10 Cozy Winter Experiences in Washington


Winter is one of the most unique and beautiful times of the year to experience a cozy escape to Washington. From the magical ambiance of twinkling lights all around the five villages, to delicious comfort meals at our local restaurants, exploring the local art scene, shopping at the one-of-a-kind boutiques, and much more… there’s something for everyone to enjoy this winter in Washington.

Take a look at the best ways to enjoy a cozy experience in Washington this winter:

Award-winning wines at @hopkinsvineyard

1. Wine tastings at Hopkins Vineyard

Hopkins Vineyard is the perfect spot for a winter wine tasting to enjoy with local charcuterie offerings. Immerse yourself in the cozy ambiance at the tasting barn with a spectacular view overlooking Lake Waramaug while enjoying the rich flavors of their award-winning whites, reds and sparkling wines. You can also enjoy live music while you’re there on Sundays from 1pm-4pm.

Washington Green by @amygoossens17

2. Tour the Magical Winter Lights

Washington transforms into a twinkling winter wonderland in the evenings! Enjoy a festive drive to view all the decorations and tree light displays across the villages of Washington, and make sure to stop by to view the beautiful window displays at our shops in New Preston Village and Washington Depot.

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Cozy stay at the @mayflowerauberge

3. Enjoy a Stay at The Mayflower Inn & Spa

Escape the winter chill with a luxurious stay at The Mayflower Inn & Spa. Your winter getaway will give you an opportunity to recharge, rejuvenate, and relax in a cozy countryside setting. Enjoy a gourmet meal, settle in by the fireplace, and treat yourself to a restorative spa experience at THE WELL.

Or simply visit the inn’s Tap Room for seasonal drink specials in a cozy ambiance and enjoy Washington Hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and live music on the first and second Wednesdays of each month.

Exhibits at @washingtonartassociation

4. Visit the Galleries

This winter season, add some color to your world by viewing the latest exhibits and taking part in art offerings in Washington. The variety of diverse artistic styles, vibrant colors, and creative works will be sure to offer a fresh perspective and new inspiration for the year ahead.

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GW Tavern in Washington

5. Savor a Cozy Meal

Enjoy a fabulous meal at one of Washington’s charming restaurants this winter. Enjoy a classic meal by the fireplace at GW Tavern or The White Horse, delight in a vibrant atmosphere and delicious seasonal recipes at Community Table, and captivate your taste buds at The Owl Wine & Food Bar or Inari Asian Bistro.


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Gunn Historical Museum's "Washington CT - An American Story" Exhibit

6. Explore Local Museums

Take a step back in time and explore Washington’s rich history with a tour of the Gunn Historical Museum’s award-winning “Washington, Connecticut – An American Story” exhibit which explores Washington’s history as a quintessential small American town.

Or visit The Institute for American Indian Studies, where you can learn about the history and traditions of the Native American culture and explore their outdoor Algonkian Village. And bring your friends or family to take part in Wigwam Escape, a hands-on way to experience Native American culture through a fun escape room.


7. Attend Author Talks & Book Clubs

Take a deep dive into literature and expand your knowledge with upcoming author talks and book clubs happening in Washington. You’ll be sure to gain new insights and learn from the fascinating stories during these opportunities to connect with authors and fellow book lovers. Take a look at these upcoming events in Washington:

Cozy cafe experience at @thepocafe

8. Indulge in a Cozy Cafe Experience

A warm cup of your favorite winter brew is the perfect winter indulgence! Visit Washington’s cozy cafes to unwind with a warm cuppa and treat yourself to a sweet pastry or two. (You can put your New Year’s resolutions on hold!) Visit The Po Cafe at the Washington Green, Marty’s Cafe or The Pantry in Washington Depot, or The Smithy at 9 Main in New Preston Village for a perfect small-town cafe experience.

Hickory Stick Bookshop @ashrosereads

9. Browse the Bookshop

Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a new read! Get lost in the world of books at Washington’s beloved Hickory Stick Bookshop, where you’ll find all the latest best-sellers, captivating new novels, fascinating biographies, and much more. You’ll find solace in the pages of a new book – a perfect companion for a cozy winter reading session.

New Preston Village @ro_by_frechadesign

10. Explore the Local Shops

Washington Depot and New Preston Village are known for their charming one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. Explore their latest inventory of carefully curated styles and offerings from around the world, including clothing and accessories, beautiful decor items, home goods and essentials, and much more. Or simply enjoy the winter ambiance with some window shopping with a hot chocolate in hand!


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We welcome you to experience a cozy escape to Washington this winter!

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