Litchfield Hills Trip

This weekend, Debbie and I traveled to the Litchfield Hills in northwestern Connecticut for a one night trip. My parents were kind enough to look after our kids so that we could spend some time together. We used to get there more often, but it had been a while since we were out that way. We were married in Litchfield back in 2001, so that part of the state is meaningful to us, especially in our favorite month of October.

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We stayed at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, which is almost in the northwest corner of the state. Salisbury, which is just north and borders Massachusetts, and Lakeville, both border New York. Yesterday, we visited Hillrock Estate Distillery in Ancram, New York. It was a short drive from Lakeville.

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Last night, we had dinner at Serevan in Amenia, New York. It was an excellent meal. This morning, we did a 43 mile loop on our bicycles. We had crazy New England weather today with a mix of clouds, sun, rain, and wind. Changeable is the best way to describe what we experienced. It was raw. The temperature peaked in the low 50’s Fahrenheit, and it was damp. The loop was gorgeous. We started in Lakeville and went north into Salisbury.

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We stopped briefly at the Salisbury Winter Sports Association ski jump, when we came across the signs. We asked a walker for directions and she pointed us towards Satre Hill which is a little ways from Route 41, the main street. We found the hill and it was a thrill. I can’t wait to return with the kids when the snow flies. I first read about the jump a few years ago in a Yankee Magazine storyI was intrigued then and was very happy to see the hill with my own eyes.

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We didn’t linger long and continued north on 41 into Massachusetts. We crossed the Appalachian Trail for the first of several times during the day. We stopped at the Undermountain Road trailhead when we spotted multiple Springfield College vehicles in the parking lot. It looked like the Outing Club was on the trail. Debbie got nostalgic because she had taken the Springfield Outing Club on that trail several times when she led the group in the mid-1990’s.

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In Massachusetts, we headed west towards Mount Washington State Forest. We had a fair amount of climbing as we crossed the AT again on our way to the other side of the ridge. When we headed south, the road turned to dirt. We were happy to have good tires for those conditions. The road was packed and smooth for a while, but then when we got on to East Street headed up land over Mount Riga, it was very rocky all the way back down in to Salisbury.

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The foliage was fantastic. The views were spectacular. We saw so many lovely farms and houses. The northern Litchfield Hills and southern Berkshires are a beautiful part of southern New England. The descent into Salisbury was pretty sketchy. On the rough road, an Allen bolt worked loose and my rear rack was vibrating badly. Debbie had trouble with her brakes because the pads are a bit worn. We made it down alive and I was happy to get through the ride unscathed. My shoulder is feeling better and the rough road was a good test. I still haven’t ridden off-road. I plan to stick to smoother surfaces until I’m fully recovered from my fractured scapula.

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It was an awesome ride. We didn’t go fast at all. We took in the sites. We got to spend time outside together. After we washed up, we drove over to the New York side of the border and had lunch at The Millerton Shop of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. Lunch was excellent. I’ve always been a Harney fan because they are members of 1% For The Planet, just like Thread Rolling Inc.

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We took Rt. 44 most of the way home and got to sightsee a bit more. We made a quick stop at a farm stand in Canton on the drive back to Bolton and put a wrap on the weekend by cleaning a bit around the house before the kids arrived back and chaos ensued. This trip is a reminder that Debbie and I have to do more of these getaways together.

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