Ogle top-tier antiques at Buckley & Buckley (84 Main Street, Salisbury; 860-435-9919), where items like eighteenth-century Queen Anne tables and Dutch period accessories are for sale in a charming white Colonial home. Casual antiquers can hit Carey Sanford Antiques (469 Bantam Road, Litchfield; 860-567-4041) for artwork, home furnishings, and books. Native American jewelry is a specialty here; silver and turquoise bracelets are currently on sale from $75.
Hook eighteen-inch rainbow trout on the Housatonic River, a formerly PCB-chocked waterway that has been significantly restored in recent years to the renowned trout fishery it once was. The guides at Housatonic River Outfitters ($275 for full-day guided trips for two) can point beginners and experts alike to the thousands of replenished fish. If you’d rather just take in the scenery, Clarke Outdoors offers canoe, kayak, and rafting trips suitable for novices (from $24).