Enjoy a hearty New England breakfast in the dining room before setting out to discover the Pleasures of local attractions. Ski down the trails or challenge the cross country terrain. Cast your fishing rod into the Farmington River in the protected trout area, bike the trails, or enjoy the challenge of tubing, canoeing or kayaking. Hike the Tunxis Trail, or plan a horse drawn sleigh ride on a local farm. Enjoy the pleasure of finding the perfect antique, spending the day at a spa or shopping at quality local stores. Curl up by the fire with a good book in one parlor or play piano in the other.

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Things to enjoy during the Summer Spring and Fall


FISHING-  Chapmin Park offers Fishing Packages LEARN MORE

Bring your spouse and let him/her enjoy the other attractions while you fish. Visit the fishing store in New Hartford. The store is located on the banks of the Farmington River. They can provide you with quality equipment, locally tied flies, or a wealth of knowledge about fly fishing the Farmington & Housatonic Rivers.

Relax for a day with one of their experienced fishing guides.
Upcountry Sports Fishing

The French Fly Fisherman Antoine Bissieux  Phone: 860-759-4464

Marla S.Blair Phone: 413-583-514

B-MAR Guide Service Bruce Marino Phone: 860-653-8288

Canoeing & Kayaking

Main Stream Canoes and Kayaks -Offering the outdoors’ enthusiast many ways to enjoy themselves!
Instructions & Guides, Trips, flat water or rapids,  Equipment Rental, New & Used Canoes & Kayaks
Visit their website for more information:  Main Stream Canoes & Kayaks Phone: 860-693-6791

Collinsville Canoe & Kayak -Kayak, Canoe Paddleboard and Bike Rentals, Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons – SUP Basics, Yoga and Fitness
Visit their website for more information: Collinsville Canoe & Kayak Phone: 860-693-6977

Bicycle Touring  Chapin Park offers a special Bicycle Touring Excursion Package LEARN MORE

Farmington Valley Greenway and Farmington River Trail
The Farmington Valley Greenway is a 22 mile multi-use trail running through six towns. The trail is designed for walking, jogging, biking, and roller blading. The Farmington River Trail is an 18 mile loop trail and traverses some of the area’s loveliest landscapes and the longest stretch of on-road riding. for more info: Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking – For information about the area check out the Local Cycling Events @


Hollister House Garden – Beautifully situated on a sloping, terraced site in the rolling hills of Litchfield County, it is an old fashioned garden in the manner of famous English gardens, formal in its structure but informal and rather wild in its style of planting. Opening on April 30 for the 2016 season. View their website for special events!
Visit their website for more information: Hollister House Garden Phone: 860-868-2200


Simsbury Farms Golf Course- Complex 18 hole course designed by Geoff Cornish. One of the most popular and scenic in the area.
Visit their website for more information: Simsbury Farms Golf Course Phone: 860-658-6246


Metropolitan District Commission maintained beach at Lake Mc Donough with picnic area.

Farmington River Tubing Satan’s Kingdom State Recreation Area, New Hartford, CT

Pleasant Valley Drive-In- The theater sits on a 3 acre lot near the west branch of the Farmington River. We host a capacity for up to 250 cars and maintain the nostalgic American drive-in appeal. Our season runs weekends in early spring through fall (including early October if there is warm weather). We’re open on Thursday nights during our peak summer season. Carload night moves to Friday nights during our fall season.
Visit their website for more information: Pleasant Valley Drive-in Phone: 860-379-6102

Action Wildlife – Offering visitors the unusual opportunity of observing and learning about animals from North America, Africa, India, New Zealand, Asia and the Artic. Not only is a visit to AW an education in animal life and habitats, it is also a fun activity for children to touch and feed the smaller animals in our petting zoo. Older children and young adults are sure to be intrigued by the museum gallery. Visit AW and experience the beauty and strength occurring naturally in the wild.  Located in Goshen, Connecticut, Action Wildlife Foundation sits upon the Northwest Hills of Litchfield County, surrounded by glorious fields of green.
Visit their website for more information: Action Wildlife Phone: 860-795-0234


Matterhorn Mini Golf-A one-of-a-kind, Swiss-themed, miniature golf course in northwest Connecticut. Learn about cheese, chocolate and even the Hadron Collider as you putt your way through 18 holes of adventure in Switzerland. There’s something for everyone at Matterhorn: art to see, bells to ring, fun facts to glean… and all on a colorful, Par 45 course. Our Par 3, 18th hole is a 71′ long Alpine Meadow complete with wildflowers (watch out for the groundhogs!). Family designed, owned and operated since 2015.
Visit their website for more information: Matterhorn Mini Golf Phone: 860-795-0234

Things to do in the winter

Ski Sundown- Experience quality skiing and snowboarding within a mile of Chapin Park 15 Trails, 2 Terrain Parks with 65 acres of skiable terrain for all abilities 3 triple chairlifts, & 2 conveyors Day and Night skiing with 4-hour and 8-hour “start anytime” tickets.
Visit their website for more information: Ski Sundown Phone: 860- 379-SNOW (7669)


Chapin Park Ice Skating (weather permitting) in the park accross the street.
Covered rink at Simsbury Farms Recreation Complex with figure and hockey skates available for rental visit for more info


CANTON CLAY WORKS- Have you always been interested in ceramic arts or have you had experience but not the time? Treat yourself to a get-away, learn from Tim Scull and his staff and take time for simple pleasures. Go to for a class schedule. Make it a weekend and spend the night in a peaceful bed and breakfast.
Visit their website for more information: Canton Clay Works Phone: 860-693-1000

WHITING MILLS- Located in a converted old factory, there are 30+ astists, artisans, quilters, furniture makers, photographers and more with an art gallery. Whiting 860-738-2240
Visit their website for more information: Whiting Mills Phone: 860-738-2240 or 860-866-7923

Judith Kruger Studio- “By hunting, gathering and manipulating abstract visual information and specific matter, I establish a sense of personal belonging with unfamiliar territory.”
Visit their website for more information: Judith Kruger Studio

Canton Village Quilt Works – Jackie Kunkel – Online Quilt Shop, designer, Teacher and Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor. “Quilting is our passion and fabric inspires us. We want to bring to you the best quality and most gorgeous fabrics that the industry has to offer so that you can be inspired in that next project of yours.”
Visit their website for more information: Canton Village Quilt Works Phone: 480-454-3891

Hurley Business Park- A renovated factory with art studios, a gym, restaurant, tavern, and twenty five other local merchants & businesses.
Visit their website for more information: Hurley Business Park Phone: 860-379-8506

The Quilted Ewe – Mary Watt – Quilts, fabric & fiber art supplies, classes & more. We are your one stop quilt shop! Your source for: Fabrics, fibers, yarns, soaps, sewing & felting supplies, hand crafted items from needle felted ornaments to quilts. We are more than a supply store, offering advice,and instructional guidance. Classes on quilting, needle felting, and basket making and more. 37 Greenwoods Road, New Hartford, CT, 06057. New spacious classroom and a lot more retail space! –
Visit their website for more information: The Quilted Eve Phone: 860-379-3260

CT SCHOOL OF JEWELRY ART- Offering Jewelry Classes for Teens and Adults! We have been teaching the art of metalsmithing for 38 years.  My mission is to teach you the beginner skills necessary to give you a professional result in your first piece.  I take pride in sharing with you from the very start some things that took me YEARS to acquire!
Visit their website for more information: CT School of Jewelry Art Phone: 860-693-9427


Infinity Hall- Built in 1883 in picturesque Norfolk in northwest Connecticut, Infinity Hall is an intimate music, dining and entertainment destination beyond compare. Newly renovated, the historic building features its original proscenium stage and wood, as well as many other notable details. 20 Greenwoods Rd W, Norfolk, CT 06058
Visit their website for more information: Infinity Hall Phone: 866-666-6306

Gilson Theater-  Take in a movie while enjoying dinner and drinks, appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches, cocktails guests must be 21 and over.
Visit their website for more information: Gilson Theater Phone: 860-379-5108

Pleasant Valley Drive-In- The theater sits on a 3 acre lot near the west branch of the Farmington River. We host a capacity for up to 250 cars and maintain the nostalgic American drive-in appeal. Our season runs weekends in early spring through fall (including early October if there is warm weather). We’re open on Thursday nights during our peak summer season. Carload night moves to Friday nights during our fall season.
Visit their website for more information: Pleasant Valley Drive-in Phone: 860-379-6102

Bridge Street Live- A Connecticut Hot Spot featuring amazing Live Music, award winning Stand-up Comedy and other uniquely sophisticated Entertainment.
Visit their website for more information: Bridge Street Live Phone: 860-693-9762

Parrott Delaney Tavern – “Come join us for a wonderful dining experience, entertainment and a great craft beer selection!  We look forward to serving you at your hometown Tavern!”  37 Greenwoods Road – New Hartford – Live music on weekends!
Visit their website for more information: Parrott Delaney Tavern Phone: 860-379-0188

Warner Theater – A great destination for entertainment with affordable prices, diverse programs and revitalized facilities. Located in Torrington, CT
Visit their website for more information: Warner Theater: Phone: 860-489-7180


Jerram Winery -Jerram Winery is located in the historic Town Hill section of New Hartford, the site of the original town settlement dating to the early 1700s. Because of it’s elevation, the vineyards enjoy a relatively long growing season that enables the vines to produce grapes with the sophisticated maturity necessary for the production of high quality wines. Jerram Winery currently offers 11 wines, including several award winners. Our vineyards grow many varieties of grapes including Marechal Foch, Seyval Blanc and Vignole
Visit their website for more information: Jerram Winery: Phone: 860-379-8749


Brewery Legitimus- Featuring on premise beer sales and a taproom. Located in the heart of New Hartford, CT Providing craft beer drinkers high quality, superior tasting, innovative Belgian and American style craft beers.
Visit their website for more information: Brewery Legitimus:


Wonderful museums in the area including the Hillstead in Farmington, the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the Museum of American Art in New Britain and many in the Berkshire Hills. Let me know your interest and I will connect you.

American Museum of Tort Law – 654 Main Street – Winsted, CT 06098 Phone: 860-379-0505


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