Tony Connecticut towns and their unique takes on living well

We’ve scouted some great finds on where to enjoy all your town has to offer. From shopping at Essex village’s Silkworm to boating at the Greenwich Polo club we’ve got you covered!


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Located on Main Street in the heart of Essex village, Silkworm is the go-to place for fashion. Owner Raeann Groves has an eye for style and can outfit you for any occasion in the country or the city—from Milly to Lilly Pulitzer, Nicole Miller to Shoshanna and more. 860-767-1298.

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This town is known for its fabulous shopping from Saks Fifth Avenue to Richards. Both carry many designers and offer fantastic personal services. But when you dock at the yacht club and realize you forgot an essential item, dash to my other favorite boutiques like Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew or Intermix … all on “the Avenue.”

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R. Derwin Clothiers has been located in Litchfield for more than 20 years. Andrea Derwin runs the ladies store and her son, Jonathan, manages the men’s shop. They import world-class cashmere items and sell merchandise made from the finest fabrics. Their blogs highlight great styling tips and
area events. rderwinclothiers.com.

 

 

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In Essex, Six Main has everyone talking. Newly transplanted California culinary expert Rachel Carr and local farmer Bill de Jonge are using produce from Bill’s Upper Pond Farm in Old Lyme for this vegan/vegetarian spot that’s drawing people out of their homes and off their boats for a fun in-town meal. sixmain.com.

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Although Greenwich residents often entertain at home or at their country clubs, the new hotspot in town is the J House Hotel and its Eleven 14 restaurant. Located between Greenwich and Riverside, this 86-room hotel is the “it” place for the ladies who lunch or for wheeling and dealing hedge-fund executives. jhousegreenwich.com.

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Farm to table is the hottest trend in Litchfield, so it isn’t any surprise that the Community Table is a local favorite. CT, as it is referred to, relies on the bounty of locally grown and produced ingredients throughout the year. Casual, local and super fresh! communitytablect.com.

 

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The Chocolate Shell in Old Lyme sells chocolate and penny candy that will take you back to your childhood! Down the road, enjoy freshly roasted coffee from around the world at Ashlawn Farm, while watching the cows graze among the rolling hills. A great spot where tradition meets modern life. thechocolateshellct.com; farmcoffee.com.

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Newly renovated Versailles on Greenwich Avenue will transport you to the Left Bank in Paris in an instant, no passport required. Friends swear this is the best coffee in town, and its sublime patisserie is très magnifique! versaillesgreenwich.com.

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Recently, I met my friend Carolyn Klemm at the Pantry in Washington Depot for lunch and coffee. She runs her real-estate empire across the street and many deals have been inked over coffee here. Everyone stops in for coffee, lunch, a snack or products from area farms. 860-868-0258.

 

 

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Forgot your hostess gift for the weekend? Run into the Bowerbird in Old Lyme or the French Hen (860-767-7781) on Main Street in Essex for the perfect little something. Both of these fun spots has just about everything for the home and garden. A gift from either place will ensure a return invitation. thebowerbird.com.

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Newcomer Splurge on Lewis Street has one of the best-edited inventories in town. Everything from clothes and jewelry to gorgeous platters and beautifully hand-embroidered guest towels (my go-to gift!). Splurge Kids is located right across the street. I never come out empty-handed. 203-869-7600.

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The Stationer in Washington Depot is a small chic gift store on Titus Road in the heart of town. Gifts, merchandise and the newest stationery collections fill this wonderful little local favorite. 860-868-1990.

 

 

Essex & old lyme

Boating is the sport of choice in this area, and Ted Lahey’s Essex Boat Works is a beautiful nautical facility to visit, dock/store your boat or commission a new one. Ted and his staff are among the best nautical experts and will tend to your boating needs with a skipper’s smile. essexboatworks.com.

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One of the hottest tickets in town: polo at the Greenwich Polo Club located across the street from White Birch Farm. Started by local resident Peter Brant in 1981, USPA matches are held on Sundays in June, July and September. Want to get close to those famous hunky polo pros? Try a private or group lesson. greenwichpoloclub.com.

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Outdoor sports are hot here. But antiquing has reached “sport” status with the popular Litchfield and Washington antiques shows. Both have everything from furniture and jewelry to antiques, of course. The Litchfield show is usually in June at the Kent School, while the Washington show is in the fall at the Washington Depot Town Hall.

 

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The Vitality Spa was being renovated on the day I was in town, but its list of services and slogan, “Live Long, Live Well,” sold me on the spot. I was so impressed by their nationally certified experts and what appear to be endless services! I am picky about spas, but this one has been added to my list. vitalityspa.com.

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The Fit Green Goddess is one of Greenwich’s best-kept secrets. Goddess Tina Guaglianone trains at local health clubs and country clubs. Monthly membership allows access to her health info, exercise routines, recipes and weekly blog. You can even book a private consultation. Ask about her protein glo-bites! fitgreengoddess.net.

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I had one of the best facials of my life at Winvian located in Morris, nestled in the Litchfield Hills. My friend (and the owner) Maggie Smith treated me to a restorative
afternoon of pampering. There are many unique activities at Winvian, but make time for a memorable five-diamond spa experience. winvian.com.

 

ILLUSTRATIONS BY LILLA ROGERS