Hotel at a Glance: Interlaken Inn
The Litchfield Hills area of Connecticut is known for mountain scenery, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, and a winter wine trail. The Interlaken Inn, located next to a spring-fed lake in the heart of the countryside, has been welcoming visitors for more than 100 years. The resort's romantic amenities include a spa and a lauded farm-to-table restaurant; use the dining credit included with some of this getaway's options to sample the eatery's cuisine.
- Complimentary wine tour at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery included with some options
- Locally sourced ingredients in dishes such as homemade pumpkin gnocchi and roasted Hudson Valley duck
- Townhouse suites feature two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a living room with a fireplace.
- Signature treatment at Ellora Spa & Sanctuary: the ayurvedic facial, which combats signs of aging using plant extracts and sea algae
- Hit the slopes at MohawkMountain or Butternut Basin.
- Pet-friendly amenities: off-leash play areas and dog-walking trails along the lake
Lakeville, Connecticut: Rural Towns, State Parks, and Rolling Mountainside near the Berkshires
Litchfield Hills, located about 30 miles west of Hartford in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, was originally settled by farmers in the 18th century. The area remains pretty rural today—expect to see sleepy small towns and unspoiled natural scenery. In warmer months, urban day-trippers head here to go fishing and hiking; popular winter activities include skiing and touring the winter wine trail, which gives you a chance to see the quiet beauty of local vineyards in the off-season.
The village of Lakeville (where the inn is located) is a gateway to some of New England's best bicycling routes, including the Lakeville-West Cornwall trail, which runs for 28.5 miles, past Housatonic State Forest, covered bridges, and dairy farms. The Salisbury-Lime Rock trail, which follows scenic backroads and riverside stretches, is another good choice. Shoppers will want to visit the upscale outlet stores in the neighboring town of Millerton, New York, or follow the antiques trail in Woodbury.