The village greens and white-spired churches are quintessential New England. Rivers, lakes and unspoiled landscapes provide the perfect setting for hiking, canoeing and fly-fishing. Treasure hunters will find an amazing array of antique shops, galleries and workshops of artisans and craftsmen; while history buffs and lovers of architecture are intrigued by their discoveries. World -class dining, romantic country inns, bed & breakfasts, hotels and destination resorts set amid great natural beauty always make visitors feel welcome.

Best Fall Foliage in New England: Kent, Connecticut has many claims to fame—two state parks, a 250-foot waterfall, rural beauty combined with sophisticated shops, galleries and museums. But this fall there is new reason to boast. Yankee Magazine has named this charming village in the Litchfield Hills of Western Connecticut the peak spot for leaf peeping in all of New England. For suggested scenic drives visit www.litchfieldhills.com.

Tour Private Homes in Litchfield Every July: The Annual Open House Tour of Litchfield CT takes place the second Saturday every July (July 14, 2012) and has for 65 years. This self-guided tour features five private homes of historic and architectural interest and America's First Law School. Litchfield's historic district has been described as "the finest surviving example of a typical late 18th Century New England town," and offers visitors many opportunities for walking, fine dining and shopping in a quintessential New England town.

Halloween In Litchfield Hills: Dracula, Frankenstein and other heroes of the horrors will be on hand, while spooks and spiders, ghouls and goblins will abound in haunted graveyards. The Litchfield Hills of Northwestern Connecticut will be filled with unique ways to celebrate Halloween throughout the month of October. Families can choose from fearsome to friendly, with many chances for younger children to don their costumes and parade in happy small town celebrations. From Witches Dungeon (www.preservehollywood.com) to haunted historic happenings celebrate Halloween in New England!

Maple Sugaring A Spring Tradition In Litchfield Hills: Among the sweetest signs of spring in the Northeast are the crackling fires and boiling kettles that mean maple syrup season. In the maple-rich Litchfield Hills, visitors of all ages are welcome to visit the many sugar shacks on farms and nature centers where fragrant syrup making will be in full swing. Demonstrations will show the ways it has been done from Native American times to the present, and there will be plenty of delicious pure syrup and maple candy to take home. These are annual March events.

 

Anniversaries

American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol, 60th Anniversary

Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, 90th Anniversary - www.beardsleyzoo.com

Bruce Museum, Greenwich, 100th Anniversary – www.brucemuseum.org

Litchfield Open House Tour – 65th Anniversary - http://www.litchfieldct.com/cjr/tour.html

Rock Hall Bed and Breakfast – 100th Anniversary- 19rockhallroad.com