On Our Radar
Faces, places, treasures, and trends that caught our attention
Check out our list of festive fall activities, from gorgeous leaf-peeping spots, to fall festivals, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and more.
Opened just this past Memorial Day in New Milford, Vegas is the kind of Mexican restaurant no town should be without. Walk into this friendly, boisterous space for the first time and you can immediately sense that the margaritas will be top-notch (I highly recommend bartender Dennis Daly’s skinny margarita), the nachos will be piled high, and the enchiladas will be thick and cheesy.
Few landscapes have been loved for as long as John Tillinger has tended his 20 acres in Roxbury. When he bought the scenic parcel in 1981, it was cleared and already boasted the pond which became the focal point and touchstone for the whole scene.
“Walking into your garden should feel like walking into yourself,” is the advice Zarinna Mulla shares when clients ask for a consultation. And that approach is exactly how she designed her own Warren landscape.
Susan Bednar Long is an interior designer residing between Connecticut and Texas. Trained at a design firm in Los Angeles, she later moved to New York City where she cut her teeth designing retail stores for Ralph Lauren.
Outsiders can sense it—writers, artists, and musicians have flocked here for years to tap into that nexus of body, mind, and spirit. Knowing this, several non-profit retreat centers have set up shop in these woods, too—willing to serve the faithful, the seekers, and everything in between.
Trail Magic is the name hikers give to the spontaneous acts of kindness from “trail angels” that help fuel their journeys. It might include snacks or drinks left along the trail, access to a shower, or a ride to a nearby town.
orrington resident Patricia Martin has been named the State of Connecticut National Beat Poet Laureate 2023 – 2025 by the National Beat Poetry Foundation.
Pamela Brown, a writer and owner of PMB Writing & Consulting, recently published Faithful Love, a contemporary romance novel with a dose of mystery that brings readers into the lives of Candace Crestworth and Corey Matthews.
Gerald Incandela is bullish on Torrington. “He sees through the warts,” says Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone, adding that he sees the struggling municipality “through a different lens, an artist’s lens.”
The Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford must be one of the worst-kept secrets in the world. It’s not exactly advertised but certainly it has its own website, and certainly everyone in Litchfield County who loves vintage fashion and home design goods—and, of course, toys from the 1970s and old 33 RPM vinyl records—already knows about it.
Julie Haesche’s journey into the healing arts was prompted by struggles with psoriatic arthritis and the desire to empower others. Today, the Washington resident is a certified, award-winning yoga and meditation teacher hosting outdoor classes throughout Litchfield County.