Location and When to Go:
The historic town of Litchfield, Connecticut, settled in 1721, is located in northwestern Connecticut at the intersection of Routes 202 and 63. It is about a 2-1/2-hour drive from Boston, 2 hours from New York City or Albany, New York, and an hour from Hartford, Connecticut. The closest airport is Bradley International Airport
in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Fall colors can usually be observed during most of the month of October, with peak likely to occur around mid-month.
The town of Litchfield is set amid the rolling Litchfield Hills, foothills of the Berkshire Mountains that provide a vibrantly colorful backdrop for autumn activities. Litchfield melds both history and cosmopolitan flair. Its quintessential town green dates to 1723, and nearby, you'll find both historic structures and upscale boutiques and restaurants. A fall visit to Litchfield puts leaf peepers in the heart of a region noted for scenic driving, hiking, biking, antiquing, wine tasting and more.
Places to Stay:
Just a bit outside of town, you'll find country lodging and dining at the Toll Gate Hill Inn & Restaurant
. The Litchfield Inn
also provides convenient access to all of the enticements in and around Litchfield. For the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy, book one of the individually designed cottages at Winvian
, where you can even sleep in a treehouse or under a woodland canopy. Rates are exorbitant for popular fall weekends, but midweek stays can be an affordable indulgence. Use kayak.com to compare rates at hotels and inns in the Litchfield area
Nearby Scenic Drives:
During fall foliage season, scenic driving is one of the Litchfield area's lures. I love to drive along the shores of picturesque Lake Waramaug
in nearby New Preston, Connecticut. Heading north to the covered bridge
in West Cornwall, then south on Route 7 past Kent Falls to Kent, another charming New England town, is also a beautiful way to spend a fall day. The Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau provides several themed driving tours
for travelers to follow.
Within Three Hours:
If you'd like to take day trips from Litchfield, there are many wonderful places to visit in the fall including Naumkeag
and the Norman Rockwell Museum
in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; the Bennington Battle Monument and Robert Frost's gravesite in Bennington, Vermont
; Lake Compounce
, America's oldest amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut; the scenic and cultural attractions along Massachusetts' Mohawk Trail
; and Frederic Church's Olana
in Hudson, New York.
More Fall Fun:
There's more fall fun near Litchfield: attend the annual Scottish Festival
held in October at the Goshen Fairgrounds (note: the next festival will be in 2013); take a pumpkin patch train ride
at the Danbury Railway Museum; or book passage aboard the Naugatuck Railroad
and view fall foliage along the Naugatuck River on a leisurely train ride.
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