Below, see a couple of Outdoor and Indoor great things to do in Connecticut this winter:
Antique Sleighs Whisk You Through Woods and Fields
The pretty fields and towns of the Litchfield region could have been designed for winter sleigh rides, complete with lap robes, harness bells, and a top-hatted driver. Wood Acres Farm in Terryville has 25 acres of wooded trails, sleighs, and teams of draft horses to take you over the river and through the woods (if snow cover is sufficient). Magnificent draft horses will take you on a 45-minute ride through white winter beauty. Reserve ahead. 860-583-8670.
Moving eastward and southward, the town of East Haddam on the Connecticut River is where you’ll find Allegra Farm, which hosts sleigh rides complete with bells, lap robes, hand muffs and tranquility. Guests are welcome to bring their own refreshments. 860-680-5149.
City Steam Brewery Café : Food, Brews, History, and HA!
City Steam Brewery Café at 942 Main Street in Hartford is in a glorious Romanesque style building built in 1877 to house the state’s biggest department store; now it serves an upscale casual menu throughout a cool, multi-level floor plan, where guests are embraced by the cast iron railings and millwork salvaged from the store. The 23-barrel brewery is powered by the Hartford Steam Company — you can see the steam when the staff blows its antique steam-whistles. Maybe best is the in-house Brew HaHa Comedy Club, which showcases comedy acts. 860-525-1600
Bookstore With a Serious Love of Reading
R.J. Julia Booksellers at 768 Boston Post Road in Madison opened two decades ago as an independent bookstore whose mission was, and is, to be a place where words matter and where writers meet readers. The store hosts more than 200 events a year. Authors from all over the country visit the store to inspire, educate, and entertain. A knowledgeable staff, opinionated book selections with shelf-talker tags help book lovers find books that are just right for them. Open daily. 203-245-3959.