Warren, one of the smallest communities in Litchfield County, still stands today as the quintessential New England village it was when it was settled in 1737 as part of the town of Kent. The rugged rural landscape is punctuated by the traditional homes and farms that occupied its vistas in past centuries. Its unassuming town center boasts a simple four-way stop with the beautiful First Congregational Church of Warren, built in 1818, occupying its respective corner and setting a perfect example of the picturesque New England church. Across the intersection is Warren’s only commercial zone, which consists of the classic Warren General Store and Café, a pottery store and the Warren Spirit Shop.
Warren is bordered to the south by the town of New Preston and the stunning shores of Lake Waramaug, the second largest natural lake in Connecticut. Oft considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Waramaug has been carefully protected over the past four decades by both the Lake Waramaug Task Force www.lwtf.org and the Lake Waramaug Association www.waramaugassoc.org. This protective ethos, which has kept development and overuse in check and retained the lake’s ecological stability, has made lake properties among the most desirable in the region. (Photo: A view of Lake Waramaug)
A drive around Lake Waramaug’s shores offers breathtaking vistas at every turn, from the charm of a lakeside boathouse to the sweeping vistas of the vineyards of the Hopkins Inn www.thehopkinsinn.com. This wonderful 19th century country inn offers guest rooms, fine dining that reflects its owners’ Austrian heritage and expansive views of the lake from its lawns, patios and dining areas. If you are visiting Warren, consider the Hopkins Inn for a relaxing and memorable retreat.
In addition to the many recreational opportunities on Lake Waramaug, Warren also offers a multitude of hiking trails and nature walks including the Wyantenuck State Forest and the 515 acres of land protected by the Warren Land Trust www.warrenlandtrust.org. When in Warren you must also visit Warren Woods a community park that hosts the annual Warren Fall Festival each Columbus Day Weekend. This understated country fair offers antique dealers, arts and crafts exhibits, a children’s petting zoo, pony rides, and a country store offering baked items. Do not miss the antique tractor pull and bring the kids for a ride on the Warren Volunteer Fire Company firetruck!
For more information about the town’s government, parks and recreation, historical society, regional School District 6, which includes the Warren Elementary School in Warren, James Morris School in Morris, and Goshen Center School in Goshen (all K-6) and Wamogo Regional High School (Grades 7-12) please visit www.warrenct.com.