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Travel Spotlight – Arethusa Farm

Arethusa Farm is a unique dairy situated in Litchfield, Connecticut’s low rolling hills. Originally purchased to save the surrounding farmland, Arethusa Farm quickly became a success story as it’s historic name was restored and the dairy was established. Nowadays, people are vying for the chance to visit this beautiful place and experience the high class dairy farm that was built upon stilettos.

Photo Credit: Arethusa Farm

Photo Credit: Arethusa Farm

Photo Credit: Arethusa Farm

How do you go from building one of the most famous luxury shoe brands in the world to running a successful dairy farm, you may ask? George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, both Manolo Blahnik executives, originally bought Arethusa Farm to protect their view and preserve the land. Little did they know that this spur of the moment venture would soon become a way of life that would build up their local community and surrounding areas. George and Anthony started out in the shoe business making a name for Manolo Blahnik as “Sex in the City’s”, Carrie Bradshaw, skyrocketed their shoe brand to a whole new level. Looking for a new venture and having just purchased this 350 acre farmland, George and Anthony began establishing their own dairy herd of award winning, purebred cows. In time, they built up the farm and started selling their amazing dairy products in stores. Now they are known to be one of the most premiere Holstein and Jersey breeders in the world. They haven’t stopped there though. You can visit the farm to dine at one of their incredible restaurants or even purchase fresh produce from their gardens.

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At Arethusa Farm they treat every cow like a lady. Combining ultramodern technology with old fashioned technique, Arethusa makes sure their cows are given the best of the best. All of the cows are pasture fed in good weather and receive top quality hay along with an individually tailored mixture of grains and nutrient supplements. Arethusa even runs their own little spa, as each cow receives a daily tail washing and brushing, weekly full body wash, and regular foot washes. This keeps the milk quality high, parasite levels low, and cows healthy.

Photo Credit: Arethusa Farm

Photo Credit: Arethusa Farm

Photo Credit: Arethusa Farm

Arethusa is also home to some of the freshest restaurants in the northwest’s up and coming culinary scene. Arethusa Al Tavolo is an American fine dining establishment that accentuates the dairy and seed to table experience as their menu sources exclusively from their farm. With the freshest and best ingredients this will be a meal you’ll never forget. A Mano is a cafe that provides a fresh, just-baked experience for every visitor. With all hand-made pastries and baked goods, this little cafe is the perfect place to stop in for a yummy breakfast or light lunch.

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Photo Credit: Arethusa Farm

Our designers often like to pull inspiration from places like Arethusa Farm and you can too be inspired to create a modern farmhouse look in your home. Plan your next trip to visit this beautiful dairy for a unique experience and a little sample of “Milk like it used to taste.” With the newly founded garden, farm to table restaurant, and world class dairy products, you can’t go wrong. 

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