Autumn Fitness: Walking in Westport & Southport, CT


I had the pleasure of spending several days in Southport & Westport, CT this October. As a writer for VENU Magazine, which is based in Fairfield County, I was delighted to spend some time here and visit some old favorite dining destinations, and explore some new ones. All in all, it was a great time! I spent the week tasting excellent cuisine, making new friends, and ended up awarding a number of deserving establishments my Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence.™ I will be writing more about this soon.

With all the gourmet dining, it is imperative to make exercise a priority. I do this whether I am home or traveling by starting the day with exercise whenever possible, and incorporating exercise into my day–like walking from one meeting to another when possible.


In Westport, I stayed at The Westport Inn, a Preferred Destination which is reasonably priced, has spacious, comfortable accommodations, is centrally located, and features a heated indoor pool and a fitness center–both important, especially when traveling “up north” with colder weather approaching.

Fortunately, in addition to enjoying the indoor pool and gym, the weather was beautiful, so I got to enjoy several long walks exploring the beauty of the Connecticut Gold Coast. The fall foliage was near peak, putting on its annual display of blazing glory as a farewell to summer and a warning that winter will soon be here.



Beautiful homes grace the waterfront in Southport.


With highs in the 60’s and 70’s, I enjoyed walking around the beautiful, historic village of Southport. The quaint town with boutiques and restaurants is delightful. I walked some six miles from Southport along the water, past magnificent mansions overlooking Long Island Sound, and through beautiful wooded, hilly areas until reaching downtown Westport, along the banks of the Saugatuck River, a shopper’s paradise wish upscale boutiques (Tiffany, Vineyard Vines, etc), and popular restaurants on both sides of the river. It took a bit of planning and additional time, but I truly got to see and experience autumn in New England in a way that would have been impossible in a car. Wherever you are, find time not only for fitness, but make time to explore and take it all in.

walking in Westport, CT

Put on those walking shoes and get going! Grab a walking buddy if you can!

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The beach overlooking Long Island Sound.


White picket fences and roses in bloom overlooking the harbor in Southport.

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I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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