At home with Paul Marcarelli + Ryan Brown

Here’s a little glimpse into our typical conversation on the drive to any of our “At home with” features. You know, the features where we basically invite ourselves over to interesting people/local celeb’s homes, for a chat and to hang out. It goes back and forth like this, “I hope they like us, I hope they feed us, I hope they’re fun, I hope they offer us a drink, I hope they don’t think we’re weirdos.”

Our visit with actor Paul Marcarelli (the “Can you hear me now?” guy) and Ryan Brown at their recently renovated country home in Litchfield, did not disappoint on any hope…

Strong Core Wellness Center

Owned by a former Team USA Lumberjill, Shannon Strong has opened Strong Core Wellness Center in Kent, to offer clients a one-stop location to rehabilitate, restore, and strengthen their core. We went along to take a morning group fitness class, and to meet Shannon, the woman who Sylvester Stallone didn’t want to go up against on the Late Show with David Letterman (more on that later)!

A Vermont Getaway

I lovermont. Vacationing as a child, and then living there for a short time after high school (which are some of my fondest memories), I always felt relaxed and carefree when I was among its lush mountains and quaint picturesque towns. So it seemed the perfect location for a weekend getaway to celebrate my one year wedding anniversary with Michael. Here are some ideas on things to do and where to stay for your visit to the Manchester area!

At home with Sheila Nevins

We enjoyed Sheila Nevins’ book, You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales so much that we bought it twice! Once, on Audible, because that’s how we roll, and because the cast of famous readers were too much to resist! Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, RuPaul, Gloria Steinem, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie O’Donnell, to name just a few. The second time we bought it was in hardcover, for Sheila to sign when we went to meet her at her gorgeous Litchfield home. Over the course of the evening, we discussed the book, life in Litchfield County, the acceptance of aging…and other fairy tales.

This week’s #WCW is Sheila Nevins!

White Horse Country Pub

Pssst! Did you know that the ever popular and award winning White Horse Country Pub in Marbledale just grew 2,000 square feet or so? Now there is even more cozy, English-tavern goodness to go around! We arranged to go along for a sneak peek of the impressive new dining room and kitchen before the grand opening. While we were there, pub owner John Harris insisted that we order a bunch of our favorite dishes to photograph (and eat) then take the famous Audrey (the taxi) out for a spin. Best lunch ever.

@ The Connection

We first met Cathy Soukup, Life Coach/Energy Healer, a few weeks ago when we were at the Grounded Goodwife’s “Past Lives Revealed” event. It was a goosebump-inducing couple of hours where we listened to Cathy’s stories and learned that she offers energy healing sessions through her business, “Snap Out of It”. She recently began opening her home to those who’d like to go beyond a single session and could benefit from a getaway for a night or two to do a more intensive rejuvenation. We were intrigued, to say the least. Here’s our experience @ The Connection…

Sunset Meadow Vineyards

When our friend, Chris Chichester, retail manager at Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen, invited us to a private tour and tasting, we said, “Cheers, we’ll be right there!” As many of you probably know by now, we have a deep appreciation of wine and try not to miss any opportunities to broaden our taste bud experiences.

Sunset Meadow Vineyards offers 22 different wines. Ninety percent of the grapes used for their wine is grown on SMV’s 33 acres of planted vines. We had a lot of tasting to do, but we were up for the challenge…

Veronica Martin Gallery

On a scale from one to ten, what we knew about fine art posters before this feature would be a two. One, because Lora always wanted the Le Chat Noir one; and two, I knew I thought they were pretty. Lucky for us, the Veronica Martin Gallery (specializing in items from the Art Nouveau period) has opened in the always cool Switch Factory building in Bantam.

We popped along to visit with Veronica Martin one evening to learn all we could about fine art posters (lots of great history and stories we loved). Don’t worry, no quiz at the end, just a special Unlocking Litchfield offer. We got you! 😉

Hollister House Garden

‘Twas a rather British, cool summer’s day when we went to visit Hollister House Garden in Washington. Fitting, as owner, George Schoellkopf would be giving us a personal tour of his breathtaking interpretation of a classic English country garden. As George explained to us, an English garden is a garden with a formal structure and loose planting; right angles, hedges, paths, walls, and a certain exuberance to the planting.

Hollister House is owned by George Schoellkopf and Hollister House Garden Inc., a nonprofit organization.

Allow us, and George to show you around….

A Block Island Getaway

Have a hankering for a quick weekend getaway where you can relax, unwind, and smell fresh, salty air? An idyllic and not-too-far-away place that’s only six miles long by three miles wide exists, and it’s called Block Island. Gentle breezes (bring sweatshirts!), a laid-back atmosphere, fresh seafood, and many options for quiet solitude are waiting for you. I hope you enjoy the photos and must-see ideas from my recent trip! Cheers, Lora