Bull’s Bridge & George Washington

 

Ira at Bull's Bridge | Winter '08

Ira at Bull's Bridge | Winter '08

An inn was built at the crossing over the Housatonic River by Jacob and Mary Bull, who were married in 1762. They ran the inn successfully (the Bull’s Bridge Inn is still a restaurant!) , although Mary was somewhat pressed for time having been “blessed with twenty children.” 

GEORGE & THE BRIDGE | in 1781 George Washington moved through the region on his way to Newport, R.I. to confer with the French. Late Friday, March 2, he was in Dover, stopping for the night at the Morehouse Tavern, but Saturday saw the warrior up early and making his way along what is today known as Route 55, toward the bridge that Jacob Bull kept across the Housatonic River in Kent. There was a good ford at that point during much of the year, but in March the river must have been running full with spring runoff, and in 1781 the Bull family was rebuilding the span. Mr. Fales, writer for the “Arsenal of the Revolution”, tells the following story:

” By one account, the timbers were in but the flooring not ready yet. And so a plank or two were thrown down and Mr. Bull is said to have asked George Washington to dismount and – for safety reasons – walk across while someone led his horse. No one knows what happened, but there was a scramble, shouts and a splash, and suddenly there was a horse in the water. Another account has the general’s horse twisting an ankle between the planks and falling into the river.”

BULL'S BRIDGE 2008

BULL'S BRIDGE 2008

A mystery about what actually happened but how marvelous that a General & President of the United States walked across a bridge that is still open to traffic!

In fact, Bull’s Bridge is one of only two covered bridges in Connecticut that are open to automobile traffic. There is an overlook with benches on the west side of the bridge. There are also trails along the river, some of which lead safely down the rocks to the water. Take the safest one and be sure to wear sensible shoes. One can hike farther to the south along a nice, level portion of the Appalachian Trail to a modern bridge at the confluence of the Housatonic and Ten Mile Rivers. You’ll find plenty of spots with flat, rock outcroppings where you can dip your feet.

View from Bull's Bridge

View from Bull's Bridge

Winter is especially captivating and a visit here should not be missed.

 

–IRA

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Fall in Kent: simple pleasures

 

The cows check out Ira

The cows check out Ira

Simple Pleasures Abound

Keep it Simple…the motto of our economic times. Kent, Connecticut is often described as being, “pastoral.” It’s true. We have working farms and excellent produce from them. Every Season offers opportunities to experience classic New England pleasures, many of which, are well represented in our area.

Apple-picking…an uncomplicated activity that yields more than apples, it creates peaceful memories redolent with the sights and smells of a New England Fall…pies, cider, muffins and yes, even the cows smell great.

Picking Apples...delish!

Picking Apples...delish!

Not all the apples make it into the muffins James makes…the cows like them too…perhaps this is why they smell “cidery.”

This farm is just minutes from the Inn & it’s a delicious place to visit.

—IRA

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The Magic of Kent, Connecticut

The First Snowfall of the Season & the Magic of Kent, Connecticut

Winter Wonderland in Kent, CT

Winter Wonderland in Kent, CT

I always encourage our Guests and Clients to take advantage of what’s here; exploring the natural wonders of our area and, most importantly in this economy, doing so with minimal cost.

For example….we rented Cross Country Ski’s at Back Country Outfitters in Kent and headed for the local park. We sliced through the wide-open white fields and trails surrounded by over two thousand acres. Close, inexpensive & full of Kodak moments.

Winter 2008

Winter 2008

Enjoy the delights of the Season!

—Ira

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True Gotham

Dispatches from the Front Lines of New York City Real Estate

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A site that features great Real Estate articles about a great city…New York.

http://www.truegotham.com/

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Best Present for the HolidDAZE…get a GIFT Certificate from the Inn!

Celebrate together with a Gift Certificate

TREAT SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT

GIFT CERTIFICATES from The Inn at Kent Falls are an elegant, thoughtful solution to Gift giving because they can easily be customized for the recipient.

Spa Stays, Special Stays…be imaginative (we LOVE that!). Just go to our webpage, fill out our Online Form and email it back to us.

Oh…you might like to know that for every $100, you spend, you’ll receive $10 off. Happy Holidays!

–Ira Goldspiel, Owner | THE INN AT KENT FALLS

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Newspaper Articles about Goldspiel/Real Estate

Litchfield County Publications

Ira Goldspiel, owner of the Inn at Kent Falls and the guiding light behind the Kent Chamber of Commerce’s Shorter Days Brighter Lights Christmas Tree Lighting & Community Pot Luck Dinner, has another full time job as a realtor. Mr. Goldspiel has been working for David Bain Realty for the past five years and this week announced that he is joining the sales team at Sotheby’s International Realty.

Sotheby’s recently purchased Todd Cole Realty and took over its office in the Kent Town Center.

We caught up with Mr. Goldspiel on Wednesday, his first day at his new job. Mr. Goldspiel said he is “very excited to be part of Sotheby’s,” adding, “I wasn’t unhappy working for David. There are a lot of wonderful people working there. I will miss them, especially all the girls. It is hard to leave after five years. I expect to remain good friends with everyone there and hope that we will be doing deals together.”

Mr. Goldspiel said he made the move to Sotheby’s because, “This is a chance to grow my business. Real estate is my full-time job. Sotheby’s has three offices in the area and has an amazing marketing presence on the East Coast as well as an international reach. The business has the small-town feel with an international presence. I feel I can use that to better serve both the seller and the buyer.”

Sotheby’s is known for marketing to the luxury home and resort market but Mr. Goldspiel said, “I haven’t abandoned the middle-income properties, those in the $200,000 to $300,000 range.” A quick check of the Sotheby’s Web site confirmed this. There were several properties listed at the Kent office that fit in this category along with those in the $1 million to $4 million range. There was even a one-bedroom cottage in Kent that is for rent for under $900 a month.

Sotheby’s Kent office has 12 agents. In addition to Mr. Goldspiel, Mr. Cole and Dottie MacRitchie stayed on when Mr. Cole sold his business to the international realty giant. They have been joined by agents Elizabeth DeVos, Judy Perkins, Michael Deveau, Sean Aikman, Mary Ann Miller, Fred Perotti, Gabriel Pinter, Karen Quinn, and Mary Anne Tappan. For more information call 860-927-1141. Sotheby’s office is located at 27 North Main Street, Suite 3 in the Kent Town Center. — Karen A. Chase

The New York Times
The gateway from New York into the town of Kent, on the western edge of Litchfield County, is Bulls Bridge, a one-lane covered bridge that insists those who cross it slow down. It’s an appropriate welcome to a town incorporated in 1739 and known for its state parks, outdoor activities and blend of culture and country life.

All of which appealed to Toby and Lisa King, who live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, when they bought a weekend home. They paid less than $500,000 in January for a former deer-hunting cabin.

“Toby is a fly fisher, and I love to hike, swim and snowshoe,” said Ms. King, 33, a television producer at Grey Advertising. “We were looking for a place that had all this and that we could travel to comfortably most weekends.” And, said Mr. King, 34, an investment banker, “there are lots of interesting people around.”

Those people include a mix of artists, writers, and actors — plus Henry Kissinger — along with local families. First Selectwoman Dolores Schiesel estimated that nearly half of Kent’s residents are part-timers. “It’s hard to call them weekenders,” she said. “They might start off with weekends, but before you know it, they’re here three or four days a week.” Before the railroad tracks cut through in the early 19th century, the land that is now downtown Kent was a farm area called the Plains. Businesses flourished with the arrival of the railroad, giving Kent a Main Street commercial district several blocks long. Among the low-rise wooden buildings is the Kent Town Center, a cluster of shops and offices completed in the late 1980’s. There are numerous antiques dealers, as well as a supermarket, a hardware store, a liquor store and an ice cream parlor.

The Scene
Kent’s bustling downtown sets it apart from many Litchfield County towns, which often lack any commercial development. The downtown impressed Simi Fazeli, 53, of Hartsdale, N.Y., who is a skin-care specialist in Manhattan. She recently bought a weekend home in Kent with her husband, Moe Alafchi, 43, an electrical engineer. “We walked around town, then stopped at Stroble Bakery for coffee and a bagel and watched the people who came in,” she said. “We really liked the feel of the place.”

For a town of just 2,800 people, Kent has a surprising concentration of galleries — ten in all, including one of the largest in the County: The Morrison Gallery

In addition to the Stroble Baking Company, the downtown includes Kent Coffee & Chocolate, an espresso bar known for hand-dipped truffles, and the House of Books. The town also has its share of restaurants, patronized by full-timers and weekenders alike. One of the oldest is the Fife ‘n Drum, which has French, Italian and American cuisine and where the owner, Dolph Traymon, plays piano nightly.

Celebrity weekenders, in addition to Mr. Kissinger, include Oscar de la Renta and Patti LuPone. Ira Goldspiel, owner of the Inn at Kent Falls and now an Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty, described the town as being more low-key than the Hamptons and more upscale than the Catskills. “It’s sophisticated,” he said, “without being pretentious.”

Kent is less than two hours by car from New York City.
For those who love the outdoors, Kent has plenty to offer. Part of the Appalachian Trail runs along the banks of the Housatonic River in town. At Kent Falls State Park, a 200-foot waterfall rushes over white marble ledges; 2,300-acre Macedonia Brook State Park has hiking, camping and fishing. Ms. Bevans said that the Spectacle Ponds are among the cleanest in Connecticut; North Spectacle is only accessible to lakeside property owners, but South Spectacle has public access for fishing, kayaking and canoeing (motorboats are prohibited). The town has swimming in Emery Park and at Lake Waramaug in nearby Warren. Fly-fishing enthusiasts can take their pick of the Housatonic (catch and release), Hatch Pond or Waramaug. And there are 23 ski trails on Mohawk Mountain, 15 minutes north in Cornwall.

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About this Blog & The Inn at Kent Falls in Connecticut

THE INN AT KENT FALLS

as Featured in Country Home, Traveler & The Best of Connecticut Magazines | The Northwest Hills of Connecticut are brimming with opportunities to enjoy both natural and cultural events. This Kent Falls Blog will not only function as your Area Guide, it will also feature up-to-date articles on Litchfield Real Estate, providing information that will help you make more informed decisions, particularly now, in these challenging times.

Classic new England bathroom at The Inn at Kent Falls

Classic New England bathroom at The Inn at Kent Falls

ABOUT US | As a merchandising guru in New York City’s fast-paced fashion industry, Ira Goldspiel – owner of The Inn at Kent Falls – looked forward to weekend escapes in the tranquil Connecticut countryside. A few years ago he escaped for good by trading in his city flat for a colonial-style Bed & Breakfast in Kent, located within the Litchfield Hills region in the northwest corner of the state.

Ira restored and updated the 1741 structure. Six spacious guest rooms, decorated in a simple yet elegant country modern style, feature spa-like baths. Guests start their day with fresh fruit and Ira’s homemade granola on the screened porch. They go antiquing or explore nature trails by foot, bike, or horseback and are always welcome to read by the pool or mingle with other guests in the den. Rates start at $195. There are many marvelous Winter Specials that include Ski Packages, Romantic Getaway’s, Christmas & New Years Stays.

Oh, yes. If you’re looking for Litchfield County properties,  Ira Goldspiel is an Associate of Sotheby’s International Realty and is known for his dedicated & courteous professionalism.

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