Mount Riga State Park

Salisbury, CT

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.

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. https://www.facebook.com/OHarasLandingMarina

Passports

14 Main Street, Salisbury, CT 06068.

(860) 435-8855. A treasure trove of antiques and accessories for your home and garden. Our collection includes 19th and early 20th century country furniture from around the world. Additionally, we are an exhibitor of 19th century American and European garden statuary and ornamentation at the annual Trade Secrets Show in Sharon, CT. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4.

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 and Raptor Aviaries. Building open year-round Tues.-Sat. 9-5; Sun. 1-5. Call for Holiday hours. Exhibit animals, children's discovery room, natural history exhibits & Nature Store.

Sharon Historical Society

18 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069.

(860) 364-5688. Community museum featuring changing art exhibits by regional artists, rotating history exhibits and a reference library. Bookstore. Wed.-Fri. 12-4, Sat. 10-2 & by appt.

Skip Barber Racing School, LLC

497 Lime Rock Road, Lime Rock, CT 06039.

Skip Barber presents the Mazda Summer Series Formula Skip Barber on July 12-14, 2012 at Lime Rock Park, Lakeville. 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. Telephone:  800-221-1131.

Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area

P.O. Box 493, Salisbury, CT 06068. The upper Housatonic Valley is noted for its scenic landscape and traditional New England towns. Writers, artists, and vacationers have visited the region for over 150 years, making it one of the country's leading cultural resorts. Encompassing 29 communities in the hilly terrain of western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut, the upper Housatonic Valley is considered by many to be the quintessence of a civilized, independent, and thoughtful retreat. Under the federal Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area Study Act of 2000, the National Park Service has conducted a study of the suitability and feasibility of establishing the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The report, addressing eight federal criteria for creating a national heritage area, found that the upper Housatonic Valley is a singular geographical and cultural region. The valley has made significant national contributions through its iron, paper, and electrical equipment industries, its scenic beautification and environmental conservation efforts, and literary, artistic, musical, and architectural achievements.