I started to talk about Lake Waramaug last time. I was about to post a picture of Lake Waramaug, with its bright blue surface and surrounding ring of lush dark trees. But when I looked at the picture again, it just looked like water and sky, the same as any picture of water and sky. It reminded me of the first time I saw the Pacific, and excitedly took pictures of it only to discover later that they resembled every picture I'd ever taken of the Atlantic, which in turn looked just like pictures of Long Island Sound. So for the visual shock of rounding that corner and seeing Lake Waramaug spread out beside you, small houses clinging to its shores, and then to drive uphill and view it again, laid out below...for that you'll just have to believe me. Or go there yourself.
Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, which is very pretty, obviously.
("Scenically, few bodies of water in Connecticut can rival the picturesque setting of Lake Waramaug") and provides an unusually adorable little map. But the shores that I saw were free of crowds and, except for a parking lot boat launch area, any real activity. It was just that water, and sky, and those trees, that defied my attempt to photograph them.
(Oh, I know, you want to see the lake now. If someone wrote about something and didn't show it to me I'd be annoyed too. So I looked it up on Flickr to see if anyone else had taken pictures better than mine. And a few people have, of course. But still, it's not the same. Go to this lake. And go to this vineyard, it's stunning. Just go when it's not really hot and crowded, so you can actually get to try the wine.)