Tuesday, October 11, 2011


(includes Bantam, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, Washington & Woodbury)

Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Arethusa Farm Dairy Ice Cream – 822 Bantam Road; 860-361-6600; arethusafarm.com; excellent ice cream in waffle cones.
Bantam Bread Co. – 853 Bantam Road; 860-567-2737; excellent.
Patty’s – 499 Bantam Road; 860-567-3335; most items under $10; breakfast and lunch only; roadside eatery outside Litchfield town center; the local place for apple-sausage omelets, sweet potato pancakes, and sausage and gravy over buttermilk biscuits; counter with stools, tables with chairs dating around Truman’s election; lemon coffee-cake French toast is stand-out.

CORNWALL (includes Cornwall Bridge & West Cornwall)
Clarke Outdoors – 163 Route 7 (West Cornwall); 860-672-6365; clarkeoutdoors.com; kayak and rafting trips.
Sights & Sites
Sculpturedale – 3 Carter Road (Cornwall Bridge, at State Route 7); 860-927-3420; deniscurtisssculptor.com; sculpture garden open for looking although pieces are for sale.
West Cornwall Covered Bridge – Goshen-Sharon Turnpike, Connecticut State Route 128 (West Cornwall); over Housatonic River; picturesque.

Mary Stuart House – 160 Sharon Turnpike; 860-491-2260; marystuarthouse.com; dates to 1798; affordable and homey.
AJ’s Steak & Pizza – 61 Sharon Turnpike; 860-491-4733; biker-y bar with excellent burgers and big screen tv showing sports.

Inn at Kent Falls – 107 Kent Cornwall Road; 860-927-3197; theinnatkentfalls.com; any of suites is good choice.
Villager Restaurant – 28 North Main Street; 860-927-1555; villagerkent.com; made for frugal travelers; burgers and Reubens; Mexican food on Tuesday nights.
Foreign Cargo Gallery – 17 North Main Street; 860-927-3900; foreigncargogallery.com; exotic items from all over.
Heron American Craft Gallery – 16 North Main Street; 860-927-4804; heronamericancraft.com; fanciful works and quirky gifts.
Sights & Sites
Kent Falls State Park – 462 Kent Cornwall Road; 860-927-3029; stateparks.com/kent_falls.html; easy hiking trails, manicured grounds; pretty falls.
Main Street – several historic churches and old shops; also, animal sculptures scattered around town center; local artist galleries in vicinity.

Da Capo Restaurant – 625 Torrington Road; 860-482-6246; dacaporestaurant.com; affordable Italian food.
Sights & Sites
White Memorial Conservation Center – 80 Whitehall Road; 860-567-0857; whitememorialcc.org; provides hiking maps for over 4K acres in Litchfield County; try Little Pond route (1.2 miles over boardwalk).

Winvian – 155 Alain White Road (in Litchfield); 860-567-9600; winvian.com; extravagant experiment in 1-of-kind cottage accommodation near Litchfield; 18 cottages and 1 suite on 113 acre property; Italian cuisine; rates exclude treatments at Winvian Spa; 5' sq facility (including co-ed Physiotherm sauna that combines heat and color therapy) and noteworthy treatments.

Clamp’s Hamburger Stand – Route 202; hamburgers.

Mayflower Grace Inn & Spa – 118 Woodbury Road; 860-868-9466 or 888-826-4255; gracehotels.com/mayflower; lovely; less than 2 hours from New York City; shabby-chic but massively expensive.
Mayflower Grace Inn & Spa – 118 Woodbury Road; 860-868-9466; gracehotels.com/mayflower; lovely; less than 2 hours from New York City; spa-cult favorite; ask for Thai massage; spring is best time to go to enjoy lush foliage.

Mayflower Inn – 118 Woodbury Road; 860-868-9466 or 800-735-2478; mayflowerinn.com; set on 28 acres rolling countryside; 25-room inn is Relais & Chateaux property.
Good News Café – 694 Main Street South; 203-266-4663; good-news-café.com; mostly local, organic produce supports sophisticated menu; desserts continued best in state.
Charles & Rebekah Clark – 35 Main Street North; 203-263-7004; clarkclassical.com; by appointment only; antiques.
Harold Cole Antiques – Main Street Antiques Center, 113 Main Street South; 203-263-0046.
David Dunton – Route 132 (off Route 47, 2nd house on left); 203-263-5355; daviddunton.com; antiques; open Thursday and Sunday from 1-5, Friday and Saturday from 11-5.
Joel Einhorn Antiques – 452 Main Street South; 203-266-9090; antiques.
Tucker Frey Antiques – 451 Main Street South; 203-263-5404; does not keep regular hours.
Wayne Pratt, Inc. – 346 Main Street South and 558 Main Street South; 203-263-5676; prattantiques.com.
David A. Schorsch American Antiques, Inc. – 244 Main Street South; 203-263-3131; antiques.
Thomas Schwenke, Inc. Antiques – 50 Main Street North; 203-266-0303; schwenke.com.

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