2006 Summer

Where to go, what to do, where to stay, where to shop. All the information needed for a great stay in Connecticut's beautiful Litchfield Hills is available in a quick and easy format in the new free foldout Litchfield Hills Attractions and Lodging Map.

All of the 48 towns in this diverse area are listed in alphabetical order, from Ansonia to Woodbury, with lodgings, dining, attractions, and shopping for each, making it simple to compare and select destinations.

Those interested in arts, for example, might see that Ridgefield offers a Playhouse, a Barn Theater, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and Weir Farm, the nation's only National Park Service property devoted to art. Litchfield Hills might draw inn lovers and gourmets, with its 22 lodging and dining choices, and shoppers for some two dozen boutiques, galleries, and antique stores. Museums, historic homes, wineries, gardens, parkland, and outdoor outfitters are among the many other appealing sites to be found within the various towns. Addresses, telephone numbers, and web sites for each listing are provided for easy contact.

Drivers will find a four-color official state map, with the most scenic routes clearly marked. The Litchfield Hills region is highlighted, running from Canaan, Salisbury, and Colebrook in the north down through the Housatonic and Naugatuck River Valleys to Ridgefield and Derby in the south. Printed driving directions and mileages are given from Boston, Hartford and the New York-New Jersey area to major destinations in the region such as Danbury, Waterbury and Litchfield.

With its quick reference by town, the new Directory is a handy addition to the 112-page lavishly illustrated Unwind guide also published by the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau. Unwind, a more detailed publication, divides the area's attractions into 24 categories, such as art galleries, recreation, nature centers, state parks and forests, amusement parks and activities including cooking classes, orchards and farm markets, and specialty foods. Lodging is separated into bed and breakfasts, country inns, hotels, motels, and resorts. A descriptive paragraph is offered for the listings in each category.

For the new Attractions and Lodging Map and a free copy of UNWIND, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (800) 663-1273, or or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.