Kent is really at the heart of the northwestern Connecticut/Litchfield County region. Close to the Trinity
Pawling School, Salisbury, Warren, Washington, the Appalachian Trail, Lake Waramaug and Lime Rock State Park, Kent is your
gateway to adventure. During your stay at our Bed & Breakfast, please feel free to take advantage of the many recreational
activities available in the greater Kent, Connecticut area. Rent a canoe or kayak, go skiing at Mohawk Mountain, visit
Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, or just take a walk and admire the fall foliage. Fine lodging awaits you at our historic colonial Bed and
Breakfast when your adventure is complete. Below are just some of the diverse recreational opportunities for the adventurous.
For local activities and celebrations, please visit our LOCAL EVENTS page to view all of your options.
A stay at a fine Bed & Breakfast should be an opportunity to sample fine cuisine at local restaurants.
Whether you leave the comfort of your lodging for fine dining or a farm stand, know that the luxury of our Bed and Breakfast awaits your return.
We hope that you will have an enjoyable outing at some of the excellent establishments we recommend below.
ARETHUSA AL TAVOLO
828 Bantam Road, Bantam, CT
Phone: 860-567-0043. The small-plates trend is alive and well here, but there are also plates to share. Chef Dan Magill has created a repertoire of delectable choices, like the meltingly tender scallops with pieces of pork belly, and the delicate tempura squash blossoms. The wonderful wine and beer list (no mixed drinks) make perfect pairings. If you’re not in the mood to linger at a table, you can pull up a seat at the bar for wines by the glass, imported beer, and some thoughtful variations on a few classic comfort foods, such as a grilled cheese sandwich made with Arethusa cheese, heirloom tomatoes, smoked bacon, and béchamel sauce. Or a grilled hamburger with herbs, farmers cheese, homemade cumin-Sriracha mayonnaise, tomato jam, and pickled onions alongside a stack of hand-cut fries. It’s perfect for those who like to fit in a small dinner and a glass of wine either before or after heading over to Bantam Cinema to catch a flick. Open Thursday to Sunday, 5:30 to 9:30pm. Reservations required.
ARETHUSA FARM DAIRY CREAMERY
As soon as you enter the historic building that used to be the former Bantam firehouse, you are greeted by an array of comforting aromas from homemade waffle cones, gourmet cheeses, all natural milk, creamy yogurts and rich, freshly made ice cream. Arethusa’s farm-fresh products are made from milk produced by award-winning Holstein and Jersey cows. The creamery also offers seasonal products such as heavy cream, eggnog sold in old fashioned bottles, and a beguiling cranberry dark chocolate chunk ice cream and pumpkin swirl ice cream. 822 Bantam Road, Bantam, CT.
Phone: 860-361-6600. www.arethusafarmdairy.com
BRIDGEWATER VILLAGE STORE
27 Main St. South, Bridgewater, CT 06752 Phone: 860-354-2863
Hub of the Community built in 1899 overlooking the village green. Stocked with specialty coffees, cheeses and products. The original home of the famous Bridgewater Chocolates. You can find fresh baked goods or order from the deli – touting one of the best roasted turkey with cranberry and stuffing sandwich you have ever had outside your own kitchen! We make homemade soups and salads daily. Try our signature ice cream Maywood Maple Walnut made from our own Maywood Maple Syrup or pickup the Maywood Honey to go along with that special cup of tea. Mon-Fri. 6am-6pm; Sat. 7am-5pm; Sun. 7am-4pm.
BULLS BRIDGE INN
333 Kent Rd., Rte. 7, (4 mi. south from Kent Center), Kent, CT 06757
Phone: 860-927-1000. You’ll enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere of this historic restaurant and tap room. The menu features an excellent selection of steaks, chicken, fresh grilled seafood, and a salad bar. Parties, receptions, off-premises catering. Dinner nightly.
CAROLE PECK’S GOOD NEWS CAFE
694 Main St. South, Woodbury, CT 06798 Rte. 6, (3 1/2 mi. off I-84,
Exit 15) Phone: 203-266-GOOD (4663)
From the nationally acclaimed kitchen of Carole Peck – A lively 200 seat restaurant known for Modern American & Global Cuisine with a healthy twist. Private Dining for Groups to 50 available. Art Gallery with changing shows. Full bar with extensive selection of wines and beers. Takeout counter, fresh baked breads and pastries. Open daily, continuous service 11:30 am. – 10 pm. Closed Tues. Handicap accessible. All major credit cards. “Best Desserts Statewide”, “Best Overall, Litchfield County”, “Overall Excellence Vegetarian, & Appetizers Litchfield County”, “2012 Best New Restaurant”, CT Magazine; “Zagat 2012 Survey”, “One of America’s Top Restaurants”
CHAIWALLA TEA ROOM
Main Street, Salisbury, CT 06068
Phone: 860-435-9758. A charming tearoom, in a little clapboard house set back from the main street in Salisbury, is a haven for anyone who wants a home-style late breakfast, light lunch or casual afternoon tea in warm and restful surroundings. Try the amazing tomato pie and sweet dessert pies and lovely tea. Winter hours: 10 am to 6 pm Friday to Sunday (closed in March).
223 Litchfield Tpke, Washington, CT 06777, Phone: 860-868-9354.
All local fresh foods cooked to perfection. At dinner, I sat next to the farmer whose eggs were used to make the pasta. Breakfast 7:30 AM – 10 AM, Dinner 5 PM – 10 PM, Open Thurs – Mon. Closed Tues. and Weds.
FARM COUNTRY SOUP, INC.
14 North Main Street in Kent, CT
Tuscan Minestrone; Smashed Rutabagas w/ Frizzled Leeks; Curried Couscous with veggies, almonds, dates, & chick peas; Wild Rice with hazelnuts & sweet potatoes; Potato Carrot Parsnip Puree. Tomato Stilton, Portuguese Potato Kale, & Farmers’ Market Vegetable soups; Spinach Cannelloni; Quinoa with Raw Greens; Curried Hummus – these are just some of the delicious soups available.
FIFE ‘N DRUM RESTAURANT
Rte. 7, Kent, CT 06757
Phone: 860-927-3509. www.fifendrum.com Family owned since 1972, Dolph and Audrey Traymon along with daughter Elissa Traymon Potts, operate the areas finest three star restaurant featuring tableside service, Caesar Salad, Rack of Lamb, Filet au Poivre, 500 wines, & Dolph at the Piano Nightly. Lunch, Dinner, Tavern Menu, & Sun. Brunch. Closed Tues.
20 Bee Brook Rd., Rte. 47,
Washington, CT 06794
Phone: 860-868-6633. Stylized version of a colonial Connecticut tavern replete with a wood burning fieldstone fireplace and a magnificent landscape mural. Outside terrace dining overlooking the Shepaug River in the summer, fireside dining in winter. Wide range of menu choices including fresh fish, seasonal items & steaks, reasonably priced. Open 7 days lunch & dinner, Sat. & Sun. Brunch.
9 Maple St. Kent, CT 06757
Phone: 860-592-0262. Not to be confused with JP Giffords the general store. World Class chef James Neunzif offers classic American fair with a twist.
22 Hopkins Rd. Overlooking Lake Waramaug, Warren, CT 06777
Phone: 860-868-7295. Specializes in contemporary Austrian cuisine, complemented by an extensive wine cellar. Warm weather dining on a shaded garden terrace overlooking Lake Waramaug and the hills beyond. Private parties of up to sixty guests accommodated. Open late Mar -Dec. Closed Mon., except holidays.
J.P. GIFFORDS CATERING AND EVENTS
12 North Main Street, Kent, CT
Phone 860-592-0200. This food emporium , founded in March 2010 by owners Mike Moriarty and James Neuzig, has a knowledgeable staff, dedicated to consistent and reliable customer service. Like an old world market in Paris or Rome, or a new world one in San Francisco or New York, you’ll find this a source of unique items, and a gathering place for friends.,. Monday to Saturday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM. www.jpgifford.com, email@example.com
14 N. Main St, Kent, CT 06757
Phone: 860-592-0261. A modern take on a New England Tavern with a fantastic Bar and reasonably priced good food. A must visit on any trip to Kent.
NUMBER NINE RESTAURANT
53 Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546
Phone: 518-592-5299. Fantastic is all I can say about this new and welcome continental restaurant. Across from the Movie house so it makes a great date night out. Tuesday – Sunday: 5:30 to 10:30 pm
Rte. 45, New Preston, CT 06777
Phone: 860-868-1787. In the center of New Preston Village,.. Italian and Mediterranean fare in a charmed setting, featuring the cuisine of Chef Riad Aamar. Gardens and outside terrace seating available in season. Lunch: Sat. & Sun. 12-2:30. Dinner starting at 5:30 Wed.-Sun. Closed Mon. & Tues. Visa/MC. Reservations recommended. BYOB.
PASTORALE BISTRO & BAR
223 Main Street, Lakeville, CT 06039
Phone: 860-435-1011. A Hip country bistro. Serving updated bistro classics in a 1760′s colonial. Bar with signature cocktails & lively ambience. “High quality, sophisticated cooking that could fit in anywhere,” says the New York Times. 3 stars – Best French, CT Magazine. “Chef Frederic Faveau continues to thrill fans’ & is worth the trip – even from NYC” Zagat Survey “Pastorale could easily qualify as the East coasts answer to Chez Panisse. Simple, staggeringly delicious dishes,” Hartford Courant. Tues.-Sat. dinner. Brunch & Dinner on Sundays 12-8 p.m. Summer Patio. Private parties for up to 75.
31 Bank Street, New Milford, CT 06776
Phone: 860-350-0701. Serving quality New Mexican Cuisine since 1992. Oversized Burritos smothered in red or green chili sauce, grilled-to-order Fajitas, 4 different homemade Salsas served with warm corn tortilla chips, roasted vegetable Enchiladas and many other favorites made by chef/owner Bill Thomas with the freshest ingredients available. “Best Mexican-Litchfield County” CT Magazine Readers’ Choice Restaurant Poll. “Best Nachos” Litchfield County Times Reader’s Poll. Full takeout service available. Tues-Sun 11-9; Fri. & Sat. 11-10. Closed Mon. Reservations recommended for dinner. Visa & MasterCard.
Middle Eastern Cuisine. The 18th Century name of a bird found on the Ile de France, it also conjures images of ancient Armenia — site of Lake Sevan…the historic capital, Yerevan… and home to Chef Serge Madikians’ ancestors. Blending cultures as deftly as he combines flavors, Serge invites you to savor the pleasures of Serevan Restaurant. From his rich imagination and multifarious background comes an exceptional cuisine, celebrating flavors and ingredients from the Middle-East and the Mediterranean traditions. www.serevan.com
Thursday through Monday for dinner
5 pm to 10 pm. Autumn Lane on Route 44, West of Route 22 Amenia, NY 12501. Phone: 845-373-9800, Fax: 845-373-9888.
THE MAYFLOWER DINING ROOM
I especially liked the fact that Executive Chef Timothy Au uses local organic produce and other regional products. In fact, vegetables, herbs, and lettuce are grown in the hotel’s own Rossiter greenhouse. The servers were knowledgeable about the special menu items, and combined the right amount of attention without being pretentious or overbearing. For more casual fare, try the Tap Room for a great bowl of soup, salad, or steak sandwich. It’s cozy, romantic, and less expensive than the main dining room. For those thinking healthy, a spa menu is offered both in the spa and dining rooms.
118 Woodbury Rd Washington, CT 06793 Phone: 860 868-9466
8 Titus Road, Washington, CT 06794
Titus Square. Phone: 860-868-0258.
Celebrating 35 years as northwest Connecticut’s outpost for imported and domestic gourmet and specialty foods. Continental breakfast, luncheon, and afternoon tea are served at café tables surrounded by hand painted pottery, kitchenware, and culinary gifts. Picnic boxes, take-out foods, and exceptional catering are available. “Remarkably consistent throughout its long life – a tiny gem sparkling in the Litchfield Hills, a place where people gather.” Patricia Brooks, New York Times. Open Tues. – Sat. 10-6.
THE SILO COOKING SCHOOL AT HUNT HILL FARM
44 Upland Rd, New Milford, CT
Phone: 860-355-0271. Nearly 100 recreational classes taught by top chefs. Both hands-on and demonstrations. Custom and Private Groups, Corporate Teambuilding, Junior Chef and Kids Classes, Gingerbread classes, Birthday and Private parties for all ages. Wed.–Sat. 10-5. Sun, noon–5. www.hunhillfarmtrust.org
WEST STREET GRILL
West St., On-the-Green, Litchfield, CT 06759 Phone: 860-567-3885.
Considered to be the style setting restaurant in Connecticut according to many national food critics and patrons alike. Specializing in a global style of cooking and updated classics relying on the very best ingredients, with sensational flavors. Fri. 11-3, Sat. & Sun. 11-3:30 Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-9:30, Fri. & Sat. 5:30-10. Reservations Dinner only. Summer Hours: Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11:30-3:00; Sat.-Sun. 11:30-3:30. Dinner: Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-9:00; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10:00. MC/VISA/AE.
This is upscale dining in a beautiful setting on the 113 acre resort. Seasonal, fresh ingredients grown in their garden.
155 Alain White Road, Morris, CT Phone: 860-567-9600. www.winvian.com
WOOD’S PIT B-B-Q AND MEXICAN CAFE
123 Bantam Lake Rd., (Rte. 209), Bantam, CT 06750
Phone: 860-567-9869. The kind of joint your friends talk about that makes you wish you had discovered it yourself. A small “Real Pit B-B-Q” Restaurant that also features Mexican, full service, bar and takeout. Casual and fun for the whole family. Zagat’s – N.Y. Times. Open Tues.-Sun. lunch and dinner. Closed Mon.
192 Sharon Road, Lakeville, CT
Phone: 860-435-0578. American with Continental. Serving Arugula-and-goat-cheese salad with crispy lardons, delicate sole almondine, and a steak sandwich served with a mound of spinach and crispy fries. And there’s sushi, too! It’s no wonder Woodland is always packed. Lunch: Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 – 2:30 Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday 5 -9; Friday – Saturday 5 – 10; Sunday 4 – 8:30 www.thewoodlandrestaurant.com.
KENT COFFEE & CHOCOLATE COMPANY
8 North Main Street, Kent, CT. 06757
Phone: 860- 927-1445. On July 4, 1991, chef Sandra Champlain opened the doors, “Some food combinations are so natural, like strawberries and cream or beer and barbecue, you hardly give them a second thought. Coffee and chocolate may not coalesce on the tongue as readily, yet in the care of the Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company, its a marriage that is likely to grow on you.” -New York Times.
LOCAL APPLE ORCHARDS
ELLSWORTH HILL ORCHARD & BERRY FARM, LLC P, SF, V, LF
Ed & Michael Bozzi, Proud Farmers
461 Cornwall Bridge Road, Sharon, CT 06069 Phone: 860-364-0025.
June-Nov. – 7 days (no rest for a farmer!)
Ellsworth Hill Farm and Orchard – home of the world’s first pink pumpkin and now…a blue one too! Ellsworth consists of 70 acres, 17 of which, are full of 17 varieties of apples. Apples are ready to be picked daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November, or until they’ve all been picked. You can also pluck your own strawberries, blueberries, summer & fall raspberries, apples, plums, pumpkins, and gourds. Family fun hayrides too!
LOCAL FARM STANDS
KENT FARMERS MARKET
Local goat cheese, maple syrup & lots of veggies
Kent Green, Kent, CT 06785
May through October 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM WIC Certified
MARBLE VALLEY FARM
CSA, Farm stand, flowers, garlic, gourds, greenhouse, herbs, melons, salad greens, vegetables Farm stand: Saturdays and Sundays
170 Kent Road, Kent, CT 06757
Phone: 860-592-0020 firstname.lastname@example.org
FARM STAND – Saturdays & Sundays
WHITE SILO WINERY is a small winery located in the Litchfield hills in the rural town of Sherman. The Wines: Raspberry, Blackberry, Rhubarb and Sour Cherry wines, both Dry and Semisweet, are produced and bottled at the winery from unsprayed fruit grown at the farm. On the terrace, overlooking the gardens, mountains and ponds, enjoy a glass of wine, or their specialty, Blackberry sangria, with homemade Connecticut farm cheese. Or indulge in a few chocolate truffles. Live a little. Tour the 1850’s barn, the silo, the art gallery, or just sit at the wine bar and enjoy the wine tasting.
HOPKINS VINEYARD is a family owned Connecticut Century Farm and one of the very few farms left in Connecticut that has been owned and operated by the same family for over 200 years. Visit Connecticut’s first winery-established wine bar. Located in the Hayloft of a 19th Century barn, the Wine Bar features a casual atmosphere of charming cafe tables with a stunning view of Lake Waramaug. Visitors can relax and enjoy award-winning wines either by the glass or bottle along with a delicious selection of cheeses and country pates served with fresh bread. Throughout the winery, Hopkins has a surprising variety of gift items and wine accessoiries as well as unique and hard- to-find gourmet foods.
THE CONNECTICUT WINE TRAIL
Fourteen vineyards are joined by the Connecticut Wine Trail. The trail is split into two sections that will take a day a piece. Discover some of Connecticut’s beautiful vineyards and fine wines. This Trail will also take you through some of Connecticut’s most scenic and historic towns – from Brookfield, steeped in New England charm, through scenic New Preston, and on to Litchfield, a historic village of great beauty.