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25 Things We Can’t Wait To Do in Litchfield County this Spring

After a long year, and now with vaccines rolling out, we are feeling the excitement of approaching spring. We created this list pre-corona and have updated it for 2021. Litchfield County is magical all year, but especially so as we watch everything around us come back to life. 

  1. The town of Kent has planted tens of thousands of daffodils. Enjoy shopping, dining, and art galleries while enjoying the narcissus. for more info.
  2. For a powerful nature fix, Kent Falls inside Kent Falls State Park is never more impressive during the spring runoff. But please resist getting into the water. It is dangerous.
  3. ALL the peonies are at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston … so many they’ve dubbed it Peony Heaven. 
  4. Baseball season beckons. Take the family, or yourself to the Hit Club in Thomaston where you can hit 90 minutes for just $10.  
  5. Naturally, the season calls for spring rolls. Try takeout from Thai Charm, or sit inside their cute orange Colonial along Kent Rd. in New Milford. 
  6. The time is ripe to join a CSA. Search the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s CT Guide for the farm closest to you.  
  7. There’s never an off-season for antiquing. Consider Charles Haver in Roxbury for a curated experience, Housatonic Trading Co. in Bantam, or Litchfield County Pickers if you want volume.

    Litchfield County Tulips
  8. For a less commercial brush with history, make an appointment to tour Seven Hearths, the pre-Revolutionary house museum in Kent.  
  9. Try to fly fish or keep your canoe afloat at Housatonic State Park
  10. Hit up Natureworks in Northford for monarch-attracting plant seeds and all the advice you’d ever need to grow butterflies. Start now, and you’ll have plenty of flittering visitors come summer.  
  11. See if you can spot the Blue-winged Warblers nesting in Southbury’s Bent of the River Audubon sanctuary.  
  12. Shopping in New Preston is always a delight: Pergola, Privet House, Plain Goods, J. Seitz, The Smithy… just make sure it’s not a Tuesday—that’s the day they’re all closed.

    plain goods ct
    plain goods ct
  13. The annual Library Luminaries fundraiser for Gunn Memorial Library probably won’t be happening this spring but check out their website on ways to support your local library. 
  14. Fork over a $5 donation to take in all that is spring at the Hollister House Garden in Washington.
  15. See what’s new on the seasonal menu at your favorite farm-to-table. Arethusa al tavolo and Winvian Farm are high on our list.
  16. Libraries are brimming with virtual events… gardening how-to sessions, and book talks. Check the calendar of the one closest to you.
  17. Beginning in May, join Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy in Litchfield every Saturday at 10 am to feed their flock of 400 birds from around the world. Check their website to see if they are still doing this.
  18. Fish, hike, or picnic in one of the 25 preserves maintained by the Roxbury Land Trust
  19. Practice for summer with a flight of four handcrafted beers at Housatonic River Brewing.
  20. Don’t miss the gardening lover’s weekend of the year at Trade Secrets at Lime Rock Park. This philanthropic sale draws more than 60 vendors – specialized growers, small nursery owners, antique dealers, and artisans…with proceeds going to the Women’s Support Services in northwestern Connecticut.

    daffodils sunset
    daffodils sunset
  21. Bring your camera to Wigwam Road in Litchfield on a sunny day in April or May and take a walk through the 15 acres of daffodil plantings at Laurel Ridge Farm
  22. Enjoy the sounds, sights, and smells of spring on a boardwalk hike through the wetlands at White Memorial Conservation Center.
  23. Enjoy a picnic at one of our many wineries. Hopkins Vineyard, Haight-Brown, Sunset Vineyard are some of our faves.
  24. Support our local restaurants. Many have outdoor seating and provide take out. They need us more than ever.
  25. Enjoy an ice cream cone! Arethusa Farm Dairy in Bantam is a very popular spot. People literally line up around the building. Peaches in Cream in Litchfield is another family favorite.

By Brandee Gilmore


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