Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills
On Our Radar
Faces, places, treasures, and trends that caught our attention
The white clapboard structure with the white picket fence suggests a typical New England house. In truth it is a historical building, which has been in existence since the 1900s, and for a time operated as a pharmacy and small grocery. With its proximity to the Frederick Gunn School, it then became a place for students and faculty to meet and share a meal at its old-fashioned lunch counter replete with soda fountain.
In an area rife with outstanding restaurants, choosing the best of the best was challenging to say the least. But our readers stepped forward with their favorites, beginning with Community table in Washington, first place winner as favorite restaurant.
Here in Litchfield County we are fortunate to have two extraordinary independent bookstores—Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot and House of Books in Kent—both voted favorites in our recent Readers Choice survey.
Today, Steep Rock Preserve boasts 998 acres and miles of hiking trails that follow the undulating river banks and provide access to the towering hills above. Lovers of rich history will be drawn to remnants of the Holiday House Hotel—a vacation retreat for working-class women from New York City—and the 235-foot abandoned railroad tunnel, constructed by hand in the 1870s as part of the Shepaug Valley Railroad.
Every town needs a place like The Owl. Somewhere people can grab a glass of wine, have a light bite, chat with friends, listen to some live music and—weather permitting—sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy all the above.
Now more than ever, the non-profits in Litchfield County need our help. The following list includes just a handful of organizations that are supporting people and animals every day.
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Steep Rock: Voted Best Place to Hike⁠
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By @hanvansickle⁠
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The history of Steep Rock dates to 1925 when American architect Ehrick Rossiter created a land trust to preserve 378 acres along the Shepaug River Valley in Washington. Rossiter, a graduate of The Gunnery, now known as the Frederick Gunn School, intervened when the renowned and rocky cliff was slated to be clear cut. Today, Steep Rock Preserve boasts 998 acres and miles of hiking trails that follow the undulating river banks and provide access to the towering hills above. Lovers of rich history will be drawn to remnants of the Holiday House Hotel—a vacation retreat for working-class women from New York City—and the 235-foot abandoned railroad tunnel, constructed by hand in the 1870s as part of the Shepaug Valley Railroad. ⁠
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@steeprockassociation ⁠
Photo by @brojookes⁠

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#steeprock #steeprockassociation #steeprockpreserve #hiking #cthikes #washingtonct #shepaugvalley #litchfieldcounty #litchfieldhills #nwct #ctvisit #nature #getoutside #explorect
In our annual Readers Choice contest, readers voted Nutmeg Acres Farm their favorite farm stand. Nutmeg Acres Farm in Warren has been owned and operated by the Tanner family for 70 years and six generations. They pride themselves in offering seasonal produce including potatoes, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, red and yellow onions, and squash, among others. They also sell beef and pork, hay and straw. Looking forward to farm stand season again!⁠⠀
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131 Rabbit Hill Road, Warren⠀
860-868-7455⠀
nutmegacresfarm.com⠀
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#nutmegacresfarm #farm #ctfarm #locafarm #warrenct #freshproduce #litchfieldcounty #litchfieldhills  #ctvisit #nwct #farmstand #localfood
New Preston’s Favorite Wine & Food Bar⁠
By Charles Dubow⁠
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Every town needs a place like The Owl. Somewhere people can grab a glass of wine, have a light bite, chat with friends, listen to some live music and—weather permitting—sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy all the above. A local favorite since it opened in New Preston in 2016, The Owl Wine & Food Bar underwent a renovation and expansion in March 2020 that increased its indoor and outdoor seating, and for the first time gave it a proper kitchen. “We were really excited about where we were going,” says co-owner and veteran restaurateur John Bordeau. “Then COVID hit.”⁠
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@owlnewpreston⁠ 
📸 @ryanlavine1 
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#owlnewpreston #owlwinebar #winebar #litchfieldcounty #newprestonct #washingtonct #connecticuteats #ctlocal #ctvisit #nwct #litchfieldhills #newprestonct
Hot off the press! The annual Readers Choice - Best of Litchfield County issue will be in your mailboxes soon!  We asked our readers to vote for their favorite Litchfield County businesses in a multitude of categories. We tallied up the results and have shared the top three choices in each category. Thank you for your votes and enjoy this special issue! 
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#litchfieldcounty #litchfieldhills #nwct #happeninginthehills 
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@zeb_mayer - Illustration
A pretty barn sighting for you today.  #merryall  #litchfieldcounty #nwct #litchfieldhills #barn #countrylife #whitefence #localconnecticut #connecticut_igers
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