Hotel in New England Countryside
When New Yorkers want to get away from it all, many head to the rolling farmlands of Litchfield Hills. The western Connecticut town’s small villages, craggy mountains, and rivers provide a tranquil reprieve. The Heritage Hotel lies on the region’s southern edge, about 90 minutes from Manhattan, on a sprawling stretch of countryside. The hotel’s decor—which includes fireplaces in both on-site restaurants, as well as two in the lobby—complements the area’s classic New England atmosphere.
The Heritage Inn’s guest rooms come simply decorated with dark wood furniture. Most have views of the adjacent golf course, where hotel guests can get discounts on rounds and cart rentals during golf season. If it’s too cold for a day on the greens, the onsite health club has everything from racquetball and volleyball courts to ping-pong tables and an indoor pool. Activities surrounding the hotel include snow tubing and skiing in the year-round Woodbury Ski Area, or visiting some of the quirky local museums. Click here for some of The Heritage Hotel’s activity recommendations.
In the evening, you can unwind in front of the roaring fireplace at Shadrach’s, the onsite restaurant and pub that serves classic New England clam chowder and crab-cake sandwiches for dinner. The pub stays open late and has complimentary billiard tables. Alternatively, the hotel’s Eight Mile Brook restaurant caters to large groups and features gourmet breakfast buffets.
Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills: Rural Towns, State Parks, and Rolling Mountainside
Litchfield Hills, located about 30 miles west of Hartford in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, was originally settled in the 18th century as a series of farm-based towns. Today, the area is still largely rural and known for its antique shops and unspoiled natural scenery. In warmer months, day-trippers from metropolitan New York and Connecticut head here to fish in the rivers and natural lakes and traverse the hiking trails cutting across acres of state parks. In the winter, skiing is popular, as is touring the winter wine trail to see the quiet beauty of local vineyards in the off-season.
The many rural villages in the area make good year-round destinations for those seeking a countryside retreat. Waterbury, with its variety of shops and restaurants, acts as the region’s urban center. North of here, the town of Litchfield is home to a bevy of antique shops and historic homes, including one Georgian house where Washington slept while camping in the city during the Revolutionary War. Strolling the avenues here, one can easily imagine what life was like in a typical late 18th-century New England village. To learn more about the area’s history, head to the town green to see several war monuments and visit the Litchfield Historical Society and Museum, where exhibits showcase furniture, clothing, and other artifacts from the colonial era.
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