48 Hours in Washington: Spring Edition


Spring has sprung in Washington! This time of year is full of flowers in bloom, fresh spring air, scenic views, and exciting happenings to celebrate this season of reawakening. Join us for a fabulous getaway this spring to enjoy the best of our charming small town and experience the beauty of the rolling hills of Litchfield County.

View our guide to experience the best of Washington during your trip this spring:


Day 1: A Spring Stroll in the Depot

As you arrive into town, make your first stop in Washington Depot. There you’ll find the Welcome Center, located at 6 Bryan Hall Plaza, where you can pick up maps and guides to Washington.


Right next door is the Washington Art Association, take a peek inside to see the latest exhibit by local talent, and make your way over to Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens to see what’s in bloom and view the latest art show at this vibrant community hub.

While you’re in Washington Depot, make sure to explore our charming shops and boutiques! Start at the beloved Hickory Stick Bookshop where you’ll find a new read for every interest, browse the charming collection of clothing, jewelry, bags, and accessories at Five Janes, and find your next signature home decor piece at George Home or The Hen’s Nest. And if you’re traveling with your four-legged companion, make sure to stop by Depot Dog for adorable pet accessories and organic treats.

Hickory Stick Bookshop

Afterwards, head over to Marty’s Cafe for a delicious breakfast or casual lunch, or visit The Pantry for an ever-changing selection of freshly made breakfast items, pastries, salads, sandwiches, and more. Get your food to-go and enjoy a picnic in the spring sunshine along the Shepaug River or at Judy Black Park!

Marty's Cafe @brewkery_hunters
Shepaug River

Garden Blooms & Views

Hollister House Garden is one of the best ways to experience springtime in Washington, so make sure to plan a visit to explore this beautiful property. Situated in the rolling hills of Litchfield County, Hollister House Garden offers the perfect setting for a peaceful walk among beautiful landscapes, breathtaking vistas, and blooming flowers of all varieties. In the spring, visitors can expect to see daffodils, tulips, hellebores, and forget-me-nots throughout the garden.

Be sure to also visit the classical Shakespeare Garden at The Mayflower Inn & Spa, and while you’re there you can grab a bite or drink at the Tap Room or make a reservation at the Garden Room for an elegant dining experience overlooking the Shakespeare Garden.

Hollister House Garden @caleb.k.gardener

Dining Al Fresco

With warm sunny days upon us, it’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor dining in Washington. For a classic New England vibe, enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner with riverside dining at The White Horse or GW Tavern.

Get a taste of the latest specials in a casual, vibrant atmosphere at Community Table or The Owl Wine & Food Bar. And for meal with a view, head over to The Hopkins Inn where you’ll get gorgeous views of Lake Waramaug from their patio.

And in the afternoon, make sure to visit Hopkins Vineyard for a spectacular view overlooking Lake Waramaug while enjoying the rich flavors of their award-winning whites, reds and sparkling wines. They also host live music on Sundays from 1pm-4pm!

White Horse Tavern
Live Music at Hopkins Vineyard @hopkinsvineyard

Day 2: Morning Hike with a View

If you’re an early riser, a morning hike is the perfect way to start your day. Washington is known for its amazing nature trails and beautiful views, and whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker – there’s something for everyone. Enjoy a quiet stroll to the Thoreau Bridge at Hidden Valley Preserve, explore the Railroad Tunnel along the river at Steep Rock Preserve, or make your way up to Waramaug’s Rock at Macricostas Preserve for panoramic views of Litchfield County.

Thoreau Bridge @strawberrysolstice
Waramaug's Rock @dasha

Shopping in New Preston Village

After an active morning, make a stop at The Smithy Cafe at 9 Main for a quick breakfast with a view before heading off on a spring shopping adventure in New Preston Village.

This luxurious shopping destination is where you’ll discover one-of-a-kind home decor pieces at Privet House, Eleish Van Breems Home, and Pergola Home, beautifully curated clothing and accessories at Plain Goods, J. Seitz & Co, and Favorite, and a variety of unique gift items at DK Schulman Design.


You can even treat yourself to a taste of gourmet chocolates and old-fashioned candies from around the world at Sweeets, a classic candy shop that will take you back to the sweet days of your childhood!


Historic Stroll through the Washington Green

If you enjoy taking a step back in time with a historic tour, make sure to visit the Washington Green Historic District for a classic New England setting.

Take a walk over to the Gunn Historical Museum to view the award-winning “Washington, Connecticut – An American Story” exhibit featuring the unique people, places, and events that have shaped Washington’s rich history. The museum hosts free guided tours every Saturday at 1:00pm.

For an afternoon pick-me-up, everyone must visit The Po Cafe for the best view of the Washington Green and incredible lunch specials. It’s no wonder that The Po was voted as one of the “Best Spots for Coffee with a View in New England” by Yankee Magazine!

The Meeting House on the Washington Green is the historic icon of an idyllic New England countryside.
The Po Cafe @newcurdsontheblock

Where to Stay

Make sure to plan ahead for accommodations for your time in Washington. The inns and bed & breakfasts in and around Washington offer charming New England style and hospitality for every style.

  • For a luxurious experience, book a night at the Mayflower Inn & Spa and enjoy their indoor and outdoor pools, fabulous dining experiences, beautiful grounds and gardens, and spa services at THE WELL.
  • For a casual inn experience, book a stay at Windemere Bed and Breakfast where you’ll find a quiet and peaceful setting with expansive views, or stay at The Hopkins Inn for gorgeous views of Lake Waramaug.
  • Looking for a home rental for a larger group? PoshPadsCT offers a collection of beautifully renovated country rental homes where you can get a chance to immerse yourself in a true living experience in idyllic Litchfield County.


Hopkins Inn

Getting to Washington, Connecticut

On your way into Washington, you’ll drive in on one of the many scenic roads leading right into town. Travel by car takes an hour from Hartford, CT, less than two hours from New York City, and less than three hours from Boston. If you are traveling by train, you can take Metro-North Railroad to Wingdale, NY or Dover Plains, NY and take a taxi or Uber to Washington Depot. If you’re visiting from afar, the closest airports in the region include Bradley International Airport, Westchester County Airport, and Danbury Municipal Airport

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We hope you enjoy the perfect spring getaway to Washington, Connecticut!

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