Posts Written OnJuly 2016

A few months ago it dawned on Lora that her wedding day was just around the corner and that it was crunch time! Everyone wants to be in their best shape ever on their big day – so we texted Hope Lord at Fitness Matters in Kent, and asked if she would help Lora get “fit to be wed!”

Bottle Stop Wine and The Hopkins Inn collaborating to put on a special food and wine event was the perfect pairing. The evening affair would include four courses and dessert made by talented Chef Franz Reiter of The Hopkins Inn, with a different wine for each course picked out by Bottle Stop Wine and Spirit.

When invited to attend and report back to our readers – we were happy to oblige…

Why have we not been here sooner?! Litchfield Athletic Club is yet another business we’re so happy to have been able to “unlock.” The club has recently undergone a bit of a facelift and refresh – so they asked us to come on over and check out the new them!

The Gooseboro Drive-In restaurant in Bantam, selling classic roadside fare (ice cream cones, burgers and dogs, fried pickles…), is one of those places that is quintessentially Litchfield County. We could do a tour of all the great “blast from a better past” longstanding drive-ins we have in the area. Hmm, good idea. Thanks, readers – perhaps we will just have to tour them all!

Nestled in the woods of Bethlehem, on a picturesque horse farm, is the jewelry design studio of Steinen Hurtado, owner of Steinen Jewelry. We first met Steinen (pronounced stay-nin) when we were working on our Valentine’s Day gift guide and not only fell in love with her work, but with her!

So while Bev is in “full-on-camp-mode” at Buck’s Rock, I decided to head over to Bethlehem to catch up with Steinen and get to know her better. I also wanted to see how things were going on the custom earrings she was creating for Bev and my sister Holly, for their matrons of honor outfits for the wedding!

Lora recently discovered JED on Instagram – a high-end knitwear company (launched last year) that began with luxurious Italian cashmere and is now expanding to silks and other woven categories. JED’s designer, Jed Krascella worked alongside Perry Ellis and has created this amazing new brand that we’re pretty excited about!

After a little online flirting and gentle stalking, we offered our blogeling and styling skills – we’d each style one of their sweaters (of their choosing), three different ways. We have to say, they chose perfectly! With Litchfield County as our beautiful backdrop, it was a match made in cashmere heaven.

Jed is also a fellow Nutmegger, so read below for the fabulous interview!

Photos shot on location around the town of Kent and at Gooseboro Drive-In, Bantam (check out our feature next week!).

And we thought we had busy schedules! When James Lenger isn’t competing internationally with Team USA in pentathlons (fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting, and running…you’re welcome – who can ever remember?) – he’s running his multi-city, multi-country guitar instruction business, Guitar Cities! We think he might be Superman…we asked him, but he just smiled at us in a Clark Kent kind of way…

We spent an afternoon with James (or Jim) at his newest branch of Guitar Cities; Sharp and Flat Music, located in the Switch Factory building on Route 202 in Bantam. Sharp and Flat provides private guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele lessons in the Litchfield County area to all ages.

Even with our obvious lack of guitar skills, Jim had us strumming away by the end of our lesson; he’s clearly very patient (evident in the video) and a natural born teacher!