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.