TOWNS IN THE REGION
Ansonia, Bantam, Barkhamsted, Beacon Falls, Bethel, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brookfield, Burlington, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Cornwall Bridge, Danbury, Derby, East Canaan, Falls Village, Gaylordsville, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Lakeville, Lime Rock, Litchfield, Marbledale, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Milford, New Preston, Newtown, Norfolk, North Canaan, Northfield, Oakville, Oxford, Pleasant Valley, Plymouth, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Riverton, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sandy Hook, Seymour, Sharon, Sherman, Southbury, South Britain, Terryville, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Washington Depot, Waterbury, Watertown, West Cornwall, West Redding, Winchester, Winsted, Wolcott and Woodbury.

MEDIA CONTACT
Janet L. Serra. Director
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
Voice: 800-663-1273
Fax: 860-567-5214
Cell: 860-309-9215

Available Information

  • 112 page deluxe "Unwind" travel guide
  • Touring Brochure featuring self -guiding driving tours, themed hikes, bike loops and canoeing on lakes and rivers.
  • Group Tour and Meeting Planner Guide with suggested Itineraries
  • Events Calendar
  • Professionally shot Film File/high res  scans available on request
  • Bi- Monthly Series of Press Releases
  • Online Press Room at www.litchfieldhills.com

Recreational Overview
  • Three Major Rivers: The Housatonic, The Naugatuck and the Farmington Rivers (A National Wild and Scenic River)
  • Thirty-four State Parks and Forests including: Kent Falls, the largest waterfall in the State
  • Sixteen Nature Centers including White Memorial Foundation, the largest in the State of Connecticut
  • Eight recreational lakes including the first, second and third largest natural lakes as well as the largest manmade lake in CT.
  • Miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails including miles of the Appalachian Trail

Historic Treasures
  • American Clock & Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., off Rte. 6, I-84 Exit 38W/31E, Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-583-6070. The museum's permanent exhibit tells the story of Connecticut Clockmaking & the Industrial Revolution. The largest collection of American production clocks on public display. www.clockmuseum.org.
  • Carousel Museum of New England, 95 Riverside Ave., Rte. 72, from exit I-84E, take exit 31 (Rt. 229 West St) to Rte. 72, Bristol, CT 06010.  Phone: 860-585-5411.  Displays one of the largest collections of carousel art and is a rare treasure filled with magic that will touch the child in you. www.thecarouselmuseum.com
  • Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main St., Danbury, CT 06010. Phone: (203) 743-5200. The Museum maintains the John and Mary Rider House (c. 1785) featuring exhibits reflecting the foundation of Danbury, The John Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790) the Marian Anderson Studio that celebrates the life and accomplishments of Marian Anderson, and the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize winner and father of modern American music Charles Ives. www.danburyhistorical.org
  • Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Hollow Rd., off Rte. 6, Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: (203) 263-2855.  Architecturally interesting, this 1750's minister's farmhouse, or glebe, was where the first American Bishop of the Episcopal Church was elected in 1783. Site of only garden in the U.S. designed by Gertrude Jekyll. www.theglebehouse.org.
  • Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd., off Rte. 199, Washington, CT 06793. Phone: (860) 868-0518.  Dedicated to the research, and teaching of Native American history and culture.  Collections include permanent historical exhibits; two Native American art galleries with changing shows; simulated archaeological site; 17th C. replicated Algonkian village.  www.birdstone.org.
  • Keeler Tavern Museum, 132 Main St., Ridgefield, CT. Phone: (203) 438-5485.  Built in 1713, the house was a tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel and home of noted architect Cass Gilbert.  Today costumed guides lead tours through period rooms reflecting life in rural CT from the 18th - 20th century. www.keelertavernmuseum.org.
  • Tapping Reeve House and Law School, Rte. 63 South, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: (860) 567-4501.  America's first law school 1774. Take a journey through the life of a real student from the early 19th century through role-playing, hands-on-areas, and interpretive exhibits. www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.
  • Timexpo Museum, 175 Union St., I-84, Ex. 22 or 23, Waterbury, CT Phone: (203) 755-TIME or (800) 225-7742.  Located in an old brass mill building exhibits trace the history of Waterbury Clock from the 1850's to the company it became in 1969, the Timex Corporation. www.timexpo.com.

Family Fun
  • Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury, CT 06010. Phone: (203) 778-8337. Fax: (203) 778-1836.  Over sixty vintage locomotives and railcars to tour, educational exhibits of artifacts and photographs, and three large operating model layouts.  Train Rides in Rail yard every weekend. www.danbury.org/drm
  • Golden Age of Trucking Museum, 1101 Southford Rd., Middlebury, CT 06010. Phone: (203) 577-2181. Exhibit with over 40 antique trucks, art and collectibles, pedal cars, boats, children's hands on area. www.goldenagetruckmuseum.com.
  • Lake Compounce - New England's Family Theme Park, Rte. 229 North (opposite ESPN, Exit 31 off I-84, 2 mi. north on Rte. 229, Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: (860) 583-3300.  The Lake has more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions for the entire family to enjoy, including Splash Harbor CT's biggest Water Park and Boulder Dash voted the #1 wooden roller coaster in the world! www.lakecompounce.com.
  • Military Museum of Southern New England, 125 Park Ave., Danbury, CT 06010.  Phone: (203) 790-9277.  Exhibits detail Tank Destroyer history, specifically the 643rd TD Battalion, World War I, Land Warfare and includes displays of 20th and 21st century.  Military and Home Side history with over 10,000 artifacts. www.usmilitarymuseum.org.
  • Naugatuck Railroad, At The Railroad Museum of New England, 242 East Main St., Thomaston, CT 06010. Phone: (860) 283-RAIL.  Scenic 19.5-mile train ride departs from the historic 1881 brick train station in Thomaston.  The ride follows the Naugatuck River and passes through a state forest and past elements of the region's industrial heritage to the Litchfield Hills. www.rmne.org.
  • Quassy Amusement Park, Rte. 64, Box 1085, Middlebury, CT 06762. Phone: (203) 758-2913 or 1-800-FOR PARK. Fax: (203) 598-7261. Affordable Family Fun! Ride the Big Flush Water Coaster. Over 30 rides and attractions, games, food, arcade, swimming, picnicking, and entertainment. www.quassy.com.
  • Second Company Governors Horse Guard, Wildlife Dr., Fairfield Hills Campus, Newtown, CT 06010. Phone: (203) 270-9246.  One of the oldest Army Horse Cavalry Units in the United States.  This all-volunteer State Militia Unit has a herd of 36 horses that performs in special events and parades.  Cavalry military training of horse and rider takes place throughout the year. www.thehorseguard.com.

Cultural Treasures
  • Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06010. Phone: (203) 438-4519. Fax: (203) 438-0198.  The Aldrich, recently doubled in size after a major renovation and expansion, mounts over twelve exhibitions annually; presents concerts, lectures, and artist talks. www.aldrichart.org.
  • Charles Ives Center For The Arts, Inc., Westside Campus, WCSU, I-84, Ex 4, Danbury, CT 06010. Phone: (203) 837-9226.  Beautifully wooded outdoor amphitheater, honors the memory of Danbury native Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954), one of America's great composers.  Concerts/performances most weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  www.ivesconcertpark.com
  • Hunt Hill Farm, Upland Rd., New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: (860) 355-0300.  Hunt Hill Farm is the heart of two New England farms with ten historic buildings and 84 acres to date of preserved farmland and operates under the auspices of the Hunt Hill Farm Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation.  It is the home of Skitch Henderson's Living Museum and the Silo Store Gallery & Cooking School.  Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and WestConn, it offers cultural, educational and culinary programs to the public. www.hunthillfarmtrust.org.
  • Mattatuck Museum, 144 W Main St., Waterbury, CT 06010. Phone: (203) 753-0381.  Features the Connecticut art from the 18th, 19th and 20th century by John Trumbull, Frederic E. Church, Josef Albers, Alexander Calder and others. The museum, displays depict the story of northern slavery and the industrial history of the region when clocks, brass buttons and rubber goods were in households worldwide. A 300-seat performing arts center, research library and cafe complete the experience. . www.mattatuckmuseum.org.
  • Music Mountain, Off Rte. 7, Falls Village, CT 06031. Phone: Box Office: (860) 824-7126. Fax: Mon.-Fri. 9-5 (860) 364-2084.  Oldest continuous chamber music festival in the U.S.; jazz and popular music series also performed in the acoustically perfect concert hall. Weekend concerts June-Sept. www.musicmountain.org.
  • Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale Summer School of Music & Art, Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Rtes. 44 & 272, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: (860) 542-3000 or (203) 432-1966.  Concerts at an old world estate in the picturesque Litchfield Hills of northwestern CT. Performances by internationally acclaimed musicians including the Tokyo String Quartet and pianist Boris Berman.  Visitors may picnic or stroll grounds before concerts.  Performances: Jul. & Aug. www.yale.edu/norfolk.
  • Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury, CT 06010. Phone: (203) 755-4700.  Newly restored Palace Theater built in 1920 by Thomas Lamb in the Renaissance Revival style will showcase a year-round performance schedule that includes Broadway shows, comedy acts and family entertainment. www.palacetheaterct.org
  • Ridgefield Theatre Barn, 37 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT 06010. Phone: (203) 431-9850.  A charming, converted dairy barn updated with central air and cushioned seats offers dramas, comedies, musicals, and experimental theater. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
  • Warner Theatre, 68 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: (860) 489-7180.  1931 Art Deco Historic theatre offers an exciting mix of performers, family entertainment, original plays and Broadway musicals. www.warnertheatre.org.

Accommodations
Litchfield Hills is known for its unspoiled scenery, lovely colonial homes, stonewalls and classic village greens.  The area has 38 bed and breakfasts located in a variety of homes from Classic Colonials to Tudor Mansions and Victorian Estates.  In Litchfield Hills you will also find 20 beautifully maintained country inns, three outstanding resorts and a wide range of hotels from budget properties to four diamond conference hotels.