Enjoy a weekend of music and exploration!
WHAT TO DO
Nestled between the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley of New York, the northwest corner of the state of Connecticut is a cluster of historic, unspoiled towns connected by breathtaking rural scenery. The region includes communities - Canaan, Falls Village, Goshen, Kent, Lakeville, Norfolk, Salisbury and Sharon - which offer pre-Revolutionary houses, majestic lakes, hiking trails, working farms where you can purchase organic vegetables and pasture-raised meats or pick apples and berries in season. This destination is where celebrities, farmers, artists and tourist all dine at the same restaurants, canoe in the same rivers, and rub shoulders at the same galleries and festivals. With its picturesque winding roads and quaint Main Streets reminiscent of Currier & Ives, the northwest corner is one of Connecticut's best kept secrets - a sophisticated but understated region with authentic New England style and soul.
— The Secret Corner
Great Falls of the Housatonic River, Falls Village, CT
PLACES TO EXPLORE, RIGHT HERE
Come early and enjoy a pre-concert picnic at Music Mountain!
The Grounds Open at 9 AM
No extra charge - Free parking
Bring your own food and drinks. The Music Mountain Concessions Stand opens 1 hour before each concert and serves coffee, tea, ice cream and other goodies.
Hazon's Jewish Lab for Sustainability, offers Jewish holiday experiences, workshops, festivals, farm vacations, retreats, yoga classes, prayer services, and farm-to-table kosher meals. (6 minutes away, in Falls Village, CT)
Fine aged English recipe raw milk cheeses, raw jersey cow milk and much more! (11 minutes away, in Falls Village, CT)
Rustling Wind Stables has been an operating horse farm since 1965. This picturesque 200 acre farm has been in the Lamothe family since the late 1800’s when our ancestors came here from Switzerland.
— Rustling Wind
(11 minutes away, in Falls Village, CT)
(The Appalachian and Mohawk trails pass right by Music Mountain, in Falls Village, CT)
OUR AREA AND NEIGHBORS
In East Canaan, visit Theresa Freund's Farm Market for seasonal produce, freshly baked pies, pickles, jams, gumbos and much more.
Cornwall is home to the iconic 1841 covered bridge spanning the scenic Housatonic River, a great setting for fly-fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Mohawk Mountain Ski Area is Connecticut's largest ski and snowboard resort located on 330 acres surrounded by a state forest.
Named for the jaw-dropping Great Falls of the Housatonic River, Falls Village is the location for the 90-year-old Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival. The newly refurbished Falls Village Inn, originally built more than 175 years, located in the village center which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the historic 1891 Hunt Library. In July, don't miss the Falls Village Car & Motorcycle Show.
The heart and soul of the town of Goshen is the 102-year-old fairgrounds, which hosts a variety of traditional agricultural events, but also wine and jazz festivals. Foodies make pilgrimages to Nodines Smoke House, which is famous for its ham, bacon and other cured delicacies.
In Litchfield, visit the Litchfield Historical Society to explore the evolution of a small New England town, with seven galleries that highlight family life and work during the fifty years after the American Revolution. At the White Memorial Conservation Center Museum, you can experience nature trails, hands-on exhibits, outdoor bird sanctuaries and a gift shop.
Kent, a great town for strolling and shopping, art galleries, bookstores, fantastic restaurants, antique shops, clothing boutique - and not one chain store. Nature lovers can explore Kent Falls State Park with its 250 feet of cascading water, or you can pitch a tent in Macedonia Brook State Park.
Art lovers and sportsmen are drawn to Lakeville. The inn and resort Interlaken Inn boasts elegant guestrooms and is surrounded by two lakes with hiking and biking trails.
Interlaken Inn Adventures, Lakeville, CT
Norfolk is home to both Infinity Hall, an intimate and exquisitely restored 1883 theater where world-famous rock, folk and jazz artists perform year round; and the century-old Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, affiliated with the Yale School of Music. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the town has a picture-postcard town green with enchanting 18th and 19th century architecture.
Bear Mountain, located in Salisbury, is the highest peak in Connecticut. Dotted with horse farms and pristine lake, the pre-Revolutionary town is proud of its traditions. The historic ski jump championships held in February is where Olympic-hopefuls competed at Satre Hill for 80 years.
Sharon, known for its grand estates and a large town green featuring a handsome stone library, red-brick historical society and at Christmas time an enormous colorfully-lit tree that rivals the one at Rockefeller Center in New York City. There is plenty to do here including enjoying a production at TriArts Sharon Playhouse, hiking at the Sharon Audubon Center, or picking your own berries, apples and pumpkins at Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm.
For a listing of valuable resources for visitors, maps, directions and events, go to discovernwct.com or the Connecticut Still Revolutionary web.
Great Mountain Forest, Norfolk & Falls Village, CT