10 Ways to Enjoy Spring Vibes Around Washington


Spring is a delightful time in Washington! As the world around us begins to wake up from months of hibernation, we invite you to visit Washington to enjoy the fresh spring air, explore flowers in bloom, and indulge in spring activities and events around town. All you need is a sunny day and you’re on your way! Take a look at our guide to enjoying spring all around Washington.


1. Enjoy A Scenic Ride

Sunny spring days are the perfect time to roll your windows down and cruise! The 8-mile loop around Lake Waramaug is the perfect road for scenic views around every bend, or enjoy a leisurely bike ride or a brisk walk to get your steps in while you enjoy the views. For more bike ride adventures, make sure to try KC&E Adventures’s Self-Guided E-Bike Experiences for a new way to view the beauty of Litchfield Hills.

For more routes to enjoy around town, make sure to view all the Best Scenic Roads in Washington.

Shepaug River

2. Plan a Spring Picnic

Enjoy a picnic lunch with a view and take in the fresh spring air! Pack your favorites or pick up lunch around town. In New Preston, you’ll find delicious specials at The Smithy Cafe and you can picnic beside New Preston Falls. In Washington Depot, order from The Pantry, Marty’s Cafe, or pop into the Washington Food Market and enjoy a picnic along the meandering Shepaug River.


Washington Art Association

3. Get Inspired by the Arts

Washington is known for its arts and cultural scene, so make sure to view the latest exhibit at Washington Art Association featuring the works of acclaimed artist, illustrator, teacher, and musician, Robert Andrew Parker, on display through June 4, 2023. And visit Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens for their latest exhibit of the Nadine Kalachnikoff Collection, on display through May 21, 2023.

Waramaug's Rock @dasha

4. Get Moving and Take in the Views

Get your hiking shoes on and explore the beauty of Washington’s nature trails this spring! From the Henry David Thoreau Footbridge at Hidden Valley, to the historic Railroad Tunnel trail, or the spectacular view from Waramaug’s Rock at Macricostas – there are many beautiful sights to see as the world around us unfolds this spring. View our favorite outdoor adventures in Washington

Hollister House Garden @evajean_daydreamer

5. Visit Hollister House Garden

Take a peaceful stroll through Hollister House Garden and see what’s in bloom this spring. This American interpretation of a classic English garden is situated in the rolling hills of Litchfield County and offers the perfect setting for a peaceful walk among spring blooms. And view our latest spotlight on Hollister House Garden for information about their latest art workshops and garden lectures.

Hopkins Vineyard @graydup

6. Celebrate with Music & Wine

Once the weather begins to warm up and the days get longer, getting a taste of Hopkins Vineyard’s award-winning wines is the perfect way to celebrate the spring season! Hopkins Vineyard offers wine flights and tastings, charcuterie platters, and live music on Sundays as you enjoy the view overlooking Lake Waramaug. And Spring Hill Vineyards will open this spring for tastings at their historic farm dating to the 18th century located along the banks of the Shepaug River.

Farmers Market at Judy Black Park @byalexandrabarnes

7. Enjoy Fresh Local Produce

Springtime marks the beginning of Farmers Market season in Washington! Visit this popular outdoor market on Saturdays to find an abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables, pasture-raised meats, baked goods, specialty cheeses, and much more. The Farmers Market at Judy Black Park will open for the season on May 27th, 2023.

The White Horse Country Pub

8. Dine al Fresco

On those gorgeous sunny weekends, enjoy a delicious meal al fresco at one of Washington’s amazing eateries and restaurants. Visit The Po Cafe on the historic Washington Green, Marty’s Cafe in Washington Depot, or The Smithy Cafe in New Preston for seasonal specials. For a true New England experience, dine outdoors at The White Horse Country Pub or at G.W. Tavern and watch the river meander by. And grab a table at the Hopkins Inn for a gorgeous view of Lake Waramaug!

For more dining options, view all of Washington’s restaurants

Gunn Historical Museum

9. Take a Step Back in Time

Whether by car, bike, or on foot, enjoy springtime by exploring Washington’s charming historic districts. Take a walk around the picture-perfect Washington Green and visit the Gunn Historical Museum to see their award-winning exhibit, explore the stone buildings dotting the New Preston Hill Historic District, and enjoy the beautiful landscape views in the bucolic Calhoun St.- Ives Road Historic District.

Plain Goods

10. Enjoy Spring Shopping

There is truly no better place than the villages of Washington and New Preston to indulge in a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Explore our unique shops where you’ll find beautifully curated spring clothing and accessories, antiques and home goods, seasonal decor, and much more! View the shops of Washington and New Preston

We’d love to see how you’re enjoying Washington this spring!

Share your spring adventure with us at @explorewashingtonct