Hickory Stick Bookshop

2 Green Hill Rd., Washington, CT 06794.

(860) 868-0525. Litchfield County's largest independent bookstore, serving its readers for over 60 years, and recently named "Best Country Bookstore" by Yankee Magazine, offers a wide selection of general interest books and an extensive children's collection of books, games and toys. Gifts, puzzles, cards, stationery, and one of a kind offerings from local artisans are also available. Free giftwrapping. Author talks and book signings. A place where readers and writers meet. Mon.-Sat. 9:30- 5:30 & Sun. 11-5.

Hollister House Garden

300 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington, CT

Washington's Hollister House Garden begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf and Ron Johnson is an American interpretation of classic English gardens, such as Hidcote, formal in its structure but informal in its style of planting. The paths, walls and hedges that define the progression of the garden spaces meld seamlessly with the lush landscape that creates a perfect backdrop. (860) 868-2200.

Hollister House Garden

300 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington, CT 06793.

(860) 868-2200. (860) 868-2200. Hollister House Garden is an intimate formal garden in the English style. Dramatically situated on a gently sloping hillside behind a charming 18th century farmhouse, the garden is planted profusely with both familiar and exotic species. Various separate "rooms" are defined by walls and hedges.

Hopkins Vineyard

25 Hopkins Rd., New Preston, CT 06777.

(860) 868-7954. High above the shores of beautiful Lake Waramaug in the Litchfield Hills of the Western, CT Highlands, Hopkins Vineyard offers tasting and sales of award-winning estate bottled wines grown on 30 acres adjacent to the winery. The Hayloft Wine Bar serves wines by the glass and the Vineyard Shop has a unique selection of gifts and locally grown goods. Family owned farm since 1787 welcomes visitors and hosts special events year round. Winery hours: Jan.-Feb.: Fri.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-5; Mar.-Apr.: Wed.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-6; May-Oct.: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 11-6; Nov.-Dec.: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5. On the CT Wine Trail.

House of Books

10 North Main St., Kent, CT 06757.

(860) 927-4104. Fax: (860) 927-3978. Kent's Literary Landmark. Upscale bookstore in a historic building in beautiful Kent with a full selection of books on all subjects. Gifts, games, puzzles, cards, stationery, music, art & office supplies. Service is our specialty. Open daily 10-5:30.

Institute for American Indian Studies

38 Curtis Rd., Washington, CT 06793.

 (860) 868-0518. Situated on 15 wooded acres with trails, garden areas, and a replicated 17th century Algonkian Village. Fun, interactive and exciting programs, workshops and festivals for all ages. Wide range of exhibits featuring Woodland Native American cultures from 10,000 years ago to present day. Changing temporary exhibits highlight Native Peoples. Children's Discovery Room. Four Directions Gift Shop. Open year-round, Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Adm: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5 Kids (ages 3-12).

J. Seitz & Co. -- Spirited Style for You and Your Home

9 East Shore Road, New Preston, CT 06777.

(860) 868-0119. Spirited Style for You and Your Home. Distinctive settings of upholstery (featuring Mitchell Gold, Cisco Brothers & John Derian), furniture, home accents, antiques, women's and men's fashion, apothecary, gifts, on two floors covering 5000 sq. feet overlooking New Preston Falls. A favorite haunt of collectors, decorators, and celebrity clients who are attracted to the shops exclusive and uncommon offerings. Open Mon.-Sat. 11-5:30; Sun. 11-5.

Kent Falls

462 Kent Cornwall Rd., Kent, CT 06757.

Kent. Rte. 7. One of CT's most scenic parks with a 200 ft. waterfall. A .4 mile path adjacent to the falls offers views at all levels. Picnicking, tables & pedestal grills, hiking, and fishing. Charge: Weekends & Holidays. Park Office: (860) 927-3238.

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 42nd year as the area's largest gardening resource and principal design firm. Spectacular offerings of annuals & perennials, essential gardening supplies, and fabulous garden accessories. Specializing in quality nursery stock from select shrubs to landscape-sized trees. Featuring blooming gardens, seasonal planters, and holiday displays; and our wonderful Christmas Shop. Open daily 9-5:30 Mar.-Dec.

Kent Historical Society Museum, The Seven Hearths

4 Studio Hill Rd., Kent, CT 06757.

Rte. 7. (860) 927- 4587. Featuring the art of George Laurence Nelson in the setting of his 1754 home, and an annual in-depth history exhibit. June- Sept., Sat. & Sun. 11-4 or by appt. Free admission.