10 great and fun things to do in LitchfieldConnecticut

Grape things to do and savor

In one of the fastest growing wine regions in the country, Connecticut’s winemakers work microclimates in this scenic little corner of the state to grow grapes and make the finest wines. Spend an afternoon, day or several visiting the vineyards and wineries here and all along the Connecticut Wine Trail and its 25 diverse destinations. You can explore the farms and fields as well as the historic homes, churches and shops around them while sampling reds, whites, fruit wines and others among an almost limitless range of varietals statewide. Set in the area’s scenic towns and rural havens you can travel the trail and learn about the distinct differences of each locale. Look for the Wine Trail’s blue signs. The wineries also remind you to please drink and drive responsibly.

For Motivation, Try the Sundae Drive

Connecticut’s Sundae Drive trail with an accompanying brochure and map sends you off on a tasteful adventure along some of the prettiest roads and vistas of the Mystic region of this lovely state.
The drive’s “Tasty Ten” hot spots of creamy flavor includes dairies and ice cream shops in Storrs, Pomfret, Mystic, Plainfield, Old Lyme, New London, Griswold, Salem, and Sterling. A winner for both adults and kids! Brochure and map.

Cool Tunes and Comedy at the Bridge

Bridge Street Live, is an art deco-style club and restaurant at 41 Bridge Street in Collinsville. The club’s bar room, lounge, and huge wrap-around decks overlook the Farmington River and Sweetheart Mountain. Lots of cool, live entertainment and events are scheduled for the months ahead at this concert venue and comedy club. Frommer has named Collinsville “one of the top 10 coolest towns in America.” 860-693-9762.

Awake the Artist Within

Are you for a unique experience with friends or family? It takes only a little bit of advance planning to take advantage of a wonderful offering from the Brookfield Craft Center at 286 Whisconier Road in Brookfield. If you want to dip your toe into a new hobby or art form, Brookfield will set up a class or workshop to your specifications – for a half-day mini-workshop to a five-day adventure.. You could study blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber arts, glassmaking, jewelry making, or wood turning.  203-775-4526.

Western Connecticut Is Filled With Great Antiques

The Litchfield region is a magnet for antiques and the people who cherish them. Here is just a sampling of places to visit on an antique hunt through Litchfield: Gardenalia in Falls Village, offering outdoor fountains, birdbaths, statuary, and sundials (860-824-0020); Jennings & Rohn Antiques in Woodbury, with English, Continental and American furniture of the 17th through 20th centuries (203-263-3775); Housatonic Trading Company in Bantam (860-361-6299); Jeffrey Tillou Antiques in Litchfield (860-567-9693). Get a map of the region and set out on a summer drive and antique hunt!

Come Visit Connecticut’s Beautiful Barns

You don’t need to be a photographer or painter to appreciate the beauty of farm barns. These icons of farming life have caught the attention of Connecticut historians, who created a Connecticut Barn Trail. Use the trail and its maps to explore this beautiful countryside at your own pace. The trail has seven routes that highlight barns at farms and farm stands, orchards, wineries, and historic sites. 203-562-6312.

Craftsmanship in the Shadow of the Berkshires

During the past 21 years, Heron American Craft Gallery at 16 Main Street in Kent has become a destination for people who are searching out the dynamic, ever changing work of American crafts. This shop presents an explosion of color, wit, and whimsy in the form of unusual playthings, ceramics, jewelry, glass work, sculpture, rugs, and clothing. This shop in the foothills of the Berkshires honors the spirit of handmade goods. Open daily. 860-927-4804.

American Indian Museum Presents Authentic History

Located just off Route 199 in the town of Washington, the Institute for American Indian Studies museum and educational center focuses on the indigenous peoples of northwestern Connecticut. Changing exhibits highlight Native American culture from across America, while permanent exhibits focus on American Indian living traditions of the northeast. Outdoor exhibits include a replicated Algonkian Village and simulated archeological site. The Museum Gift Shop offers Native American jewelry, crafts, pottery, books and more. Open year-round. 860-868-0518.

Garden Pottery With Antiquated Inspiration

The potter Guy Wolff is highly respected by people who love fine craftsmanship. Wolff says he is inspired by at 18th and 19th century English flowerpots and centuries old Asian vases. His pottery for use in the garden is sold and collected widely. He works and operates a showroom at a renovated 1740 house at 1249 Bantam Road, 1.1 miles west of Bantam on Route 202. 860-567-5577.

Book Lovers Flock to the Hickory Stick

Hickory Stick Bookshop at 2 Green Hill Road in Washington Depot has been operating for six decades, offering the best qualities of a local, independent bookstore: good selection, expertise, fellowship among book lovers. Staff members, with a collective century of book business experience, are happy to guide you to your favorites or to help you make new discoveries in literature. Also, the store has a selection of book accessories and gifts, and fun stuff for children. Open daily. 860-868-0525

Fresh Food, Music, and Events at Winter Market

The Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market winter farmer’s market operates indoors at Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You don’t need to wait ‘til spring or summer to enjoy fresh food. Products range from dairy to bee products and from grass-fed beef to lip balm. Live music, guest artists and/or demonstrations are presented. Dates for winter of 2018 are January 6, January 13, January 27, February 10, March 3, March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28, May 19, May 26, June 2.

Antique Sleighs Whisk You Through Woods and Fields

The pretty fields and towns of the Litchfield region could have been designed for winter sleigh rides, complete with lap robes, harness bells, and a top-hatted driver. Wood Acres Farm in Terryville has 25 acres of wooded trails, sleighs, and teams of draft horses to take you over the river and through the woods (if snow cover is sufficient). Magnificent draft horses will take you on a 45-minute ride through white winter beauty. You may spot a family of deer settled in woods for the winter. For details and reservations, call 860-583-8670.
Moving eastward and southward, the town of East Haddam on the Connecticut River is where you’ll find Allegra Farm, which hosts sleigh rides complete with bells, lap robes, hand muffs and tranquility. Guests are welcome to bring their own refreshments. 860-680-5149.