Mike Valletta

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Have you ever wanted to just rewind the time? You know. Relive a time that was prior to technology and a life of simplicity? There’s a place where you can do just that. A place where time itself has stood as still as the products it holds. The Vermont Country Store is a Mecca for all things yesteryear. This quintessential yet fun shopping experience will have you putting your phone down while… Read More

You know, I just love it. I love the changing of the seasons, particularly at home in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Tonight before work, I took a little drive up through Norfolk then back down into Winchester Center and eventually making my way back home to Torrington. Why did I do this? Well, I’m all about clearing my head before and after a long night of work and this certainly helps this process,… Read More

Ah, here it is all over again. Crisp mornings followed by sun drenched afternoons that seem to radiate even more with the vibrant colors of the leaves on the trees. Fall is upon is and is in full swing here in my little corner of Connecticut, Litchfield County. It didn’t take long for autumn to arrive. A couple cold nights and voilà! The trees around the house are blasting with color and… Read More

As someone who loves snow, seeing it fall on Saturday made my day. Until of course, the night fell, then it got ugly. As the snow piled up, well over a foot of it, so too did the weight of it on the trees knocking out power to all of Litchfield County. I suddenly regretted loving the snow so much sitting in a cold, dark house all to myself wondering what was… Read More

The past few months I have been traveling a lot, mainly out to the other New England states. I’ve been cheating on Connecticut as my first love has always been Vermont. I’m a Vermonter at heart, what could I say! I live for simple days, and an era that has gone by. I live for those enjoyable days spent in the great outdoors as well as exploring new sights. It’s been a… Read More

At last, we have made our way past Columbus Day here in Litchfield County and by all accounts, we know exactly what that means; the foliage is ready to peak. What seemed to have started out as a dull season thanks to the wet weather we have enjoyed this summer, has actually turned out to an ambient festival of colors, especially in northern Litchfield County in towns like Norfolk, Torrington, and Salisbury… Read More

What is it about a bike that just entices you to go anywhere on a moments notice and discover things you might otherwise not be able to see? Maybe it’s the feeling of the open road, or the wind in your face, or maybe it’s the pure joy of feeling like a kid again. Whatever it is, I’m a huge fan of riding my mountain bike, everywhere and anywhere, and the Litchfield… Read More

This season is a far different one here in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills thanks to our friend Irene who passed through in late August. Usually for us, we still have many leaves on the trees come early October. This year, not so much. At least 20-30 percent of our trees have already lost their leaves, and while not exactly an impressive number by any means, it tells a story of what’s happening, and… Read More

In the back of my head, I hear that good old Christmas song “It’s the most, wonderful time of the year!” but it’s not because it’s getting closer to Christmas. I’m in no rush for that. No, this particular phrase of the song very much applies to wonderful colors of fall. In the world, there’s nothing else like it but right here in New England. How could anyone ever want to leave… Read More

Editors Note: It’s been a while! Due to exciting last minute summer days, and Tropical storm Irene impacting the region, it has been a rather busy couple of weeks. Now, onto the show! It wasn’t long ago that we were practically shoveling snow of our roofs. It also wasn’t long ago that we were thinking of relaxing summer days at the lake. Where oh WHERE did the time go? It’s after labor… Read More