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Innkeeper Recommendations

The Crèche at Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem

The Abbey is a favorite destination for many of our guests of all faiths. Visitors love the serenity of this beautiful spot that is farmed by Benedictine nuns who sing Gregorian chants several times each day. Housed in an austere barn is the crèche that was handcrafted by artisans in Naples. It was originally given to King Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia in 1720 at the time of his coronation. The crèche is open daily 10-4. Stay to hear them sing Gregorian Chants, which are known world-wide through their Women in Chant audio CD's. See their website for the schedule of singing done at the Abbey. The Abbey is located about 8 miles from Cornucopia at Oldfield. Click here for website.

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Eat Local and Sleep Well

Enjoy a perfect weekend of Connecticut's best dining and historic elegance with this package that combines dinner at the Good News Cafe with a stay at the Cornucopia at Oldfield Bed and Breakfast. 

Included in your two night stay in the Admiral Aston Bedchamber or the John Moseley Sleeping Quarters, is a dinner for two. The dinner includes appetizer, entrée, dessert, coffee or tea, and tax. The two nights at the B&B include your daily country breakfasts, wine and cheese in the late afternoon and the premier concierge services of the Cornucopia at Oldfield. $600 for Admiral Aston Bedchamber and $500 for John Moseley Sleeping Quarters (plus CT lodging tax). Available all year round.

For more information, contact us or make your reservation online and indicate that this is for the Eat Local and Sleep Well Package.

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Dining in History

Two historic New England homes are now the sites of Northwest Connecticut's finest dining and Bed and Breakfast experiences. The Woodward House Restaurant and the Cornucopia at Oldfield Bed and Breakfast are owner-operated and since their respective start-ups in 2004, they have achieved rave reviews by their guests. You can enjoy their attention to detail, customer service and culinary skills in a historic setting with this package:

Included in your two night stay in the Admiral Aston Bedchamber or the John Moseley Sleeping Quarters, you can enjoy a dinner for two for only $100 more. The dinner includes appetizer, entree, dessert, coffee or tea, gratuity and tax. The two nights at the B&B include your daily country breakfasts and wine and cheese in the late afternoon. Available all year round.

For more information, contact us or make your reservation online and indicate that this is for the Dining in History Package.

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PPick Your Own Fruit When Staying
at Cornucopia at Oldfield


There are several farms with excellent "you-pick-em" produce and fabulous views of the surrounding hills. Here are a few of our favorites

Averill Farms (Washington) - best for apples and cider donuts; spectacular setting

March Farms (Bethlehem) - great for chlidren with a very imaginative playground for the young ones.

Maple Bank Farms (Roxbury) - featuring heirloom apples

All are within 10 mile drive through some of CT's most beautiful back roads.

When Southbury Said NO! to the Nazis - Acclaimed Documentary About Southbury's HIstory

Ed is very excited to be on the Commemoration Committee for the 75th Anniversary of "When Southbury Said No to the Nazis". As he likes to tell our guests, Southbury was the first government in the world to stop the Nazis - in 1937 the people of Southbury stood up against a group of Nazi agents who were trying to establish a training camp. (About 20 of these were established in other communities in NY, NJ and CT before the American Nazi movement came up under investigation and went out of business in 1939.) 

THe project was a huge success. The 40 minute documentary produced has been shown to 1000's in Southbury as well as in other communities, the state Capitol, the US Capitol, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Holocaust museum in Washington and was accepted to the Boston International Film Festival. Here is a link to the trailer for the 40 minute documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU78c7iEkkw. Many of the interviews were filmed at Cornucopia at Oldfield and Ed has several appearances in the movie as Southbury's First Selectman.

The premiere in Southbury was a terrific community building event. It has also been made into a documentary of about 15 minutes that can be viewed by clicking here.

Of course a stay at the Cornucopia at Oldfield (www.cornucopiabnb.com) would make the documentary more interesting as this was the home of Albert Aston, the chairman of the committee to write the Zoning Ordinances. to "keep the Nazis out". 

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Connecticut's Country Fairs:
If not the best, awfully hard to beat

For a fun time, visit a Connecticut Country Fair. Maybe not the healthiest food, but it sure tastes good. Lots of animals, music and of course, tractor pull competition.

Our favorites are Bethlehem (September 7,8 & 9), and Goshen (September 1,2&3). For more information click here.

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Audubon Center at the Bent of the River

This Audubon sanctuary is only 5 miles from Cornucopia at Oldfield. There are over 700 acres and 15 miles of trails that loop around this historic farm that is between the Pomperaug River and the valley's uplands. Contact us to arrange for a private tour with a naturalist.

Audubon Center at the Bent of the River provides a wonderful bird watching experience. Whether you take a picnic lunch to eat on the deck behind the vintage barn or walk along one of the nature trails the variety of birds will enchant you. Click here for their web site. Or view a video slideshow.

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Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Begins New Season

WSO and Beethoven

Cornucopia at Oldfield is proud to be the hospitality sponsor for the WSO, now celebrating its 75th anniversary. Lief Bjaland, the Musical Director will be staying with us the week before each performance. In addition, we will be offering a package for each performance that include two tickets for that weekend with a two night stay in the Admiral Aston or John Moseley rooms.


The first performance of the 2013-2014 season is the traditional outdoor performance in Woodbury's Hollow Park on July 13 at 6pm (gates open at 4pm). Bring a picnic and a blanket for a relaxing evening of classical music outdoors.

For more information about the performances in 2013-2014 go to www.waterburysymphony.org.

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Rich's Dairy Farm Ice Cream - Best in Connecticut

Rich's Dairy Farm is best in CT

Rich's Diary Farm Ice Cream opened for business on July 3, 1994 by David and Dawn Rich. The 100 acre dairy farm was begun three generations ago. Come and enjoy the scenic view of cows grazing in the fields while eating one of over 30 flavors of ice cream made fresh daily on the farm. They have just opened an indoor seating area for year-round enjoyment of Connecticut's best ice-cream. Seasonal favorites like Pumpkin and Spiced-Apple. Click here for their web site.

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Steep Rock Preserve

Some of Connecticut's best hiking along the pristine Shepaug River and up to a gorgeous mountain view of the valley. Click here for their web site.

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CT Wine Trail - Free Wine Tasting
Follow the trail of the vine as it winds through some of the most picturesque towns in Connecticut. The Connecticut Wine Trail is a unique collection of Twenty Vineyards, each ready to welcome you with hospitality and exceptional award winning wines. We now have coupons for free wine tasting at Hopkins Winery located just above Lake Waramug.

The trail is divided into two sections, East and West. To make your wine trial experience even more enjoyable we'll provide a basket with a selection of cheeses, fresh fruit and a baguette. 
Available year round. $25

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Cornucopia at Oldfield joins Mesothelioma Community Resource Network

The Cornucopia at Oldfield Bed and Breakfast is proud to share resources with the Mesothelioma Community Resource Network.  Family and loved ones of those undergoing cancer treatment at  The Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center or consulting with an area mesothelioma lawyer will find comfort while lodging with us.  Learn more about mesothelioma or how to join the network at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

Mesothelioma Community Resource Networ

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Woodbury Ski Area - 15 Snow Tubing Runs

Have some laughs and thrills barreling down the slopes in a tube at Woodbury Ski Area. Lots of snow (extensive snow making equipment) and three different areas for tubing. Only 8 miles from Cornucopia at Oldfield. Finish your day with Hot Chocolate by the fire in our Keeping Room. Woodbury Ski Area
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Extraordinary Fireboard from John Moseley's Bedroom Auctioned in New York

When Mrs. Aston left the John Moseley house in the 1950's, she took with her the original Fireboard that was in front of the fireplace in the master bedroom (now known as the John Moseley Sleeping Quarters). This fireboard was recently at the New York Antique show and was reportedly sold for over $100,000.

John Moseley Fireboard Primitive Art

A stay in the John Moseley room will give you that authentic feel of American History. For more information on the fireboard, click here.

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Fantastic stay. Really enjoyed the room and the downstairs area. Great Breakfast. Good News Cafe was a big surprise - world class French restaurant in Woodbury - who would have thought! Thank you.


Paul and Rieko, Tokyo, Japan - August 2009

 

 

 

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