Living Well in Litchfield County, Connecticut

Bantam
(Litchfield)

Arts

Owned and curated  by Arthur Matuszewski, the gallery was recently opened in 2021. It was founded out of an appreciation for Contemporary and Modern Art artists who’ve yet to be discovered.

amArtHouse
1062 Bantam Road, Bantam
212-696-1807
Open by Appointment

The charming Bantam Cinema brings us the best foreign films along with Hollywood movies. Situated in an old barn, it’s small and cozy, and parking can be a challenge, but we love it and couldn’t live without it!

Bantam Cinema
115 Bantam Lake Rd., Bantam
860-567-0006
Instagram: @bantam.cinema

Clothing

A country store known for their high end outdoor casual clothing and footwear. The store offers brands such as Carhartt, Woolrich, Pendleton and small goodies.

1101 Bantam Rd, Bantam
860-567-9221

Farms

Farmers market in the beautiful area of Bantam, CT every Friday from June-October!

Bantam Community Farmers Market

Alan White Field
273 Bantam Lake Road
Bantam, CT

Vibrant Farm is a four-season (year-round) produce farm in Bantam, CT. We are Certified Naturally grown and specialize in greens, salad vegetables, berries, and herbs. Find us at the Litchfield Farmers Market year-round on Saturdays, or online any day of the week to order ahead for on-farm pickup.

Vibrant Farm
261 Old Mount Tom Road
Bantam, CT 06750
860-266-1918

Instagram: @Vibrant.farm 

Fitness

Laura Pavlik is the owner of this traditional Aikido Dojo, Litchfield Hills Aikikai. She teaches Aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art based on the principle of non-resistance. Aikido practice involves physical conditioning such as strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, and resilience. As well, it provides mental conditioning such as self-confidence, concentration, alertness, intuitiveness and concern for others. As a non-violent art, Aikido is great for children. No experience necessary. Nurture your mind, body and spirit. There are also Pilates classes for any level.

Litchfield Hills Aikikai

49 Maple St., Bantam

860-576-2527 

Food

From bagels, cinnamon rolls, a variety of doughnuts, seasonal muffins, brioche rolls, chocolate and almond croissants—a wide selection of baked goods are offered at Arethusa a Mano Bakery & Café, the stylish small town café. All are made on the premises and pastries are baked several times a day, giving diners a fresh, just-baked experience. For lunch there salads, wraps, and paninis.

They offer a selection of drinks including drip coffee, espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, cold brew, and nitro coffee. Speciality drinks such as matcha lattes and affogato. Enjoy your visit in this upscale cafe.

Arethusa a Mano
833 Bantam Rd., Bantam
860-567-5722

As soon as you enter Arethusa Farm Dairy Creamery, the cozy, historic, former Bantam firehouse, you are greeted by an array of comforting aromas from homemade waffle cones, gourmet cheeses, all natural milk, creamy yogurts and rich, freshly made ice cream. Arethusa’s farm-fresh products are made from milk produced by award-winning Holstein and Jersey cows. The creamery also offers seasonal products such as heavy cream, eggnog sold in old fashioned bottles, and a beguiling cranberry dark chocolate chunk ice cream and pumpkin swirl ice cream.

Arethusa Creamery
822 Bantam Rd., Bantam 
860-361-6600

Run by the owners of the highly popular, Northville Market in New Milford, Bantam Market has the same great offerings of top notch gourmet products, home baked goods, organic foods, hot bar of prepared foods, plus a seafood counter, including sushi made fresh daily. They take pride in carrying a wide range of wheat, dairy, and gluten free products. Check their website for weekly specials!

Bantam Market
793 Bantam Rd., Bantam
860-567-8647

Around the county there are lots of spots where you can find great old fashioned pizza at reasonable prices, but nothing quite like Bantam Pizza & Restaurant. At this local, homey and comfortable restaurant, one taste of their pizza and you’ll be sure to go back for more. Excellent service, polite staff, and a great central location.

Bantam Pizza
768 Bantam Rd., Bantam
860-567-3357

Located in historic Litchfield Chef David offers fresh and seasonal Italian cuisine with a European flair, specially chosen wines, served in a charming dining room.

Materia Ristorante
637 Bantam Rd., Bantam
860-567-3326

Mockingbird Kitchen & Bar uses seasonal ingredients to create a menu that is fresh, made from scratch, and full of global inspiration. The menu changes as the seasons do. They strive to use the best of locally sourced produce and seafood.

Mockingbird Kitchen & Bar
810 Bantam Rd., Bantam
860-361-6730

New owners Liz and Tony Biancardi and their crew are serving up your favorite BBQ and Mexican dishes. All their BBQ meats are “dry rubbed” with their own spices and seasonings before being cooked in their special wood fired smoker. Grab dinner or let them help plan your next party.

Wood’s Pit BBQ
123 Bantam Lake Rd., Route 209
860-567-9869

Mouthwatering cuisine, authentic pasta dishes, homemade breads, salad dressings, sauces, and succulent desserts.

Zini’s Restaurant
938 Bantam Rd., Bantam
860-567-1613

Goods

A country store known for their high end outdoor casual clothing and footwear. The store offers brands such as Carhartt, Woolrich, Pendleton and small goodies.

1101 Bantam Rd, Bantam
860-567-9221

Outdoors

This 10-mile bike ride starts off with hills, then becomes easier. Beginning at the entrance to White Memorial on Rte. 202, right onto Bissel Rd., right onto Alain White Rd., right onto East Shore Rd., right onto Rte. 109, right onto Rte. 209, right onto North Shore Rd, right onto Rte. 202.

Pursuits

Specializes in watersports charters on Bantam Lake where clients can get on the water and learn to waterski, wakeboard, wake surf, bodyboard, and tube. They also offer a weekly kids camp that holds similar activities in a more structured environment for kids ages 8 to 14. In addition this year they offered a fall foliage tour on pontoon boats to showcase the beauty of Bantam Lake.

Connecticut Watersports
Bantam Lake
860-295-4640

Uncategorized

Family owned and operated, with a farm stand on Route 317.

Ox Hollow Farm
1474 Bantam Rd (RT 202), Bantam
860-354-3315

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