It’s been another amazingly busy (but good) week! Late nights at work, out with friends, Boston, NYC and everything in between!
Last Saturday I had a well-rounded Connecticut experience. Started Saturday morning with the 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade that runs through downtown Hartford. I actually forgot it was happening, and I was awaken Saturday AM to bagpipes and drums outside my window! The parade (which lasted several hours) was so fun!
After my adventure downtown, I hit the road to do some small-town touring…first stop, Litchfield, CT.
Litchfield, about 40 minutes from downtown Hartford , is an affluent town established in the 1700s. It’s beautiful – a traditional New England town. I stopped by some cute little boutiques and antique shops while I was in town.
The shops we’re amazing – very unique items – and clearly tailoring to the demographic of those living in Litchfield.
Super high-end items at this beautiful boutique (layering tee $135, pair of jeans $385, cashmere sweater/jacket $2,000, etc…) Exquisite stuff, but certainly out of my price range!
Any cooking enthusiasts’ dream shop! Fab accessories for the kitchen and home here!
Loved this “for the home boutique.” Their stunning displays looked like they were right out of Elle Decor!
Again super high-end…a throw for $550, candles for $100…you get the idea. While I didn’t purchase anything there, I certainly got a lot of great ideas!
Next stop, was Bantam, CT. Another super cute, super small town. While in Bantam I checked out the gorgeous Bantam Lake (which was slightly frozen over, but still really pretty!)
While in Bantam I visited an amazing European-inspired art consignment shop. Grabbed this beautiful silk scarf while I was there.
Beautiful artwork, antiques and treasures! I could have spent all day checking out the 1700s farmhouse turned shop.
Also while in Bantam, this AMAZING shop called The Housatonic Trading Company caught my eye while I was driving down the road. I’m so glad I stopped to check it out.
Really cool place. Artwork, antiques, unique items for the home, etc at really reasonable prices considering the uniqueness of things in there.
The owner was incredibly friendly as well.
There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be back to The Housatonic Trading Co. several times! If you’re ever in Litchfield County, CT, I highly recommend checking it out. You won’t be disappointed!
I bought these fun iron crowns hooks. They match a lot of the rustic items I have in my apartment. Excited to get them hung up!
My next (and final stop for the day) was the adorable town of Kent, CT (which is essentially on the CT/NY state line).
Kent, a beautiful town oozing with New England charm sits deep in a valley surrounded by miles and miles of forests (it’s well-known for having great hiking).
But since, I don’t hike (or am a fan of any outdoorsy type activities…camping, etc…) I stuck to what I know best….checking out the little shops!
Don’t be fooled by the snow on the ground, the temps hit the 50s! A great day in Kent!
Finished my afternoon in Kent with a well-deserved cup of coffee and two truffles – key lime coconut and hazelnut dark chocolate. Yum!
After my small-town adventure, I headed back downtown. What a great adventure!