Soak up a first-hand farm experience at this countryside B&B set on 50 acres in the hills of Connecticut.
The quaint hamlet of New Milford seems an obvious place to put down roots when you own a few dozen alpacas, pigs, sheep, chickens, roosters, two cats, and a couple of dogs. The animals need room to roam, and room they've got at New Milford's Bella Alpacas Farm and B&B. Set on 50 acres of peaceful property in the hills of western Connecticut, this working farm offers guests a chance to get away from the city, spread out in the country, and commune with nature. Take a farm tour and cuddle up next to the alpacas; book an aromatherapy healing treatment during your stay; go swimming, kayaking, or boating at a nearby lake; or set out for an afternoon on the region's wine and antique trails. And to think it's all less than 80 miles from Manhattan.
Artisan log beds outfitted with hand-sewn quilts lend rooms a distinctly rustic feel, which is echoed during breakfast as farm-fresh eggs play the starring role of the morning. When you aren't roaming the property yourself, visiting with the animals, check out the Bella Alpacas store, which sells finely crafted alpaca-fiber clothing and accessories.
o Head for a yoga class at the on-site yoga center
o Hit the wine trail for a sip at local vineyards
o Stop by Lucia Ristorante for fine Italian dining
o The nearby Institute for American Indian Studies features an authentic Indian village