Winter Recreation for Everyone in Connecticut

    There is no better place in New England to discover the pleasures of winter recreation than Connecticut. Anyone seeking to combine an invigorating and thoroughly relaxing weekend of outdoor fun with the cozy warmth of a country inn, comfortable B&B or family-friendly hotel need look no farther than an hour or so beyond Boston, Providence, or New York. Cross country enthusiasts will discover that Connecticut has some of the finest, and most scenic, ski touring centers in New England.

    Some offer a "pure" cross-country experience, others, as in the case of Woodbury, feature other winter sports. Among the best known are the 4,000 acres of the White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield, offering 35 miles of ski trails through meadows and woodlands, and Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center in Farmington where, in addition to 20 kilometers of ski trails (rental equipment is available) through gently rolling hills, outdoor enthusiasts will find ice skating on Walton Pond and plenty of sledding hills.

    Connecticut is where snowmaking was invented in Cornwall, one of five downhill ski areas in the state. Whatever they might lack in size (and expense) compared to some of the commercial monsters further north, all of Connecticut's downhill resorts offer a friendly, uncrowded and stress-free brand of skiing ideal for families, beginners and experienced skiers who would rather spend their time on the slopes than in lift-lines.

    Cross country enthusiasts will discover that Connecticut has some of the finest, and most scenic, ski touring centers in New England. Some offer a "pure" cross-country experience, others, as in the case of Woodbury, feature other winter sports.

    Today, shoppers delight in the assortment of options that have emerged within this region that serves as the third largest home of Fortune 500 companies and second wealthiest county in the United States. Seek warmth and Antiques indoors in Stamford at United House Wrecking, which is considered “Connecticut’s Largest Antiques Emporium.” Offering 30,000 square feet of merchandise, it’s here that you’ll find one of those wonderful London telephone booths. In Stamford’s South End, a collection of multi-dealer antiques centers operate within a few blocks, and The Stratford Antique Center continues their legacy offering more than 200 dealers.

    Journey up the road from New York City about 35 miles (57 kilometers) to Connecticut’s Coastal Fairfield County, and you’ll discover a region that blends the quaint antiques shops of New England with the trendy boutiques of the Big Apple. For over one hundred years, Connecticut’s Coastal Fairfield County has been the place New Yorkers have visited for a taste of New England, offering the best of city cool and country charm.

    By Leroy Worley

    Getting There:

    To explore, attractions, events, and plan your visit to Connecticut visit the Connecticut Tourism site online at www.ctvisit.com or call 1-888-CTvisit.

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