Connecticut 169 Club:

Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut

The Connecticut 169 Club Travel Guide Book
The Connecticut 169 Club

CT Travel Guide Book

Author, adventurer and historian Marty Podskoch scripted a brilliant solution for fragmented families and town-tied locals. With his latest CT Travel Guidebook – The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.  Podskoch navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State. Visit them all; get your passport book signed or stamped in each of the burgs, make notes in the space provided and you’re a member of an exclusive club ­– complete with an official Leatherman patch. The patch commemorates this legendary vagabond, who during the late 1800’s – in head-to-toe leather – travelled a 365-mile circuit between the Hudson and Connecticut Rivers while camping out in caves. There is also an annual meet-up event with fellow members, plus the ultimate takeaway: a volume with indelible memories of adventures on the road!

Nothing defines Connecticut better than its 169 towns.  From the beginning of settlement, we have been a “hiving off” people, settling here, reaching out there, one town becoming the parent of many towns, each fiercely independent, with its own home-grown character, history, and special sense of self.

We are a state of exceptional geographic diversity, too, so our towns are extraordinarily beautiful and breath-takingly varied. From the Gold Coast to the Quiet Corner, the Litchfield Hills to the Long Island Sound, Connecticut has 169 kinds of picture-book perfection, from bustling cities to postcard-worthy village greens.  You owe it to yourself and your family to see them all. Because in Connecticut, the sum of the parts truly is greater than the whole.

This wonderful book is your invitation to do just that. Join The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. Visit every town. See the sights. Hear the stories. Eat the foods. Meet the people.  You’ll be glad you did. And, you’ll either be prouder than ever to be a Connectican, or you’ll wish you were one!

Walter Woodward

State Historian

Your Passport and Guide to Exploring CT

From the quaint splendor of the town of Kent in the northwest hills of Connecticut to the great restaurants that dot the shoreline of Westbrook to New Britain’s industrial roots, travel and history author Martin “Marty” Podskoch is hoping to give CT residents will explore every municipality in the State of CT with his new book “Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut”.

Martin Podskoch, a retired reading teacher who now lives in East Hampton, CT is in the process of compiling interesting information for his new Connecticut Travel Guide Book on the 169 town’s, cities and village’s in the State of Connecticut in the hopes of encouraging people to visit them all.

The book will come out this summer. But in the coming weeks and months, Podskoch will provide a preview of a municipality in his weekly column in The New Britain Herald, The Bristol Press and the Willimantic, CT Chronicle, giving readers a first-hand look at the splendor that every nook and cranny in Connecticut has to offer.

“It doesn’t matter what age people are or what means of transportation people use to get there,” the 74-year-old author said. “The whole idea is to get people to see the many beautiful places in our state.”

Podskoch’s work is based on the premise that many people will continually visit one or two places in a state or generally hang out in their town or city, which causes them to miss the beauty and the interesting stories of other places right in their own state.

As a published author who has written six books on the history of the Adirondacks, fire towers and Civilian Conservation Corps camps, Podskoch decided to write a book about all 102 of the area’s towns based on the “Vermont 251 Club” formed in the 1950s. The club encouraged people to “take the road less traveled and get to know all of Vermont” he explains in the request for information forms that he sends to historical societies, libraries and town halls.

Calling the book the “Adirondack 102 Club,” Podskoch included a space for journaling and a place where readers could get the stamp, sticker or a signature from a business or location indicating they had been at a particular town. “The whole thing is to make sure people visit and talk to people and not just drive through,” he said. The reward for visiting all 102 towns was the “Vagabond” patch. In the first year after the book was released in 2014 more than 4,000 copies were sold, Podskoch said. By 2015, five people had received their “Vagabond” patch during a dinner organized by ladies from the area who liked the idea of the club.

Podskoch is hoping to replicate the popularity of his idea of traveling to every town, city and village in the State of CT with the “Connecticut 169 Club.” Like its predecessor, the book will have a space for journaling and a place to gather a stamp, sticker or signature, from every municipality visited. He’s still in the process of seeking information from local libraries, town halls, historical societies and others to touch on all 169 municipalities in the state. Each will have a write-up which will include interesting facts about the locale, great places to eat or visit and more.

The reward for visiting all 169 CT towns, cities and villages will be a “Leatherman” patch, named after the famed Leatherman who traveled to many areas of Connecticut.

He suggests that the whole family, including grandparents, can enjoy the adventure of exploring all 169 Connecticut municipalities together. “Let’s all take the road less traveled,” he said.

The CT 169 Club is a collective effort. Podskoch recruited the best and the brightest Connecticut writers, historians and officials ­each contributing a passage about their town’s histories, haunts; favorite food fixes and historic CT landmarks.

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