Bantam
(Litchfield)

Antiques

The Housatonic Trading Company

This wonderful art and antiques shop is located in the former home of the Old Carriage Shop Antiques Center. They carry an eclectic mix of antiques, vintage pieces, repurposed pieces made from reclaimed materials, furniture and new pieces as well. From kitchenware to occasional tables and chairs, to decorative accessories, there is a wide selection of gifts to choose from. They are also planning on carrying some hand-crafted gift items by local artisans and painted objects too. The owners are designing their own line of furniture and accessory pieces, which will be sold in the store in the future. Check out the coffee bar in the rear of the store. You won’t want to leave.
920 Bantam Road
860.361.6299
www.housatonictrading.com

Veronica Martin Gallery

Walking through the Veronica Martin Gallery is like being in a crowded French bistro. It brings you back to the days when posters were an art form and sold a way of life. The gallery specializes in original Belle Epoque period posters from the 1880s to 1920s. The owner, Veronica Martin, is passionate about posters from that time in history. Her extensive knowledge on the matter of Art Nouveau Posters comes from years of studying and collecting. See our article HERE.
Posters can be shipped to anywhere in the USA and Europe.
Sat.-Sun. 12-5, or by appointment.

Veronica Martin Gallery
931 Bantam Rd.
Bantam, CT 06750
(860) 866-8169
www.vmgantiqueposters.com

Arts

Bantam Cinema

The charming Bantam Cinema brings us the best foreign films along with Hollywood movies. Situated in an old barn, it’s small and cozy, and parking can be a challenge, but we love it and couldn’t live without it!
115 Bantam Lake Road
860.567.1916
www.bantamcinema.com

Veronica Martin Gallery

Walking through the Veronica Martin Gallery is like being in a crowded French bistro. It brings you back to the days when posters were an art form and sold a way of life. The gallery specializes in original Belle Epoque period posters from the 1880s to 1920s. The owner, Veronica Martin, is passionate about posters from that time in history. Her extensive knowledge on the matter of Art Nouveau Posters comes from years of studying and collecting. See our article HERE.
Posters can be shipped to anywhere in the USA and Europe.
Sat.-Sun. 12-5, or by appointment.

Veronica Martin Gallery
931 Bantam Rd.
Bantam, CT 06750
(860) 866-8169
www.vmgantiqueposters.com

Eats

Arethusa a Mano
Bakery & Café

From bagels (plain, with butter, with farmer’s cheese, cream cheese and/or smoked salmon), cinnamon rolls, a variety of doughnuts, seasonal muffins, brioche rolls, to chocolate and almond croissants, a wide selection of baked goods are offered at this stylish café. All are made on the premises and pastries are baked several times a day and so are always fresh. For lunch there are soups, cheese & crackers, quiche with salad greens, panini sandwiches, and four types of salads.

The coffee comes from  Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a Brooklyn-based company that roasts high-quality beans, using sustainable methods. This is the reason that the coffee is so good, and why your Americano will taste like no other. The coffee comes in a variety of hot and chilled beverages. The cold-pressed brew appears to be a big hit. Whether you are meeting a friend for coffee, getting a box of doughnuts to bring home, or going solo with a good book, the atmosphere at Arethusa a Mano is.

Arethusa a Mano
Bakery & Café
833 Bantam Road
(Route 202)
Bantam

Open Wednesday – Monday
7 am – 4 pm
Closed on Tuesdays

860.361.6600

Arethusa Al Tavolo

The small-plates trend is alive and well here, but there are also plates to share. Chef Dan Magill has created a repertoire of delectable choices, like the meltingly tender scallops with pieces of pork belly, and the delicate tempura squash blossoms. Naturally, the superb butter and farmer’s cheeses are made at Arethusa Farm. For dessert, try the acacia honey-yogurt panna cotta or the delicious beignets. The wonderful wine and beer list (no mixed drinks) make perfect pairings. If you’re not in the mood to linger at a table, you can pull up a seat at the bar for wines by the glass, imported beer, and some thoughtful variations on a few classic comfort foods, such as a grilled cheese sandwich made with Arethusa cheese, heirloom tomatoes, smoked bacon, and béchamel sauce. Or a grilled hamburger with herbs, farmers cheese, homemade cumin-Sriracha mayonnaise, tomato jam, and pickled onions alongside a stack of hand-cut fries. It’s perfect for those who like to fit in a small dinner and a glass of wine either before or after heading over to Bantam Cinema to catch a flick. Open Thursday to Sunday, 5:30 to 9:30pm. Reservations required.
828 Bantam Road
860.567.0043

Arethusa Farm Dairy Creamery

As soon as you enter the cozy historic building that used to be the former Bantam firehouse, you are greeted by an array of comforting aromas from homemade waffle cones, gourmet cheeses, all natural milk, creamy yogurts and rich, freshly made ice cream. Arethusa’s farm-fresh products are made from milk produced by award-winning Holstein and Jersey cows. The creamery also offers seasonal products such as heavy cream, eggnog sold in old fashioned bottles, and a beguiling cranberry dark chocolate chunk ice cream and pumpkin swirl ice cream.

822 Bantam Road
860.361.6600
www.arethusafarmdairy.com

Bantam Bread Company

Using only the best natural and organic ingredients, the bakers at Bantam Bread Company create a wide selection of artisan breads made from scratch and by hand. In addition to their irresistible breads, there’s also lattice pies, tea cakes, fruit tarts, assorted pastries as well as focaccias, biscotti, and an array of imported and regional cheese as well as sauces, vinegars, oils, teas and coffees. To further tantalize your taste buds, local products such as maple syrup, organic fruits and vegetables are also sold.

853 Bantam Road
860.567.2737
www.bantambread.com

Bantam Market

Run by the owners of the highly popular , Northville Market, Bantam Market has all the same great offerings of top notch gourmet products, home baked goods, organic foods, plus a seafood counter, including sushi. They take pride in carrying a wide range of wheat and gluten free products. Check their website for weekly specials.

793 Bantam Road
860.567.8647
www.northvillemkt.com

Bantam Pizza & Restaurant

There aren’t too many places where you can find old fashioned great pizza at reasonable prices in an unassuming, homey, and unpretentious environment. One taste of their pizza and you’ll be sure to go back for more. Excellent service.

768 Bantam Road
860.567.8357
www.bantampizza.com

Café 202

Located in the back of The Housatonic Trading Company, a great shop, this cafe is new to the area. They offer gourmet coffee, frozen drinks, cappuccino, espresso, latte, tea, and freshly baked pastries. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable with small tables and two club chairs, and free Wifi. Great meeting place, or browse amongst the antiques while you sip a latte.

Café 202
920 Bantam Road
860.361.6299
www.cafe202.com

Wood’s Pit BBQ & Mexican Café

If you’re in the mood for barbecue or enchiladas followed by a cooling beverage, then this rustic eatery (where the hot-n-honey wings are particularly satisfying) is for you. Sip on a cold beer or a refreshing margarita before catching a film at the Bantam Theater next door.

123 Bantam Lake Road, Route 209
860.567.9869
www.woodspitbbq.com

Fitness

Litchfield Hills Aikikai

Laura Pavlik is the owner of this traditional Aikido Dojo. She teaches Aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art based on the principle of non-resistance. Aikido practice involves physical conditioning such as strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, and resilience. As well, it provides mental conditioning such as self-confidence, concentration, alertness, intuitiveness and concern for others. As a non-violent art, Aikido is great for children. No experience necessary. Nurture your mind, body and spirit. There are also Pilates classes for any level.

725 Bantam Road (Route 202)
in the Sportsman’s building
860.576.2527 or
860.567.3555
www.litchfieldaikido.com

Goods

Bantam Tileworks

Handcrafted tiles in astonishing color palettes. Rethink your bathroom, make over a table, maybe take up the game of chess — they create cool boards.

816 Bantam Road
860.361.9306
www.bantamtileworks.com

Sportmen’s of Litchfield

One of the best places around for athletic equipment, gear, apparel, and footwear. Longtime family-run business.

725 Bantam Road

(Route 202)

Bantam

www.sportsmens.biz

The Housatonic Trading Company

This wonderful art and antiques shop is located in the former home of the Old Carriage Shop Antiques Center. They carry an eclectic mix of antiques, vintage pieces, repurposed pieces made from reclaimed materials, furniture and new pieces as well. From kitchenware to occasional tables and chairs, to decorative accessories, there is a wide selection of gifts to choose from. They are also planning on carrying some hand-crafted gift items by local artisans and painted objects too. The owners are designing their own line of furniture and accessory pieces, which will be sold in the store in the future. Check out the coffee bar in the rear of the store. You won’t want to leave.
920 Bantam Road
860.361.6299
www.housatonictrading.com

Veronica Martin Gallery

Walking through the Veronica Martin Gallery is like being in a crowded French bistro. It brings you back to the days when posters were an art form and sold a way of life. The gallery specializes in original Belle Epoque period posters from the 1880s to 1920s. The owner, Veronica Martin, is passionate about posters from that time in history. Her extensive knowledge on the matter of Art Nouveau Posters comes from years of studying and collecting. See our article HERE.
Posters can be shipped to anywhere in the USA and Europe.
Sat.-Sun. 12-5, or by appointment.

Veronica Martin Gallery
931 Bantam Rd.
Bantam, CT 06750
(860) 866-8169
www.vmgantiqueposters.com

Outdoors

Bantam Lake Circle Bike Ride

This 10-mile bike ride starts off with hills, then becomes easier. Beginning at the entrance to White Memorial on Rte. 202, right onto Bissel Rd., right onto Alain White Rd., right onto East Shore Rd., right onto Rte. 109, right onto Rte. 209, right onto North Shore Rd, right onto Rte. 202.