How to get there
From Boston, take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) west to Interstate 84 (exit 9). Continue on I-84 through Hartford to exit 14 (Route 172). Go right at the bottom of the exit to a stoplight. Turn left and drive one mile; just across the highway, turn right onto Fish Hook Road. Continue 1.6 miles to a right turn onto River Road. Continue a little more than three miles, keeping the Housatonic River on your left, to reach the check-in center inside
What to do
River Road, Southbury, Conn.
Open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through March 15. Free. Reservations are required. Call 800-368-8954 Tuesday-Friday 9-3.
Where to eat
75 Glen Road, Sandy Hook
Located barely across the Housatonic River from the eagle viewing station, this colorful bar and casual restaurant serves burgers, sandwiches, and baked pasta dishes. Sandwiches $4.95-$8.95, entrees $8.95-$13.95.
340 Main St. South, Southbury
Classic hot dog-burger-fried clams drive-in stays open all winter for in-car dining. Sandwiches and plates $2.95-$11.95.
Where to stay
506 Main St. South, Woodbury
An 18-room bed-and-breakfast inn dating to 1754. Double rooms $56 with shared bath, $90-$135 with private bath.