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Litchfield Hills Tourism & Sightseeing

Litchfield Hills Tourism and Sightseeing
The Litchfield Hills is a beautiful scenic area which epitomizes the New England experience with white picket fences, untouched scenery, stone walls and rolling pastures. There is a little something for everyone from country inns, bed and breakfasts to world class resorts and hotels. Kent has been noted by Yankee Magazine as the best place in New England to view fall foliage. The area is known for antique shops, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, quaint villages and fine dining. Litchfield Hills is also a great spot for family fun as there are two Amusement Parks in the region, Quassy Amusement Park and Lake Compounce. It is a year round destination as it has three ski areas and miles of cross country ski trails in its 18 nature centers and 30 state parks and forests. Ten towns in Litchfield Hills are part of a National Heritage Area designated for its culture and natural beauty.

Top Litchfield Hills Attractions

The first Law School in America in Litchfield, the Keeler Tavern replete with a canon ball embedded in its clapboard left from the Revolution and the only garden in the USA designed by famed British gardener Gertrude Jeykll at Woodbury's Glebe House are just some of the regions must see historic attractions. The New England Carousel Museum, the Timexpo Museum, Aldridge Contemporary Art Museum and the Skitch Henderson Museum at Hunt Hill Farm offers an intriguing glimpse at the areas cultural heritage.

Railroad Museum of New England & Naugatuck Railroad Co
Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
The Institute for American Indian Studies
White Flower Farm
Cornwall Bridge Pottery

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Top Things To Do In Litchfield Hills

Litchfield Hills has is a haven of family fun with two amusement parks, Lake Compounce in Bristol and Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury as well as three ski areas Mohawk Mountain, Ski Sundown and Woodbury Ski and Racquet making the area fun all year round. Miles of hiking trails and beautiful lakes and rivers perfect for canoeing and fishing round out the fun.

Aer Blarney Balloons
Farmington River Tubing
Hickory Stick Bookshop
Glass Blowing Workshops
Housatonic Anglers - Fly Fishing with Rob Nicholas

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Top Litchfield Hills Events

Country Fairs and festivals in the fall, summer sidewalk sales, winter festivals, antique shows, and spring daffodil displays are just some of the events that happen regionwide.

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Top Places to Stay in Litchfield Hills

Stay at the best rated hotels in Litchfield Hills. To ensure our Litchfield Hills customer reviews are accurate, we only send customers a survey once they have completed their stay at a specific hotel. The following places to stay in Litchfield Hills, CT are scored the highest by our customers View the hotel to see the pros and cons as reported by our customers. With over 10,000 reviews of places to stay in Connecticut alone, you can't go wrong!

Comfort Inn Naugatuck
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From $95 / night.

Free Internet, Free Breakfast.
Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury
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From $109 / night.

Free Internet, Restaurant.
Hampton Inn Waterbury
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From $109 / night.

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Heritage Hotel
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From $109 / night.

Free Internet.
Manor House Bed & Breakfast
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From $150 / night.

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Best Time to Visit Litchfield Hills

The best time to visit Litchfield Hills is in the fall and summer. Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's. Summer temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Summer nights are cool with lows in the low 50's.

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Monthly Temperatures in Litchfield Hills

Month Low Avg High
January 11.9 22.9 33.9
February 13.6 25.0 36.4
March 22.0 33.7 45.4
April 31.9 44.4 56.9
May 43.2 55.8 68.4
June 51.9 63.7 75.5
July 57.4 68.6 79.8
August 55.9 67.1 78.2
September 48.4 59.5 70.5
October 37.3 49.0 60.7
November 29.0 39.4 49.7
December 18.4 28.5 38.5

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Other Destinations Near Litchfield Hills To Visit

Named one of 50 best places in the U.S. for a scenic drive by National Geographic Traveler and among the top 10 foliage areas in New England by the Boston Globe, the leafy Litchfield Hills of Connecticut are filled with prize routes for leaf watchers. The dilemma is deciding which routes to choose. There are many opportunities for day trips in the area. For complete day trip information visit the virtual tour section of This new feature on the Bureau’s web site,, offers “virtual tours,” dividing each route into short segments and describing what is found in each, so that visitors can pick according to their interests and time.
This photogenic outing begins at the junction of Route 8 and 4 in Torrington, heading north on Route 8 to Winsted, then east on Route 44 to New Hartford, a charming village on the banks of the Farmington River, which has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River. Next stop is Lake McDonough Recreation Area, a good place for a break, for a picnic, a boat ride or a hiking trail. Dramatic photos await at the Saville Dam Spillway and the Barkhamsted Reservoir. The suggested drive into Riverton follows the west branch of the Farmington River through the People’s State Forest, another destination for picnicking and hiking. Riverton itself is a classic New England village, complete with colonial homesteads, a general store and a country inn. It is also home to the famous Hitchcock Chair Company, where hand-stenciled chairs are still made. The Hitchcock Museum in an 1829 church shows some of the historic originals. More picture perfect villages, Winsted, Winchester and Norfolk, are along the route back to Torrington, each with historic greens and architecture that sets cameras clicking.
Southbury is the start of this route which takes in Woodbury, one of the region’s oldest towns, known for its church steeples, historic houses and abundance of antique shops. The next stop, Bethlehem, offers stops at the Bellamy Ferriday House Museum, which boasts a notable garden, and the Abbey of Regina Laudis, where Gregorian Chants are sung every day at vespers in the chapel. Following are village treasures such as Hotchkissville, Roxbury and South Britain, still looking much as they did 100 years ago. A suggested side trip on the way back to Southbury leads to the Shepaug Recreational Area, where trails, canoeing and picnic grounds are available

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