With breathtaking natural beauty, world-class culture, and a charming small-town feel, Washington is the perfect destination for your summer getaway. This picturesque New England town nestled in the rolling hills of Litchfield County, Connecticut offers countless ways to unplug, unwind, and be inspired by the lush beauty of the summer season.
Washington’s abundant arts and cultural events, beautiful vistas and hiking trails, and extraordinary shopping and dining around town offer something for everyone to enjoy. Let your summer getaway begin! And download our Guide to Washington for a list of all things to do, shopping, and dining in town.
DAY 1: Exploring Washington Depot
As you arrive, get your first taste of Washington in the heart of town, called “The Depot” by locals, where you can explore casual eateries, chic shops, and art galleries. There you’ll find the Welcome Center, located at 6 Bryan Hall Plaza, where you can pick up maps and guides, find public restrooms, and view a pop-up historical exhibit created in partnership with the Gunn Historical Museum. Stop by to check it out!
From there, head over to Marty’s Cafe where you’ll find breakfast, lunch, and bakery items prepared with fresh locally-sourced ingredients and outdoor seating – the perfect perch for people-watching. Another foodie favorite is The Pantry, where you can grab a coffee and an ever-changing menu of delectable breakfast items, pastries, salads, and sandwiches.
Next, stroll over to Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens to enjoy their lush summer blooms and sculpture garden and find inspiration with their latest art exhibit on display. If you’re in town on a Saturday, you can also see what goodies you can find at the Washington Farmers Market from 9:30am to 12:30pm, accompanied by live music.