Begin this getaway on Route 7 just south of the center of Kent, where you can take a turn on Bulls Bridge Road and cross Bulls Bridge, a covered timber truss built in 1842. The 109-foot-bridge spans a rocky section of the Housatonic River. There are trails that lead up and down the river if you want to take a short hike. Next, explore the village of Kent and pick up a takeout lunch at one of several spots, such as The Kent Market.
Bridges into the Past
A couple of picturesque old covered bridges serve as bookends for this fall Getaway and overnight in Litchfield County. It’s one way of getting the most out of the season, whether down by the riverside or way up high in the sky.
Take your picnic to Kent Falls State Park. Cross over Kent Falls Brook via a 37-foot covered pedestrian bridge, built in 1974 (not vintage, but still kind of nice). At the park, enjoy your lunch by a dramatically cascading waterfall. Hike the trail alongside the falls for a close-up view.
After your picnic, head further up Route 7 and then to Route 128, where you can drive across the West Cornwall Covered Bridge, built in 1841. The 242-foot-long covered wooden lattice truss bridge spans the Housatonic River, and its red paint has made it a Connecticut postcard pinup for decades.
From Cornwall Bridge, find your way south along Route 45 to New Preston. Spend the night on 680-acre Lake Waramaug, one of the state’s most photogenic lakes. Watch the sunset from the Hopkins Inn , a serene lakeside locale. Be sure to bring your appetite; the Inn has a highly acclaimed restaurant.
If the weather is right, rise and shine for a most memorable early-morning hot-air balloon ride over the Litchfield Hills. Aer Blarney Balloons in Bethlehem offers customized flights. You’ll never forget it as the perfect way to view fall foliage.