Shhhh! The Secret Corner
Shhhh! The Secret Corner Launches New Visitor Website
Visitors searching for a close-by getaway need to check out the new comprehensive website for the northwest corner of Connecticut, www.discovernwct.com. Nestled between the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley of New York, the northwest corner of Connecticut is a cluster of historic, unspoiled towns connected by breathtaking rural scenery.
Just 100 miles north of New York City, the northwest corner’s communities – Canaan, Falls Village, Goshen, Kent, Lakeville, Norfolk, Salisbury and Sharon – are defined by pre-Revolutionary houses, majestic lakes, hiking trails through lush forest, and working farms where you can purchase organic vegetables and pasture-raised meats or pick apples and berries in season.
Home to famous Americans including actress, Meryl Streep and painter, Jasper Johns, the destination is where celebrities, farmers, artists and tourists all dine at the same restaurants, canoe in the same rivers, and rub shoulders at the same gallery openings and fall festivals. With its picturesque winding roads and quaint Main Streets reminiscent of Currier & Ives, the northwest corner is Connecticut’s best-kept secret – a sophisticated but understated region with authentic New England style and soul – The Secret Corner.
The website features descriptions of each village center, an events calendar focusing on events that take place in the village centers, links to valuable resources for visitors, maps, directions and vivid photography.
A refurbished train station and the vintage stainless steel Collin's Diner are the centerpieces of this Massachusetts border town, which boasts family-owned dairy farms and farm stands, two public golf courses, the historic Civil War-era Beckley Furnace and the Land of Nod Vineyard & Winery.
Home to an iconic 1841 covered bridge spanning the scenic Housatonic River, which is known for its abundance of trout, Cornwall is a breathtaking setting for fly-fishing, kayaking and canoeing. The town's rustic charm is evident at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, the Connecticut's largest ski and snowboard resort with 25 trails and 7 lifts on 330 acres surrounded by state forest, which has been in operation since 1947.
Named for the jaw-dropping Great Falls of the Housatonic River, the pre-revolutionary town is home to the 83-year-old Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival as well as the progressive Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the village center features quirky Toymakers Cafe (popular with weekend motorcyclists), the newly refurbished Falls Village Inn and taproom as well as easy access to the Appalachian Trail.
The town's heart and soul is the 102-year-old fair grounds that play host to a variety of traditional agricultural events but also wine and jazz festivals. Exotic animals--including ibex, reindeer, and yak--can be seen at Action Wildlife, a not-for-profit, family-friendly country zoo that blends seamlessly into the New England landscape. Foodies make pilgrimages to venerable Nodine's Smoke House, which is famous for its ham, bacon and other cured delicacies.
A great town for strolling and shopping, Kent has art museum-quality art galleries, bookstores for serious readers, good restaurants, well-curated antiques shops, several house wares and clothing boutiques, not one, but two chocolatiers—and not a chain store in sight. Nature-lovers can explore Kent Falls State Park with its 250 feet of cascading water, and campers can pitch a tent in Macedonia Brook State Park whose highest peaks have views of the Catskills and Taconic Mountains.
Art lovers and sportsmen of every stripe are drawn to Lakeville, which is home to Lime Rock Park, the greenest and best-landscaped racecar track in the United States. Hotchkiss, the prestigious prep school set on 810 manicured acres, not only opens its indoor pool and skating rink to the community but also hosts frequent public performances, exhibitions, lectures, and concerts. Several galleries and good restaurants with high-spirited bars keep the quiet town lively all year long.
The music capital of northwestern Connecticut, 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, Norfolk has a picture-postcard town green with enchanting 18th and 19th century architecture.
Home to Bear Mountain, the highest peak in Connecticut at 2,316 feet, Salisbury is both rugged and refined. Dotted with horse farms and pristine lakes, the pre-Revolutionary town is proud of its traditions--the community band that marches in the Memorial Day Parade; the scarecrow contest and chili cook-off during October's Fall Festival; the ice-sculpture displays that accompany the annual Ski Jumps every February when Olympic hopefuls compete on Satre Hill as they have for 80 years.
Known for its grand estates, Sharon is a civic-minded community that is centered on an enormous town green featuring a handsome stone library, a red-brick historical society and at Christmas time an enormous colorfully-lit tree that rivals the one at Rockefeller Center. Residents are justly proud of the TriArts Sharon Playhouse, a summer theater that now offers productions year round. There's pick-your-own strawberries, apples and pumpkins at Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm, and eleven miles of hiking trails at the Sharon Audubon Center, which has 1,147 acres of mixed forest, meadows, wetlands, ponds and streams.
The new website and marketing initiatives are a project of the Northwest Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative. Visit www.discovernwct.com to plan your next getaway.
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