Litchfield’s Winners and Nominees in 3 “Best Of” Contests

Readers' Choice awards, Litchfield winners and nominees
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Litchfield had lots of winners in the Republican-American newspaper’s 2023 Reader’s Choice Awards, which were announced online and in a special booklet published in the Sunday, Oct. 15, newspaper.

The Connecticut Restaurant Association announced its finalists in the 2023 CRAzies awards Oct. 17 and Litchfield is well represented – and there’s a long list of local finalists in the Rural Intelligence Readers’ Choice Awards, where voting continues through Nov. 13.

Here’s how it all breaks down.

Republican-American 2023 Reader’s Choice Winners

Best American Restaurant: Jackie’s

Best Ice Cream: Peaches ’n Cream

Best Seafood: West Shore Seafood

Best Public School: Wamogo Regional High School

Best Music Lessons: Litchfield Music Center

Best Consignment Shop: Rachel’s Quality Consignment

Best Financial Advisor: Edward Jones

Best Nursery/Garden: Litchfield Hills Nursery & White Flower Farm (as part of a 3-way tie)

Best Plumber: Hayes Plumbing

Best Yoga Studio: Charym

Best Law Firm: Cramer & Anderson

Best Personal Injury Lawyer: Chris Sochacki, Cramer & Anderson

Best Estate Planning Lawyer: Neal White, Cramer & Anderson

Connecticut Restaurant Association 2023 CRAzies Awards

On Oct. 17, the Connecticut Restaurant Association (CRA) announced finalists for the 2023 CRAZIES Awards, which recognize the exceptional ability and talent of Connecticut’s hospitality community, and Litchfield is well represented.

Winners will be announced Dec. 4 at the gala held at Foxwoods Resort Casino – and members of the public can vote online through the end of November.

Litchfield Distillery is a finalist for Vendor of the Year

Ryan Pelletier of West Street Grill is a finalist for Bartender of the Year

David DiStasi of Materia Ristorante is a finalist for Chef of the Year

Materia Ristorante is a finalist for Litchfield County Restaurant of the Year

Arethusa al tavolo is a finalist for Litchfield County Restaurant of the Year

At the Corner is a finalist for Litchfield County Restaurant of the Year

Restaurant of the Year awards are handed out for each of Connecticut’s eight counties, and one of those county winners also will be selected as the overall Connecticut Restaurant of the Year. (See the bottom of the post for all the statewide nominees.)

Rural Intelligence Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting for the Rural Intelligence Readers’ Choice Awards is open now through Nov.13th.

Rural Intelligence is a website covering the arts, culture, and fine lifestyles in Berkshire, Columbia, northern Dutchess counties in New York, and the northern part of Litchfield County. This contest allows participants to vote one a day for their favorites.

The Litchfield nominees are:

Bike Trail: Litchfield Community Greenway

Cross Country/Snowshoeing: White Memorial

Golf Course: Stonybrook Golf

Guided Tour: Litchfield Historical Society

Hiking Trail: White Memorial Conservation Center

Outdoor Apparel/Gear Shop: Braeval

Picnic Spot: Topsmead State Forest

Place to Paddle: White Memorial

Ski Area: Mohawk Mountain Ski Area

Swim Spot: Mt. Tom State Park

Builder/General Contractor: UCE Fine Builders

Garden Center: White Flower Farm

Florist: Bantam Blooms

Day Spa: Spa at Litchfield Hills

Hair Salon: Spa at Litchfield Hills

Hair Stylist: Katie Brignolo, Spa at Litchfield Hills

Massage Therapist: Jeffrey Gangloff, Spa at Litchfield Hills
Mike Torrant, Prima Wellness

Massage Therapy Practice: Spa at Litchfield Hills

Wellness Center: Spa at Litchfield Hills

Yoga Studio: Charym

Art Classes: Find Art Kids Studio & Gallery

Art Gallery: Alofft Gallery

Art Museum: Litchfield History Museum

Cinema: Bantam Cinema & Arts Center

Historical Site/Museum: Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School

Library: Oliver Wolcott Library

Distillery: Litchfield Distillery

Hotel/Inn: The Litchfield Inn

Campground: Cozy Hills Campground

Financial Advisor: Cailyn Paradise, Edward Jones

Portrait Photographer: Lindsey Victoria Photography

Full list of CRAzies nominees: