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USA Today March 2009:

Connecticut's Litchfield County is nothing like New York City and that is why it has become a popular second-home destination.

Full of New England charm, Litchfield County has small towns and very little large-scale development. The main attraction is natural beauty; National Geographic Traveler magazine named it one of the nation's best places for a scenic drive. "Litchfield Hills has 16 vineyards, 29 state parks and forests, 17 nature centers and two rivers for canoeing and fly fishing,"

Long home to writers and artists, Litchfield is teeming with cultural offerings. Two nationally known dance companies, Pilobolus and MOMIX, are based here, plus a chamber music center, summer stock theater, music festivals, several museums and numerous antique and art galleries. There are even a number of cooking schools.

Litchfield borders Massachusetts and New York. The most popular second-home region is the county's mountainous northwest, where the Berkshire hills include the famous Appalachian Trail hiking route. There are also waterfront homes on 10 large lakes there. Lakefront property is the priciest, and the other premium is on privacy: Homes on less-traveled and dead-end roads are more desirable.

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