For those of us lucky enough to call these 945 hydrangea-filled sprawling square miles home, consider Litchfield Magazine a place to dream up weekend plans, learn about your neighbors, and find out about things to do. If you haven’t been to this verdant area of the world yet, or it has been a while, we aim to make carefully selected suggestions of the mustn’t miss.
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We’re always surprised to have this question lobbed our way.
In this case, the ‘up there’ refers to Litchfield County in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut and its surroundings. It’s a picture-book New England landscape flush with undulating hills, dense forests, and more than a few lakes and streams. The ‘do’ is a lot. The area is not only rich with natural resources but also culinary pleasures, cultural pursuits, and shopping options from tag sales to high-end boutiques.
Behind sliding barn doors of small organic farms and lively distorted glass windows of stately homes, you might meet an artisanal cheese maker or novelist grasping for just the right word. This scenic, quiet place seems to attract the contemplative creative type. That’s not to say we don’t have our characters.
Open spaces are largely protected, along with the distinctive charm of town greens and villages. Yankee pride or simply an appreciation for scenic vistas, wildlife habitation, and history, the beauty and heritage of Litchfield County is well preserved.
A land of four seasons, yes the fall foliage is spectacular with an equally ablaze gallery scene, but spring is stunningly gorgeous while winter affords ample outdoor activities and a valid excuse to recline near a fire. And in summer? Well, summers are special. Families convene for backyard cookouts. There are contra dances and early morning estate sale excursions, ice cream shacks, and canoe rides around glacial lakes.
Mary Beth Lawlor is the Publisher of Happening in the Hills LLC and Editor-in-Chief of Litchfield Magazine, a high-quality lifestyle magazine showcasing the best of Litchfield County.
Jill Lawlor is the Advertising Executive for Litchfield Magazine and media.
Our Team is out there every day, compiling information, talking to folks, and keeping you clued into what’s happening in Litchfield County. Our thanks to Steve Lombardi, Stacey Dillard, Lisa Berte, Anne McAndrew, and Jill Lawlor for all their talent, expertise, and good work.
Color drawings were created by Jacqueline Schmidt.
Happening in the Hills merged with Litchfield Magazine in March 2020. Happening in the Hills website was originally created by Teresa Fernandez.