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Litchfield County in the NYTimes 'Frugal Traveler'

October 4, 2011, 1:28 PM
Litchfield County, Easy on the Wallet
By SETH KUGEL

A Js Steak and Pizza might be intimidating, I was told kind of a bikers bar. But the burgers were cheap and good, the peanuts were free, the place was still open and it was right down the road from the room where I had just dropped my bags.

Something about the warning didnt quite compute: an intimidating biker joint down the road from the Mary Stuart House, my cozy little bed and breakfast on rural Route 4 in Litchfield County, Conn.? The same Litchfield County known as a weekend escape for New Yorkers prosperous enough to afford a second home but put off by Hamptons haughtiness?

I chuckled as I walked into the friendly basement bar. Sure, it was intimidating if you fear the sound of peanut shells crunching under your feet, the specter of CNN on a big screen, or the prospect of a bartender pushing the blue cheese and caramelized onions that would boost the price of your bison burger to $9.25 from $8. You get the pungent with the sweet, she said, all foodie-like. I was hardly quaking in my boots.

To be honest, the real terror had come a week earlier, when I got my assignment: a frugal weekend in Litchfield County. Friends were skeptical; Twitter followers sent me the 140-character equivalent of raised eyebrows. Good luck with that was typical.

Read the Full Article Here: NY Times, Frugal Traveler, Oct 4, 2011

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