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Amy O’Shea Shares Her Favorite Fairfield Spots

When Amy O’Shea, of JB Percival Co., attended Fairfield University in the 1990's, she fell in love with the town. “It was a New England town with a storied Colonial past, beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and a bustling downtown with shops and restaurants,” she explains. Twelve years later, she moved back to Fairfield with her three children and was so pleased to see that the town she loved had become even more vibrant. As Co-Owner, with her husband Billy, of Fairfield’s only premier craft cocktail bar and lounge offering a unique selection of spirits, wines, and beer procured from small vineyards, breweries, and distilleries, Amy has her finger on the local pulse. Which is exactly why we asked her to spill the “tea” on her favorite Fairfield finds.

1. "The Cascades" - this small waterfall area near Lake Mohegan is an easy hike and perfect for dogs and kids. Bring a picnic and set up on one of the big rocks. You'll feel like you’re far away from home as you enjoy the peaceful sounds of the water at one of Fairfield's natural treasures.

2. Fairfield University Art Museum - Many have been to the Walsh Gallery at the Quick Center for the Arts, but few know that Fairfield University also has an impressive and eclectic collection housed in Bellermine Hall. These galleries contain a permanent collection of European and American paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, as well as Asian, African and Pre-Columbian objects. There are also frequent special exhibitions, programs, lectures, and tours. 

3. South Pine Creek Beach - When looking for a little peace and quiet away from the crowds at Jennings, Penfield and Sasco Beaches, escape to this tiny beach at the end of South Pine Creek Road. It feels like a private beach and is perfect for a picnic, or just bring a chair and a good book.

4. El Rocoto – You’ve probably driven past this restaurant hundreds of times and never noticed it, but it is well worth a stop. Inside you will find amazing authentic Peruvian food and the service to match. Enjoy alfresco dining in their courtyard in the warmer months.

5. BE Chocolat – Off the beaten path in Greenfield Hill is the most wonderful Belgian chocolate atelier owned by Master Chocolatier, Benoit and his lovely wife, Sylvie. Perfect for a treat or a gift, you will be amazed at the unique flavors such as Rosemary & Raspberry, Cinnamon, Cardamom & Cayenne, Vanilla Bourbon and Biscoff (my favorite). They also have fantastic hot chocolate and coffee (with Belgian chocolate, of course) and Belgian waffles (weekends only). 

  • Seafood Ceviche, a classic Peruvian dish.
  • Lake Mohegan in all its glory.
  • The stillness of South Pine Creek Beach.
  • Just one of the many  chocolate delicacies from BE Chocolat
  • Amy O'Shea