Kent is really at the heart of the northwestern Connecticut/Litchfield County region. Close to the Trinity
Pawling School, Salisbury, Warren, Washington, the Appalachian Trail, Lake Waramaug and Lime Rock State Park, Kent is your
gateway to adventure. During your stay at our Bed & Breakfast, please feel free to take advantage of the many recreational
activities available in the greater Kent, Connecticut area. Rent a canoe or kayak, go skiing at Mohawk Mountain, visit
Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, or just take a walk and admire the fall foliage. Fine lodging awaits you at our historic colonial Bed and
Breakfast when your adventure is complete. Below are just some of the diverse recreational opportunities for the adventurous.
For local activities and celebrations, please visit our LOCAL EVENTS page to view all of your options.
ACTION WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
337 Torrington Rd., Rte. 4, Goshen, CT 06756 | 860-482-4465
Located on 116 acres and set within the Northwest Hills of Litchfield County. Glorious fields of green and a 6,600-ft. stonewall surrounds Action Wildlife Foundation. Guests tour the facility on foot or by hayride, while viewing over 32 species of exotic animals from around the world. Stop at the petting barn, museum and gift shop. Call to participate in an educational lecture or to sign-up for a discounted group tour. Open Apr-Nov.
In addition to Pond Mountain, Kent Falls and Macedonia State Parks, there’s the legendary Appalachian trail! The Appalachian Trail—local hiking paths start at Bulls Bridge in Kent, Connecticut. There is a Connecticut Appalachian Trail map available on the Blue Skies website that also contains information about parking, trailheads, camping or shelters, and availability of water/food/supplies to help you safely plan your hike. There are two main sections: Hiking North from New York and Hiking South from Massachusetts.
BEACHES & PARKS
362 Tyrrel Road, Millbrook, NY 12545
Innisfree is a 150-acre public garden in which the ancient art of Chinese landscape design has been reinterpreted to create, without recourse to imitation, a unique American garden. At Innisfree the visitor strolls from one three-dimensional picture to another. Streams, waterfalls, terraces, retaining walls, rocks, and plants are used not only to define areas but also to establish tension or motion. The 40-acre lake is glacial, most of the plant material is native, and the rocks have come from the immediate forest.
Kent, Rte. 7. The stream known as Falls Brook makes a dramatic 200-foot drop. A path through the hemlocks leads to the top and provides lookouts of the state’s highest falls. Picnic grounds are set in a meadow at the foot of the waterfall.
LAKE CANDLEWOOD – DYKE’S POINT New Milford Corner of Sherry Lane. www.candlewoodlake.org
Fishing, picnicking, hiking, canoe launch. Fairly rocky terrain- not a sandy beach.
Off Rte. 45, New Preston. Scenically, few bodies of water in CT. can rival the unspoiled beauty of Lake Waramaug. 77 campsites, bathrooms, showers, concession, swimming, scuba diving, picnicking, fishing, canoe &Kayak rentals, car-top boating. Charge: camping, weekends and holidays. Campground Office: 860-868-0220 (mid May–Sept 30). Park Office: 860-868-2592
Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens
2 Plunkett Street – Box 974
Lenox, Massachusetts 01240-0974
3 miles west of Bantam off Rte. 202. The stone tower at summit of Mt. Tom 1,325 ft. is a favored destination among hikers. The tower trail is about 1 mile long. Picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating/non-motor, scuba diving, canoe & kayak rentals, bathrooms, concession. Charge: daily. Park Office: 860-868-2592
Fishing Hiking, Picnicking, Sandy Beach with lifeguard. New Fairfield, CT, Rt. 37 New Fairfield just before Bogus Hill.
STATE PARKS CONTACT INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toll Free in CT: 866-287-2757 or 860-424-3200 Fax: 860-424-4070
This is a Kent river & waterfall route. 0.0 Turn left out of Bicycle Tour Company driveway. Pass by the begriming of Kent School, one of the finest and most beautiful Prep schools on the Northeast.; 0.7 Turn left onto Schaghticoke Road. Wonderful Waterfalls roll down the sides of the hills. Partially paved this road parallels the Housatonic River; 5.0 Turn left at the T-intersection; 5.4 Continue straight at the traffic light onto Bulls Bridge Road; 7.7 Turn left at the stop sign onto South Kent Road; 10.6 Continue straight at the large stop sign onto 341 West;11.2 Continue straight at the traffic light and the Bicycle Tour Company is the second driveway on the left.
CARRIAGE RIDES, SLEIGH RIDES & HAYRIDES
LOON MEADOW FARM
Beth & Steve Podhajecki
PO Box 554, Norfolk, CT 06058
Night Rides. See the night sky as it is meant to be, available any time, especially enchanting during a full moon! For Rides Departing After 9 PM Add $100 Loon Meadow Farm is located on Loon Meadow Drive in Norfolk CT, a quaint village located in the beautiful Litchfield Hills region of the southern Berkshires in northwest Connecticut. Norfolk borders Massachusetts and is minutes from New York’s Rt 22 corridor. Convenient to all of Litchfield County, in Connecticut, the southern Berkshire region of Massachusetts and Columbia County in New York. Loon Meadow Farm is owned and operated by Beth and Steve Podhajecki and encompasses 20 open and wooded acres.
WOOD ACRES FARM
Joyce & Ken Wood
68 Griffen Rd., 68 Griffen Rd.
Terryville, CT 06786
Carriages & Country Weddings: Joyce & Ken Wood offer the perfect setting to enjoy a private horse drawn carriage or sleigh ride. Endless wooded trails & picturesque ponds surround their 1700’s country home, where complimentary refreshments are served, after your ride. Group Hayride Parties with campfires. Sleigh Ride/Ice Skating Parties with hot chocolate in their cozy Twin Pines Cabin. Ideal Gift Certificates. 10 mi. S.E. of Litchfield; 5 mi. from Bristol.
BOB ELLIS COACH & CARRIAGE SERVICE
62 Deer Lane, Morris, CT 06763
860-567-1114, Fax: 860-567-8607
Enjoy a horse-drawn hay, sleigh or carriage ride on our farm, or they’ll travel to youAn 1880 Concord Stagecoach and a Vis-à-vis Carriage are available for weddings or any other special occasion. Gift certificates available. Call for reservations.
LOON MEADOW FARM
Beth & Steve Podhajecki
PO Box 554, Norfolk, CT 06058
we can dash you through the snow!
Antique lap robes will keep you cozy as you relax to the sound of sleigh bells jingling. Begin at the stable yard and glide through the field and into the woods, from there the horses know the way to carry the sleigh, back to the farm house where a steaming cup of hot mulled cider awaits you! Sleighride
ELLSWORTH HILL ORCHARD & BERRY FARM, LLC P, SF, V, LF
Ed & Michael Bozzi, Proud Farmers
461 Cornwall Bridge Road, Sharon, CT 06069 | 860-364-0025
June-Nov. – 7 days (no rest for a farmer!)
Family fun hayrides! Ellsworth Hill Farm and Orchard – home of the world’s first pink pumpkin and now…a blue one too! Ellsworth consists of 70 acres, 17 of which, are full of 17 varieties of apples. Apples are ready to be picked daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November, or until they’ve all been picked. You can also pluck your own strawberries, blueberries, summer & fall raspberries, apples, plums, pumpkins, and gourds.
THE SILO COOKING SCHOOL AT HUNT HILL FARM
44 Upland Rd, New Milford, CT
Phone: 860-355-0271. Nearly 100 recreational classes taught by top chefs. Both hands-on and demonstrations. Custom and Private Groups, Corporate Teambuilding, Junior Chef and Kids Classes, Gingerbread classes, Birthday and Private parties for all ages. Wed.–Sat. 10-5. Sun, noon–5. www.hunhillfarmtrust.org
THE CORN MAZE AT WHITE HOLLOW FARM
Rte. 7 & 112, Limerock, CT 06039
860-824-0497 or 860-435-0382
September thru October every Sat. & Sun. – Monday Holidays 10-6. A wonderful family activity in a beautiful farm setting. With a strong emphasis on nature and agriculture, you will learn as you challenge yourself to find horticultural destinations in the 11-acre corn maze. Hay rides & farm animals, homemade cookies and drinks. Pumpkins, sweet corn, & frozen all-natural grass-fed beef.
Stroll across from the Inn and be entranced by the hills surrounding Cobble Road…breathtaking views!
Pond Mountain: the pond trails make for exquisite walks through 600 acres of protected land.
KENT FALLS STATE PARK is a dramatic place to picnic & take a casual hike up the Falls.
MACEDONIA STATE PARK
meander over moss covered fields throughout the park, walk over one of the many log foot bridges to a picnic bench by Macedonia Brook.
BICYCLE TOUR COMPANY, INC.
Kent, CT 06757 | 860-927-1742 or 888-711-KENT, Fax: 860-927-1976
Bicycle rentals & cycling routes for all ability levels. Groups are welcome & group rates are available. BTC is the premier cycling & touring center in the area as featured in Connecticut Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Cycling USA. 21 years of experience has given them the ability to meet the specific needs of your family, friends, or corporation.
163 Rte. 7, West Cornwall, CT 06796
860-672-6365. Canoe, kayak and raft on the beautiful Housatonic River. Rentals, guide service and instruction available. Whitewater rafting at Bulls Bridge Gorge in the Spring. Kayak instruction available by ACA Certified Instructors.
HOUSATONIC MEADOWS FLY SHOP & LODGE
13 Rte. 7, Cornwalll Bridge, CT 06754
860-672-6064. Full Line Orvis Dealer, Orvis Endorsed Guide Service, Instruction & Lodging. Classic New England trout fishing, with our “Orvis Endorsed” guides, with over twenty years experience on the Housatonic River. Fish riffles, runs, pools and pockets for brown, rainbow and brook trout and smallmouth bass (“Tarpon of the Berskshires”). Equipment available through the fly shop.
HOUSATONIC RIVER OUTFITTERS
(at the intersection of Rte. 4 & Rte. 7)
24 Kent Rd., Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754
860-672-1010. Full Service Flyshop, Lodging, Guide Service, Outfitters & Fly-Fishing Schools. Highest Quality fly-fishing equipment, tying materials, furnishings, outerwear, books, camping supplies, antiques, trips & 50,000 plus flies. Classes in fly-fishing, fly-tying and casting. Enjoy the day fly-fishing on the Housatonic River, Farmington River or nearby stream with one of the Most Experienced Guides in the NW Corner as featured in the NY Times, Gray’s Sporting Journal, & ESPN. Full day trip includes equipment and gourmet lunch. License, waders, flies, leaders; gratuities are not included.
THE HOUSATONIC RIVER (the “Hoosie”- best trout around) is in Northwestern Connecticut and flows out of the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. This river is a tremendous trout fishery, and is considered by many as one of the best in the eastern half of the United States. A 10.4-mile stretch of Trout Management, together with a stretch of Fly Fishing Only water, offer a large number of holdover fish in the 14- to 18-inch range. And many 18-plus-inch class fish are caught here each year! www.flyfishingconnection.com
ABOUT TROUT PARKS
Trout Park? What’s a Trout Park? Is it some kind of strange fish carnival? No, actually a Trout Park is a pond or stream that will be stocked weekly with trout from the state’s fish hatcheries. The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Fisheries Division has designated 11 water bodies in Connecticut as Trout Parks. Trout Parks are located in easily accessible areas to enhance trout fishing opportunities for young anglers and novice anglers as well as for those with mobility challenges. The frequent stockings, generally between Opening Day and Memorial Day, will greatly increase an angler’s chances of catching a fish, making it a more attractive “fishing hole”, particularly to children and families. Although the Trout Parks will have more fish in them, their daily creel limit (the number of trout an angler can keep) has been reduced from five to two fish per day in order to spread the catch among a greater number of anglers. Kent State Falls is a designated Trout Park.
O’HARA’S LANDING MARINA
254 Twin Lakes Road, Salisbury, CT 06068 | 860-824-7583
O’Hara’s Landing Marina offers food, fun and fishing on beautiful Twin Lakes in Salisbury, CT. Boat rentals, sales and service. Launching ramp, dock space by the day or season. Tackle and accessory sales.
59 South Kent Road, South Kent, CT
At Club Getaway, you can learn how to fly fish at New England’s premier trout fishery on the scenic Housatonic River. Our experienced, Club Getaway guides will show you the river’s best fishing spots, and will provide you with hands on instruction. At the low cost of $50, spaces are limited and must be reserved beforehand. New England’s premiere sports resort, has select dates for class day trips and overnights. Last year, more than 10,000 students experienced our unique blend of sports, adventure and fun. Club Getaway is located on 300 acres of Berkshire Mountain paradise in the quaint New England town of Kent, CT. Surrounded by mountains, overlooking a sparkling lake, Club Getaway is just two hours from New York and three
BELLAMY-FERRIDAY HOUSE & GARDEN
9 Main St. North, Bethlehem, CT 06751
203-266-7596 or 860-247-8996. 1754 home of Bethlehem’s First Minister transformed into a 20th century country estate with antiques, a formal garden of historic roses, lilacs, and peonies and an orchard. May–Aug. Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11 – 4; Sept.–Oct. Fri.-Sun. 11-4. Adm. Group tours maybe scheduled for other days and times by appt.
GLEBE HOUSE MUSEUM & GERTRUDE JEKYLL GARDEN
49 Hollow Rd., (off Rte. 6), Woodbury, CT 06798 | 203-263-2855
Architecturally interesting, this 1750′s minister’s farmhouse, or glebe, was where the first American Bishop of the Episcopal Church was elected in 1783. The house has fine period paneling and furnishings from the area and a gift shop. Site of only garden in the U.S. designed by Gertrude Jekyll. May-Oct., Wed.-Sun. 1-4; Weekends only in Nov., Sat.-Sun. 1-4; Dec.-Mar. by appt. Adm.
HURD HOUSE, OLD WOODBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Hollow Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798
Box 705. 203-266-0305. A fine example of an early home, circa 1680 and colonial herb garden. Jun.-Oct., Sun., 2-4, or by appt. Free. District 2 – One room schoolhouse open one Sun. each month or by appt. Open house Thanksgiving morning 10-noon, and Christmas Festival 1st Sat. in Dec.
KENT GREENHOUSE AND GARDEN CENTER
30 South Main St., Kent, CT 06757.
Rte. 7; 1/8 mi. south of Rte. 341, Kent, CT 06757. 860-927-3480. Celebrating our 36th year as the area’s largest gardening resource and principal design firm. Spectacular offerings of annuals & perennials, essential gardening supplies, fabulous garden accessories. Specializing in quality nursery stock from select shrubs to landscape-sized trees – Now available at wholesale prices through our Nursery Outlet! Featuring blooming gardens, seasonal planters, and holiday displays; and our wonderful Christmas Shop. Open daily 9-5:30 Mar.-Dec.
WHITE FLOWER FARM
167 Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759.
Rte. 63, (3 1/2 miles south of Litchfield Center). 860-567-8789. Unique nursery resource specializing in perennials, shrubs, bulbs, and specimen plants. Our retail store is surrounded by several acres of glorious display gardens. Open April-October 9-5:30, seven days a week. Closed Wed. in July and August.
BULLS BRIDGE GOLF CLUB, INC.
62 Bulls Bridge Rd.
South Kent, CT 06785
860-927-7101 or 203-422-2900
7,000-yard, 18-hole golf course on 391 acres. The club is named for the nearby covered Bull’s Bridge historical landmark. The course has been compared to the internationally famed Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, CA. Members and their guests will be able to avail themselves of a 325-yard by 75-yard, double-ended practice facility, as well as a three-hole, short-game practice area. Bountiful land — is apparent on such holes as the downhill 13th. The clubhouse, will feature locker rooms for men and women, an 80-seat grill room and a pro shop. Bull’s Bridge Golf Club, Inc. is a non-profit, equity membership, golf club owned by the members. The Kent Golf Club, LLC is the development company.
SILO RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB
Tee times may be reserved 7 days in advance by phone, or 14 days in advance on the website. Reservation services will be available 24 hours a day by email or on the website. A credit card will be required to reserve a tee time. Same day tee times may be reserved through the website or the Pro Shop. Tee times begin daily at 6:45AM(changes seasonaly). Please be aware of special events that may affect the availability of tee times. To book tee times in advance, call 845-373-9200 or TOLL FREE 866-745-6743
For same day tee times through the Pro Shop, call 845-373-9200
CANDLEWOOD VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB is a privately owned, public 18 hole Golf Facility situated on 175 acres in the scenic Candlewood Valley in New Milford, Connecticut. Open seven days a week. 18 Holes with Cart & Lunch for only $45.00
401 Danbury Road, New Milford CT 06776 | 860-354-9359
CANDLEWOOD LAKE CLUB
Lake Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
LAKE WARAMAUG COUNTRY
22 Golf Links Rd, New Preston, CT
SHARON COUNTRY CLUB
Amenia Union Road, Sharon, CT 06069 | 203-364-5964
WASHINGTON GOLF CLUB
10 Golf Course Road, Washington, CT 06793 | 860-868-0166
TORRINGTON COUNTRY CLUB
Route 4 East, Goshen, CT 06790
HIKING & CAMPING
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
local hiking paths start at Bulls Bridge in Kent, Connecticut. There is a Connecticut Appalachian Trail map available on the Blue Skies website that also contains information about parking, trailheads, camping or shelters, and availability of water/food/supplies to help you safely plan your hike. There are two main sections: Hiking North from New York and Hiking South from Massachusetts.
Caleb’s Peak in Kent, CT. offers a nice woodland hike with some scenic views of the surrounding country side. Located on the Appalachian Trail just north of Kent center, Caleb’s Peak is the kind of spot where you can sit back and relax after taking in some great views of the valley and mountains that shape the town of Kent. In addition to the great views, the trail takes youthrough some dense woodlands where you’ll see old stone walls and remnants of farm life from years gone by.
DEAN’S RAVINE FALLS
Canaan, Jtc. Rte. 7 and 112, take Rte. 7 north, right on Lime Rock Station Rd., left on Music Mountain Rd., parking on left jct. of Cream Hill Rd. Take the blue blazed trail. One of the wildest and most beautiful spots of its kind in the state, the trail, leads to a dramatic vertical 50-foot drop with flowing cascades in this unspoiled ravine.
MACEDONIA BROOK STATE PARK
4 miles north of Kent off Rte. 341. A 2,300 acre forested Park offers views of the Catskills and Taconic Mountains from 1,400 ft. 51 camp sites in rustic setting, bathrooms, stream fishing, hiking, picnicking. Charge: Camping only. Park Office: 860-927-3238
MOHAWK MOUNTAIN SKI AREA
46 Great Hollow Road, Cornwall, CT 06753. Off Rte. 4. 800-895-5222 or 860-672-6100. Celebrating our 67th year of SNOW MUCH FUN, Mohawk Mountain is the largest ski and
MOUNT RIGA STATE PARK
Salisbury. At jct. Rte. 44 and 41 in Salisbury, take Rte. 41 3.2 mi. to Under Mountain Trail parking on left. Bear Mountain is the highest summit in CT 2,316 ft. with spectacular views. Follow 1.9 mi. Undermountain Trail to the Appalachian Trail to Bear Mountain or for a more difficult route take Undermountain Trail to Paradise Lane (1st branch of trail on right) to Appalachian Trail to Bear Mountain. Trails lead past remnants of Northwest Connecticut’s Iron Age. An iron forge near Mount Riga was one of the state’s first, supposedly casting anchors for Old Ironsides. The trail gains over 1,500 ft in elevation in 2 miles. Views include fields, orchards, Twin Lakes, Sages Ravine, and Mount Everett. The Appalachian Trails provides Ball Brook and Brassie Brook campsites near Undermountain Trail for backpackers.
SHARON AUDUBON CENTER, NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
325 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, CT 06069. Rte. 4. 860-364-0520. 1,200 acres & 11 miles of trails open dawn to dusk, daily. Woods, gardens, & ponds. Building open year-round Tues.-Sat. 9-5; Sun. 1-5. Call for Holiday hours. Exhibit animals, children’s discovery room, natural history exhibits, & gift/book shop.
WHITE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION & CONSERVATION CENTER
71 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759.
Off Rte. 202, 2 mi. west of center. 860-567-0857. Grounds open year-round daily. 4,000 acre nature preserve with 35 miles of trails for hiking, x-country skiing, birdwatching, picnicking, camping & boating. Nature Museum contains unique exhibits depicting the history & natural resources of the area, as well as a Children’s Room & Nature Store. Museum open year-round, Mon.-Sat. 9-5; Sun. noon-5.
LEE’S RIDING STABLE, INC.
57 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Off Rte. 118. 860-567-0785
Horseback riding on quiet, well-mannered horses, through open and wooded trails. All trail rides are walking. English and western riding lessons and pony rides available. Indoor riding on rainy days. Boarding. Breeders of registered Morgan horses. Visitors always welcome.
Add a picnic or hiking stop to any one of our area activities. Our concierge can advIse you where to get one prepared depending on what you are wanting. Picnic on the Village Green or at one of the scenic locations within the kent/Litchfield county area. Choose the lovely kent Falls state park or the higher Of the Blue trail in Macedonia State Park with a scenic view.
LOON MEADOW FARM
Beth & Steve Podhajecki
PO Box 554, Norfolk, CT 06058
Picnics. Add a picnic or hiking stop to any carriage ride for an additional charge. Picnic on the Village Green or at one of the scenic locations within Haystack Mountain Park, choose the lovely pond setting or the higher plateau with a scenic view. Picnic tables are available at Haystack Mountain locations. Hike to the summit of Haystack Mountain. Add $30 per Half Hour of Waiting Time – 1 & 1/2 Hr Limit.
LIME ROCK PARK
Rte. 7 & 112, Lime Rock, CT 06039
For Race Information: 800-RACE-LRP
“The Road Racing Center of the East” hosts some of the largest spectator events in the Northeast.
In 2010, Lime Rock Park celebrated its 54th year as the Road Racing Center of the East. Lime Rock in total welcomes hundreds of thousands of people each year between April and November hosting driving clubs, racing schools and driving schools including Skip Barber, BMW, Porsche, CVR-PCA, SCDA and EMRA (plus the tracks members-only Lime Rock Drivers Club); SCCA regional and national races and the NARRC run-offs; and open test-days and manufacturer programs. In addition, as an active local affairs leader, Lime Rock Park welcomes many through its gates as host to community events, regional high school and college projects, fundraisers, Chamber of Commerce programs and numerous other special projects and events. The track and the Club can be reached at 1.800.722.3577 www.limerock.com
SKIP BARBER RACING SCHOOL, LLC
60 White Hollow Road, Lime Rock, CT 06039
P.O. Box 1629, Lakeville, CT 06759
800-221-1131. Fax: 860-435-1321. The worlds’ largest racing and driving school, Skip Barber offers a full compliment of racing schools, driving schools, high performance driving schools and race series programs at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville during a season that runs from early April through early November. Call or go online for program information and availability.
CLARKE OUTDOORS – Rafting – Kayaking – Canoeing
163 Route 7, West Cornwall, CT 06796 (1 mile south of the covered bridge)
860-672-6365, Fax: 860-672-4268
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Fridays, open from 10:00am to 4:00. On Saturday and Sunday, open from 10:00am to 5:00.
When spring rains and snow melt swell the banks of the Housatonic River, they offer whitewater rafting trips at Bulls Bridge Gorge in Kent, Connecticut.. Please keep in mind that rafts are more stable than canoes and are recommended for groups with young children or non-swimmers.
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