Things to Do in Litchfield Hills

The northwestern hills of Connecticut were once the lands of the Indians. Route 7 was once their path to walk along the beautiful Housatonic River. Eventually that path became a towpath for early settlers, farmers, travelers and their cows, horses and assorted other animals.

Later on, during the Industrial Age, iron ore mining and smelting in towering furnaces built from native stone drew locals and strangers alike along Route 7 and the river to work. Today's visitors are hard-pressed to believe that not a tree was to be seen in these hills toward the end of the Civil War; every tree and stick available fueled the furnaces that armed the Yankees.

Today, Route 7 and the Housatonic River take you to the Appalachian Trail, Lime Rock Raceway, Tanglewood and the historic summer homes and gardens of the wealthy in Lenox and Lee, Massachusetts to tour. Canoe, fly-fish or kayak the Housatonic River or walk its banks and trails.

Visit local farm stands and farmers' markets for their fabulous, fresh produce. Meander along Kent's Main Street, only steps away from Starbuck Inn. Enjoy the used-book sale at the Library, shopping for gifts you won't see anywhere else, and strolling from bakery to chocolate shop to tea house. Have lunch at the bakery, handmade chocolate truffles at the chocolate shop, and finish with champagne and salmon at the tea shop, all within steps of each other. Eat outdoors and watch the world go by.

Fall foliage viewing is unsurpassed in the northwest hills. In season, ski cross-country throughout our State Parks or downhill and snowboard at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in Cornwall. Three of the finest private schools, Kent, South Kent, and Marvelwood, are right here. Parents from all over the world stay with us, both to consider schools and to attend events there.

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Litchfield Jazz Camp (est. 1997) - is also held at Ken SChool in Kent, Connecticut, invites students ages 13 through adult to study for one to four weeks in July with the best jazz artists working today. Led by Music Director, Don Braden, instrumentalists and vocalists learn and play in a non-competitive environment. Classes include combo, theory, master classes, electives, faculty concerts, performance opportunities and more. All students perform at the Litchfield Jazz Festival on a second stage. Litchfield Jazz Camp has been featured in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Jazz Times, DownBeat, and on CNN and CPTV.

To apply online and for more information, visit www.litchfieldjazzcamp.com. Phone: 860-361-6285, Email: info@litchfieldjazzfest.com. Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Jazz Camp are a production of Litchfield Performing Arts.

Mohawk Mountain Ski Area - Connecticut's premier snow resort, serving southern New England for 55 years with an exciting winter sport environment featuring skiing and snowboarding in New England's southern Berkshires. www.mohawkmtn.com.

The Bicycle Touring Company - There are great biking tours and areas. Try to book your bycycle tour or rental today. Tel: 1-860-9271742, www.bicycletours.com.

Backcountry Outfitters - Our store is located in Kent, CT. a quintessential New England town. Kent sits on the Appalachian Trail and as a result BCO has aided many thru-hikers in downsizing and or upgrading their equipment. We often hear first hand from the thru-hikers about the gear they use and take their critiques very seriously. Our inventory reflects a high standard of quality: www.bcoutfitters.com.

Town of Kent  - It is a friendly, diverse, beautiful, and interesting community in the northwest hills of Connecticut. Located about 30 miles north of Danbury and on the New York State line, it is a town you can get to quickly and get around in easily. Residents and visitors alike appreciate the recreational opportunities of state and local parks and the shopping in our commercial district: www.kentct.org.

The Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau - Source of information for travel and tourism for northwest Connecticut's Litchfield Hills: www.litchfieldhills.com.

The Kent Chamber of Commerce - Source of information for travel and tourism in Kent, Connecticut: www.kentct.com.

Lime Rock Raceway - Offers many racing events, check website for schedule of events and tickets: www.limerock.com.

Connecticut State Parks - for more information visit their website and choose a park: www.dep.state.ct.us.
Sharon Playhouse - TriArts at the Sharon Playhouse is a not-for-profit summer theatre, located at the foot of the Berkshires in Litchfield County, CT: www.triarts.net.

Music Mountain - Music Mountain offers a marvelous setting for both the musicians and the audience. The centerpiece is Gordon Hall, one of the finest chamber music facilities in the country. With seating for 335 and legendary acoustics, Gordon Hall provides resonant and lovely sound, with views of the gardens, grounds and hills from every seat or from the lawn permitting listeners to savor music and nature as one: www.musicmountain.org.

Hopkins Vineyard - one of Connecticut's premier vineyards. Hopkins has been making wine in Connecticut for over 20 years. Located in scenic Litchfield County, Hopkins produces over eleven different varieties of award winning wines. Come visit us in one of the most scenic parts of Connecticut: www.hopkinsvineyard.com.

Tanglewood - visit their website for a schedule of events and tickets: www.bso.org.

Lake Waramaug - Waramaug Lake is located in the towns of Kent, Warren, and Washington in Litchfield County. The lake lies approximately 20 miles north of Danbury: www.dep.state.ct.us.

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