Nouveau New England in Litchfield County
An easy country getaway with a distinctly European appeal hidden away in the Connecticut hills.
Hidden away in the Connecticut hills, yet only a two-hour drive from New York City, Litchfield County makes an easy country getaway—with a distinctly European appeal. Stay at an inn resembling the country house you wish you had; dine at sophisticated restaurants that showcase produce from area farms; and admire fall foliage as you creep along the backcountry roads that connect quaint towns like New Preston and Washington.
1 Privet House
Lambertson Truex cofounder (and weekend area-resident) Richard Lambertson's sophisticated country emporium stocks smart accessories for dog owners, plus unexpected international finds: handblown glass candlesticks and bowls from Belgium, silver from assorted grand hotels and steamship lines in Europe.
2 Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast
Built to resemble a South African Dutch Colonial, the three-suite Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast is the country house you wish you had: set on a hill overlooking Spring Hill Farm, circled by white-oak and beech trees, and filled with proprietor Regine Laverge-Schadeâ€™s heirlooms and antiques (painted centuries-old furniture from Amsterdam; portraits of Dutch nobility). Ask for the sunlit Blue Room, with its 18th-century screen depicting coastal Martinique and a broad view of the lawn complete with Laverge-Schadeâ€™s frolicking Norfolk terriers, Lucy and Hop.
3 Arethusa Al Tavolo
Manolo Blahnik executives George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis opened the Puglia-inspired Arethusa Al Tavolo in 2013. Chef Dan Magill (a Boulud alum) infuses the menu with seasonal flavorsâ€”think cider-glazed duck with pumpkin-amaretti purÃ©e in the fall.