Living Well in Litchfield County, Connecticut

Litchfield

2023 Design Guide

Clifford A. Cooper Architecture is a a full service architectural firm that provides services for commercial, institutional, municipal and residential clients.

Clifford A. Cooper Architecture
41 Westover Rd., Litchfield
860-309-0712

Antiques

Bradford House Antiques sell a variety of beautiful items, including jewelry, stemware, and sterling silver sets. Their jewelry options are especially unique, with everything ranging from rings to earrings.

Bradford House Antiques
33 West St, Litchfield
860-567-0951

I Ching Antiques specializes in the collection of thousands of unique items from China and Asia, some of which are for sale and others of which are on display in a personal collection.

I Ching Antiques
3CC South St., Litchfield
860-361-6691
Instagram: @ichingantiques

Litchfield County Auctions holds auctions five times a year and the bidding is done online. The LCA tag sales that run along with the auctions are great. The selection is best on the weekends, however Mondays and Tuesdays bring 40-60% off.

Litchfield County Auctions
425 Bantam Rd., Litchfield
860-567-4661

Architects

Clifford A. Cooper Architecture is a a full service architectural firm that provides services for commercial, institutional, municipal and residential clients.

Clifford A. Cooper Architecture
41 Westover Rd., Litchfield
860-309-0712

Arts

Dedicated to the creative flourishing of children and families, Artroom Atelier founder Jessica Jane Russell designs and facilitates immersive, process focused classes, private lessons, events and workshops for all ages. Additional services include observational drawing training for elementary and high school students building portfolios, plus consulting on portfolio development for applications to prep schools and college.

Art Room Atelier
860-201-7767

Lindsey Turner specializes in branding for businesses and professionals, family and in-home newborns, and fine art school portraits.

Lindsey Victoria Photography
860-985-7913

This community center is a great gathering place for creative, intellectual and recreational pursuits. Yoga, zumba fitness, movies, painting classes, Tai Chi, bridge, Bingo, dance, writing classes, and so much more. Check out their website for events and classes.

Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Rd., Litchfield
860-567-8302

Beauty

Khadija Hayari is a board certified naturopathic doctor author and founder of Naturopathic Spa. She graduated from the prestigious Trinity College of Natural Health, and is a leading practitioner in the field of naturopathic healing. Dr. Hayari specializes in the field of Naturopathic Medicine with multiple trainings in Weight Management and Medical Fitness, Skin Care, Anti-Aging, and Integrative Hormones for Primary Care. She also received intense training in nutrition Biochemistry, Nutritional Herbology, and clinical Iridology. In addition to her one-on-one consulting, Dr. Khadija runs workshops to empower women to take ownership of their health, claim back their wellness and overcome poor health habits for them and their families.

Naturopathic Spa
387 Torrington Rd., Litchfield
860-960-7832

Builders & Subcontractors

A finish carpentry and remodeling company. Their services include kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations, home additions, millwork and trim installs, custom stairs, cabinetry and furniture, and historic restoration.

Blatchey Building
56 Condon Rd., Litchfield
203-232-4699

Causes

Litchfield Land Trust was established in 1968 as one of Connecticut’s earliest land trusts.They are dedicated to helping protect the area’s scenic vistas, natural resources, and the “New England character” of Litchfield for present and future residents. Their mission is simply stated as “Preserving and Protecting. Forever.”

Litchfield Land Trust can always use help clearing trails, identifying areas requiring improvement, hosting/greeting at events and fair booths, with social and print media, inventorying and monitoring their properties.

Litchfield Land Trust
28 Russell Street, Litchfield, 
PO Box 712
860-361-9310

An international nonprofit organization that conserves rare and endangered waterfowl from around the world.

Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy 
55 Duck Pond Rd., Litchfield
860-567-2062

 

Clothing

Discover thousands of items at low cost at the Clothes Tree Thrift Shop, a non-profit charitable thift store located in Bantam, CT serving the community. Since 1947, they offer a large variety of used clothing, house wares, books, and toys.

 

Clothes Tree

906 Bantam Rd, Bantam, CT 06750

(860) 567-8948

The Emporium of Litchfield is an eclectic consignment shop offering unique goods and treasures.

 

 

 

Emporium of Litchfield

624 Bantam Rd, Bantam, CT 06750

(860) 361-6097

 

 

For more than 25 years, R Derwin Clothiers has been one of the most stylish shopping destinations in Litchfield County. Derwin’s defines a chic, timeless look that blends country and city sophistication, specializing in the finest Scottish and Italian cashmere. Offering a men’s and women’s section that includes European sportswear and a broad selection of American-made clothing and accessories. The service is exceptional and the setting is friendly and relaxed.

R. Derwin
33 West St., Litchfield
860-567-0100

Consignment Store.

High-end designer treasures including clothing, handbags, shoes, furs, fine and costume jewelry and everyday ware for women, children, and men.

 

Rachel’s Quality Consignment

 465 Bantam Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759

(860) 567-5656

Custom Woodworking

Hand-crafted pieces that will fit with your home and last a lifetime.

Grace Woodworking
503 Bantam Rd., Litchfield
860-484-1266

Farms

A connecticut Christmas tree farm. Choose and harvest your own tree or ask helpers to do so. Tree stands and our own honey are for sale. Complimentary hot cocoa!

Bees, Fleas, and Trees
551 South Plains
Litchfield, CT
610-698-5058

Brookside Farm II, located in Litchfield CT, is a relatively small and very high quality maple syrup operation. Visitors are welcome as long as they call ahead. The syrup can also be found at the Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Market.

Brookside Farm II
79 East Chestnut Hill Road
Litchfield, CT
860-567-3890

Brookside Farm Market is open everyday 9 – 6pm, offering catering, prepared meals, and fresh produce.

Brookside Farm Market
324 Amity Rd., Woodbridge
203-298-0659

Pick your own flowers and pumpkins at this family-owned farm.

Bunnell Farm
524 Maple St.
860-567-9576

Chanticleer Acres continues to expand our offering with each passing year. We sell pasture raised, gmo-free, soy-free, eggs a variety of nutrient dense fruits and vegetables and culinary mushrooms. Visit the farm store or order online!

Chanticleer Acres
55 Hutchinson Parkway,
Litchfield, CT
860-361-9366

Instagram: @chanticleeracres

We are a family-operated farm in Litchfield, CT producing grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork.

Laurel Ridge Farm 
The Windmill
66 Wigwam Road
Litchfield, CT

860-567-8122

Instagram: @laurelridgefarm

The Farm-Fresh Market is a community-based program focused on sustainable, local food systems that are respectful of the environment in which we exist. They have become a staple of the Litchfield Hills community and are proud to be recognized as one of the 50 best farmer’ markets in the country by Cooking Light on-line magazine. They offer both an outdoor, summer market and an indoor, winter one.

Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Market

Summer location, dates, and hours:
Litchfield Center School Parking Lot
Woodruff Lane, Litchfield
Saturdays, 10 AM to 1PM June 10 through October 21

Winter Location, Dates, and Hours:
Litchfield Community Center,
421 Bantam Road
10 AM to 1 PM on select dates

Meadow Ridge farm is a fourth generation dairy farm selling raw cows milk, eggs, maple syrup, and hay in small squares and wrapped round bales. We also offer campsites through tentrr.com for a unique getaway experience. 

Meadow Ridge Farm 
277 Beach Street
Litchfield, CT
860-307-9147

We are a family owned-and-operated farm providing our customers with the highest quality maple syrup, honey, and farm-fresh eggs. Our products are proudly grown and made in the great state of Connecticut. 

The Hilljack Sugar Shack
74 Wilson Road
Litchfield, CT
860-482-6052

Seasonal vegetables and maple syrup from the fields and trees of Goshen Road and Winter Winds Farm in Litchfield. They also split and deliver firewood by the cord.

The Winter Winds Farm 
North of 426 Goshen Road
Litchfield, CT
860-567-1291

Food

Big enough to fall into without a reservation, serving delicious, way-above-average Italian food.

DaCapo of Litchfield
625 Torrington Rd., Litchfield
860-482-6246

A recent Litchfield addition with coffee and espresso, gelato/sorbetto, and baked goods, and a killer chicken pot pie.

Espresso 59 
59 West St., Litchfield
860-361-6038

Haight-Brown Vineyards is Connecticut’s oldest winery, opening its doors in 1975. Located on historic Chestnut Hill, just one mile east of Litchfield Center, the winery is situated on ten pastoral acres. The tasting room includes a custom built wine bar for conducting wine tastings guided by the knowledge of their educated and friendly staff, an upstairs patio and downstairs terrace for sipping wine on lazy summer days, and two stone fireplaces for lingering during chilly ones. There is also a picnic grove for enjoying your own food with Haight-Brown wines, a cheese nook and retail area as well as several private rooms (Vine Room, Cask Room, etc) for a more intimate tasting or private party affair. The vineyard grows vinifera and hybrids including Chardonnay, Chardonelle, Marechal Foch, Dechaunoc, Marquette, and Seyval Blanc. Its current growing capacity has the ability to produce yields upwards of thirty-five tons annually. The tasting room is a lovely place to stop by and relax by the fireplace with a glass of wine. Check their site for cheese and chocolate pairing classes and tours of the vineyard.

Haight-Brown Vineyard
29 Chestnut Hill Rd.
860-567-4045
[email protected]

Hilljack Sugar Shack is open 7 days a week, 8am-6pm. There are extended hours for sugaring season. Visitors are encouraged to stop by anytime. Free tours of facilities. School groups welcome. For tours larger than 7, please call ahead to schedule.

Hilljack Sugar Shack
74 Wilson Rd.
860-482-6052

Newly expanded, fine craft spirits are distilled one batch at a time. Tours and tastings are conducted seven days a week alongside a convenient retail outlet.

Litchfield Distillery
569 Bantam Rd, Litchfield
860-361-6503

Meraki offers a delicious variety of salads, including vegan, dairy free, nut free, gluten free and sugar free. They have fresh baked goods every day with muffins, scones, coffee cakes, and breads. For breakfast they offer local egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, hash bowls, and more. Their lunch menu is available all day.

Meraki
239 West St., Litchfield
860-361-9777

At Patty’s Restaurant, there is something for everyone, from eggs and pancakes to specially crafted benedicts. Check out the best breakfast in town! They are open 7 days a week so if you aren’t able to make breakfast, go try their lunch specials that change daily! You won’t regret it!

Patty’s Litchfield
499 Bantam Rd., Litchfield
860-567-3335

You’ll find a nice choice of homemade ice cream flavors at this retro style parlor. Delicious ice cream cakes.

Peaches N’ Cream
632 Torrington Rd., Litchfield
860-496-7536

Serving hot sandwiches, grab and go salads, and prepared foods, Petraroia is a delicious new addition to Litchfield! We recommend: Pesto Caprese sandwich, Porchetta sandwich, Kale salad, and more!

Petraroia Deli

33 West St., Litchfield

860-361-6006

SALT 2.0 is a quick service kitchen by Litchfield staple, Saltwater Grille. Features bowls, wraps, tacos, and more! Takeout only, option to order ahead online. Locations in Litchfield, Torrington, and Brookfield.

SALT 2.0

26 Commons Dr., Litchfield
860-689-7989

84 Main St., Torrington
860-618-3245

802 Federal Rd., Brookfield
203-546-7278

Instagram: @swgsalt2.0

 

Serving casual yet elevated seafood with locally sourced ingredients, Saltwater Grille is a Litchfield classic. The diverse menu ensures something for everyone- including those who are gluten free, vegan, and more (including kids)! They also offer a wonderful selection of craft beers, wines, scotches, and bourbons.

Saltwater Grille

26 Commons Dr., Litchfield

860-567-4900

The Dutch Epicure Shop is known region-wide for their European style pastries, breads, cookies and cakes made on the premises, German meats and sausages, Dutch and European cheeses, various fine teas, jams, chocolates from all over Europe, and of course Dutch food and Dutch groceries, this little shop couldn’t be more authentic or wonderful. Also to covet are their ever popular sandwich rolls, Prima Donna aged cheese, ham with rosemary and the bags of spaetzle, and mocha sticks. Their website provides video links showing how some of their culinary creations are made (when was the last time you whipped up a mean zuger kirsch torte?). To satisfy your craving for Dutch food, run, don’t walk, to this extraordinary shop.

Dutch Epicure Shop
481 Bantam Rd.
860-567-5586

Since there aren’t too many seafood markets in the region, make sure to get there early as selections are limited as the day goes on. The clambake bags are fun and include everything you need tied up in a bag for boiling a traditional New England-style clambake. Fresh seafood, special orders and catering. Their meat store is conveniently located next door if you are planning a surf and turf.

174 West St.
860-567-4400

A Litchfield staple—West Street Grill has been credited with revitalizing the Litchfield Green after opening in 1990. Elegant vibe, impressive food and service. A modern restaurant with a cozy but sophisticated dining room, West Street has the charm of a private club but attracts a broad demographic.

West Street Grill
43 West St., Litchfield
860-567-3885

Goods

Litchfield County Auctions holds auctions five times a year and the bidding is done online. The LCA tag sales that run along with the auctions are great. The selection is best on the weekends, however Mondays and Tuesdays bring 40-60% off.

Litchfield County Auctions
425 Bantam Rd., Litchfield
860-567-4661

Litchfield Pet Supply has everything you could possibly need for your well-cared for dog or cat, including food, treats, and toys.

Litchfield Pet Supply
583 Bantam Rd.
860-567-7737

For more than 25 years, R Derwin Clothiers has been one of the most stylish shopping destinations in Litchfield County. Derwin’s defines a chic, timeless look that blends country and city sophistication, specializing in the finest Scottish and Italian cashmere. Offering a men’s and women’s section that includes European sportswear and a broad selection of American-made clothing and accessories. The service is exceptional and the setting is friendly and relaxed.

R. Derwin
33 West St., Litchfield
860-567-0100

A unique children’s shop with a plethora of toys, books, clothing, and a host of imaginative items.

The Silly Sprout
503 Bantam Rd, Litchfield
860-361-9500

health

Khadija Hayari is a board certified naturopathic doctor author and founder of Naturopathic Spa. She graduated from the prestigious Trinity College of Natural Health, and is a leading practitioner in the field of naturopathic healing. Dr. Hayari specializes in the field of Naturopathic Medicine with multiple trainings in Weight Management and Medical Fitness, Skin Care, Anti-Aging, and Integrative Hormones for Primary Care. She also received intense training in nutrition Biochemistry, Nutritional Herbology, and clinical Iridology. In addition to her one-on-one consulting, Dr. Khadija runs workshops to empower women to take ownership of their health, claim back their wellness and overcome poor health habits for them and their families.

Naturopathic Spa
387 Torrington Rd., Litchfield
860-960-7832

Jaunts

A 501(c)(4) organization, dedicated to protecting its forests and countryside, and offers countless trails and paths for visitors to explore. White Memorial offers over 40 miles of trails that cover various habitats and are open to non- motorized recreation, as well as a glimpse into the natural diversity found throughout the wildlife sanctuary.

White Memorial
80 Whitehall Rd, Litchfield
860-567-0857

Landmarks

Also known as Tollgate Tavern, The Captain William Bull Tavern was built around 1745 on a farm on the East Litchfield Road, part of the Hartford to Albany highway. It is not known who built the house, but Capt. Bull was the owner of the farm by the 1790s. He had served at the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. The house passed through various owners until Frederick Fuessenich of Torrington purchased it in 1923. By that time it had fallen into disrepair and was in danger of being dismantled. Fuessenich saved it and moved the building to a new site about two miles away, placing it across from where the old tollhouse on the Torrington Turnpike had once stood. Fuessenich, an avid collector of antiques, restored and furnished the house, which he renamed the Tollgate Hill Tavern.

Tollgate Inn
571 Torrington Rd., Litchfield
860-567-1233

Located within a National Register Historic District along East and West Street. 

Litchfield is famous as one of the most beautiful residential communities in America and is considered to be New England’s finest surviving example of a typical late 18th century New England town. Situated in the midst of the Litchfield Hills at an elevation of approximately 1,100 feet above sea level, the village is a show place of elegant white colonial and 19th century private homes overlooking broad green lawns, which border its residential streets.  In 1959, the Borough of Litchfield was designated a Historic District by the Connecticut General Assembly. Ten years later, part of the District was made a National Historic Landmark.

Litchfield Historic District
Route 63, Litchfield

Located on Mount Tom is a 34-foot stone tower. A hike up to the top of the Mount Tom Tower yields a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and distant landmarks. The original structure was made of wood and in 1921 was rebuilt using stone.

Mount Tom
Route 202, Litchfield
860-424-4070

Committed to preserving the artifacts and archives of the town, as well as the country’s first law school.

Litchfield Historical Society
7 South St., Litchfield
860-567-4501
Instagram: @litchfieldhistory

The first law school in the country takes visitors through role-playing, hands-on areas, and interpretive exhibits—each visitor explores timeless issues of travel, communication, education, and community.

The Tapping Reeve House
7 South St., Litchfield
860-567-4501

Nestled in the Litchfield Hills, Topsmead State Forest remains a precious piece of a past era with fine craftsmanship and understated wealth evident throughout the former summer estate of Miss Edith Morton Chase.

Topsmead State Forest
25 & 45 Chase Rd., Litchfield

Lodgings

Just a mile from the town of Litchfield, on the site of the former Tollgate Hill property, the Lost Fox Inn retains much of its historic charm but the vibe is “old-world chic,” says owner Eliza Clark. With a pool, formal garden, and plenty of privacy, the three-building compound is ideally suited for weddings and family gatherings. There are ten rooms in the main house and an adjacent former schoolhouse sleeps four. The old Tavern Building dates to 1765; here the chef will serve up hearty New England-style fare with a rustic twist in a beautiful atmosphere. Rates from $250 to $600.

Lost Fox Inn

Nestled within the rolling hills of Northwestern Connecticut, the Litchfield Inn is surrounded by the beauty of nature in a historical town that exudes classical New England charm. As an independent boutique property, the Inn offers guests privacy, intimacy, and luxury. Choose from twelve exclusive theme rooms or opt for one of our stately standard rooms – whichever you decide, they offer a personalized experience tailored to meet your needs.

Just a two-hour drive from New York or Boston, the Litchfield Inn is a quick escape to unwind and relax.

Litchfield Inn
432 Bantam Rd., Litchfield
860-567-4503
Instagram: @thelitchfieldinn

Outdoors

Brookside Farm Market is open everyday 9 – 6pm, offering catering, prepared meals, and fresh produce.

Brookside Farm Market
324 Amity Rd., Woodbridge
203-298-0659

Hilljack Sugar Shack is open 7 days a week, 8am-6pm. There are extended hours for sugaring season. Visitors are encouraged to stop by anytime. Free tours of facilities. School groups welcome. For tours larger than 7, please call ahead to schedule.

Hilljack Sugar Shack
74 Wilson Rd.
860-482-6052

Located within a National Register Historic District along East and West Street. 

Part of White Memorial, this lovely boardwalk circles the marsh. A great place to walk with kids and view birds and beavers.

Pursuits

Offering diverse outdoor group experiences for girls and young women.

Camp Mohawk
P.O. Box 1209, Litchfield
1-800-842-1143

Inspired by the founding of the Garden Club of America, nine Litchfield women founded the Litchfield Garden Club in September of 1913. The club offers a variety of educational and informative programs to the public, such as open public meetings on floral design and horticulture, and highlighting the club’s long tradition of contributions to the community in civic beautification, projects and conservation education.

Litchfield Garden Club
P.O. Box 848, Litchfield
[email protected]

Schools

Forman School is a coed college prep school dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently in grades 9-PG.

Forman School
12 Norfolk Rd.
860-567-8712

Uncategorized

Serving hot sandwiches, grab and go salads, and prepared foods, Petraroia is a delicious new addition to Litchfield! We recommend: Pesto Caprese sandwich, Porchetta sandwich, Kale salad, and more!

Petraroia Deli

33 West St., Litchfield

860-361-6006

Wellness

A full-service luxury salon, shop, and art gallery led by Emmy-award winning stylist, Scott Bond in the heart of Litchfield.

Byrde + the b 
43 West Street, Litchfield 
860-619-0422

Dr. Tommasina practices full scope optometry and is TPA and DPA certified. She relocated to Litchfield in 2013 from Michigan where she had six other optometric practices.

Eyes on Litchfield
17 C Commons Dr, Litchfield
860-880-2020

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