Mike Valletta

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We all know by now that I really love vineyards. My Italian roots run deep, and as an Italian, I believe a good glass of wine is good for the soul. Don’t take my word for it, however, read some of the studies on red wine and how it may help with the longevity of our lives. Paired with chocolate, I’m pretty sure we’ll all be living a pretty nice life as we… Read More

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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

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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

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Summer brings with it many possibilities. For starters, you’re not trapped inside of your house staring at four walls begging to run outside and scream out for attention. During the summer, you can be a free spirit as you go where you want and do as you please without the worry of getting trapped in a sudden blizzard, which we all know happens rather often here in New England. What was that… Read More

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This past weekend, while searching for new places to explore, I decided after hearing so much about it, that it was time to head on up to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and explore the infamous Hancock Shaker Village, located right in Pittsfield. It’s a village that is known as the city of peace, and for good reason. If you’re a fan of the Amish in Pennsylvania but don’t want to make… Read More

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If you spend a great deal of time on the road, coffeehouses are essential. They are the perfect places to raise your spirits and perk up your energy to keep on rolling through the streets. Everyone loves coffee. After all, it’s the American drink of choice for the morning, unlike our neighbors on the side of the pond who enjoy a spot of tea. There are many places along the way that… Read More

While many of you are enjoying, or suffering, from what mother nature is delivering to Litchfield County, I am enjoying some quality time in the farm country of Virginia. I made the over 6 hour trip down Tuesday and I, surprisingly, didn’t hit one ounce of traffic, not even in the always congested New York City! The trip was great as usual. Prior to leaving Torrington, I made sure that my 260,000… Read More

This story is slightly different from others that have been worked on. This story mainly contains a series of photos that portray what the fall season currently looks like here in Connecticut‘s Litchfield Hills. These pictures are current as of September 17th,2010.    In the above picture, the best part about living in the hills is the low cloud cover that seems to roll off the mountainsides. It’s breathtaking every time you… Read More