Bucolic scenery, indulgent inns, candlelight dinners – Washington is the perfect backdrop for a romantic celebration. With so many options for a special Valentine’s Day retreat, here is a quick guide to planning an unforgettable time in Washington, CT.
1. The quintessential romantic getaway
Washington is up there with the best for a memorable romantic getaway. For sophisticated elegance and five-star hospitality, pull out all the stops with the Valentine’s Day in the Countryside of the Auberge Resorts Collection. Or if laid-back romance is more your style, stay at one of our quaint B&Bs.
2. Dining by a crackling fire
Nothing says romance like a delicious meal in front of a crackling fire. Our fabulous New England Taverns, wine bars, and restaurants feature grand fireplaces that warm the winter chill and add to the intimate atmosphere. World-class menus and venues feature superb menus sourced with local ingredients and Valentine’s Day specialties.
3. Music into the night
Music is in the air at our local venues, hidden gems in their own right. As you try the latest wine selections, enjoy live music and special romantic treats at Hopkins Vineyard every Sunday. For the flutter of romantic tunes, visit The Garden Room at The Mayflower Inn & Spa for an evening with Musician Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon.
4. A cozy Sunday brunch
Linger at Sunday brunch at one of Washington’s charming restaurants – a great way to savor the laid back atmosphere, and plan your day ahead. From casual cafes to cozy taverns, enjoy a romantic Sunday with brunch, mimosas, and dessert!
5. The way to someone’s heart…
What can be more intimate (and appreciated) than a super-special home-cooked meal? Washington has all the ingredients to whip up a romantic meal. From gourmet cookbooks at The Hickory Stick Bookshop to beautiful kitchenware essentials at Privet House or Washington Curated. Can’t boil water? Then head to The Pantry, Washington Food Market, The Po Cafe, or The Smithy for take-out. We won’t tell!
6. Share your love of art
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by viewing an art show together! Visit the latest exhibits at the Washington Art Association or the gallery at Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in the heart of Washington Depot. Head over to the Stairwell Gallery at the Gunn Memorial Library or view what’s on display at the Byrde + the b.
7. Unplug & unwind
Turn off your phone and step back to a quieter time. History lovers will want to check out the award-winning exhibit Washington, Connecticut – An American Story at the Gunn Historical Museum and explore the artifacts, stories, and photographs from Washington’s past. Or, stop by the amazing Institute for American Indian Studies for an engaging look into the history and culture of the Native Americans.
8. Wine & chocolate, a perfect pairing
Treat your special someone to a little sweet and bubbly. Visit Sweeets to pick up a box of gourmet chocolates or their favorite candy. Then head over to Hopkins Vineyard for wine flights, cheese platters, and stunning views overlooking Lake Waramaug.
9. Couples spa day
Take some time for yourself and enjoy a day at the spa with your sweetheart. The Mayflower Inn’s luxurious spa, THE WELL, has a plethora of treatments and wellness programs including body treatments, massages and reflexology, facial treatments, reiki, and energy work. Or relax and recharge at one of Washington’s local wellness centers or salons.
10. The perfect gift for your sweetie
Washington is home to unique, world-class shopping – and the ideal place to find that perfect gift. The renowned boutique shops of New Preston and Washington Depot offer a selection of curated finds and gifts that range from art and antiques to fashion and jewelry – and everything in between.
11. Explore the countryside
A leisurely ride through Washington’s countryside is such a romantic way to spend time with your valentine. Our town has several picturesque scenic roads that boast fantastic views of the surrounding hillsides and open meadows. You will definitely find a place to take that Valentine’s Day selfie, so be sure to tag your photos with #explorewashingtonct.
12. Hiking hand in hand
Grab your boots and take a hike for just you two through one of the preserves of the Steep Rock Association. Savor the moment and take in Washington’s beautiful flora and fauna and breathtaking views. If the winter snow is upon us, be sure to pack your cross country skis or snowshoes and delight in the stillness together.
13. Winter wonderland
Spend time together celebrating the splendor of nature and scenic byways with a tour of Washington’s five villages. Harken back to a more genteel time as you tour the colonial architecture, historic greens, farms, and church steeples, hopefully with a light dusting of snow – as sweet as a snow globe.
14. Valentines on ice
Take a hold of your sweetheart’s hand and enjoy a romantic spin on ice! During the winter season, The Frederick Gunn School and Rumsey Hall School open their rinks to the public during their open skate nights.