14 Ways to Fall in Love with Washington this Winter

There’s a good reason why we love all things Washington… our town’s classic New England small-town charm, vibrant arts and culture scene, rich history, scenic views and breathtaking vistas, fabulous shopping and dining experiences, and so much more. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy in town! With Valentine’s Day coming up, take a look at our list of 14 ways to fall in love with Washington this season:



1. Experience our Winter Wonderland

Washington becomes a magical wonderland during the snowy winter season, so you’ll be sure to fall in love with all the scenic views, nature scenes, and charming small-town experience in Washington. And in the evenings, make sure to drive around town to experience the winter tree light displays across the villages of Washington!


2. Explore the Arts & Culture Scene

One of the most unique things about Washington is the abundance of cultural offerings all year round. We invite you to visit our local art galleries, explore our museum exhibits, tune in for an upcoming performance, and dive into our vibrant arts and culture scene that is sure to inspire. View upcoming events to enjoy:


3. Enjoy Breathtaking Scenic Views While Hiking

Washington is full of nature trails that lead to some of the most breathtaking views in Litchfield County. For an easy winter stroll, visit Hidden Valley Preserve and walk across the iconic Henry Thoreau Bridge or enjoy the scenic loop around Lake Waramaug. For a nature hike along the river’s edge, visit Steep Rock Preserve where you’ll find the Railroad Tunnel and views from the Steep Rock Summit. And for a panoramic view of Lake Waramaug and surrounding towns, take the Meeker Trail at Macricostas Preserve to hike up to Waramaug’s Rock – the view is worth it!

Explore the best trails in Washington


4. Treat Yourself to a Day of Self-Care

A day of self-care is always a good idea, and Washington has no shortage of amazing spa and salon services around town. Treat yourself to a restorative spa experience at The Mayflower Inn’s THE WELL with full-body treatments, acupuncture, and reflexology. Explore the offerings at Altorelli Med Spa, including massage treatments, facials, and more. Or make an appointment for a cut and style at Salvatore Anthony Hair Studio, or freshen up your look with an eyebrow and skin treatment with Pilar DeMann, the Eyebrow Queen of Litchfield.

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5. Get Lost in a Love Story

Visit Washington’s beloved Hickory Stick Bookshop to find your next favorite novel. Whether you’re looking to dive into a dramatic love story, a fascinating fairytale, or a heart-warming biography – there’s a great new book for every taste. And their expert staff have you covered with personalized recommendations and their favorite reads!


6. Warm Up With a Great Cup of Coffee

A great spot for coffee lovers is The Po Cafe, voted one of the 5 Best Spots for Coffee with a View by Yankee Magazine. More favorite coffee spots in Washington Depot are Marty’s Cafe and The Pantry, where you’ll also find flavorful breakfast and lunch menus. Or visit The Smithy Cafe at 9 Main, where you can relax with a warm beverage with handcrafted baked goods or a slice of homemade pie. While you’re there, you can also experience their cozy book nook and get lost in your latest read!


7. Wine Tastings at Hopkins Vineyard

Hopkins Vineyard is the place to go for a fabulous and fun day of wine flights, charcuterie offerings, live music, and beautiful views overlooking Lake Waramaug. This local vineyard has been proudly run by the Hopkins Family for over 235 years and offers award-winning whites, reds, and sparkling wines. Live music is held at the vineyard on Sundays from 1pm-4pm.


8. Indulge in a Little Something Sweeets

A cult favorite shop in New Preston village is Sweeets, a classic candy shop offering vintage candies, gourmet chocolates, licorice, gummies, and more. Visit the shop to put together a special box of chocolates, pick out your favorites from their colorful selection of candy, and make sure to treat yourself to a bag of their famous Almond Brittle!

9. Take a Spin on the Ice

Washington offers ice skating at two different locations throughout the winter season. Visit the Lufkin Rink at Rumsey Hall School for a free open skate on select Saturdays, or take part in Washington-Gunn Family Skate on Sundays at Linen Rink at The Frederick Gunn School.


10. Enjoy a Romantic Dining Experience

Washington’s outstanding restaurants know how to set the tone for a cozy and romantic evening. Whether you’re dining fireside or by candlelight, you’ll be sure to enjoy an excellent dining experience with savory appetizers, incredible entrees, seasonal drink specials, and delicious desserts at one of Washington’s fabulous restaurants. View all restaurants in Washington


11. Enjoy One-Of-A-Kind Shopping

Our local shops in the charming villages of New Preston and Washington Depot offer a truly unique shopping experience with their curated collections and world-class products. Explore their decorated shop windows and see what catches your eye among the latest fashion styles and accessories, antique finds, home goods and decor, books and stationery, and much more. The perfect destination for a Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone!

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Institute of American Indian Studies

12. Explore Our History & Museums

If you’re a history lover, then you’ll enjoy taking a deep dive into Washington’s history at the Gunn Historical Museum’s “Washington, Connecticut – An American Story” exhibit, which presents a comprehensive story of Washington’s past with historic artifacts, stories, and photographs in an exciting, award-winning exhibit design. To take a step back even further in time, make sure to visit the Institute of American Indian Studies to learn about Native American history and culture and get a chance to experience their Algonkian Village replica and latest exhibits.


13. Escape for a Winter Weekend

A winter getaway to Washington will give you the ultimate opportunity to escape to a cozy and romantic countryside setting. Stay at one of our quaint bed & breakfast inns or indulge in a luxurious escape at the Mayflower Inn & Spa. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready for another weekend getaway to Washington!


14. Catch the sunset over Lake Waramaug

Anf before you head home, make sure to catch the beauty of the sunset over Lake Waramaug. As one of our favorite scenic (and romantic!) views in town, you won’t want to miss the vibrant pinks and oranges reflecting over the water at sunset.

We wish you a lovely trip to Washington this winter!

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