2003 WINTER/SPRING Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com The timing couldn't be better. Just when this long cold winter has many folks feeling blue, the inns and resorts of Connecticut's Litchfield Hills are offering a host of special getaway packages guaranteed to lift the spirits. Whether you want a romantic escape, a weekend with the family or a ski bargain, there's something for everyone in these beautiful hills. ROMANCE IN THE AIR When it is an escape just for the two of you, there are many options. At the charming Old Riverton Inn, a classic 1796 Colonial, (800-EST-1799) where "Riverton Romantic Overnights " bring a cozy room, flowers, candy, a split of champagne to welcome you, a candlelight dinner for two and a country breakfast in the morning. Rates are from $185-$205 for one night, or $314-370 for a two-night stay. Fans of smaller inns can choose the Village Gateway B&B in Riverton (860-738-3900) where the offerings include a romantic fireside, a candlelit breakfast, chocolates, fresh flowers and rose petals on your pillow. Rates are $90.00 for a room with a sleigh bed and claw foot tub or $ 120.00 for a four- poster bed and a fireplace. The "Romantic Getaway" package at the Birches, an inn on Lake Waramaug in New Preston (860-868-1735), welcomes couples with champagne, flowers and gourmet truffles and includes room and full breakfast for $150 nightly though April 30, 2003. Add dinner for two for $75. What about a half-hour massage for each of you in addition to champagne, flowers and chocolates? Those are the magic ingredients of the "Romantic Rendezvous" package at the Ironmasters Inn, an upscale motel in Lakeville (860-435-9844). Through March 31, weekend rates for two are $237 for one night, $342 for two nights. When you'd rather make your own magic, you can save with a simple Bed & Breakfast deal available at the Dolce Heritage Inn in Southbury (800-932-3466), where room and breakfast are just $129.00 nightly through April 30 and the indoor pool, sauna and billiards room are complimentary to guests. Weekend packages at $219 include Friday and Saturday night accommodations and dinner for two, Saturday buffet breakfast and Sunday brunch. BREAKFAST IN BED "Isn't It Romantic," the winter special at the Barton House in New Milford (860-354-3535) offers spacious suite accommodations with welcoming roses and champagne, an intimate candlelight dinner and breakfast served in the suite for $325 for a two-night stay. Breakfast in bed can also be part of the treat at the Hilton Hotel Southbury (203-598-7600). The hotel's Bounce Back package includes an executive room, bottle of Champagne and full breakfast for two in the hotel's restaurant or in your room, plus late checkout to 3 p.m., all for $99. MOVIE MANIA Do you love the movies? "Romantic Interlude" packages at Lakeville's Interlaken Inn, a scenic resort, (800-222-2909), offer cocktails, two dinner entrees for the price of one, and tickets to the local movies or a complimentary video in your room. Rates, including breakfast the next morning, $179 per couple per night! When an outing with the kids is in the picture, the Dolce Heritage Inn welcomes with a special family package that includes overnight accommodations, a country buffet breakfast for two adults and two children, cocktails for parents and an in-room movie complete with popcorn and soda. Use of the Heritage indoor sports facilities, including a pool, sauna, weight and fitness room, and a game room with billiards and a wide screen TV, are included, all for $169 per night. SKI SAVINGS If outdoor fun is part of your plan, "Ski & Stay" Packages offer savings for skiers. At the Cornwall Inn in Cornwall Bridge (860-672-6884) two people can stay any night in a room with a queen sized featherbed and down comforter, enjoy continental breakfast and vouchers for a two-for-one all day lift tickets at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area for $99. A two-night stay Sunday through Thursday is an even better deal, since it earns a third night at the inn free. Packages at Ironmaster's Inn includes two nights lodging, a generous continental breakfast each morning, and lift tickets for two for one day at your choice of Catamount or Butternut ski areas. Rates for two are $286. "Winter Wonderland" deals at The Birches allow a choice between cross country ski rentals in nearby Litchfield or two lift tickets at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, plus early evening wine and cheese, overnight accommodations and a full country breakfast for $175, Sunday through Friday. For more information on special packages and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.