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 & celebrations, please visit EVENTS
Action Wildlife Foundation, Inc
., 337 Torrington Rd., Rte. 4, Goshen, CT 06756. Phone: (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. APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY
BEACHES & PARKS
| 362 Tyrrel Road, Millbrook, NY 12545| 845 677 8000 | www.innisfreegarden.org
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.
Lake Candlewood - Dyke's Point |www.candlewoodlake.org Fishing, Picnicking, Hiking, Canoe launch. Fairly rocky terrain not a sandy beach. New Milford Corner of Sherry Lane.
Lake Lillinonah | www.brookfieldct.org, and for pictures: housatonicnet.com
Lake Waramaug State Park, 30 Lake Waramaug Road | New Preston, CT 06777
Camping (Seasonal) 860.868-0220 | Maintenance Office 860.
dep.state.ct.us/stateparks and for more detail: http://dep.state.ct.us
Camping, Fishing, Picnicking, Swimming Charge: Weekends
and holidays, in season. Campsite fee. Scenically, few bodies
of water in Connecticut can rival the picturesque setting
of Lake Waramaug. When vivid fall foliage is mirrored in
the unrippled lake surface, the park becomes a mecca for
sightseers and photographers. Waramaug Lake is located in
the towns of Kent, Warren, and Washington in Litchfield
County. There are 77 sites in wooded and open settings available
in the Lake Waramaug Campground. The camping season begins
the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend and ends September
Kent/New Preston, CT | www.stateparks.com or dep.state.ct.us
Lake Waramaug, named after Chief Waramaug, the most powerful
warrior of his day. The Lake area was one of the Chief’s
favorite hunting and fishing areas. The unspoiled beauty
of Lake Waramaug, Connecticut’s second largest natural
lake is reminiscent of Switzerland's Lake Lucerne and Italy’s
Lake Como. In the 1840’s Lake Waramaug became a summer
resort when the Housatonic Railroad opened a station in
nearby New Milford. Today, this legacy is alive and well
as evidenced by an eight -mile drive around Lake Waramaug.
The lake has something for everyone - Lake Waramaug State
Park with a beach, paddleboats, picnicking, and camping,
three elegant country inns, several fine restaurants and
Hopkins Vineyard, a French hybrid vineyard located in a
restored 19th century barn. Hopkins Vineyard welcomes visitors
to sample their award winning wines and relax in the hayloft
wine bar with its bird’s eye view of the lake. 5 miles
north of New Preston on Lake Waramaug Road (Route 478)
The Mount | Edith Wharton's Estate and Gardens | 2 Plunkett Street - Box 974 | Lenox, Massachusetts 01240-0974 | 413.551.5111 http://www.edithwharton.org
Mt. Tom State Park | Boating (non-motor), Fishing,
Hiking, Picnicking, Swimming
Charge: Daily, in season. Litchfield, CT , 3 1/2 miles west
of Bantam off Route 202
Squantz Pond | Fishing Hiking, Picnicking, Sandy Beach
with lifeguard. New Fairfield, CT, Rt. 37 New Fairfield
just before Bogus Hill.
STATE PARKS CONTACT INFORMATION:
Toll Free in CT: 866.287.2757 or 860. 424.3200 FAX: 860.424.4070
click to view a PDF Tour Map
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.
The Corn Maze at White Hollow Farm,
Rte. 7 & 112, Limerock, CT 06039. Phone: (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
Bicycle Tour Company, Inc. | Kent,
CT 06757 | Phone 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.
Clarke Outdoors | 163 Rte. 7, West Cornwall,
CT 06796 | Phone 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
Housatonic Meadows Fly Shop & Lodge | 13 Rte. 7, Cornwalll Bridge, CT 06754
| Phone 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, Inc. | (at the intersection of Rte. 4 & Rte. 7) 24
Kent Rd., Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754 | Phone 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 "Hoosie"- best trout around
The Housatonic River 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!
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.
59 South Kent Road | South Kent, CT
877.7GO.PLAY | www.clubgetaway.com
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 hours from Boston.
We offer more than 30 different sports and activities: Skydiving,
race car driving, sea kayaking, survival camp, rappelling,
sea kayaking, advanced mountain biking, paintball, and other
heart-pounding adventures await you, though some are held
Bulls Bridge Golf Club, Inc.
62 Bulls Bridge Road | South Kent, CT 06785
860.927.7101 or 203 422.2900 | www.bullsbridgegolfclub.com
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 | www.siloridge.com
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
| 860. 354-9359 | 401 Danbury Road, New Milford CT 06776 | candlewoodvalleygolf.com
Candlewood Lake Club
Lake Road | Brookfield, CT 06804 | 203.354.7160
Lake Waramaug Country Golf Club
22 Golf Links Rd | New Preston, CT | 860.868.2255
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 | 860. 491.2688
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. APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY
Macedonia State Park | Elevated some 1400 feet (excellent mountain views), visit this Indian reservation and ancient burial grounds with archaeological interest. Fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing in the winter make it a special trip.
Mohawk Mountain | Mohawk
Mountain is Connecticut's oldest (57 yrs.) & largest
winter sport resort. It offers great snow plus a cordial
atmosphere and scenic surroundings. 5 chair lifts and a
wonder carpet serves 23 trails (107 acres) with terrain
for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. 98% snowmaking
coverage. Spacious base lodge is headquarters for food service,
equipment rentals, retail ski shop, and PSIA Learning Center
with children's programs. The historic, renovated Pine Lodge
features ski-to restaurant and sun deck. Convenient to metropolitan
and shoreline areas. Open days/nights Thanksgiving-early
April for the best in near-by winter sports fun.
Berkshire Hiking | 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. More great Outdoor Links
Far Meadow Farm
31 East Street, Morris, CT 06763 | 860.567.9850 | www.farmeadowfarm.com
All new, state of the art facility, located 3 miles south of Litchfield Center. Riding lessons from beginner to advanced. Indoor and outdoor arenas. Exceptional level of care for your horses boarded at the farm. Everything the casual or serious rider could want in an equestrian facility. Far Meadow Farm has an active show schedule. Our riders participate in a variety of shows throughout the year.
Lee's Riding Stable, Inc.
57 East Litchfield Rd., off Rte. 118, Litchfield, CT 06759 | 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.
Lime Rock Park
, Rte. 7 & 112, Lime Rock, CT 06039
For Race Information: 1.800.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
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
Hours: 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
spring rains and snow melt swell the banks of the Housatonic
River, We 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.