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25 Things to do in Litchfield County this Winter

Here in the Northwest Corner we are fortunate to have a myriad of things to do year-round. Even during the cold, dark days of winter Litchfield County offers up plenty of activities for everyone. Whether you’re a winter sport enthusiast or prefer to stay indoors on blustery days, check out this list for inspiration.

1. Don your skis and goggles and hit the slopes of Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall for some alpine skiing. They now offer tubing as well.

2. Prefer cross country skiing or snowshoeing instead? White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, Macedonia State Park in Kent, and Flanders Nature Center in Woodbury offer many trail options for both. 

3. Think festivals are only for warmer months? Think again! Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental protection is hosting a free winter festival at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington on Saturday, February 5 complete with ice fishing, hiking and snowshoeing, animal tracking, a bonfire, and more. 

4.  See a theatrical production at the Warner Theatre in Torrington.

5. Visit the Sharon Audubon Society in Sharon where you can explore their visitor’s center, learn about their wildlife rehabilitation clinic, and participate in programs and events.

6. Curl up with a good read at one of Litchfield County’s independent indie bookstores like House of Books in Kent or Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington

House of Books
House of Books

7. Visit the Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston to learn about the region’s rich rail history. 

8. Cozy up with a warm hot chocolate and a delicious pastry at The Smithy Cafe in New Preston, Marty’s Cafe in Washington Depot, or Arethusa A Mano in Bantam.

9. Sample some delicious hard cider and purchase some local food stuffs at Hogan’s Cider Mill in Harwinton, which has been making cider since 1912. The second floor of their barn is also filled with quirky antiques to explore (not for purchase), including a phone booth from the 1800s. 

10. Don’t miss the 96th annual Jump Fest in Salisbury February 11-13. Come witness the best junior ski jumpers compete and celebrate this fun winter sport. 

11. Book yourself a spa treatment at one of the Northwest Corner’s full-service spas like The Spa at Litchfield Hills in Litchfield, The Spa at Winvian Farm in Morris, Byrde + the b or The Spa at Mayflower Inn in Washington.

12. Taste the local liquor and wine in the tap rooms of area vineyards Walker Road Vineyards in Woodbury and Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, and the tasting room at Litchfield Distillery.

13. Take the time to meander through lifestyle and apparel shops J. Seitz & Co and Plain Goods in New Preston,  WKND in Warren, George Home in Washington, Terston in Kent, and Oliphant and Milton Market in Litchfield.

J. Seitz
J. Seitz
Plain Goods
Plain Goods

14. Scavenge for vintage finds at Serendipity in Litchfield,  The Housatonic Trading Company in Bantam, or Masion St. Germain in Woodbury.

15. Learn about Native American life in the Washington area during the 16th century at The Institute for American Indian Studies where you can visit a life-size replica of an Algonquin village with wigwams and longhouses constructed using traditional techniques. Try out their award-winning Wigwam Escape room.

Institute for American Indian Studies
Institute for American Indian Studies

16. Work on your fitness by exercising indoors at gyms like New Milford Fitness and Aquatics Club in New Milford, Studio Lakeville in Lakeville, or W. Rhythm Fitness & Wellness Studio in Kent.

17. Perhaps yoga is more your thing when it comes to indoor winter exercise? Try a class at Ah Yoga with locations in both New Milford and New Preston, or Charym Yoga in Litchfield.

18. Grab your skates and head to a local rink for ice skating. The town of Kent partners with South Kent School to offer open skate days at the school’s rink and the town of Salisbury partners with Hotchkiss School to offer open skate days at that school’s rink, too. 

19. Enjoy some down-home country comfort food at a barbecue restaurant like When Pigs Fly in Sharon or Wood’s Pit BBQ in Bantam

20. Take part in Twin Star’s events in New Milford.

21. Check out your local library to find out what programs, events, and talks they are offering this winter. 

22. Visit one of Litchfield County’s many art galleries. Check out the art galleries housed in the Kent Barns in Kent, KMR Arts in Washington, Jen Abbott Tillou in Torrington, and The Gallery in Woodbury.

Jen Abbott Tillou
Jen Abbott Tillou

23. Go ice fishing at a local lake or pond, but please read about ice safety before you go.

24. Explore locally made ceramics at Bantam TileworksGuy Wolf Pottery in Bantam, Jane Herold Pottery in West Cornwall, and Cornwall Bridge Pottery in Cornwall

25. Peruse Whiting Mills in Winsted. These old former mill buildings now house an eclectic mix of artists, craftspeople, retail shops, and small manufacturing companies who all offer their wares for sale. 

Written by Elyse Sadtler.

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