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America's oldest continuing Summer Chamber Music Festival
Music Lover’s Hidden Summer Secret in Connecticut
Only 2.5 hour Drive from Manhattan

For 82 years, Connecticut chamber music-lovers have indulged in the classical bliss known as Music Mountain, America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival --- hidden in the tree-shaded corner of northwest Connecticut.  With the mighty cultural titans of Tanglewood, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Jacobs Pillow taking the lions share of public attention; true music lovers have always known the secret charms of Music Mountain. [www.musicmountain.org]  From its intimate and acoustically accurate concert hall and its accompany campus of historic buildings -- all Sears and Roebuck original designs – to its pastoral picnic enclaves, this special hilltop compound showcases musical excellence every year from around the globe. (click here for full schedule)

Legendary pianist Misha Dichter in his Music Mountain debut and the acclaimed Harlem String Quartet performing the Schumann, will kick off Music Mountain’s 2011 season on June 19th.  The season will feature sixteen Chamber music concerts, a series of Jazz and Country Music concerts, and a number of special events slated through September 4th. "This summer is about two things - great music and extraordinary quality of performance," stated Music Mountain's board president Nicholas Gordon. "The concerts will feature memorable works that range from those never before played at our yearly festival to audience favorites, heard many times over the years.” Concerts are popularly priced with children under 18 admitted FREE!

With only a 2.5 hour drive from Manhattan or a scenic ride on a Metro North Wassaic-bound train, a mini-vacation for the music enthusiastic becomes an easy and affordable escape from a busy urban lifestyle.  Making room arrangements are almost always easy to book at the quaint inns and bed & breakfasts in and around Falls Village, Connecticut’s second smallest town and the home of Music Mountain.  The latest addition to the New England tavern inn scene is the newly refurbished Fall’s Village Inn [thefallsvillageinn.com]
designed by renowned New York decorator Bunny Williams. Other local favorites include The Hilltop House Bed & Breakfast [www.hilltophousebb.com], Wake Robin Inn [www.wakerobininn.com] and The Inn at Kent Falls Bed & Breakfast [www.theinnatkentfalls.com] which have been fixtures of hospitality in northern Connecticut since the turn of the century.  Restaurants are abundant and can be easily sampled. For an authentic small town feel, journey to Toymakers Café [85 Main St] for a taste of home cooking and communal dining. Their Sunday brunch, (they’re known for their waffles!) have made this a regular pit stop since it opened in 2002.

The nearby towns of Lakeville and Salisbury are considered to be the “four season’s” of Connecticut. Enjoy a romantic getaway in Lakeville where you can relax and indulge in a day of pampering at Ellora Spa & Sanctuary [www.ElloraSpa.com] or spend the day on the golf course at one of the many country clubs the area has to offer [www.lakeville-salisbury.com/recreation/golf.html]. And don’t forget to visit a nearby vineyard for an afternoon tasting of award-winning wines [www.lakeville-salisbury.com/recreation/vineyards.html]!

If you like music, summer 2011 will not be complete without a sojourn to Music Mountain where you can experience some of the world’s finest music along side some of New England finest recreations. Music Mountain, 225 Music Mountain Rd, Falls Village, CT 06031

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For further information here is a sampling of  user-friendly websites featuring local info:

Falls Village Official town website, including extensive municipal government information, local history, and links.


B&Bs near Falls Village


Falls Village Connecticut area's best restaurants


Lakeville CT and Salisbury CT are perfect for weekend getaways in Connecticut.


Lakeville and Salisbury have a wide variety of dining options.


Salisbury’s town site provides government information including officials, history, facts and figures.



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