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What could be more romantic than a New Years Eve in the country? Think of a candlelight dinner and dancing, champagne at midnight, a delicious brunch on New Years Day. You can end the adventure with a cuddly carriage ride in the countryside -- maybe even a sleigh ride if Mother Nature cooperates.

Several inns in the Litchfield Hills offer packages that are guaranteed to start the New Year right, and two area farms offer carriage rides to add to the fun. Here are some of the possibilities.


At The Interlaken Inn (800- 222-2909or 860- 435-9878; www.interlakeninn), an 80-room resort located on 30 beautiful acres in Lakeville, New Years revelers will feast on a fabulous dinner, and dance to the music of Scott Heth and Company, a versatile band with a repertoire ranging from jazz and big band to Motown and today's Top 40 pop hits. They will also enjoy an open bar all evening, including the inn's renowned New Year?s Eve martini bar, plus a champagne toast at midnight.

Dinner at the Interlaken begins with an appetizer buffet, including a raw bar with hand-shucked fresh oysters and clams, prepared-to-order, Peking-style Duck, and a Sushi Station. Main dish choices include horseradish-encrusted filet mignon and baked organic salmon, served with caper-chive sauce. The dessert menu includes a lavish chocolate fountain and delicate crepes flambeed to order.

Those who stay the night will wake up New Year's morning to a hearty New England breakfast buffet, served with Bloody Marys and champagne. New Year's Eve packages are from $427 per couple; extra nights at the inn are $139.


The Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury (203-744-1776; www.ethanallenhotel.com) is an elegant haven owned and designed by the well known upscale furniture manufacturer headquartered nearby. It is furnished throughout with their exclusive furniture.

The New Years package at the hotel features a four-course dinner in the gracious Ivy Room, followed by DJ entertainment and dancing in the Fairfields Lounge, with four hours of open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. After a night in a spacious guest room, celebrators will enjoy a bountiful Ivy Room brunch. The tab for two is $275.


The Old Riverton Inn (860-379-8678 or 800-EST-1796; www.rivertoninn.com,) is a 12-room charmer and a New England classic. A fixture in the village since 1796, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Warm New Years hospitality at the inn will include candy and champagne in guest rooms, a four-course dinner and a full country breakfast in the morning. The evening menu choices may include a choice of appetizers, crisp green salad, and entrees such as roast ducking with black cherry sauce, filet of salmon with bearnaise sauce, baked stuffed shrimp and roast beef. Delectable desserts like key lime pie, maple creme brulee, cheesecake and deep dish apple crisp are a happy ending to the meal. New Years packages run from $230 to $275 for two.


The intimate Inn at Kent Falls (860-927-3197; www.theinnatkentfalls.com) a 1741 home turned bed and breakfast, offers six guest rooms and five fireplaces, a cozy setting for making New Years resolutions. Their New Years Eve package offers two nights in a beautifully appointed guest room or suite, each stocked with a bottle of champagne and handmade chocolates, plus a sumptuous New Years morning brunch. Rates begin at $395 for two. The hosts will help you make dinner reservations at one of the many excellent restaurants nearby.


To add more country charm to the holiday, reserve a carriage ride offered at two Litchfield Hills farms. Both switch to sleigh rides when the necessary snow is on the ground.

At Wood Acres Farm in Terryville, (860-583-8670, www.woodacresfarm.com) the ride goes across 25 acres of wooded trails, ending with refreshments in the owners' country home.

Beth's Buggy and Sleigh Rides based at Loon Meadow Farm in Norfolk (860) (542-6085; www.loonmeadowfarm.com )offers two choices, a sightseeing jaunt through the historic town of Norfolk or a country canter along eighteenth century roads through woods and fields. Guests receive cozy lap robes for cuddling during the ride and hot mulled cider back home at the farm.

For more information about holiday events and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills write to the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.