By Allie Steers
Fall is here, and the exquisite fall foliage, crisp weather, and fall activities make Litchfield County exceptionally magical this time of year. If you’re yearning for some festive fall activities, we’ve got you covered, from gorgeous leaf-peeping spots to fall festivals and local cafes with hot drinks. Check out our list for inspiration this fall.
1. Go leaf peeping.
2. Take a scenic hike at one of the many preserves and parks around us. Each offers varying levels of trails and points of interest.
- Hidden Valley Preserve in Washington
- Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent
- Steep Rock Preserve in Washington
- Macricostas Preserve in New Preston
- Mt. Tom State Park in Washington
- Kent Falls State Park in Kent
- Pine Knob Loop Trail in Sharon
- Lake Waramaug State Park
3. Get lost in a corn maze.
- Bunnell Farm in Litchfield
- The Farm in Woodbury
- Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm in Sharon
- March Farm in Bethlehem
6. Go pumpkin picking at a local farm.
7. Go to a fall festival.
- 16th Annual Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival on October 9-10
- Washington Harvest Festival on October 10
9. Celebrate at an Oktoberfest Festival.
- Oktoberfest Beer & Wine Tasting at Hawk Ridge Winery on October 7
- Octoberfest at The Farm in Woodbury on October 9-10
12. Go apple picking at a local farm.
- Averill Farm in Washington Depot
- Ellsworth Hill Berry & Orchard Farm in Sharon
- March Farm in Bethlehem
13. Join the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, the Bethlehem Land Trust, and the Old Bethlem Historical Society for a guided Fall Foliage Walk on October 9! Explore the historic grounds of the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, the Bellamy-Ferriday Preserve, and the Old Bethlem Burial Grounds and learn the history of these places that once made up a working farm. Register here.
14. Join author and historian Peter Vermilyea for Witches in Connecticut as he discusses the lives of four 18th century residents of Litchfield County who were accused of witchcraft, their alleged activities and the possible motivations behind the accusations.
16. Take a cemetery tour.
- All Hallows Eve at Glebe House Museum
- 14th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour
- A Tale of Two Cemeteries – A Lantern Tour of Downtown Terryville
17. Take your pup to Candlewoof Dog Park for their annual Howl ‘O’ Ween fundraiser on October 30. There will be raffles, a dog costume contest, New Milford Police K-9 demonstration, giveaways, photo booth, and more.
18. Pop into the Merwinsville Hotel’s 33rd annual Columbus Day weekend arts & fine crafts show and restoration anniversary celebration. October 9 – 11, October 15 – 17.
21. Nothing screams fall quite like sipping on a hot drink from a local cafe. We are lucky to have so many around us. Here are just a few offering delectable eats and drinks that will warm you up:
- Marty’s Cafe in Washington Depot
- The Smithy Cafe in New Preston
- Bridgewater Village Store in Bridgewater
- River & Rail Cafe in New Milford
- Toast & Co. in Litchfield
- Arethusa a Mano in Bantam
- Espresso 59 in Litchfield
- The Po in Washington Depot
- West Egg in Woodbury
24. Visit a local farm stand and pick up some fresh produce while getting in the fall spirit! They are decorated for the fall season and have many fresh produce items!