Litchfield County

Connecticut

If you are looking for a “Getaway from NYC” Litchfield County could be your next destination for a weekend or a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.

Sheltered between hills, the many small towns of Litchfield County with their bucolic New England charm, will amaze you with their quaint architecture, covered bridges, historic churches and breathtaking scenery. Especially in autumn with its beautiful colors.

 

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Whether it’s for a first discovery or simply to return there (there is many things to do and see), Litchfield County, a favorite destination for antiquers, heaven for foodies and outdoor activities, is a TOP destination, close to Manhattan.

 

What to do

  • Enjoy the outdoors :

Visit a typical covered bridge in the area such as the West Cornwall Covered Bridge and the Bulls Bridge. The Bulls Bridge, in the town of Kent, even offers a hiking trail close to the bridge (3.4 km loop), which is part of the famous Appalachian Trail, but also the Campbell Falls trail or Nonnewaug Falls trail. As far as hiking is concerned, you have a wide range of trails to choose from.

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In another register there is also the Connecticut vineyard trail. There are 24 wineries and wineries in the county. The Hopkins Vineyard offers to come and walk through the vineyards enjoying the magnificent view of Lake Waramag (kayak rentals available in the summer). It is even possible to have a picnic. Buy a bottle of your choice at the wine counter, bring your own food or sandwich and enjoy the surroundings.

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  • Shooping and Learning :

With a rich past Litchfield county abounds with antiques centers and individual shops, among them, Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, The Housatonic Trading Co., Mongers Market, Blueprint CT Home and many more (Connecticut Antiques Trail), where you will be able to find Furniture, Folk Art, Decorative Objects and fine arts. Perfect if you enjoy hunting for antiques.

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If you are more interested in cultural activities, visit the White Memorial Conservatory Center, an environmental education center and nature museum, or the Litchfield History Museum for more information about the area and its past.

If  you want to experience a sense of what life was like in the 18th century go and visit The Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden located  in historic Woodbury’s village center, the Glebe House is one of the earliest historic house museums in the nation.

 

Where to eat

  • West Street Grill : 43 West Street Litchfield, CT 06759, (only on reservation)
  • The Pantry : 5 Titus Road Washington Depot, CT 06794 (take home foods, contact less curb-side service only)
  • G. W. Tavern : 20 Bee Brook Road Washington Depot, CT 06794
  • Arethusa Al Tavolo : 828 Bantam Rd, Bantam, CT 06750

if you’re a little hungry, take a trip to the Arethusa Dairy at Arethusa Al Tavalo for an amazing ice cream, yogurt, Cheese and butter.  The Thorncrest Farm is also known for making great chocolate.

 

Where to stay

  • Mayflower Inn & Spa : 118 Woodbury Rd, Route 47, Washington, CT 06793 (is also a restaurant)
  • The White Hart : 15 Under Mountain Rd, Salisbury, CT 06068 (is also a restaurant)

 

 

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