Litchfield

Antiques

Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

A showcase of period antiques and fine arts, the museum-quality pieces here are impressive and a wee bit intimidating. Fortunately, the owner is not. Look, touch and, by all means (if you have the means), buy!

www.tillouantiques.com

Litchfield County Auctions

Auctions are held five times a year, and the bidding is done on line. The LCA tag sales that run along with the auctions are great. The selection is best on the weekends, however Mondays and Tuesdays bring 40-60% off.

www.litchfieldcountyauctions.com

Arts

Litchfield Community Center

This community center is a great gathering place for creative, intellectual and recreational pursuits. Yoga, zumba fitness, movies, painting classes, Tai Chi, bridge, Bingo, dance, writing classes, and so much more. Check out their website for events and classes.

421 Bantam Road

Litchfield

860.567.8302

www.thecommunitycenter.org

New Arts Gallery

This gallery is situated in a beautiful two-story barn on a back road in Litchfield, and shows works by both internationally recognized and re-emerging artists from both the US and abroad. The gallery spaces are impressive and so is the list of artists they represent.
www.newartsgallery.com

Causes

White Memorial Conservation Center

Volunteers are needed regularly at White’s environmental education center. Training programs are available for serious research.

www.whitememorialcc.org
860.567.0857

Eats

Bohemian Pizza

Not your average pizzeria interior. Everywhere you look, from ceiling to walls, your gaze is met with vintage record album covers, which, for many of us, will bring back a rush of memories (yes, the good, the bad and the ugly). The pizza is great (crispy crust, flavorful sauce) and also of importance: there is a large beer selection. The folks at Bohemian Pizza make their own dough, pizza crust and bread. Fun, festive atmosphere.

342 Bantam Road
860.567.3980

Brookside Farm

Open for visits mid-February through March. Maple syrup sold year round. Call ahead. 

79 East Chestnut Hill Road
860.567.3805

Bunnell Farm

Pick your own  flowers and pumpkins.

298 Maple Street
860.567.9576
bunnellfarm.net

Casa Bacchus

The finest wines from around the world with a wide range of prices.

www.casabacchus.com

Haight-Brown Vineyard

Haight Vineyards is Connecticut’s oldest winery, opening its doors in 1975. Located on historic Chestnut Hill, just one mile east of Litchfield Center, the winery is situated on ten pastoral acres. The tasting room includes a custom built wine bar for conducting wine tastings guided by the knowledge of their educated and friendly staff, an upstairs patio and downstairs terrace for sipping wine on lazy summer days, and two stone fireplaces for lingering during chilly ones. There is also a picnic grove for enjoying your own food with Haight-Brown wines, a cheese nook and retail area as well as several private rooms (Vine Room, Cask Room, etc) for a more intimate tasting or private party affair. The vineyard grows vinifera and hybrids including Chardonnay, Chardonelle, Marechal Foch, Dechaunoc, Marquette, and Seyval Blanc. Its current growing capacity has the ability to produce yields upwards of thirty-five tons annually. The tasting room is a lovely place to stop by and relax by the fireplace with a glass of wine. Check their site for cheese and chocolate pairing classes and tours of the vineyard.

29 Chestnut Hill Road
860.567.4045
haightvineyard@aol.com
haightvineyards.com

Hilljack Sugar Shack

Open 7 days a week, 8am-6pm. There are extended hours for sugaring season. Visitors are encouraged to stop by anytime. Free tours of facilities. School groups welcome. For tours larger than 7, please call ahead to schedule.

74 Wilson Road
860.482.6052

Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Market

Saturdays, 10am-1pm
June 15 – October 26
Center School
125 West Street
litchfieldhillsfarmfresh-ct.org
and
The Indoor Winter Market:
Saturdays, 10am – 1pm
January 4 – June 7
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road

Patty’s Restaurant

The service is quick and the food is fresh and tasty at this small, cheery restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. Family style restaurant with friendly staff.  Call for hours. Gets busy on the weekends.

499 Bantam Road
860.567.3335

Peaches n Cream

You’ll find a nice choice of homemade ice cream flavors at this retro style parlor. Delicious ice cream cakes.

632 Torrington Road
860.496.7536

The Dutch Epicure Shop

Known region-wide for their European style pastries, breads, cookies and cakes made on the premises, German meats and sausages, Dutch and European cheeses, various fine teas, jams, chocolates from all over Europe, and of course Dutch food and Dutch groceries, this little shop couldn’t be more authentic or wonderful. Also to covet are their ever popular sandwich rolls, Prima Donna aged cheese, ham with rosemary and the bags of spaetzle, and mocha sticks. Their website provides video links showing how some of their culinary creations are made (when was the last time you whipped up a mean zuger kirsch torte?). To satisfy your craving for Dutch food, run, don’t walk, to this extraordinary shop.

491 Bantam Road
860.567.5586
www.dutchepicure.com

The Village Restaurant

Located on Litchfield’s green, this is an atmospheric and bustling restaurant that features American pub food (burger, fish & chips, salads, etc.) for lunch and a comprehensive and varied dinner menu. The ambience is lively (due to the popular bar); should you require a more relaxed environment, there is an adjoining section that is quieter.

25 West Street
860.567.8307
www.village-litchfield.com

Tilden Seafood

Since there aren’t too many seafood markets in the region, make sure to get there early as selections are limited as the day goes on. The clambake bags are fun and include everything you need tied up in a bag for boiling a traditional New England-style clambake. Fresh seafood, special orders and catering.Their meat store is conveniently located next door if you are planning a surf and turf.

174 West Street
860.567.4400
www.tildensclambakes.com

West Street Grill

A bit pricy and some might say stuffy, this upscale restaurant serves fine, fresh food. The pork and ginger dumplings with a glass of white wine create a satisfying meal.

43 West Street
860.567.3885
www.weststreetgrill.com

Fitness

Charym Yoga + Fitness

This yoga studio is located in a beautifully restored historic building in downtown Litchfield. They offer a variety of yoga and yoga-fitness classes, as well as workshops and events. They also have a wonderful free class on the first Sunday of the month called Karma Yoga, which is open to beginners through advanced practitioners. Guests are simply asked to bring a non-perishable food item, or other appropriate donation for their basket which is given to the charity of the month.

174 West Street
860.567.2241
www.charym.com

Goods

Kitchenworks & Gourmet Gifts

This wonderful kitchen shop carries all the top quality cookware, linens, serving pieces and gadgets.

Nice selection of cookbooks, too.

www.kitchenworksct.com

Litchfield County Auctions

Auctions are held five times a year, and the bidding is done on line. The LCA tag sales that run along with the auctions are great. The selection is best on the weekends, however Mondays and Tuesdays bring 40-60% off.

www.litchfieldcountyauctions.com

Litchfield Pet Supply

Everything you could possibly need for your well-cared for dog or cat.

www.litchfieldpetsupply.net

Oliphant

Bold colors and graphic patterns are the stars here. From understated furniture to hand painted accessories, photography books, and jewelry. Plenty to take in.

www.oliphantdesign.com

R. Derwin Clothiers

For more than 25 years, R Derwin Clothiers has been one of the most stylish shopping destinations in Litchfield County. Derwin’s defines a chic, timeless look that blends country and city sophistication, specializing in the finest Scottish and Italian cashmere. Both stores (men’s and women’s) also offer European sportswear and a broad selection of American-made clothing and accessories. The service is exceptional and the setting is friendly and relaxed.

The Ladies Store
43 West Street
Litchfield
860.567.4095 
The Men’s Store
33 West Street
Litchfield
860.567.0100 

www.rderwinclothiers.com

White Flower Farm

Retail store of the drool-worthy catalog. Exquisite grounds transport you into a world of tranquility and botanical inspiration, perhaps with a wheelbarrow of envy.

www.whiteflowerfarm.com

Landmarks

Captain William Bull Tavern

Also known as Tollgate Tavern, The Captain William Bull Tavern was built around 1745 on a farm on the East Litchfield Road, part of the Hartford to Albany highway. It is not known who built the house, but Capt. Bull was the owner of the farm by the 1790s. He had served at the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. The house passed through various owners until Frederick Fuessenich of Torrington purchased it in 1923. By that time it had fallen into disrepair and was in danger of being dismantled. Fuessenich saved it and moved the building to a new site about two miles away, placing it across from where the old tollhouse on the Torrington Turnpike had once stood. Fuessenich, an avid collector of antiques, restored and furnished the house, which he renamed the Tollgate Hill Tavern.
571 Torrington Rd.
www.historicbuildingsct.com
www.tollgatehill.com

Litchfield Historical District

Litchfield is famous as one of the most beautiful residential communities in America and is considered to be New England’s finest surviving example of a typical late 18th century New England town. Situated in the midst of the Litchfield Hills at an elevation of approximately 1,100 feet above sea level, the village is a show place of elegant white colonial and 19th century private homes overlooking broad green lawns, which border its residential streets.  In 1959, the Borough of Litchfield was designated a Historic District by the Connecticut General Assembly. Ten years later, part of the District was made a National Historic Landmark.
Route 25 and Route 63
www.townoflitchfield.org

Mount Tom Tower

Located on Mount Tom is a 34-foot stone tower. A hike up to the top of the Mount Tom Tower yields a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and distant landmarks. The original structure was made of wood and in 1921 was rebuilt using stone.
White Memorial Foundation
80 Whitehall Road

(860) 567-0857
www.whitememorialcc.org
www.firelookout.org

Topsmead State Forest

Nestled in the Litchfield Hills, Topsmead State Forest remains a precious piece of a past era with fine craftsmanship and understated wealth evident throughout the former summer estate of Miss Edith Morton Chase.
25 & 45 Chase Road
www.ct.gov

Lodgings

The Litchfield Inn

432 Bantam Road
860.567.4503
www.litchfieldinnct.com

Outdoors

Brookside Farm

Open for visits mid-February through March. Maple syrup sold year round. Call ahead. 

79 East Chestnut Hill Road
860.567.3805

Hilljack Sugar Shack

Open 7 days a week, 8am-6pm. There are extended hours for sugaring season. Visitors are encouraged to stop by anytime. Free tours of facilities. School groups welcome. For tours larger than 7, please call ahead to schedule.

74 Wilson Road
860.482.6052

Mount Tom State Park

The short hike to the top reveals a 34 foot stone tower with 360-degree view, which is amazing. To cool off, you can take a swim in Mount Tom Pond, which is spring fed. Bring a picnic.
www.berkshirehiking.com

The Boardwalk

Part of White Memorial, this lovely boardwalk circles the marsh. A great place to walk with kids and view birds and beavers.

White Memorial Foundation

The White Memorial Conservation Center operates an Environmental Education Center and Nature Museum, is located in the heart of the 4000-acre White Memorial Foundation. The outdoor arena includes the wildlife sanctuary. The Foundation comprises fields, water, and woodlands, trails, campgrounds, boating facilities, and special areas for large outdoor educational and recreational gatherings. The White Memorial has miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It is free and open to the public.

80 Whitehall Road
860.567.0857
www.whitememorialcc.org

Pursuits

Litchfield Garden Club

Inspired by the founding of the Garden Club of America, nine Litchfield women founded this garden club in September of 1913. The club offers a variety of educational and informative programs to the public, such as open public meetings on floral design and horticulture, and highlighting the club’s long tradition of contributions to the community in civic beautification, projects and conservation education.
www.litchfieldgardenclub.org

The Litchfield Historical Society

Founded in 1856, The Litchfield Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting Litchfield County’s history through its historic house, museum and research library.
7 South Street
860.567.4501
www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org