There is no doubt that we are smack dat in the middle of an amazing autumn here in Litchfield County. The trees have magnificently turned the hillsides into an explosion of colors, and that is just the start. Autumn may be the changing on the leaves, but it is the experience that brings so many to our region. This autumn, I have traversed the Litchfield Hills countryside countless of times, each time noticing the fantastic changes that have taken place, but at the same time experiencing the magic of the season.
Autumn is all about some classic R&R. You just can’t beat it. Wether your unwinding by visiting one of our many vineyards like Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen or your taking in the scenery at one of our many lakes as the colors of the leaves reflect off of them, autumn really is a season to be one with as your taking in the cool autumn air. I have visited many places to enjoy the scenery though one in particular that was close to home really took me by surprise. Stillwater Pond in Torrington is unlike anything I have ever witnessed before. Take a short hike from Stillwater Pond Road, into the woods through the tall pines and find yourself on a grassy dam that overlooks the pond. It is without a doubt, incredible. The hills seem to flow right into the pond as the pond gently flows itself into a waterfall that is just to the left of the dam. This is an experience you won’t want to miss out on.
Speaking of experiences, you may get a little hungry after all this breathtaking scenery. Torrington has something really unique to offer you that you absolutely must check out. It has a little more character than most places, in fact once you find it you’ll be blasting off all around town with it. It is called Rocket Fine Street Food and they are located in a few different locations, though mainly in the parking lot at Oddo Print Shop on East Main Street in downtown. They have some amazing offerings and source much of their food as locally as they possibly could. Green chilli cheeseburgers are just the start, though this time of year they have started serving an old New England classic; apple cider donuts! If you are looking into tying in food with your autumn experience in the Litchfield Hills, this has to be on your to do list. Be sure to tell them I sent you as Joe and his wife Patricia work incredibly hard each day to bring you the best that Litchfield County has to offer.
Once you’ve fueled up with Rocket, you’ll be set to explore the hills. You can take on the challenges of hiking places like Haystack mountain in Norfolk which is home to a stone tower that overlooks the Litchfield Hills and the Taconic mountains of New York to the west. It is here where you can really get some spectacular views of the foliage as the landscape paints an explosion of color as the valley below flows like waves in the ocean.
Now is the time to really explore Litchfield County, or as I like to call it “The LC”. Foliage comes fast around here, and leaves just as fast as it comes to town. Where there is color one day, there may not be color the next day. Those cool, crisp autumn days lead to even colder autumn nights, which for us is the perfect time to get those fireplaces up and running.
Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com