American Snapshot: Litchfield, Connecticut

by Nina Myers McCammon

As I strolled through the town of Litchfield, Connecticut last weekend, I was struck by how Rockwellian everything appeared, from the impeccable white colonial-style homes with black shutters to the First Congregational Church on the "Litchfield Green," which has to be the most photographed church in all of New England. Since I only had a few hours, I stuck to the main strip in town (West Street), with exception to the ice cream shop just a couple of miles down the road. I thought I'd share some snaps of my little adventure with you guys. Litchfield would be such an awesome spot if you're looking to spend a long weekend exploring, shopping, eating, and (especially!) antiquing in the northeast. 

Highlights included...

Getting a tour of R. Derwin, an upscale men's store founded by Richard Derwin over 20 years ago. Now his son Jonathan manages the store, which is stocked with quite a few U.S. brands, including belts from Kiel James Patrick, pants from Bills Khakis, and their own line of suiting and accessories (including the plaid ties above).

Grabbing a strawberry cone at Arethusa Dairy. I also ate my weight in cheese samples. Did you know Arethusa is owned by Manolo Blahnik execs? Next time, I really want to see the farm!

Picking out a pair of AG jeans (made in America!) at R. Derwin's sister store A. Derwin, which is run by Jonathan's mother, Andrea. The ladies there are the sweetest and really know their stuff, especially when it comes to finding flattering denim.

Dropping into Serendipity, a sweet vintage shop that also carries a few handmade products, like knit baby booties from Peru and soaps from Whey Better Farm in Litchfield.

Chatting with Claire at Jeffrey Tillou Antiques. It's a store for serious collectors but fun to browse the mostly 18th-and-19th century American furniture and paintings even if you're not on the market.

Caught an exhibit on the Colonial Revival (1880-1940) at The Litchfield Historical Society. The museum had set up a display asking children to draw an item that best-represented their family's history and I participated since I sometimes forget I'm not 12 years old.

Wished I had more time to snack here, shop here, do yoga here, dine here, and sleep here. Next time!

Here are some more snaps!