21 Things to Look Forward to in 2021

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With the New Year upon us, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the many things that make Washington a special place to live, visit, and explore. There is so much to look forward to in 2021, and here are 21 things we can all hope to enjoy throughout the seasons in our wonderful town. Happy New Year and enjoy!

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1. Scenic winter roads

A perfect New England scene with snow-dusted winding roads that make even every day jaunts a treat.

Photo credit: @astroandangus

2. Hiking Steep Rock’s Preserves

Fresh air, abundant nature, and breathtaking views make the three Steep Rock preserves a sight to behold.

Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

3. Events at Judy Black Park

From outdoor movies to art shows and concerts, we are lucky to have this vibrant community hub at our core.

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4. The first blooms of Spring

Springtime brings a welcome burst of life and color all around town. Such fun to explore after winter hibernation.

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5. Fresh farm produce

What a delight to enjoy fresh, organic, and locally-sourced produce from our local farms for meals with family and friends.


6. Unique local businesses

Some are over 100 years old, and some just opened their doors. They all bring us the best wares, personal service, and a friendly welcome.

7. The Memorial Day Parade

Respect for the past and patriotism are to be expected from a town named after George Washington!

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8. Dining by the river

Outdoor dining on a warm and sunny day beside the East Aspetuck or Shepaug River – a divine experience to savor slowly.

9. The Farmers Market

Laid-back Saturday mornings at the Farmers Market are a Washington weekend ritual not to be missed from spring through late autumn.

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10. Our inclusive, caring community

From the Washington Council of Congregations’ food drives to MLK Day of Service and celebrating Pride Month, ours is a welcoming town that cares for everyone.

Kayaking on Lake Waramaug @marissagostini

11. Kayaking on Lake Waramaug

A picture-perfect summer day out on the lake, enjoying the rippling waves and warm breezes.

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12. New Preston Falls

Enjoy a picnic beside the magnificence of the clear, rushing waters of New Preston Falls after a rainfall.

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13. Hollister House Garden

The best of both worlds – nature and art. People come from afar to enjoy this splendid garden and we’re lucky to have it right in our own backyard.

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14. Summer sunsets

The peaceful tranquility of a warm and colorful sunset in Washington is an unmatched experience.

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15. Apple cider donuts at Averill Farm

Averill Farm’s famous apple cider donuts are a ritual during apple picking season. And the best you’ll ever taste. Yum!

Top of of New Preston Hill Road. Photo credit: @byalexandrabarnes

16. Stunning vistas

Taking a drive around our rolling hills is like being on vacation. There is always a new, beautiful vista to discover.

Photo credit: @washingtonartassociation

17. Washington Art Association

WAA brings us together through the arts with exhibits and art classes that enrich our community.

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18. Fall foliage favorites

One of many picturesque spots around town, the Thoreau Bridge at Hidden Valley Preserve is the epitome of fall beauty.

New Preston's windows decorated for the holidays. Photo credit: @tedshot

19. Festive holiday windows

No need to visit Fifth Avenue when we have our very own talented shop owners bringing on the holiday spirit right at home.

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20. Our nonprofit organizations

Washington is graced by our organizations who provide a sense of community and togetherness – and do so much for so many. Thank you for all that you do!

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21. Holiday in the Depot

No matter what happens, there will always be a Holiday in the Depot! Even this year was joyous as a drive-through, but we look forward to spending time with Santa next year.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year! 

What are you most looking forward to in Washington in 2021? Tag us @explorewashingtonct.