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Welcome to Connecticut’s Farmington Valley and the 19th annual edition of The Valley Book – a publication that we are pleased to say has changed very little since our inaugural issue.

Having gained our following being a predictably trustworthy homegrown resource produced by predictably trustworthy local people, we are happy to remain just that. Indeed, we’re as proud of that fact as we are of the predictably high quality of our work. In fact, more folks than ever tell us that we’re not only the easiest, most reliable way to find what they are looking for but the most entertaining, too. And we’re not surprised.

You see, the truth is that while the world around has embraced tweeting, instagramming, snap chatting, and pithy online commenting, we prefer to communicate in full sentences — our words all spelled out and enhanced by the soft illustrations and vibrant photography that tell engaging tales about the Valley’s endlessly interesting people and places. And while an increasingly globalized world has made mega-mergers and hyper-technology essential trends, we prefer to think small, savoring the details that make these towns we call home uniquely appealing and utterly captivating.

Not that this brave new world of gizmos and gigabytes has passed us by, you understand. You can Google us online — and up we come (usually first). You can tap us into view on your iPhone. You can friend us on Facebook. Or you can catch us on Valley Book Mobile. Just remember that you can also hug us in print at home just like you always have, turning pages and plotting adventures from the comfort of a soft chair, a cup of tea or a glass of wine on the table beside you. And that’s especially nice, given that our little sliver of the world, this Farmington Valley we inhabit, is a 150-square-mile stretch of land that is both picturesque and bustling with life.

While the state capital of Hartford is still a major source of employment and a center of business and cultural activity, the Farmington Valley has developed a distinct identity as a mature, upscale market that includes its own strong corporate and commercial infrastructure. Factor in quiet neighborhoods situated unobtrusively in a semi-rural setting, a relatively unhurried pace, and superb schools, and it also offers many of the finest residential communities in Connecticut.

The Valley’s core towns include Avon, Canton, Farmington, Simsbury and Granby, with Burlington, New Hartford, Colebrook and Barkhamsted part of the larger watershed area — and growth is evident everywhere. Indeed, despite the recent recession, businesses and shops and restaurants continue to open, attracting new residents and a steady flow of visitors, with locals in agreement that The Valley Book is the way they find what they are looking for, day in and day out.

Our “Farm to Table” department, recently added, directs discerning cooks and discriminating diners to the farms and restaurants that offer the locally grown fresh foods and meals that aren’t just healthier but tastier, too. And having captured hearts last year, our Cutest Pets contest has returned to ensure yet another chorus of “awwwwwws” from pet lovers everywhere.

Lanny Nagler’s superb photography continues to showcase the splendor of the landscapes that surrounds us, while Bill Dougal’s breezy drawings continue to delight. Judy Henderson’s nuggets seem to amuse while enlightening. And we are, as ever, honored to present a guest appearance by The Inside Diner, taking leave from his usual haunt (our West Hartford Book), to spice up our dining section.

So we hope you enjoy your complimentary copy of The 2018 Valley Book. Keep it close and use it for all your needs, from gift shops and thrift shops to wining and dining…from cookies and tarts to classic fine arts…from baubles and beads to real estate leads…from pick-your-own fruits to tailors that suit…from books with real pages to dancing school stages…from ladies boutiques to plumbers for leaks…from pizza and pies to men’s shops with ties…from clams with whole bellies to fresh homemade jellies…from catering pros to guys who do tows…from scholarly lawyers to those who paint foyers…from earrings and rings to playscapes and swings…and well, you get the drift. Because it’s all right here in The Valley Book — your official guide to the Farmington Valley.


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