Think Connecticut can’t compete in the big leagues of leaf peeping? Don’t be so sure. Once mid-October rolls around, the Litchfield Hills burst with vibrant reds and oranges that (dare we say it) rival those of our neighbors to the north. Revel in the best of Connecticut fall foliage on this scenic byway full of popular leaf peeping pit stops near Lakeville.
Stop #1: Cobble Mountain Trail Overlook (Kent, CT)
Head south from Lakeville on the leisurely Route 41, a scenic state highway of pastoral landscapes and saltbox farmhouses. After a 30 minute drive, you’ll arrive at Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent. Grab a trail map at the front office and take to the white blazed Cobble Mountain Trail — the overlook offers a magnificent view across the Harlem Valley to the distant Catskills. It’s a spectacular sight year-round, but at the height of foliage season, those incredible colors are in a league of their own.
Stop #2: Bulls Covered Bridge (South Kent, CT)
Once you’ve had your foliage fix at the Cobble Mountain overlook, take a short detour to the Bull’s Bridge, which crosses the Housatonic River. The sight of this charming, classic New England covered bridge surrounded by oranges and browns is the thing of autumnal postcards. This also makes a great opportunity to set up a scenic fall picnic or venture into downtown Kent for a bite to eat.
Stop #5: Interlaken Inn (Lakeville, CT)
After another 20 miles or so of rolling hills and winding stone walls, you’ll be back in the quiet comfort of Lakeville. While we have plenty of places to peep leaves in the Litchfield Hills, at Interlaken Inn can you pull up an Adirondack chair and take in the views from your porch — all while scrolling through snapshots from your fall foliage tour in Connecticut.
For many of us, swinging away at a scenic golf course is part of the countryside experience, and we have plenty of places to play here in Lakeville. Whether you’re a longtime golfing guru or you’ve yet to carry a club, these golf courses in Connecticut (and our close neighbors) offer hours of club-swingin’ fun at the fairways.
1. Hotchkiss Golf Course (Lakeville, CT)
Practically a putt’s distance from our doors, the Hotchkiss Golf Course offers nine difficult holes, a professional all-weather track, and the utmost convenience for anyone staying at Interlaken. If you need some tips, the Hotchkiss staff are more than happy to provide some pointers — as a few of the holes are particularly challenging, even for intermediate golfers.
2. Canaan Country Club (Canaan, CT)
If you’re a little newer to the golfing game, take a short drive to the Canaan Country Club. The course is more straightforward than others in the area, but equally as alluring. With backdrops of the rolling Litchfield Hills, Canaan is just the spot to relax and put your swing to the test while enjoying full-fledged views of the Connecticut countryside.
3. Copake Country Club (Craryville, NY)
Nestled up against the shores of Copake Lake, Copake Country Club offers magnificent views of the foothills of the Berkshires to complement its 18 holes of play. The club also holds regular live music nights during the summer, so you can get your groove on after an afternoon well-spent on the green.
4. Egremont Country Club (Great Barrington, MA)
Just north in Great Barrington, the Egremont Country Club represents Massachusetts in our lineup of golfing greats near Lakeville. This challenging 18-hole course is best suited for intermediate to advanced golfers — take the fifth hole, which sees several devilish sand traps along with some serene streams (keep your eyes on the ball!).
5. Undermountain Golf Course (Millerton, NY)
Berkshires to the east, Catskills to the west, and nine holes with beautifully-maintained greens and fairways in between. Undermountain Golf Course is an absolute must-see and must-play for golfers making the trip to Lakeville. The course offers alternate tees for a back nine, so even novice players can take their swing and revel in those breathtaking mountain vistas.
6. Interlaken Inn (Lakeville, CT)
Alright, we’re not actually a golf course, but as a golf-going guest here at Interlaken, you’re more than welcome to take a swing at our executive short-game practice facility free of charge. With all these Connecticut golf courses nearby, getting game-ready is simple with a practice green right outside your room at our countryside resort.
Whether you’re overwhelmed by the thought of planning a large-scale wedding or you’d just rather tie the knot in a rustic setting, the Connecticut countryside is the cream of the crop for intimate weddings. Get away from the everyday with your betrothed — here are five reasons to elope in the Litchfield Hills.
1. Endless Options For An Itinerary For Two
Well all know an elopement is more than the “I do’s”, so why not solidify your bond with a countryside itinerary? Whether you’re a canoeing couple or just love to taste fine wines, northwestern Connecticut offers the perfect pastime for every pair. Let our lakes and mountains be your hub for outdoor adventure, or get the adrenaline pumping at the Lime Rock Park racing circuit. For the equestrian lovers, ride off into the sunset (perhaps literally) on horseback at Mountain Valley Farm.
2. Tastes As Romantic As The Views
Eloping in the Litchfield Hills means sinking your fork into some grass-fed beef, crisp vegetables fresh from our kitchen garden, and artisan cheeses at our very own farm-to-table Morgan’s Restaurant. Of course, a romantic dinner for your wedding wouldn’t be complete without a taste of champagne or fine wine from one of the Lakeville area’s local vineyards — we’ll arrange a three-course dinner to celebrate your big day.
3. Peace, Quiet, And Privacy
Finding an alluring, yet secluded spot for your Connecticut wedding won’t be a problem. Pick a picturesque mountain outlook, or find a lakeside perch, complete with bonfire. No matter where you go, swapping out noisy, urban distractions for the quiet ambience of the Litchfield Hills allows you to focus solely on each other (and your gorgeous getaway).
4. Every Moment Is A Photo-Op
Although you’d be hard-pressed not to take a gorgeous photo in the Litchfield Hills, we recommend investing in a professional photographer to hit the shutter on those frame-worthy shots. The most popular backdrops include rugged mountains, the wooded paths outside our cottages, and of course, the glistening waterfront at the edge of Lake Wononscopomuc. Don’t worry about searching -- our wedding planners here at Interlaken will set you up with a superb shutterbug to capture moments that’ll last a lifetime.
5. You Don’t Have To Break The Bank
We all love to save cash, and embarking on an intimate wedding in Connecticut means forgetting about the expense (and stress) of catering to dozens (or hundreds) of guests. Keep your wedding simple and serene with a little bubbly, a farm-fresh dinner, and a beautiful countryside backdrop — our elopement package will help you plan your intimate ceremony at our countryside resort in the Litchfield Hills.
Connecticut may not be the first state on a hiker’s must-hit list, but don’t be fooled — we boast some picturesque pathways. With charming wooded trails, river walks, and jaw-dropping overlooks, there’s truly a trail for everyone here in the Lakeville area. Strap on your hiking shoes for these scenic spots worth trekking in the Litchfield Hills.
1. River Trail (Falls Village)
The River Trail winds along the bank of the Housatonic River for about one mile in Falls Village. While it may not be very long, this little section of the Appalachian isn’t short on stories. Historic markers tell tales of industrial development that never saw its way to fruition.
2. Between The Lakes Road
As its name implies, this gravel pathway runs between two pristine lakes: Lake Washinee and Lake Washining, a duo we refer to as the “Twin Lakes.” If you’re feeling brave, take a peek into one of the limestone caverns located just off the road.
3. Bear Mountain
If you’re a serious hiker, it’s time to tackle Bear Mountain. At an elevation of 2316’, it’s the highest peak Connecticut has to offer. Journey up to the summit’s stone tower remnants for breathtaking vistas of the Berkshires and the Twin Lakes of Salisbury.
4. Mount Riga Road
A particularly popular route for bikers, the dirt road leading up to Mount Riga is frequented by locals and guests alike. After about two miles the road levels off and you’ll pass by some beautiful waterfalls and even the remnants of a 19th century blast furnace (you’ll definitely want to pack your cameras for that one).
5. Sage’s Ravine
Located right at the western tip of the Connecticut-Massachusetts border, this ravine tumbles down a beautiful section of dense forests and serene streams. Take the moderate trail by driving to the top of the Mt. Washington Reservation or enjoy the ravine’s granite cliffs and spectacular waterfalls on the more strenuous route starting at the Undermountain Trail.
6. Brace Mountain
Even experienced hikers will get a challenge out of the 2.5-mile Brace Mountain trailhead. The hike is about a four hour round trip, so be sure to pack a hearty lunch to enjoy as you gaze out at some stellar views of the Harlem Valley and the distant Catskills of New York.
7. Lion’s Head Trailhead
Located at the southern end of a ridge that eventually joins with Bear Mountain, this small peak is popular for casual hikers. Expect to encounter several scenic overlooks amid the trail’s brooks and streams, including a birds-eye view of Salisbury and the Twin Lakes.
Northwestern Connecticut’s breathtaking trails are worth a trip in and of themselves, and this is just the tip of the mountain when it comes to scenic sights and trails in the Litchfield Hills. Keep close to these vivid views with a reservation at Interlaken Inn (and be sure to grab a few trail maps at the front desk)!
If you’re a pet lover, it’s crushing to get that “what about me?” look as you stuff your suitcase. Luckily, there’s no need to leave the dogs (or cats!) behind when you visit the Connecticut countryside — spacious lawns and lakes make the Litchfield Hills a pup’s paradise and gives felines plenty of window-watching eye candy. Follow these tips and your four-legged friend may end up loving your countryside getaway as much as you do.
1. Consider Your Transportation
If you’re hopping aboard a train, plane, or bus to Connecticut, don’t forget to check the pet policy before you book your tickets. Many of them have restrictions on the size of your pet — for example, the Amtrak welcomes dogs and cats up to 20 pounds, for trips seven hours or less.
2. Opt For Pet-Friendly Accommodations
We had all paws on deck with planning our pet-friendly hotel rooms at the Woodside House, just steps away from our landscaped lawns. With direct entry from the outside, there’s no need for frustrating journeys through multiple doors, or getting dragged down flights of stairs when your Hulk of a hound is really excited to get outdoors.
3. Make a Plan in Case of Emergency
Nobody wants to imagine an emergency in unfamiliar territory, but Sparky’s sock-swallowing habit is one thing that can’t be left at home. It’s important to know where the nearest Lakeville veterinarian is located. For Interlaken guests, the Millerton Veterinary Practice is located less than 3 miles away.
4. Allow Some Time For Your Best Friend To Unwind
If there’s one thing a dog loves more than his bone, it’s wide open space ripe for romping around — that’s why our 30 acres of spacious country grounds are nothing short of doggy heaven. Don’t worry, cat folk; our Woodside House is as quiet as it is convenient, so you and your feline can peacefully enjoy the calm comfort of the countryside.
5. Prepare a Pet-Friendly Itinerary
With the great outdoors at your doorstep, there won’t be a calm tail in sight. Take your pup out on one of northwestern Connecticut’s scenic lakes or rivers via kayak or canoe. Explore by land on another outing and take them to one of the Litchfield Hill’s spacious parks — the Macedonia Brook State Park sits at a whoppin’ 2,300 acres and features all of Fido’s favorites: mountain trails, springs, streams, and squirrels.
Why leave four-legged friends behind when they can tag along? Learn more about the pet-friendly hotel policies at Interlaken with our pet waiver. After all, it’s their vacation too, and it’s always a “two paws up” rating here in the Connecticut countryside.
Whether it’s a reunion with BFFs, a get-to-know-you with colleagues, or an organized event in a fresh environment, retreats are a surefire way to bond with your crew. Your surroundings can make or break your retreat, however, so you reserve the right to be choosy. With spacious country landscapes and outdoor attractions to boot, Lakeville comes front and center for group retreat destinations in Connecticut.
1. Steer Clear of Distractions
A retreat should be about being focusing on your group, so don’t let your attention be divided. At a countryside resort, you’ll avoid urban disturbances that detract from your retreat. Rather than bumping shoulders and muddling through noisy crowds, keep your focus squarely on bonding with your team (and the picturesque mountain and lake views of the southern Berkshires).
2. You Can’t Beat The Scenery
Pick a season, any season! Scenic sights grace the Litchfield Hills year-round. From lush summer lawns to vibrant fall foliage to postcard-worthy winters, expect your group to be in awe just walking from place to place (and perhaps competing over who took the best snapshots on their smartphones).
3. Ample Room, Indoors and Out
Whether you’re a party of five or 125, you’ll want a dedicated space to call your own during your group retreat in Connecticut. Grab blankets and some sandwiches and find a quiet spot amid our 30 acres of spacious lawns. If the weather doesn’t look promising for a picnic, share a meal at one of Interlaken’s many gathering spaces — we do provide catering for banquets and private parties. With a number of private conference rooms to choose from, you’ll feel like you’re the only group in the house.
4. Comfortable, Yet Convenient Countryside Lodging
With a number of cozy houses, cottages, and suites to choose from, every member of your group will find lodging that suits their style. If you’re looking to stay close together, reserve some of our traditional, hotel-style rooms at our Main Building, just a short stroll away from our indoor and outdoor meeting areas.
5. The Lakeville Area Has Something For Everyone (And We Mean Everyone)
A countryside retreat is more than coffee and conference rooms. Find time to unwind at our own Ellora Spa & Sanctuary or take a swing on one of our tennis courts. If you’re looking to get outdoorsy with your retreat itinerary, take a group hike on a leafy country trail or while away the day on the lake aboard a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard.
Skip the distractions of a tourist-centric vacation spot, and plan your retreat at our countryside resort, just a train ride away from the Northeast’s major cities. Give us a call and we’ll set you up with a dedicated meeting planner, who’ll make sure your group retreat in Connecticut is everything it should be — a time for you to bond with friends, family, co-workers, or anything in between.
With a best friend tying the knot in the countryside, the bride and groom aren’t the only ones who should be celebrating. If you’re in charge of bachelor party brainstorming, we have some good news: these country landscapes are more than just a showstopping backdrop. From boating to horseback riding, there’s a perfect outdoor pastime for every groom here in the Litchfield Hills.
1. Go for a Spin on a Connecticut Bike Trail
For a bachelor party on wheels, take a spin on one of Connecticut’s scenic trails or low-traffic roads. Stay close to Lakeville with a multi-terrain ride on Railroad Ramble. If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, grab your mountain bikes for an adventure at Mohawk Mountain State Park.
We have bike maps available at the front desk here at Interlaken, along with air pumps and tool kits if you need to do some minor bicycle repair — just ask!
2. Take a Cruise on a Boat Charter
If you’d rather take your celebration on the water, stop by O’Hara’s Landing Marina on Washining Lake. Grab a kayak for everyone, or cruise together on a pontoon boat that can accommodate up to 12 people. Anglers can also take this opportunity to do some fly fishing — the twin lakes are rife with trout, bass, and yellow perch.
3. Race Around at Lime Rock Park (Or Watch From Afar)
With 1.5 miles of racetrack, Lime Rock Park is an auto enthusiast’s dream. Rev your engines for one of Lime Rock’s racing events or car shows, or get in your own track time — you can rent the entire facility for a group driving experience.
4. Go Horseback Riding Through the Countryside
It doesn’t get much more country than saddling up for a horseback ride. Channel your inner cowboys, and ride the well-mannered steeds at Lee’s Riding Stable in Litchfield. If your buddies are more newbies than experts, arrange your bachelor party at the Mountain Valley Farm for full-day or half-day events.
5. Take a Swing at a Connecticut Golf Course
It’s a classic way to spend time with the guys, and a mellow way to celebrate your bachelor. The Litchfield Hills are home to many spectacular greens and fairways, the closest to Interlaken being the Hotchkiss Golf Course. While a few of the holes at Hotchkiss may be a bit challenging for beginners, you’ll be able to purchase inexpensive day passes and golf club rentals. For the true beginners, take the group to the approachable nine holes of Canaan Country Club.
Fellas, don’t let your best friend plunge into marriage without throwing a country bachelor’s party for the books. The breathtaking scenery and countryside attractions here in the Litchfield Hills — we’ll help you throw the best buddies’ bash.