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  • #1 THE COLONIAL ROOM

    #1 The Colonial Room at the Fife Inn

    #1 - THE COLONIAL ROOM AT THE INN 

    This room is located on the second floor of our Inn and the Inn is located across the parking lot from the the Fife 'n Drum Restaurant. This room has a vaulted ceiling with ceiling fan, private bath with newly tiled shower, flat screen HD cable television, down quilt and pillows, mini refrigerator ( hidden in the closet), complimentary juice, tea and coffee, air conditioning, iron and ironing board. For the bath, Gilchrist & Soames Bee Kind Soaps, Shampoos and Bath Wash products, large towels and a great hairdryer!

    The Colonial Room features:

    • King Mahogany Four-Poster Bed
    • Corner Room, yes facing Route 7 - This room has lots of windows that provides a wonderful cross breeze in the warm weather months.

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  • DIRECTIONS to the THE FIFE 'N DRUM in Kent

    The Fife 'n Drum in Kent, Connecticut

    The Fife 'n Drum Restaurant and Inn, on Route 7, is located across from the Kent Green, just north of the railroad tracks.

    FIFE 'n DRUM RESTAURANT, INN & GIFT SHOP
    Elissa Potts, Manager
    53 Main Street
    Kent, Connecticut 06757 USA
    phone 860.927.3509 | fax 860.927.4595


    BY TRAIN from New York City to Kent, CT
    Metro North to Harlem Valley / Wingdale OR 10 Mile River
    For transportation from the train to the Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn, you need to pre-arrange for a taxi.
    Please Call: Harlem Valley - Wingdale Taxi
    845.224.1893

    NOTE: There is no Bus Service from NYC

    Directions from New York City
    From the West Side of Manhattan take the Henry Hudson Parkway N to the Saw Mill River Parkway North to I - 684 N
    From the East Side take the Major Deegan Expressway N to I 287 W to exit for Brewster, NY and I-684 N
    From Brooklyn or Queens take I-95 N to I - 287 W to exit for Brewster, NY and I - 684 N

    Once you are on I - 684 N, continue to the end of the interstate do not exit from I - 684. Merge onto NY 22 N. Go through Pawling, north to Harlem Valley. Go through Light 1/4 mile and bear right to Rte 55 E. Right turn at bottom of hill. Go East on NY 55 to its end, turn left onto Rte 7 N to Kent. Go 7 miles to Kent. Go through 2 traffic lights, through the town of Kent. Go over RR tracks and the Fife 'n Drum is on your left.
    Driving Time 2 ½ Hours

    Directions from Albany
    Take NYS Thruway to the Taconic Parkway S to exit for Rte 23 E , Hillsdale, NY. In Hillsdale, at light, turn right onto NY 22 S to Amenia, NY. In Amenia, turn left at light onto NY 343 E to Sharon, CT. In Sharon, at 4 way stop, (and clock tower) go straight onto Rte 4 to Cornwall Bridge, CT. In Cornwall Bridge, turn right onto Rte 7 S, go 9 miles to Kent. Fife 'n Drum will be on your right, just before the RR tracks.
    Driving Time 2 ½ Hours

    Directions from Newark Airport
    Take NJ Turnpike N to the George Washington Bridge. Cross the Bridge, stay in right lanes in upper level OR left lanes on lower level. Take Henry Hudson Parkway N, go N , cross toll bridge, & continue to Saw Mill Parkway N, and then merge with I- 684 N. Once you are on I - 684 N, continue to the end of the interstate - do not exit from I - 684. Merge onto NY 22 N. Go through Pawling, north to Harlem Valley. Go through Light 1/4 mile and bear right to Rte 55 E. Right turn at bottom of hill. Go East on NY 55 to its end, turn left onto Rte 7 N to Kent. Go 7 miles to Kent. Go through 2 traffic lights, though the town of Kent. Go over RR tracks and the Fife 'n Drum is on your left.
    Driving Time 2 ½ Hours

    Directions from Boston, MA
    Take the Mass Turnpike WEST about 45 miles to Exit #9 Sturbridge (I 84 West) Take Rte. 84 West into Connecticut, continuing through downtown Hartford to Exit 39, Farmington and Rte. 4, on right. Take Rte. 4 West through Farmington, Unionville and Burlington, approx. 18 miles through the town of Harwinton. Continue straight (West) on Rte. 118 at the stoplight 0.5 miles west of the Harwinton Congregational Church. Continue on Rte. 118 West to the village green in Litchfield, following signs to the left turn onto Rte. 202 West in front of the First Congregational Church Litchfield. Take Rte. 202 West through Litchfield and Bantam. Look for sharp right onto Rte. 341 about 4 miles West of Bantam. Take Rte. 341 West to Rte. 7 stoplight in Kent - about 15 miles. Turn right at stoplight and proceed North on Rte. 7 about 0.3 mile. The Fife 'n Drum will be on your left just after the railroad tracks. 
    Driving Time 3 Hours

    Directions from Bradley Airport, CT
    Exit Airport to Rte. 20 WEST through Granby, 9 miles to Rte. 219 SOUTH. Turn left onto Rte. 219 South. At Junction of Rte 219 & 318 West, bear right onto Rte. 318 WEST. Go to the end. At light, take right to Rte 44 WEST. Go 3 miles to Rte. 8 SOUTH. Go over overpass, and take left. Go to Exit 44, following signs to Rte. 4 WEST. Go to Torrington, and at bottom of long hill in Torrington, bear right onto Rte. 4 West. Go through downtown Torrington, 17 miles to Cornwall Bridge. Bear left at top of triangle in Cornwall Bridge and follow signs to Kent Rte. 7 SOUTH. Go 9 miles to Kent: The Fife ' n Drum is just before the railroad tracks on the right side - almost directly across from the Kent Green.
    Driving Time 2 ¼ Hours

    Directions from Laguardia Airport, NY
    Take the Grand Central Parkway to I 678 (The Whitestone Expressway). Follow I 678 to the Whitestone Bridge. Once over the bridge, follow signs to the Hutchinson River Parkway North towards White Plains. From the Hutchinson River Parkway take I 684 North. Follow I 684 to Brewster - Pawling. I 684 becomes Rte. 22. Follow Rte. 22 North to Harlem Valley. Go thru Light 1/4 mile and bear right to Rte. 55. Right turn at bottom of hill. Rte. 55 ends at Rte. 7 (Gaylordsville, CT). Turn left onto Rte. 7 North. Go 7 miles to Kent. Go thru 2 lights, thru the town of Kent. Go over RR tracks and the Fife 'n Drum is on your left.
    Driving Time 2 Hours

    Directions from Kennedy Airport, NY
    Follow I 678 (the Van Wyck Expressway) to the Whitestone Bridge. Once over the bridge, follow signs to the Hutchinson River Parkway North towards White Plains. From the Hutchinson River Parkway take I 684 North. Follow I 684 to Brewster - Pawling. I 684 becomes Rte. 22. Follow Rte. 22 North to Harlem Valley. Go thru Light 1/4 mile and bear right to Rte. 55. Right turn at bottom of hill. Rte. 55 ends at Rte. 7 (Gaylordsville, CT). Turn left onto Rte. 7 North. Go 7 miles to Kent. Go thru 2 lights, thru the town of Kent. Go over RR tracks and the Fife 'n Drum is on your left.

    Directions from Long Island, NY
    Long Island Expressway to Cross Island Parkway North to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Follow signs to 95 North. Take Hutchinson River Parkway North to I 684, take I 684 to Brewster - Pawling. I 684 becomes Rte. 22. Follow Rte. 22 North to Harlem Valley. Go thru Light 1/4 mile and bear right to Rte. 55. Right turn at bottom of hill. Rte. 55 ends at Rte. 7 (Gaylordsville, CT). Turn left onto Rte. 7 North. Go 7 miles to Kent. Go thru 2 lights, thru the town of Kent. Go over RR tracks and the Fife 'n Drum is on your left.
    Driving Time 2 ¼ Hours

    Directions from Hartford
    Rte 84 West, to Farmington Rte 4 West, to Litchfield Rte 118 West, to Bantam to Rte 202 West, to Kent Rte 341 West. At junction fo Rte 7 and Rte 341 ( at Kent War Memorial Monument) go right going north thru town. Go over the Railroad tracks, and the Fife 'n Drum Restaurant & Inn will be on your left.
    Driving Time 1 ¼ Hours

    Directions from New London
    I 95 South to 9 North to Exit 69. Rte 9 North to Middletown, continue to 17 North. Take Exit 20 South to 91 South to New Haven. Tale exit 18 and merge onto 691 West towards Waterbury. Take Exit 1 and merge onto 84 West towards Danbury. Take Exit 7 and merge onto Rte 202 East / Rte 7 North to New Milford. Follow Rte 7 North to Kent.
    Driving Time 2 ½ Hours

    We recommend the following Car Services:

    KEE Limousine / I'll Drive Livery Service
    New Milford, CT 06776
    800.455.37482

    Harlem Valley Wingdale Taxi /845.224.1893

     

     

  • HISTORY OF THE FIFE 'n DRUM

    THE HISTORY OF THE FIFE 'n DRUM

    History of the Fife n Drum

    In the early 1970’s the town of Kent, CT was the very model of a sleepy New England village. There was one traffic light and, as they say, the sidewalks used to get rolled up after 6 pm. By Connecticut law, women were not allowed to sit at a bar. The towns large general store and lumber yard, N. M. Watson & Co., was still a fixture on the west side of Route 7, right across from an old hotel called the Golden Falcon Inn. Families still lived in most of the older Victorian and Colonial houses on Main Street, and it was still politely observed that it took at least 25 years of residency in Kent before a newcomer could stop being referred to as no longer"an out-of-towner."

    Imagine, if you will, a 50 year old Italian pianist from New York entering into this scene with an eye toward turning the tiny Kent Restaurant into a fine dining establishment - complete with a Croatian Maitre d’ and a custom built piano bar. As Dolph Traymon’s former employer, Peggy Lee, said “Dolph, you've lost your mind!” With all of this, the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant first opened its doors for business on January 20, 1973. The first paying customer was Mr. Eugene Bull, Kent’s Postmaster, and a member of the family who first built the local covered bridge, Bulls Bridge, south of town.

    Pretty soon the Fife started receiving regular mentions on the radio in New York. Pegeen and Ed Fitzgerald, who had a show on WOR-AM and were old friends of Dolph's and his wife Audrey, kept talking about their “little cabin in Kent, Connecticut” and how their listeners should drive up and “go see my friend Dolph” for lunch. Additionally, a number of celebrity-studded dinners hosted by another longtime friend, famed artist and writer Eric Sloane, helped cement the Fife ‘n Drum’s reputation as the place to eat in Kent.

    Now in its fourth decade of operation, the Fife ‘n Drum is known as the local place where customers from near and far can rub elbows with one another. Dolph still plays the piano, and the menu still offers its famous Duck Flambé, Filet au Poivre and Caesar Salad for Two prepared tableside, but now they are alongside more innovative items. Over the years, a Gift Shop and a comfortable Inn for overnight guests have been added to the business. And, like the Fife, the town of Kent has also grown. In addition to the three boarding schools here in town, Kent has become a seasonal destination spot for weekend visitors, outdoor enthusiasts and art lovers.

    N. M. Watson & Co may be long gone, but at least women can now sit at the bar...and in case you're wondering, the answer is yes, the village still has only one traffic light.

     

     

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