How to pick the right summer camp

Bev here! I’ve worked at Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Summer camp for 26 years. That’s 26 years of speaking with parents, guiding them through the enrollment process, and answering their many, many questions that they inevitably have (some enroll without a single question, and that’s cool too!).

Often, at the end of the list of standard questions parents will say, “What am I not asking?” or, “What should I be asking?” I present to you, a handy checklist of important questions to ask before enrolling your child in the summer camp of their dreams!

Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates

Our visit to Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates in Goshen has ruined us forever. Known for their “single cow’s milk” chocolates, we have never tasted anything like it (and we’ve tasted our fair share in our lifetimes)! The chocolates sold at their off-the-beaten-path chocolate shop are out of this world.

In fact, you will not find chocolate made the way Thorncrest makes it anywhere else in the world. As you’ll read in our many fascinating tidbits we learned during our visit, the Thorn family will stop at nothing to make the very best, freshest chocolate you will ever have!

Foxwoods Resort Casino

When the weather outside is officially trying to kill you and you just need some FUN, where else to go but Foxwoods Resort Casino! An emerald castle of entertainment just two hours from home, it seemed like just the thing to take our minds off the New England end of winter blues!

Our itinerary would include; checking-in to our marvelous room for the night at the Grand Pequot Tower hotel, shopping the Tanger Outlets, having our hair made fancy at G-Spa and Salon, dinner and famous drinks at Sugar Factory (the most Instagrammed restaurant ever), followed by a show – Lora’s fave comedian, George Lopez. All of this without having to leave the resort. Basically, a huge enclosed bubble of fun-times. Take that, weather!

Peter Greenwood Glass Blowing

What better thing to do on a cold winter’s day than go warm up at a glass blowing studio? Today’s blog activity brings us to Peter Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio in Riverton, CT. After the marver-lous (glass-lingo joke) afternoon we spent with Peter making not one, but three masterpieces, we firmly believe that everyone should give this a go.

As Peter’s website states, anyone from 5-95 can blow glass. Here we are to prove his point…

Makery Coworking

Do you work from home? Do you get distracted easily and partake in a little procrastination? Well, this one’s for you…

Litchfield County, home to a huge number of self-employed, freelancers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, just got a new workspace. The first coworking space in the county, Makery Coworking in New Milford is a 5,000 square foot space designed to allow individuals to work, create, collaborate, and network.

Makery Coworking is a hub to rub shoulders with other innovative people in the community. A place to share ideas, swap business cards, and grow our creative economy – we love everything about it!

Interview with Glen Phillips

Frontman and singer-songwriter for the Platinum-selling, 90s alternative rock band, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips heads to Infinity Hall Norfolk on April 7th with “nothing but six strings, the truth and that one-a-kind voice,” according to the IH website.  You know the hits, “All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean,” “Something’s Always Wrong,” “Fall Down,” and much more! Read our interview with him below…

Hotel Zero Degrees

This week’s “Getaway” brings us to Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, a mere 20 minutes or so from our respective homes. Regardless of the short distance, this little staycation made us feel like we had traveled much farther. The moment we stepped through the glass sliding doors into the boutique hotel’s stunning lobby – we felt as if we had been teleported to some uber-modern Euro-lodge. Ready? Set? Getaway!

Ellen Barrett – Salt of the Earth Yoga

Yoga instructor Ellen Barrett is exceptional in her field. Yogini and fitness video aficionado, we’re extremely lucky to have access to her classes in this area. So, when we spied that she was teaching yoga at Salt of the Earth in Woodbury, we said sign us up…and sign up six of our friends too! We love to try new things, it’s the reason we started the blog. Practicing yoga in a salt cave would certainly be a new thing for all of us! Read on to see how we did…

Bistro Bridgewater

When we heard that the town of Bridgewater had ended prohibition and was a Footloose town no longer, you better believe we wanted to say cheers to that!

Bistro Bridgewater, housed within the Bridgewater Village Store, is serving wine, beer, and spirits, for the first time since the town went dry in 1935. Besides that claim to fame, Bistro Bridgewater is serving THE most amazing menu of seasonal, fresh, locally-sourced food. Reader beware – serious, we mean serious, food porn to follow.

RIDE – Indoor Cycling

RIDE indoor cycling studio caught our attention when we were making one of our many trips up and down Route 202. Located in New Preston in a very cool red barn – the RIDE sign (with a good font), plus their fun Instagram account were all that was needed to pique our curiosity. Additionally, the fact that we seem to do 10 food features to every fitness feature…it was time to feel the burn!!

And as we discovered, if torching calories is your aim, and you want to get the best bang for your buck (and time)…indoor cycling is the way to go! We gathered a few of our Unlocking Litchfield friends together to have the RIDE indoor cycling experience with us (safety in numbers)…