Please note that our recommendations are honest, complete, and frank. We do not solicit nor accept any referral. Many of these restaurant or lodge owners are friends of ours, they think highly of us, and they naturally recommend us as guides, and we think very highly of them and their services, but that is the extent of it.
We can suggest lodging that fits your needs and budget, along with restaurants that will give you memorable dining experiences within your budget. Plus you get dropped at your restaurant door and lodging door by us.
Combined Dining and Lodging
Up here in the Connecticut countryside, we have freestanding restaurants, but they become problematic when you don’t have a car! Don’t worry – we can drive you. But several restaurants are part of Inns, or within a very short walk of them. Since you came by train, we will be happy to take you to any nearby restaurant you would enjoy experiencing, and then take you to your lodging, but if after a long day you want to be left alone, then combined dining/lodging is a great choice. Here are some of our favorite combined ones! (There are many more Inns and Restaurants than those listed here – but these are our favorites).
The Hopkins Inn
This is a terrific Inn, mostly due to its location on the north side of Lake Waramaug in Warren, it’s quaint New England atmosphere, and wonderful owners. It is a great location for bicycling around the lake, swimming at their nearby beach, sailing, or lake kayaking. One can stroll through their vineyard and taste their house wines in their country barn. The fall colors around the Inn are particularly spectacular. The dining room has an alpine-themed menu. There is no town or shopping within walking distance (other than the tasting barn), but you could bicycle (or we could drive you) into the small town of New Preston on the south side of Lake Waramaug, which has fine dining and antique shops.
www.thehopkinsinn.com 22 Hopkins Road, Warren, CT 06754 (860)-868-7295
The Fife’N Drum
Located in Kent, with quaint town shopping within easy walking distance, and four antique stores, the restaurant is considered fine iconic dining. The lodging is across the parking lot, adjacent to their gift store. Terrific food, wonderful owners. Dolph plays the piano some evenings. Your humble authors own the Rolling River Antique store located down the street from the Fife, and there are three other quality antique stores owned by great people nearby.
www.fifendrum.com 53 N. Main St, Kent, CT 06757 (860)-927-3509
The Cornwall Inn
Located on Route 7 in Cornwall, the owners are some of our favorite people in northwest Connecticut! We stayed at this successful Inn when we first moved to Connecticut, and they went to extraordinary lengths to help us. Mark is the bartender and a volunteer EMT with Cornwall, and Stacey, with her corporate background and quiet charm, is the real brains of the operation. Great people, great food, and quaint lodging. The Inn, as of this writing, has changed their restaurant availability/hours – call ahead or check their web page link below for current dining information. They would love to talk to you. This is the most reasonably priced Inn/Dining option among our favorites.
http://www.cornwallinn.com 270 Kent Rd. South, Cornwall, CT 06754 (860) 672-6884 (800) 786 6884
Hummingbird Haven Cottage
Our great neighbors, Stephen and Cynthia Warshaw, own a charming old home and barn in Warren which used to be a B & B (before they moved in two great children, three horses, a dog, chickens, and goodness knows what else). Stephen is a consultant who commutes to Manhattan frequently. They have a cottage they call “Hummingbird Haven” on their property which people from NYC clamor for when they are up here. It books up early in summer. Please see their web link and email or call them for details and availability:
This is a short list of our favorite restaurants:
Washington Tavern – 20 Bee Brook Road, Washington. (860) 868-6633. This restaurant defines colonial themed New England dining. In summer, outdoor dining is above the stream is wonderful. Great food, reasonably priced. Reservations.
Villager Restaurant.- This is a breakfast and lunch restaurant – great for coffee, newspapers, and a tasty meal.
White Horse Tavern -258 New Milford Turnpike (Rt. 202) – Marbledale .(860) 868-1496. Great food and noisy – this is a waystop for New Yorkers heading up for the weekend, and locals at other times. Reservations.
Adrienne – 218 Kent Road (Rt 7), New Milford (Gaylordsville). (860) 354-6001. This small elegant restaurant serves the best rack of lamb we ever had. Reservations.
There are, of course, many fine restaurants not on this list – but we have never eaten there!
The Kent Chamber of Commerce publishes a booklet called “Passport to Kent” which describes our local events, activities, dining, shopping, and lodging. Check out “Rolling River Antiques!” You can get the booklet at a local shop, or download the passport as a pdf file at www.kentct.com (the button is on the right side of the page, above the map).
For a complete guide to all available dining and lodging options, along with a thorough list of things to do west of the Connecticut River, the Western Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau publishes a great booklet called “Unwind” and is available for free at many locations here, and online at www.visitwesternct.com. Check them out!