with Heublein Tower,  the lovely Drake Hill Flower Bridge, and the famed outdoor entertainment venue, Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center.
“Winter is made better” at Ski Sundown, just a short drive past Canton, in neighboring New Hartford.

#6 What to do Indoors When it's Cold Outdoors

When winter sets in and you need to find something fun to do, head over to the International Skating Center of CT in Simsbury. Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness creates fit families for life in their amazing Avon complex. Or take the kids and head to Bounce Town in Canton, where kids can jump, play, and party!

#5 Wine Lovers & Brewery Friends are Welcome Here

Brignole Vineyards, a hub in Granby for local wine lovers; and Lost Acres Vineyards, featuring a selection of handcrafted fine wines, are two local attractions that embody the agricultural spirit and natural beauty of this charming rural community.
Tri-It Taproom, Connecticut's first self-serve brewery opened less than a year ago in Avon and has been very well received. The Canton Brewing Company in Canton and The Brewing at Maple View Farm in Granby are two great places to try exciting new brews.

#4 Local Museums Worthy of Several Visits

Farmington boasts the enchanting Hill-Stead Museum, a palatial Colonial Revival house from 1901, bursting with invaluable decorative arts, rugs, furniture, prints, and famously fine art. And not far away is one of the oldest homes in Farmington, the Stanley-Whitman House, a well-preserved Saltbox that has been on the National Registry since 1960.
Enriching the lives of Avon residents through art since 1974, the Farmington Valley Arts Center is a wonderful place in which artists and art lovers can inspire each other, exchange ideas, learn, create, and exhibit their works. For a peek at this community's rich history, take a step back in time at the Pine Grove Schoolhouse.

#3 Check Out the Top-Rated Schools in Connecticut

Avon’s public high school is rated #6 in Connecticut and #1 in the Hartford area, with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. In
U.S. News Best High Schools in the nation, Farmington ranked #472 nationally with an overall score of 97.36/100, offering an impressive amount of Advanced Placement coursework and exams. Farmington is also well known as the home of Miss Porter’s school, an elite private college preparatory school founded for girls in 1843.
Simsbury takes children’s education very seriously as Simsbury High School is ranked #11 in best Public High schools in Connecticut and Westminster School, the second best Private High School in the Hartford area. Education is a priority in Granby and their Granby Memorial High School is ranked #21 in Connecticut.

#2 Towns named Best Places to Live in the Hartford Area, 2022

Voted #6 in Best Places to Live in the Hartford Area, 2022, Farmington offers its residents a dense suburban feel with a delightful mix of professionals, families, and retirees. Whether your goal is to find a town with excellent schools, to relax and enjoy local resources, or to be close to big businesses, Farmington will likely fit your needs.
Voted #12 in Best Places to Live in the Hartford Area, Canton is also home to the delightful villages of Collinsville, North Canton, and Canton Center. Residents of this suburban-rural mixed Know-your-neighbors community enjoy an impressive school system, local shopping, and plenty of outdoor activities.

#1 Reason to Move to The Farmington Valley: To Raise a Family

Voted #2 in Best Places to Raise a Family in the Hartford Area, 2022, Avon offers residents a sparse suburban feel with delightful coffee shops, delicious restaurants, plenty of shopping, and spacious parks. With highly rated public schools, Avon offers its families a terrific education, fun extracurricular activities, and beautiful public spaces to explore.
Featuring a charming downtown filled with historic houses, fine restaurants, farms, and plenty of open space, Simsbury has been voted #3 in Best Places to Raise a Family in the Hartford Area.
There are many more reasons than these to move to The Farmington Valley. This is simply a small sampling of all the wonderful things to see, do, and experience. For more information regarding this amazing place to live, call me, and let’s talk.

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