Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center

175 Shrub Rd., Bristol, CT 06010.

(860) 583-1234. Self guiding trails lead through a variety of habitats in this 70 acre sanctuary owed by the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. Interpretive building with exhibits and live animals.

Hayseed, Country Couture and Lifestyle

3 West Street, Litchfield, CT 06759.

On The Green. (860) 567-8775. The mojito of litchfield county, a refreshing playground of easy style blending form with function, color with light. over ice. always fun. always curious. and very bumpkin beautiful. open daily. peace out.

Hotchkiss Fyler House House Museum and Garden

192 Main St., Torrington, CT

(860) 482-8260. There is nothing more soothing than floating flowers and the sound of water. The Hotchkiss Fyler House, a Victorian Mansion in Torrington has an elegant water garden built in 1948 that provides a cool oasis. A flagstone walkway leads to a pergola with a bench that overlooks the house and water garden. 

Hotchkiss Fyler House Museum

192 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790.

(860) 482-8260. Victorian Mansion c. 1900 remains elegantly furnished as the family lived in it; parquet floors, mahogany paneling, Louis XV parlor, glass, porcelain & painting collections. Apr. 15 - Oct. 31. Open Wed. thru Sat. noon - 4. Victorian Christmas starting mid-December.

Housatonic Trading Company

920 Bantam Rd., Bantam, CT 06750.

(860) 361-6299. A treasure trove of new and antique furniture, accessories, gifts, art, lighting, etc. 3600 sq. ft. of daily changing inventory. Unwind in our in-house Cafe 202, a full service coffee house and cafe featuring locally roasted coffee, French pastries, tea, frappes, smoothies and paninis. Closed Wed. Open Mon.-Sun. 9-5.

Humaston Brook State Park

White Rd., Northfield, CT 06759.

Northfield. From Rte. 254 in Northfield take Knife Shop Rd. 0.2 mi. to dam. Park preserves Northfield Pond, once the power source for the Northfield Knife Company formed in 1858 and manufactures of the finest pocketknives in the world. Trail leads to factory ruins and anvil stones. Waterfall in spring and fishing available.

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center

1 Pleasant St., Bristol, CT 06010.

(860) 314-1400. Inspiration and investigation flourish at Imagine Nation. Featuring three floors of twelve interactive, Reggio-Emilia influenced studios supporting curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, confidence and citizenship. Each studio, including our Outdoor Learning Park, is designed to extend classroom curriculum for Pre-K through 2nd grade children by relating to standards across all domains. Enjoy snacks, lunch and ice cream in our café with healthy menu options. Extended learning opportunities are available with lab and outreach workshops.

Ivy Mountain State Park

Goshen, CT

Goshen. From Jct. Rte. 63 and 4, take Rte. 63 north for 0.6 mi., turn right on Ivy Mountain Rd. take for 1.3 mi. to the trailhead at the end of the road. Hike to summit to pick wild blueberries in early summer.

James Morris Museum

4 North St., Morris, CT 06763.

Rte. 61. (860) 567-5036. Located in Morris Community Hall are archives and heirlooms of the Morris Family, local history displays, art exhibits, and a reference library. Tues. – Wed. 10-8, Thurs. - Fri. 1-8; & Sat. 10-3.

Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

39 West Street, Litchfield, CT 06759.

On The Green. (860) 567-9693. Specializing in fine American furniture and paintings from the 18th - early 19th century with a choice selection of folk art, and decorative accessories. Mon., Wed.-Sat. 10:30-5; and Sun. 11-4:30.