Incorporated in 1719, Litchfield, Connecticut
offers much for visitors to explore and discover with its historic
and picturesque setting in the Litchfield Hills, hand-crafted
artisanal spirits, upscale dining, and outdoor
activities. Located 16 miles northwest of Waterbury, 34 miles west of
Hartford, 40 miles from New Haven, 52 miles from Springfield, Massachusetts, 78
miles from Greenwich, and 96 miles from Manhattan, make it a desirable day-trip
location. We had a wonderful day exploring its many offerings.
Tasting and Touring -
Edward F. Nesta and Peter Baker
We visited Litchfield on Saturday,
March 13, 2021 and began our day with an interesting and informative tour
followed by a tasting with Peter Baker at the award-winning Litchfield
Distillery founded by the Baker Brothers - David, Jack,
and Peter, in 2014.
Originally known for their
exceptional bourbons: Double Barreled Bourbon Whiskey - 10 years, Double
Barreled Bourbon Whiskey - 5 years, Straight
Bourbon Whiskey, Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Cask Strength, Port Cask
Finish Bourbon Whiskey, Vanilla Bourbon, Maple
Bourbon, Cinnamon Bourbon, Coffee Bourbon, they have expanded their
artisan line of spirts to also include gin, vodka, rye, and their latest agave spirit.
Roll out the barrels
Touring their facility was a
fantastic experience learning about their bourbons, learning about the
different levels of char that are used for their barrel aging, and about the
different grains they use for their various products. Interesting to note is
that they make their vodka
with locally grown corn from Sharon, Connecticut. The "proof" is in the
tasting, where their motto "The Spirit of Hard Work" came across in each
product we tasted.
Debra C. Argen visiting Litchfield Distillery
Tours and Tastings: Monday
- Sunday beginning at 11:00 am. The last tour begins at 4:00 pm. On Sundays,
the last tour begins at 3:00 pm. Tours and tastings are free. Everyone must
wear a mask and practice social distancing protocols.
The Distillery Store Hours: Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm,
Saturday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
For more information on Litchfield
Distillery, purchasing their products, or visiting them, please call them
at +1-860-361-6503 or visit their website: www.LitchfieldDistillery.com
Read about Litchfield
Distillery products and read Luxury Experience's Culinary and Cocktail
Recipes in the Liquor Cabinet section.
569 Bantam Road
Litchfield, Connecticut 06759
Where to Dine - West Street
James O'Shea, Owner - West Street Grill
Our next Litchfield "discovery"
was having a delicious lunch at the West Street Grill that has been "Setting the
Standard for Modern American Cuisine" since 1990. Owned by James O'Shea,
the inviting and attractive restaurant located in the historic district of
Litchfield, has a well-crafted and diverse menu to appeal to all palates,
including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items, along with seafood, meat,
and poultry items. Chef Stephen Murphy is the talent in the kitchen, and
we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch there.
Chef Stephen Murphy
The restaurant has an excellent
wine list as well as fabulous cocktails, and we began our lunch with two of
their well-crafted cocktails made with Litchfield neighbor, Litchfield
Distillery Peach Vodka and Litchfield Distillery Bourbon. We had a Litchfield
Old Fashioned made with Litchfield Distillery Bourbon, and a Ginger Martini made
with Litchfield Peach Vodka, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, honey ginger
simple syrup, and lemon juice.
Ryan Pelletier shaking up tempting cocktails
A few of the many dining
highlights of our lunch included the Fresh Mushroom Ravioli filled with
a mélange of mushroom puree and presented with thinly sliced shitake mushrooms,
green peas, and sage brown butter sauce, drizzled with a balsamic glaze, and
crowned with micro-greens, Miso Glazed Salmon (Faroe Island) with a soy
ginger drizzle accompanied by sushi rice, and sauteed spinach, and Fish and
Chips, which was fresh cod in a light and crispy tempura served with fresh
Fresh Mushroom Ravioli
West Street Grill is open
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for Lunch beginning at 11:30 am, and for
Dinner beginning at 5:30 pm. Please call to make a reservation as days and
times are subject to COVID-19 restaurant restrictions.
Miso Glazed Salmon
Read more about our dining
experience at the West Street Grill in our Restaurants section.
Read Chefs' Recipes
where Chef Stephen Murphy tempts your palate with his delectable duck recipe.
West Street Grill
43 West Street
Litchfield, CT 06759
Shopping the Historic District
The historic district is lined
with attractive, upscale boutique shops waiting to be discovered, which we
thoroughly enjoyed exploring after lunch.
Soaking up Nature - Topsmead
Topsmead State Forest
The Litchfield Hills are stunning,
and after some retail therapy, we decided to explore by taking a walk in
the park" in Topsmead State Forest, which was the perfect finale
to a wonderful day of exploration in Litchfield.
Topsmead State Forest is located 5
minutes/3 miles via East Street from the restaurant, on what was once the
summer residence of Edith Morton Chase from 1917. "Upon her death in 1972, Edith Chase left her
beloved country estate to the people of Connecticut and to be known as Topsmead
State Forest. In her will, Miss Chase requested that Topsmead State Forest
"be kept in a state of natural beauty". To ensure that Topsmead would
remain undisturbed, Miss Chase left an endowment to be used toward maintaining
and operating the buildings and grounds as they were upon her death."
Edith Morton Chase summer residence
We approached the stately home
walking by a charming New England rock wall that lead up to the English Tudor
style house built by noted architect Richard Henry Dana, Jr in 1923 and
completed in 1925. The house features cypress, brick and stucco walls, and a
slate roof. Beautifully landscaped, apple trees, lilacs, holly, and juniper
grace the grounds.
Take time to explore the Butterfly
Garden and Wildlife Viewing Blind. House tours are offered during the warmer
Topsmead State Forest Hours:
Open from 8:00 am until sunset year-round. Pets on leashes are permitted in
picnic areas and on hiking trails. Parking is free.
Tours: Free guided tours of
the residence are offered from June through October on the 2nd and 4th weekends
of each month. Reservations are not required. On open weekends, tours are
available from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm except for the last open weekend in October
when hours are from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Directions: From Litchfield
Center, take Route 118 east for 1.5 miles. Take a right on East Litchfield
Road. Take first right on Buell Road. Topsmead will be the first road on the
Topsmead State Forest
P.O. Box 1081
Litchfield, Connecticut 06759
We sign our postcard from
Litchfield, With Love from Luxury Experience! Come and explore the
multi-faceted charm of Litchfield, Connecticut, you will be glad you did!
Until next time, keep enjoying
travel with Luxury Experience!
Read more about Litchfield in
Cabinet, Restaurants, and Chefs' Recipes sections.
For more information on
Litchfield, Connecticut, please visit the website: www.ctvisit.com
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