8 Great Wonders of Litchfield County

In celebration of CTC&G's eighth anniversary we put together a curated collection of inspired finds from design and food to fashion and culture.

In celebration of CTC&G’s eighth anniversary, I put together eight things I find not only wonderful, but also essential for making life in Litchfield County all the more stylish, exciting and delicious for my family and me. It was difficult to narrow it down to eight, but here are my top picks.

The county has its fair share of great restaurants, but none as exciting as newcomer Community Table Restaurant (CT) in Washington. Chef Joel Viehland’s food is inventive, and the menu is ever changing, depending on what’s in season—in keeping with their mission: “to prepare the highest quality locally grown and procured ingredients … in a casual atmosphere.” I was there recently for my daughter’s birthday dinner, as it is her favorite spot as well. CT Restaurant, 233 Litchfield Tpke., Washington, 860-868-9354, communitytablect.com.

Having a spa nearby that’s the caliber of the Mayflower Spa makes me feel like we are living at a five-star resort year-round. From the fresh smell of lavender to the pools, saunas, treatment rooms and the luxurious relaxation room, it’s an escape within the escape of being in the country. After an afternoon in the spa, you can head to the restaurant and bar to hear the very talented David Grausman on the piano. A perfect Saturday! Mayflower Inn & Spa, 118 Woodbury Rd., Washington, 860-868-9466, mayflowerinn.com.

The Washington Connecticut Antiques Show is an event we never miss in the fall. This year, “the best little show in the country” opens on October 6, with a preview party on October 5. I can’t imagine a year without this event and can still remember when we bought our house in Washington 12 years ago and attended our first opening reception where we met so many lasting friends and found so many great objects for our new home. The Washington Connecticut Antiques Show to benefit the Gunn Memorial Library, 860-868-7586, gunnlibrary.org.

Most of us know White Flower Farm through its extensive catalog of bulbs, perennials and gifts. Visiting the retail store and nursery is a whole other experience: From the quality of the plants to the design inspiration from the gardens and potted flowers, it’s a feast. There’s also a greenhouse devoted entirely to English hybrid begonias, which are seductive as sirens. Gorgeous, lush, and my garden delight! White Flower Farm, 167 Litchfield Rd., Morris, 860-567-8789, whiteflowerfarm.com.

We are fortunate to have a great selection of vintage and antique stores in Litchfield County. One of my favorites is R.T. Facts in Kent, whether I’m looking for a fabulous object to freshen up a room or an unusual item to offer a focal point in a garden. Greg Randall is the master of employing found objects and creating the most extraordinary furnishings. It’s a pure treasure trove. R.T. Facts, Old Town Hall, 22 South Main St., Kent, 860-863-4606, rtfacts.com.

I can’t think of a more perfect place to see a film than the Bantam Cinema in Bantam.  Not only is it Connecticut’s oldest continuously operated movie house, but it also features some of the best current films including independent and foreign films like Moonrise Kingdom, My Best  Exotic Marigold Hotel and To Rome with Love. It’s a small theater, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. Bantam Cinema, 115 Bantam Lake Rd., Bantam, 860-567-0006, bantamcinema.com.

I’m always amazed when I’m browsing in the men’s department at J Seitz & Company and see the most interesting curated collection of apparel and accessories … the same holds true of the ladies’ selection (ask my wife). They also have a nice selection of home furnishings and accessories, including upholstery by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. J Seitz & Company, 9 East Shore Rd., New Preston, 860-868-0119, jseitz.com.

Every weekend, we visit the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford. I usually have Isabelle and Charlie in tow, but sometimes I bring one of my houseguests. Over the years, I’ve found many great bargains here, including 19th-century amethyst glass—a favorite design accent in my interiors. Most times I give myself an allowance. But it’s often hard to resist breaking into the reserve funds! Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market, 490 Danbury Rd., New Milford, etflea.com.