Kent

Antiques

B. Johnstone & Co.

Upscale apparel and thoughtfully curated vintage collectibles. If you’re in the market for a deco cocktail shaker or designer label, you’re likely to find it here.

4 North Main Street
(860) 927-1272

R.T. Facts

Unusual and beautiful architectural pieces and furniture can be found at this fascinating store. We were once tempted to purchase an old fun house mirror, if that gives any indication of the surprising relics turned objet d’art you might discover here.

www.rtfacts.com

Arts

Morrison Gallery

A wonderful gallery that exhibits the work of emerging regional artists, contemporary luminaries, and modern masters. They represent many local artists such as Robert Andrew Parker and Gary Komarin, as well as legends like Hans Hoffman, Cleve Gray, and Wolf Kahn. The large main gallery allows for the exhibition of major works and large scale sculpture, while adjoining rooms provide a more intimate setting for smaller pieces.
www.morrisongallery.com

The Good Gallery

This art gallery is experimenting with some unique shows. Tim Good, the owner of the gallery, represents a number of talented artists such as Tina Close, Denny Good, Yuka Imata, Leah McCloskey, Ed Muszala, Erin Nazzaro, Eleanor Rahim, Dorrie Rifkin, Katie Réscheidt, Peter Seltzer, and Martha Wakeman. The gallery space is in a charming 1850’s post and beam building.

The Good Gallery
13 Railroad Street
(next to the caboose)
Kent 

860.927.5065
www.thegoodgallerykent.com

Eats

Camps Road Farm

This 50-acre farm in Kent offers pastured eggs and meat from their birds. They have a pastured Chicken & Egg CSA offered throughout the summer with pick-ups at the New Milford Farmers’ Market from May to November. Details for the CSA can be found here.  CSA shares are now available.
In addition to their pastured poultry products, they have a winter Vegetable CSA and they have started 1.4 acres of hops for an on-farm brewery and 1.4 acres of apples for an off-farm distillery.
33 Camps Road
Kent, CT 06757
860.717.0701
www.campsroadfarm.com

Farm Country Soup
Food Shop & Bakery

Catering to many particular palates, the chalk board at this shop and café lists 3 special daily soups, and there is always at least one that is vegan. Using farm fresh, seasonal ingredients, mostly from local farms, they offer quiches, frittatas, flatbreads, and many delicious baked goods to be eaten there or to take out.

14 North Main Street
860.592.0280
farmcountrysoup@gmail.com
www.farmcountrysoup.com

J.P. Gifford Market & Catering

If you are strolling along Kent’s picturesque main drag, stop at this popular gathering place to indulge in a hot cup of coffee and an outstanding sandwich. Whenever possible, the proprietors buy locally grown products.  Their takeaway dishes are wonderful and the desserts, muffins and breads are baked on the premises each day. Full service catering.

12 North Main Street
860.592.0200
www.jpgifford.com

Kent Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, 9am – 12noon
May 8 – October 10

Kent Green
Kent

Kingsley Tavern

Take a break while shopping in Kent and grab a seat on the cozy, window-box-lined front porch of the Kingsley Tavern on Main Street. Southwestern American and South Asian offerings dot the menu, with a Saigon sandwich (think Bahn Mi) of pork belly, grilled shrimp, or tofu, and a Southwest Salad with grilled shrimp and fried tortilla strips. Even the Roasted Beet Salad with oranges and citrus vinaigrette takes a Latino turn with toasted pepitas.
Friendly owner Anna Gowan and Chef Charles Dietrich, use locally sourced meat and vegetables to keep it simple with great ingredients, and the menu tells you exactly where, say, that burger comes from (Hurlburt Farms).

Hours: Monday – Closed
Tuesday -Thursday dinner 5-9, bar 4:30-close
Friday dinner 5-9:30, bar 4:30 – close
Saturday brunch 11-3, dinner 5-9:30, bar 10:30-close
Sunday brunch 11-3, dinner 5-8:30, bar 11-close

Kingsley Tavern
14 North Main Street
Kent
860.592.0261
kingsleytavern@gmail.com
kingsleytavern.com

Fitness

W. Rhythm Fitness

Popular Zumba instructor Wanessa Anderson took launched W. Rhythm Fitness Studio in December of 2015, currently the only studio in Litchfield county specializing in Barre workouts. They offer a variety of Barre classes (from beginner to advanced), including YogaBarre, PiYo (fusion of Pilates and Yoga), Piloxing (fusion of standing Pilates, Boxing and aerobics dance), Zumba and Belly Dance Party. As well, the studio holds various workshops such as Restorative Yoga, Latin Dance, Journey Dance and Boxing classes. Coming soon: Tai Chi and Intuitive Movement. The studio is also open for fitness professionals and dancers to rent the space and run their programs. For more information, or to become a member, learn about classes, workshops, schedules, and rates, visit the website below.

Rhythm Fitness
25 North Main Street
Kent
203.788.7818
wanrhythmfitness@gmail.com
www.wrhythmfitness.com

Goods

B. Johnstone & Co.

Upscale apparel and thoughtfully curated vintage collectibles. If you’re in the market for a deco cocktail shaker or designer label, you’re likely to find it here.

4 North Main Street
(860) 927-1272

Backcountry Outfitters

This is the place to shop for outdoor gear. The staff is very knowledgeable. They know the trails, too.
www.bcoutfitters.com

H.A. Dunne & Co.

Impressive collection of black and white vintage photographs of New York City, mostly from between 1880 and 1950. As well, antique maps, advertising posters and crate labels and other ephemera. And tasteful frames to boot.

www.hadunne.com

Heron American Craft Gallery

Specializing in artisan-made ceramics, glass and jewelry, there’s also a nice selection of clothing.

www.heronamericancraft.com

House of Books

We like this bookstore for its casual atmosphere. Always interesting displays of books that catch your eye, and help you discover a book you hadn’t heard of. Nice CD music section too.

www.hobooks.com

Ian Ingersoll Cabinetmakers

Simply beautiful, expertly crafted Shaker furniture.

www.ianingersoll.com

Kent Greenhouse and Gardens

We can’t drive past this nursery without being compelled to stop. One can never have too many hostas! From landscaping trees to flowering shrubs, green inspiration surrounds.

www.kentgreenhouseandgardens.com

R.T. Facts

Unusual and beautiful architectural pieces and furniture can be found at this fascinating store. We were once tempted to purchase an old fun house mirror, if that gives any indication of the surprising relics turned objet d’art you might discover here.

www.rtfacts.com

Sundog Shoes

The best shoe store in the NW Corner, this shop carries stylish yet comfortable shoes for men and women.

www.sundogshoe.com

Terston

Gorgeous clothing, jewelry and housewares, this is one of our favorites. You won’t be able to leave empty-handed!

www.terston.com

Three Monkeys and Me

This is a great children’s shop in Kent, which specializes in contemporary clothing, gifts and toys. Their clothing runs from newborn to size 14 (‘tween) for girls, and newborn to size 8 for boys. In the toy annex, they offer a fabulous selection of toys, from Lego to MagnaTiles to Faber-Castell art supplies. The space is wonderful, too.
7 Fulling Lane
860.927.4549
threemonkeysandme.com/

Landmarks

Bull’s Bridge

Bulls Bridge is one of the few functional covered bridges remaining in Connecticut.  Built in 1842, the bridge was one of the few ways to cross the Housatonic River from New York State, and was intended to bring more traffic into the area. In addition to the scenic wooden bridge, the area features waterfalls, rapids, overviews, a small gorge, and hiking trails.
About 3 miles SW of Kent on Bull’s Bridge Road

Eric Sloane Museum & Kent Iron Furnace

Eric Sloane (1905-1985) was a prolific artist, author and illustrator of over 30 books, and an avid collector of Americana. His extensive collection of hand tools is displayed in a building gifted to the State in 1969 by Stanley Works, the Connecticut-based tool manufacturing company, to mark their 125th anniversary. The collection tells a fascinating story about bygone times and the great American heritage of craftsmanship.
31 Kent Cornwall Rd
www.cultureandtourism.org

Kent Iron Furnace

The Kent Iron Furnace, located on the grounds of the Sloane-Stanley Museum, began production of pig iron in 1826 and continued for almost 70 years. The remains of the granite blast furnace with its Gothic arches can be seen just below the museum. A diorama explaining the local iron industry is in the museum lobby.
31 Kent Cornwall Road
www.connecticutexplored.org

Lodgings

The Inn at Kent Falls

This is a lovely inn, tastefully restored, with comfortable, beautifully designed rooms; updated bathrooms; and an outdoor pool. It’s perfectly situated in the heart of the Northwest Corner—a short drive to all of the best restaurants, shopping, art galleries, skiing, nature trails, lakes, and of course, Kent Falls.

107 Kent Cornwall Rd
www.theinnatkentfalls.com

Outdoors

Appalachian Trail River Walk

Part of the legendary Appalachian Trail, the River Walk trail is flat, well maintained and easy to follow. It is about 4 to 5 miles along the river. Enter the trail from either side, Cornwall or Kent. Enjoy the many types of birds, insects, mammals, water fowl, and plant life.
www.ctxguide.com

Cuyler Rink

Ice skating.

South Kent School
40 Bulls Bridge Road
South Kent

Kent Falls State Park

Located 5 miles north of Kent on Route 7, this park has a trail loop that goes over the falls and into the forest, and is a designated trout park. But the main attraction is the stunning waterfall dropping 250 feet in under a quarter mile. There’s swimming in the basin at the bottom of the falls. Beautiful all year round. Bring the kids and have a picnic. Can be crowded on weekends in the summer.
www.berkshirehiking.com

Lake Waramaug State Park

This popular state park consists of 95 acres and is located in Kent. The breathtaking views from the small beach on Lake Waramaug are  wonderful. There’s swimming, picnic tables, barbeque grills, kayak and canoe rentals. The campground is very popular, too.
www.lakewaramaug.com

Nadal Rink

Ice skating.

Kent School
Macedonia Road

Rink at Kent School

If you like open skating, this is the place for you. Check the local papers for schedule.
www.kent-school.edu