Mike Valletta

Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas eve, the bags were packed. Presents were all wrapped and tucked in a bag under the tree ready to depart in the morning for a Christmas vacation that was already shaping up to be one of the most memorable vacations in a very long time. Come Christmas morning, my mother and I embarked on our journey north to Killington Resort in nearby Killington, VT. We planned a Christmas unlike any other…. Read More

It really is the most wonderful time of year, isn’t it? Forget all the horns honking and that guy standing in line next to you wanting to beat you up for taking the last item on the shelf. Christmas is so much more than all that. Sure, it may be a stressful holiday for some, but for many it’s truly a magical season. When we stop to reflect on all the good… Read More

Sometimes, so many of us get lost in the whirlwind of everything in life and forget the world around us. Sometimes, that world, is just better when it’s left untouched by human hands. As Henry David Thoreau once said: “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” It doesn’t get much better than a visit to Torrington’s Burr Pond State Park. A visit today shows a slight ice formation on top,… Read More

It’s been a dry December for many of us here in Connecticut in terms of snow. Last week, we were surprised when a few modest inches were at our doorsteps, only to disappear a few days later. As a skier, the words coming out of my mouth aren’t pretty and come with a vocabulary including words starting with the letter F, and it’s not a pleasant word! What kind of winter is… Read More

Those are the exact words as it’s read on the bottle of eggnog I just picked up from Arethusa Farm Dairy in Bantam. It’s not your everyday eggnog. Forget everything that you have ever tasted before and take a taste of times forgotten. Consider it a trip back to yesteryear, a bit of Christmas past if you will. Packed with rich ingredients of milk, cream, whole eggs, pure vanilla cinnamon, and nutmeg,… Read More

My Christmas memories go back many years here in Torrington, and many of those memories go back to standing in line at Christmas Village. I’ll never forget it. Those cold nights spent in hour long lines by a make shift fire to keep folks warm as we waited patiently to see Santa Clause and all of his little helpers. I can recall many times that I begged my parents to take me… Read More

The wind whips a harmony of music as it floats through the evening skies. A dark escapade of howls come crawling out of the woods as it whips on down the mountain peaks and then back up the mountain peaks. A gentle but steady snow falls and blankets the hilltown and transforms it into a quiet winter wonderland. As I sit here curled up on my couch visualizing everything that is happening… Read More

It was a night like no other. Epic rain turned into epic winds which made such epic sounds that I sprang from my bed to see what was that matter. As I peered outside, the trees were swaying so fiercely it was as if there was a tornado coming through. Though this was no tornado, it was the onset of a cold front that was suddenly bringing snow to our region after… Read More

When you think of your ultimate Christmas destination, do you have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head along with little tiny elves running a muck? Maybe you have visions of a warm tropical paradise where Santa is kicking back topless and sun tanning at the beach. (Images!!!!!) Whatever you’re dreaming of for Christmas, there’s a place in northwestern Connecticut to suit your needs, minus the tanning Santa luckily. Take Torrington,… Read More