Winter 2012

Looking for a country inn overlooking Long Island Sound? Authentic Belgian hot chocolate? A covered bridge? An award-winning French chef? An indoor water park?

A B&B on a working farm?

These and hundreds of other ideas for a wonderful getaway can be found in the new expanded edition of UNWIND, a free full-color, 152-page booklet detailing what to do and see, and where to stay, shop and dine in Western Connecticut. From the charming villages of the Litchfield Hills to the Gold Coast of Fairfield County, this essential guide covers the best of the area in over 30 categories from antiquing and art galleries to waterfalls, wedding venues and a zoo.

Fifty pages larger than the last edition, this comprehensive guide published by the Western Connecticut Convention Visitors Bureau also features ideas for every interest: antiquarian book shops, balloon rides, crafts, farmers markets, factory outlets, gardens, spas and outdoor recreation from fishing and kayaking to hiking and ski slopes. Family favorites include amusement parks, animal farms, sleigh rides and a carousel museum.

A new section highlighting Fairfield County offers finds such as an 1868 lighthouse

for touring, a Songbird Sanctuary, an aquarium, boat rides, scenic hiking trails beside a river and a legendary summer theater.

Comprehensive lodging listings have choices for every taste and budget, from top resorts, hotels and country inns to campgrounds and a host of charming bed and breakfast inns. Dozens of restaurants, trendy to traditional, offer award-winning modern American fare, seafood specialties, pub menus and global cuisines including French, Thai, German, Swiss, Italian, Mediterranean, and other international fare.

Planning a trip is made simple with detailed maps, driving directions from major cities and a listing of local sources of information for both Litchfield and Fairfield Counties.


For a free copy of UNWIND contact the Western Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau at P.O. Box 968, Litchfield CT  06759-0968, 800-663-1273, or check the Internet at