2004 Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com Exciting excursions for every age and interest can be found in a newly published, idea-packed free guide showcasing the best attractions in 48 towns in Northwest Connecticut. From village greens to cosmopolitan urban centers to winding country roads and rippling rivers, this section of Connecticut stretching from Ridgefield and Derby north to the Massachusetts border is rich with history and treasures for visitors. Compact and interesting itineraries can be planned easily using the listings of sites and lodgings and the detailed map included in the brochure produced by the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau. None of the attractions are more than one hour apart. Read to discover some of the surprises that can be combined in a short trip, like the exotic wildlife that can be seen at the Action Wildlife Foundation in Goshen or the military drills and musical rides of the Second Company Governor's Horse Guard in Newtown, one of the last active cavalry militia units in the United States. Learn where to experience rafting thrills on the rapids of the Housatonic River or hike a country nature trail. One route might focus on time travel in two exceptional museums, the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol and the TimeExpo in Waterbury, another could take in some of the best summer music festivals in the Northeast, starting with the Ives Concert Park in Danbury, then moving north to Music Mountain in Falls Village, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk. Families can plan a variety of fun, splashing in water parks in Bristol or Middlebury, watching how trout and salmon are raised at the Burlington Fish Hatchery, and visiting kid-friendly museums like at the Firefighters Museum in Bethel, the Danbury Railway Museum, and the Carousel Museum of New England in Bristol. An arts itinerary might begin with cutting edge contemporary art at the newly expanded Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, move to bucolic Weir Farm near Ridgefield, one of only two U.S. national parks devoted to art, then on to see the work of Connecticut Artists at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. Nostalgia buffs can visit the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury and the Danbury Railroad Museum, the Golden Age of Trucking Museum in Middlebury, and the Connecticut Antique Machinery Museum in Kent. And lovers of old New England architecture will be in their glory in towns like Newtown, Litchfield and Salisbury. The entire region is within an easy drive from New York, Hartford or Boston. Detailed driving directions from each city are included in the brochure. For a FREE copy of Northwest Connecticut's Attractions and Lodging Map and Directory, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, 800-663-1273 or see the web site Northwest Connecticut