Mike Valletta

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  Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. The lights. The music. The seasonal drinks. It’s really a great start to a season that is otherwise known as one of the most depressing in the northeast. Luckily, many years ago I have found a way to beat the seasonal depression that affects so many of us. Perhaps it’s more depressing on my wallet. When I was little, I was introduced to skiing,… Read More

What’s better than being in the city during the holidays? I can’t think of much. The twinkle of the lights. The store windows decked to the nines in holiday cheer. The magic of Rockefeller Center lighting up the city with the best Christmas tree in the world, while people discover the warmth of love while proposing right along side of it. New York City comes alive unlike any other place in the… Read More

What is it about small town U.S.A? They just get everything right. The charm of the people. The perfectly lined streets decked out ever so vividly for the holidays. Visions of yesteryear floating through your head instead sugarplums. What are sugarplums? The nearby town of Stockbridge, MA is perhaps center stage for all small towns. Nestled in the Berkshires, it is surrounded by foothills and with very little cell phone coverage. The… Read More

Is there anything more warming to the soul then a store doing the holidays right? Many retailers go above and beyond when it comes to decorating for the holidays. They try diligently to capture the magic of the season by spreading holiday cheer to all in the form of seasonal decor and of course, the many happy faces of the stores staff. Only one retailer really gets it though. A retailer so… Read More

So this year I’ve been pretty excited about the whole holiday decorating thing. I mean, honestly who isn’t? Every year I, like many of you, unpack and search high and low for every single piece of decor I tucked away since the spring. I really hate that dreaded game. You think you know where everything is then boom, it’s not where you remember it to be! Well, this year I decided to… 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

When we think of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, almost everything nostalgic comes to mind. With its rural, yet sophisticated landscape, you can’t help but to find yourself basking in memories of days gone by. This past Sunday, January 16, 2011, many found themselves to be doing just that as the Winter Classic Sleigh Rally was held on the grounds of Orleton Farm in Stockbridge. Stockbridge, best known for their famous artist Norman Rockwell, was indeed… Read More

Waking up at 8PM Wednesday evening after having a healthy power nap, I learned the breaking, yet disturbing news, that Geoff Fox, meteorologist from WTNH-TV in New Haven, will not have his contract renewed which is set to expire at the end of February. My initial thoughts were that this was some type of communication error. I mean how could it be? Geoff Fox is a television icon here in Connecticut. I… Read More

The winds howled. The snow was intense reducing visabilities across the countryside. Power was knocked out for many. Roads were impassable. These were the conditions across Litchfield county Sunday night as a major Nor’easter made its way up the coast giving the entire region a real winter wallop! As the winds peaked, so too did the snow drifts that were being created, many topping off at over 2 feet! The storm that we all had been watching for… Read More

The holidays are a joyous time of year, a time like no other. The holidays are often referred to as the most memorable and magical season of them of all, and for good reason. The magic sets in the moment our landscape is transformed into a quiet winter wonderland, one that we are lucky to have here in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills. Our landscape in recent weeks has been transformed, in many parts,… Read More