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One-click Camping – Homeowners link with Tentrr to set up glamping sites on their land

Forty million people in the United States alone go camping each year, and together they log a whopping 600 million nights spent sleeping under the stars. Got an itch to go camping in the 413? If so, Berkshire Mountain Hideaway might be just the place. A wide grassy trail, punctuated by yellow arrows emblazoned on… Read More

The Art of Beekeeping – The Clark is home to hundreds of works of art—and bees

The scent of honey and wood smoke is as thick as the warm, dense hum. The worker bees are active today. A few hot days have come after cool, wet weeks, and the wild primrose are blooming in the pastures. David Thayer gently lifts a small wood and mesh box to show the new queen… Read More

Cabin in the Woods – A Becket renovation filled with love, creativity, and a lot of sweat

When I arrive at Nathan Hanford’s cabin in North Becket, he is outside, dressed in well-worn work pants, work boots, and an old shirt, all speckled with paint. He is standing on a ladder, staining the wide pine boards that cover the exterior of the house. Nothing would be unusual about this scene except that… Read More

Deep Roots – Digging in with Susan and Coleman Burke

Susan and Coleman Burke’s garden is alive with the sound of birds and insects: a pollinator’s paradise. Susan, sitting in the sunshine on her red brick patio, is debating the growth of the fig trees she has planted in pots—just released from their winter hibernation in the basement—while pausing to name the various birds swooping… Read More

Summer White House – Washington, The Litchfield Hill’s Lifestyle Capital

Where else but Washington might you encounter two secretaries of state and two former presidents? Yes, Washington, D.C., but also Washington, CT, named after G.W., who visited during the Revolution. Hillary Clinton weekends at The Mayflower Inn with husband Bill, and you might bump into the current Secretary of State in the Depot—not Mike Pompeo… Read More

The Lake Effect – A Big Hug For Waramaug

It’s easy to spot Whitney York Lancaster’s house on Lake Waramaug: it’s the one with the Lone Star and the Louisiana state flags hanging on the porch. Whitney, who hails from New Orleans, and her husband, John, who comes from Sugarland, Texas, may be proud southerners, but they’ve also put down roots in Litchfield County.… Read More

Fields of Steel – A sculpture garden blooms in Katonah

Two birds about to take flight. An Asian-inspired gate. Snoopy on a rocket ship. Those are just a few of nearly 150 sculptures found on the property of Donald and Susan Bittker’s Katonah home. The couple has lived there since 1980, but the collecting started in 1996 on a trip out west. At a pit… Read More

Behind the Scenes – From Broadway to Waccabuc

Fran Weissler

“We chose to move out here to get rid of the tension of New York City—which I adore, by the way,” recalls Fran Weissler, of the weekend home she shares in Waccabuc with her husband and business partner, Barry. “When I met Barry, I was 37, and he was 26, and I had two kids.… Read More

Historic Home with Modern Flair

You know the expression, “If these walls could talk …” Well, at the historic Greek revival masterpiece at 89 Westway, a stone’s throw from Southport Harbor, I imagine these particular 19th-century walls would have terrific stories to tell. This house is a key dwelling that makes up the Southport Historic District, which was listed on… Read More

Master florist and gardener offer sage advice

When it comes to growing your own, cut flowers are the latest backyard crop, their popularity fed in large part by flower arrangements on social media feeds. “Every home can be made more beautiful with flowers,” says master floral designer Ariella Chezar, whose most recent book, Seasonal Flower Arranging, will inspire any gardener to pursue… Read More