CONNECTICUT, An Explore's Guide

By Barnett D. Laschever & Andi Marie Fusco, Publisher: Countryman Press. A comprehensive guide to Connecticut with heavy emphasis on Litchfield Hills. In addition to attractions, historic sites, and recreational activities the book also recommends restaurants, family dining and lodging facitilities. Available in all bookstores. Third Edition.

March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm

Using essays, color photos and recipes, March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm by Nancy McMillan,
captures a year in the life of the four-generation family farm in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The essays vary in tone as they follow the seasonal cycle of harvest, preparation, activity, and fullness. Some essays offer up-close views of farming life, while others present a wider perspective on the politics of food and farming. Photographs by Stuart Rabinowitz and Jack Huber. Published 2013.

New Web Site Offers Free Litchfield Walking Tour

A new travel Web site points locals and tourists to the beauty and history of Litchfield Hills. Shortescapes.net guides visitors on a walking tour through Litchfield's 4,000-acre White Memorial Foundation, where they can walk in the footsteps of famous, former Litchfield residents Ethan Allen and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

The Web site steers walkers to Litchfield's peaceful forest footpaths and a breath-taking view of Bantam Lake, the site of an old ice-harvesting business. Shortescapes.net provides many ideal places to picnic, a walking map and listings of nearby hotels, restaurants, shops and things to do.

The Web site chose Litchfield as one of 12 special, little-known places in the tri-state region where anyone can escape from the crowds of the city to the peace and the beauty of the countryside. Shortescapes.net is free and based on the Short Escapes travel guidebook series, formerly published by Random House's Fodor's division.

Each Short Escapes on the Web site enables travelers and locals to soak up a more complete sense of the way life was and is today.

The Web site also aims to promote tourism to towns sometimes overlooked by tourists. It reveals the remarkable history and geography, as well as top lodgings, restaurants, shops and attractions, of Litchfield and other unique towns in the tri-state region.

Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England

By Stephen Jermanok. Hundreds of great trips, trails, and little known wild places for the hardcore adventurer or the whole family.