Ashford is situated about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Springfield and 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Newport.
Ashford isn't the only spot in this popular region worth exploring; visitors should also drive a little further out to experience the magic of the nearby landscapes, towns and cities. You'll also find Vernon, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the east, and Hebron 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the northeast.
Approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the northwest of Ashford is Springfield, a regional city where you can visit Blunt Park, Springfield City Library and Forest Park Zoo. MassMutual Center, Springfield Museums and Forest Park are also good places to spend some time.
If you're on the lookout for experiences that won't break the bank, take a tour of Connecticut's many outdoor cultural attractions such as lighthouses.
There are times when one of the most effective ways to truly dig below the veneer of a destination is by hiring local guides. The region offers a range of cycling tours. When the temperatures climb, do what the locals do and head to the region's gorgeous waterways for a day of tubing or boating.
For those who intend on traveling by air, take into account that the nearest major airport is Hartford - Brainard Airport, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the west of Ashford.