If you go
Putnam, Conn.: www.putnamct.us and www.putnamantiques.com. Antiques Marketplace, (860) 928-0442. Located in northeastern Connecticut, about an hour's drive from Hartford, 90 minutes from Boston, 45 minutes from Providence, R.I., and three hours from New York City.
Antiques district: Nearly a dozen antiques shops are in a four-block area along Main Street, including the marketplace with 200 dealers. Free municipal parking next to Union Station and also near the Putnam River Trail. Stores generally close around 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Some businesses closed Mondays.
Other attractions: River Mills Heritage Trail, Putnam River Trail and the Gertrude Warner Museum.