The Litchfield hills of northwestern Connecticut, known locally as simply "the Northwest Hills", is one of New England's favorite vacation destinations. Only 90 minutes from Manhattan or 2 1/2  hours from Boston,  the Northwest Hills are nearby yet a world away. Here among the rolling woodlands, cool green river valleys, and Yankee town greens travelers find there are a wide variety of recreational, entertainment, dining and lodging choices. Take a look at what we have to offer and you may be surprised

Barns and a stone wallDo you prefer to take life at a leisurely pace? The Northwest Hills offer antiques, arts, museums, farms, country fairs, vintage trains, vineyard tours and much more. We have more than 250 antique and collectible shops, 30 art galleries and shops, 20 crafts and pottery shops, nearly two dozen museums, and quite a few unique boutique manufacturers such as http://charredwood.com/ If you enjoy the performing arts you'll want to sample our music festivals and live theaters. For dining we offer hundreds of restaurants, everything from cozy cafes to gourmet restaurants, and plenty of bakeries, candy and ice cream shops for your sweet tooth. And after a leisurely day spent touring our spectacular fall foliage, what could be more relaxing than spending the night in one of our fine inns or bed and breakfasts?

We have just named Norfolk, CT as our featured destination. A gorgeous town in the NW Hills features the historic Infinity Hall Norfolk, the cute Berkshire County Store, and our featured shop, the Norfolk Artisans Guild, which carries gifts, art, and useful items from as nearby as Norfolk's own painter Sheila Dunnert to a very cool line of imported blue light blocking glasses from across the sea all the way to Connecticut: Ambreyewear - Asteri

 If you prefer more active recreation and seek the great outdoors then you'll love all the choices available in the Northwest Hills, such as bicycling, skiing, golfing, horseback riding, or even watching world-class auto racing. Runners will want to join some of our frequent local road races. Our many state parks offer excellent hiking, camping, swimming, breathtaking overlooks and idyllic waterfalls. Our many rivers and streams host superb kayaking, canoeing and tubing as well as some of the best fly fishing east of the Rockies. The Summer on the farm means baling hay Northwest Hills boast  more than 30 lakes and ponds, numerous public boat launches, and more great fishing opportunities. And diners on the go will find plenty of pubs, cafes, delis, and pizzerias to choose from.

Families with children often choose to spend time at one of the local amusement parks or take a day trip to a nearby major attraction. And if the day turns rainy,  local movie theaters, pizza shops and video rentals can save the day.

Whether you're looking for antique shops or trout streams, a bed & breakfast or a secluded campsite witha nice gazebo for camping, four star dining or a cozy cafe, you can find it here. The Northwest Hills of Connecticut offer something for all ages, interests and budgets. Come see for yourself.

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