A Guide to Surrounding Towns in the new Milford Ct Area

New Milford, Connecticut hugs the banks of the Housatonic River as the waterway slices through Litchfield County on its way to Long Island Sound. Settled in 1706 by John Noble, Sr. and his daughter, Sarah, New Milford has now earned the distinction as the largest town in the Nutmeg State as well as the Gateway to Litchfield County.

An array of  buildings with eclectic architectural styles clusters around the New Milford Green. A gazebo on the Green  gives the community a classic backdrop used by movie crews to film Adam Sandler’s hit, “Mr. Deeds” and Tim Allen’s 2007 movie, “The Six Wives of Henry LeFlay” on the streets around the square.

As the Gateway to Litchfield County, New Milford welcomes visitors and tourists to the  small towns in  Connecticut’s Northwest Corner. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Kent, Litchfield, Washington Depot, Bridgewater and Cornwall offer quiet get-aways for many well-known people whose careers earned them fame in films, on the stage and in world politics.

From the New Milford Green, take short drive north along Route 7.  The winding curves  will take you close to the Housatonic river, past Bull’s Bridge into the center of Kent. Spent the day browsing through antique shops and art galleries. Take a lunch break at one of a dozen eateries such as the  Paisan, The Fife and Drum, The Villager, or anyone of a dozen other food stops.

Not interested in antiques or art? Want something more challenging? Head a ways up Route 7, north of Kent to Kent Falls State Park. It is an easy hike to the top of the falls and back. Around the corner is Pond Mountain, and the River Walk that will take you along the banks of the Housatonic. Be on the lookout for an occasional blue heron fishing in the shallow water.

Take a jaunt back to Bulls Bridge. Don’t panic when you see the one lane wooden bridge. Hold your breathe as the vehicle rattles across  to the other side. Park and hike along a stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

Litchfield is just east of New Milford on Route 202. Visit the quintessential town’s historic district. Stroll along the streets and drink in New England architecture at it’s finest. Restaurants abound along the Litchfield Green. Make sure you take time for lunch at the West Street Grill.

Still have time to spend exploring? Take a drive to the New Preston section of Washington, CT and tour Hopkins Vineyard. The winery has been bottling Connecticut wines for more than thirty years.

See the vats where the wine is aged, then visit the show room for a sample of the vineyard’s wines. Sample several, then take home a bottle or two of your favorite vintage.

Whether you are shopping for antiques, artwork or fine dining, or just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, New Milford is the starting point for recreation and relaxation.