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Family Fun Guide to Litchfield County

March 2, 2012 5:00 AM

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By Susan Hayes

Connecticut’s northwest corner may be a summer and fall premier destination, but late winter and early spring hold some allure as well.  It is likely that a bit of snow will still blanket the countryside making for a lovely backdrop for a ride on the winding country roads.  If your family has never seen a covered bridge up close, historic Litchfield County boasts two that cross the Housatonic River, the West Cornwall Bridge on route 128 which was built in 1841 and Bulls Bridge built the following year in 1842 on Bulls Bridge road, in Gaylordsville.
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Audubon Center
325 Cornwall Bridge Rd
Sharon, CT 06069
(860) 364-0520
Hours: Raptor Center and Trails: Open dawn to dusk; Visitor Center and Nature Store: Open Tuesday through Saturday 9a.m.-5p.m., Sunday 1p.m.-5p.m.; Closed Mondays and major holidays.
http://www.sharon.audubon.org/

Once you have soaked up some of the bucolic scenery, a stop at the Audubon Center in Sharon will entertain family members of all ages. The center consists of a nature store, a natural history museum and exhibit room, live animals and displays, a children’s adventure center and a research library. It also boasts over eleven miles of hiking trails. The center, which is affiliated with the renowned National Audubon Society, has an extra special event every March. Maple Fest will be held on March 17th 2012 and run from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.  Tours of the center’s sugaring operation, re-creations of early colonial sugaring techniques and a look at the sap collection process first hand, are among the activities encompassed in Maple Fest. While admission to the store and visitor center is normally free, admission to this event is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of fresh syrup while supplies last!

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Woodbury Ski Area
785 Washington Rd
Woodbury, CT 06798
(203) 263- 2203
Hours: Open daily. Hours vary depending on events and snow conditions. Consult website
http://www.woodburyskiarea.com

If your family is super active and really enjoys outdoor time, Woodbury Ski Area may be the day tripping destination for you. Don’t be fooled by the name, other activities available at the ski area are snow tubing, snow bike rental, snow boarding, cross country skiing and indoor and outdoor skateboarding. A snack bar is available with wifi access, for a little lunch or dinner, where you can spend some time in front of a roaring fire.  Winter is admittedly drawing to a close, but Woodbury ski area has snowmaking to extend the winter sport season.   When the snow has melted and the weather warms, Woodbury ski area serves as an outdoor music venue and summer tubing and zorbing location.  Zorbing, in case you are wondering, is an activity in which the participant climbs into a giant transparent inflatable sphere and rolls down a tubing chute!  Special events abound at Woodbury ski area, so check the website to see their calendar and rates for the various activities offered.

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Rustling Wind Creamery
148 Canaan Mountain Road
Fall Village, CT 06031
(860) 824-7084
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. Daily
http://rustlingwind.com/creamery

If you would like to bring home some locally produced delicacies from your day in Litchfield, opportunities abound. A stop at Rustling Wind Creamery in Falls Village will temp you with artisanal cheese, jams, chutneys, pickles and relishes, maple Products, goat milk soap and hand knits made from sheep’s wool. What better way to show the family that cheese does not necessarily have to come from the grocery store and unknown sources?  Nothing goes better with good cheese than good bread!

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Bantam Bread Company
853 Bantam Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
(860) 567-2737
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 8:30a.m. – 5:30p.m.; Sunday: 8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.; Closed Monday & Tuesday
http://bantambread.com

Entering quaint Bantam Bread Company you smell the intoxicating scent of fresh baked bread and pastries. Pick up a loaf or two and maybe a cookie for each family member for the road. You will return home with treats or the makings for a simple family supper of grilled cheese sandwiches!Family time and day tripping especially is such an important part of the week’s activities, yet often overlooked during the underrated month of March!  Get our there and do something this weekend! Perhaps a few memories will be made this weekend in Litchfield County.

Susan Hayes, a life- long Connecticut resident works at a local high school, but enjoys exploring the state on weekends looking for new adventures and delicious food!  Her work can be found at www.blackcatcookingchronicles@blogspot.com
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