Not to brag or anything, but when it comes to farm-to-table restaurants, we have it made here in the Litchfield Hills. With a variety of veggies growing (literally) in our backyard, we’re spoiled rotten with fresh food and delicious delicacies. Head over to these farm-to-table restaurants in Connecticut for a taste of the Litchfield Hills at its freshest.
1. Morgan’s Restaurant
You don’t have to stray too far for a farm-fresh bite here at Interlaken — in fact, you don’t have to stray at all. Our very own Morgan’s Restaurant, attached to our Main Building, serves as a standalone farm-to-table eatery here in the Litchfield Hills. We source all of our produce directly from our backyard kitchen garden, and with an award-winning menu that sees grass-fed beef to house-made vegetable spring rolls, Morgan’s has been considered a Lakeville legend in locally-sourced dishes for over a decade (and counting!).
2. Mockingbird Restaurant
If your stay in the Litchfield Hills is set to last a few extra nights, extend your foodie tour to the Mockingbird in Bantam. Mockingbird prides itself in its ingredients fresh off the farm — some popular plates include its Blue Moon Farms Grass-Fed Beef Burger and the Truffle Zucchini “Pasta”. Coordinate your visit to catch an event at Sam’s Social Club within the restaurant — there’s live acoustic music every Sunday night and even the occasional vino-focused dinner functions, like the Southern Hemisphere Wine Series.
3. Marketplace Kitchen & Bar
If you’re going to be out and about during your getaway to the Litchfield Hills, consider stopping at the Marketplace Kitchen & Bar in Woodbury, less than an hour south of Interlaken. With charming patio seating during the warm months and a crackling fireplace to keep you cozy in the winter, the Marketplace and its locally-sourced menu is well worth the drive.
4. Vendors At The Millerton Farmer’s Market
Alright, so it’s not quite Connecticut, but the Millerton Farmer’s Market right over the border is just the spot to nab the freshest heirloom apples and garden greens during your countryside retreat. Shop nearly 20 local vendors and grab a bite to-go — fan favorites include artisanal cheeses from Chaseholm Farm Creamery and fresh-baked scones from Coco’s Crumbs. The outdoor market runs May through October at the Millerton Methodist Church, less than 10 minutes from Lakeville.
All it takes is the teensiest, tiniest tint of orange in the treetops and we get fanatical about fall here in the Litchfield Hills. If you feel the same way, then you’re in luck — there’s no shortage of gatherings in our neck of the woods dedicated to apple crisps, hayrides, and other fall-focused festivities. Get a whiff of pumpkin spice-scented everything and celebrate the season at these fall festivals in Connecticut.
1. Salisbury Fall Festival
For 62 years and counting, the Salisbury Fall Festival has been bringing a surplus of fall spirit straight to our backyard. The apple-munching, pumpkin-picking festivities take place on Columbus Day weekend, including a crowd favorite in the annual Scarecrow Contest, which draws in dozens of straw-stuffed creatures all the way up Main Street.
Who are we to miss out on the action? Each year, we open the doors to our very own Morgan’s Restaurant to give everyone a taste of fall comfort food at its finest — our homemade Q Farms Chicken Pot Pie.
2. Goshen Fair (Goshen, CT)
Why wait for the September equinox when you can leap into the fall fun on Labor Day Weekend? With professional truck pulls, monster trucks, fireworks, and more, the annual Goshen Fair is the spot to see summer off with a bang in the Litchfield Hills. At the Goshen Antique Barn, catch some clowning-around at the circus show and pick from a patch of giant pumpkins.
3. Kent Fall Festival (Kent, CT)
Located on the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association museum grounds, the Kent Fall Festival features a showcase of antiquated tractors, plows, and cultivators you have to see to believe. After standing in on a sawmill demonstration, jump-start your holiday shopping with wooden handiwork and artisan crafts from dozens of local vendors.
4. Miranda Vineyard Harvest Festival (Goshen, CT)
If you’re a wine connoisseur, make the annual Miranda Vineyard Harvest Festival your go-to fall festival in Connecticut. Goshen kicks off grape harvest season with vino tastings, live music and dance performances, and a pizza food truck. Dive feet-first into the festival’s ever-popular grape stomp if you want to taste the fruits of your own labor!
Here in the Litchfield Hills, fall festivals are as plentiful as pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Before you dive into the fresh flavors and stunning sights of fall in Connecticut, make a reservation here at Interlaken Inn — we’ll be your go-to guides on all the autumnal attractions in the Lakeville area.
Fall is a fan favorite season for the big day — and for good reason. Sensational farm-fresh flavors, cozy sweater weather, and breathtaking colors inspire many couples to throw a fall wedding in Connecticut. Use these seven planning tips to see to it that you, your betrothed, and every one of your guests fall in love with Connecticut on your special day.
1. Plan a Harvest-Happy Menu
Find inspiration in Thanksgiving palate-pleasers and put together a menu full of fall fare fixin’s like turkey, mashed potatoes, and corn. Our very own Morgan’s Restaurant also serves up a superb specialty pumpkin and roasted chestnut soup, along with fresh root vegetables, roasted chicken, and braised local short ribs. Don’t forget to top it off with some pumpkin pie or caramel-dipped apples!
2. Have Apple Cider At The Ready
Nothing hits the spot and warms the soul on a brisk fall day like some hot apple cider. When your guests walk up to your venue and see some white steam rising from everyone’s mugs, you can count on seeing smiles within seconds.
3. Decorate For Fall, But Don’t Overdo It
Autumn wildflowers as centerpieces, pine cones as place markers, cakes adorned with dahlias… the ways to spice up your space are as plentiful as a Thanksgiving harvest. Don’t get too carried away, however — by mid-to-late October, nature will have already done most of the decorating for your fall wedding in Connecticut.
4. Keep Guests (And Yourselves) Nice and Warm
Let’s face it: fall weather can be pretty unpredictable. If you’re worried about your guests being too chilly to celebrate, take a tip or two from our favorite ways to keep warm at Interlaken. Convene in a rustic, spacious, and (of course) heated indoor gathering space, gather ’round a beautiful lakeside bonfire, and retire to a cozy countryside cabin at night.
5. Stock Up On Seasonal Stationery
Why whip out plain white note cards during a season saturated with colors and spices? Apple or leaf-shaped invitations and seating cards will direct people to the right spot while stirring some excitement and giving your guests a taste of your fall fondness.
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.