Category Archives: Things to do in Litchfield County

Bored? Want to find something very fun and cool to do?

One of “those days”. You want to find something different to do in Connecticut and  you just can’t find it.

Whadday mean there's nothing to do?
Whadday mean there’s nothing to do?

After perusing the local papers, scouring the net, wracking your brain and you still can’t come up with something different, I think I have some inspiration for you!

I ran across what I think is one of the coolest blogs I have seen in a long, long time. A guy named Steve goes all over Connecticut and shares his adventures with us. Some of you may have seen him on TV or the news, or even read about him. But he was new to me. His blog is called Connecticut Museum Quest.

A museum blog?

Well, not really, not only. It is so much more than that! Steve goes way beyond the 4 wall traditional museum, he also hikes, drives, finds out of the way places we all might miss because we are just too busy to stop. I found the site so interesting, and it gave me a years worth of ideas. Places to go, things to learn about, even places to eat! And his style of writing is so enticing, I hope you actually stop reading and get out to explore a bit.

If anyone is complaining there is nothing to do, get some inspiration from Steve and his Connecticut Museum Quest. It’s not like Connecticut is so big you can’t take a day trip, expand your horizons a bit. And if you prefer to stay close to home I bet he has some cool stuff right around the corner from you!

One special blog all about Connecticut.

This truly is one of those blogs that is just so special you can’t miss it. I had a great time reading and learning and will be passing this on to many people. Steve is an amazing ambassador for Connecticut and he does have some pretty great suggestions on things to do. After all, it only takes 2 hours to drive across Connecticut, I am sure you will put a great day trip together after reading his posts!

Enjoy Connecticut!

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Holiday on the Green 2012 in New Milford a Big Success

A big thank you to all who make this so fantastic!

On Saturday, December 16th, we held our annual “Holiday on the Green” event in downtown New Milford, CT. It was cold, a bit rainy, even icy in some spots. The day was dark and it seemed to match the mood of how we were all feeling given the recent events in Newtown, CT. Some holiday events in the area had been rescheduled, however we decided that it was best to keep ours on track, as long as the weather held out.

About an hour and a half before the event was scheduled, we got a call from Bryan Lynch of Utopia Percherons in Goshen. He was stuck on the road near his home, waiting for the DOT to come and sand the roads. He had made some calls to them, and they where on their way. (Great job guys, thank you) Bryan was determined to get down to New Milford, although now we knew it would be a bit late. Santa was not going to be able to ride into town on the hay wagon, we had to make other arrangements for him. It was a good thing that our organizer of many, many years, Liddy Adams, has a red Jeep. Just perfect for Santa and Mrs. Claus to ride into town in. (You do know the reindeer are out of the question at this time of year, they are resting up for the big night.)

Santa and the Mrs. arrived, we had children waiting and they continued to wait for the hayride. Bryan arrived, got the horses ready and was good to go, only 20 minutes behind schedule. He knew it was important, and I must say, the look on the children’s faces told it all. We were right, we needed to keep on track, despite the bad news all around, for the children. And for the adults! We all had a wonderful time!

I am already looking forward to next years event, and how much more convenient for us that our office will be right on the green then! I can tell you this is one of the things I love about living here in Southern Litchfield County. Such a wonderful sense of community we have here, so many great things to do for all ages!

Before I forget, let me say a big thank you to everyone at Prudential Connecticut Realty in New Milford who have worked so hard on this event for so many years, to Housatonic Valley Insurance in New Milford who have jumped in to co sponsor it with us, to Utopia Percherons who have the most amazing horses ever and are committed to the kids, and to the New Milford Police Department who guide Santa and the hay wagon safely around the green. And of course to Santa and Mrs. Claus who agree to take time out of their very busy schedule to make this a fantastic event!

Take a look at this short video I made of this years Hayride on the Green! Happy Holidays to one and all, may you have a wonderful holiday, whatever you may celebrate, and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Holiday Hayrides on the New Milford CT Green, Dec 16, 2012, 1-3 pm

Looking for some FREE holiday fun in Litchfield County for the whole family? Prudential Connecticut Realty in New Milford, CT with Housatonic Valley Insuranc, HVI on the Green, are again hosting their annual Hayride on the Green in New Milford, CT.

Join us, December 16th, 1-3 pm
Join us, December 16th, 1-3 pm on the Village Green!

December 16th, 2012, 103 pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, so bring your cameras to get lots of photos of the fun! We will also be serving hot chocolate to help brave the weather!

This is truly one of my most favorite things to do during the holiday season. The children have so much fun, their faces just sparkle and shine. And I think the adults have just as much fun, truth be told. So please join us for the FREE holiday event on our beautiful green in downtown New Milford, CT!

The horses are from Utopia Percherons in Goshen, CT. They are amazing animals, all decked out with sleigh bells.  These guys go all over, they are spectacular!

Holiday Hayride on the Green in New Milford, CT

Sunday, December 16th, 1-3 pm

Santa, Hayrides, Hot Chocolate

FREE!

 

Litchfield County fall foliage colors of 2012

A few photos of the fall foliage show taken around Southern Litchfield County. This is a great year for leaf peeping, take a drive and see for yourself what makes this such a special place. There is nothing quite as breathtaking as the show we see everyday when leaf peeing season is upon us.

Please enjoy! Photos taken in New Milford, Kent and Washington, CT by Andrea Swiedler.

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Summer might be winding down, but there is still plenty to do in Litchfield County!

The beach at Lake Waramaug State ParkYou can see the tinge in the trees, the summer flowers are almost finished blooming, the fall flowers are beginning to show off their colors, the tomatoes on my plants are turning red. It is all proof that despite the hot, hot, hot temperatures we are experiencing, fall is on the way. But, there are still plenty of places to go to enjoy the rest of the summer!

Lake Waramaug State Park

You don’t have to live on the lake, or be a resident of Washington or Warren to enjoy Lake Waramaug!

Lake Waramaug is truly one of my favorite spots here. From the drive to Lake Waramaug through the Village of New Preston, to the drive around the lake to get to the state park, I just love it. Lake Waramaug is beautiful, it is like stepping back in time. There are campgrounds and the park provides a beautiful beach on Lake Waramaug.

Parking fees apply at the Lake Waramaug State Park on the weekends and holidays. $9.00 for CT residents and $15 for out of state people. During the week, parking is FREE! Camping fees are $17 a night for CT residents and $27 a night for non residents.

Tip, if you like to bike, bring your bicycles. A trip around the lake on a bike is a very popular thing to do, you won’t regret it. The road curves around the lake and is a bit on the narrow side, so do be careful.

I am thinking I need to make a trip up there myself with the grandkids, maybe tomorrow afternoon!

Macedonia Brook State Park

Located in Kent, CT, this is a fantastic place for hiking and camping. There are no parking fees, so a trip up to have a picnic, to take a hike, or just to sit and enjoy the cooler temps and the peace and quiet is free. I love Macedonia Brook State Park, when my girls were young I used to pack them up with a picnic lunch and drive up there. There are some fantastic views over the Catskills and Taconics.

Camping fees apply, check out the rates here for Macedonia Brook State Park, or any Connecticut Park.

Harrybrooke Park in New Milford, CT.

Harrybrooke Park is another one of my favorite places to go, and has been for years. Many of my summer memories with my daughters involve Harrybrooke Park. Free to the residents of New Milford, it is a great place to escape for a bit, a popular place to walk, ride bikes, roller blade, fish or just relax. Over the years the funds available have diminished, and the Friends of Harrybrooke Park are working tirelessly to restore the park to its grandeur. Despite the lack of funds, the park is still beautiful, and offers a cooler respite from the summer heat in a quite setting. If you need a place for a larger picnic or event, contact the park to reserve a pavilion or spot in the park.

Get out there and enjoy what is left of the summer in Litchfield County! There is plenty to do, places to go, things to learn about and see. I have trips planned to The Silo in New Milford, Lake Waramaug State Park, to March Farm in Bethlehem with the grandchildren, the last free concert on the Green in New Milford. And truth be told, all that cost me was the gas and $9.00 for the day at Lake Waramaug State Park.

March Farm, The Disney World of Farm Stands in Bethlehem CT

I went to the Disney World of Farm Stands yesterday, No joke! Saturday saw a variety of things for the SPA Team, we had a listing appointment in Bethlehem, some time to kill, then off to Woodbury for the second appointment.

After the first appointment we did a team field trip to March Farm in Bethlehem. Wow, what a fantastic place! I walked out of there with the best slab of Hunter Cheddar Cheese, made under the Cabot Cheese name by Twin Pine Farm in Thomaston. A great tip, if  you want to support your local dairy farmers, buy Cabot Cheese, it is owned by Agrimark, the coop that most of our New England dairy farmers own and ship milk to. This cheese was melt in your mouth fantastic! A loaf of olive bread, (all gone, sorry), tomatoes and peaches. Oh, how did I forget the jar of peach salsa that we also demolished, made by March Farm.

The best thing about March Farm is all the things to do! They have the March Farm Hayloft Playscape for the kiddies, they have farm animals to pet, they have a Farm Hike, they have pick your own, and right now you can pick your own peaches and blackberries. They have a mini corn maze open, they are getting revved up for apple picking and the big corn maze, they will provide hay rides, free of charge, for the apple picking season. (Apple picking will be very limited this year due to the storms we had in the fall, it is suggested that you call ahead to check it out. But even if you don’t pick apples, there is plenty to do there!)

March Farm Courtesy Rich Pomerantz

Bring the kids, bring the camera, pick up some fresh veggies and food and get ready for some real fun! March Farm, located at 160 Munger Lane in Bethlehem, CT. They are open 10-6 daily. I know where we are taking the grandkids next weekend!

For more information on all there is to do at March Farm, check out their website!

Thank you to Rich Pomerantz for a fine set of photos from our March Farm Field Trip!