Northwest Connecticut has four distinct seasons, each with its special charm.
Spring: The mixture of warm days and cold nights is the perfect and necessary combination for "sugaring off." This is the time of year when farmers collect the sap from sugar maples and boil it down to make maple syrup, candy, and spread. Spring is also one of the best times for whitewater canoeing and kayaking on the Housatonic and Farmington Rivers. Another favorite spring activity is a visit to one of the many nurseries and a stroll through beautiful display gardens.
Summer: The pastoral countryside, cool mountain lakes, laurel covered slopes and pine-scented forest glades have made the Litchfield Hills a resort area for more than a century. In Northwest Connecticut a refreshing breeze cools the warm, often hot summer days and pleasant evenings. Lake swimming, picnicking, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, fishing, and biking are just some of the summer pleasures that abound in the area.
Fall: Beginning in September through late October the days are crisp, clear and sunny; the evenings are cool. Our rolling hills and river valleys are alive with the activity of the harvest, which culminates in fifteen of the State's Country Agricultural Fairs. During the first three weeks in October our bucolic countryside and colonial villages are transformed into a palette of brilliant colors.
Winter: Snow transforms Northwest Connecticut into a Currier and Ives painting -- with church steeples soaring above a filigree of bare branches, village greens powdered with snow, colonial homes garlanded with pine boughs and candles gleaming in windows etched with frost. This is a favorite time for skiers to visit the area because the Northwest Connecticut's Litchfield Hills has Connecticut's largest downhill Ski Area, Mohawk Mountain (860-672-6100) in Cornwall, Ski Sundown in New Hartford (860-379-9851), and Woodbury Ski & Racquet in Woodbury (203-263-2203), as well as miles of pristine trails for cross country skiing. Another outdoor activity is Eagle Watching in Southbury.
Local Resturants on Route 44 in Winsted (within a 15 minute drive of Camp Jewell)
Noli's Pizza (860) 738-9493
Kent Pizza (860) 379-0775
Sophia's (860) 379-8589
Mario's Tuscany Grill (860) 379-4715
The Tributary (860) 379-7679
Monacos (860) 379-6648
Rock Hall Bed & Breakfast
19 Rock Hall Road, Colebrook
(5 minute drive)
Days Inn, Torrington, CT
(30 min. South)
Old Riverton Inn
Rte. 20, Riverton, CT
(15 min. east)
Days Inn, Great Barrington, MA
(30 min. north)
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