Bucolic scenery, indulgent inns, candlelight dinners – Washington is the perfect backdrop for a romantic celebration. With so many options for a wonderful retreat, here is a list of 14 things you and your special someone will love to do this Valentine’s Day!
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 and stay at the renowned Mayflower Inn & Spa. 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 sip the bubbly (or local wine), enjoy music at the Hopkins Vineyard. For some classic and jazzy tunes, The Owl Wine Bar has musical guests some nights, as does the Mayflower Inn. Check ahead for schedules.
4. A lazy 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, to 5-star dining, there’s a brunch menu in Washington for every taste.
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 to remember. From cookbooks at the book mecca of The Hickory Stick Bookshop to the latest kitchen gadget at New Preston Kitchen Goods (fondue anyone?), you’ll find all the tools for your culinary masterpiece. Can’t boil water? Then head to The Pantry, Washington Food Market, Hidden Valley Eatery, or 9 Main for take-out. We won’t tell!
6. Share your love of art
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking in an art show together. The Washington art calendar is full this February! The Loft Gallery at The Smithy will be featuring a collection of abstracts by artist Katie Re Scheidt while the Washington Art Association will be showing off the fabulous artwork of their members. The gallery at Byrde + the b will have the photography of Woody Campbell and the paintings of Steven Miller on display. And, the Gunn Library Stairwell Gallery will be featuring the mixed media works of local CT artist Lori Baker.
7. Unplug & unwind
Turn off your phone and step back to a quieter time. History lovers will want to check out the amazing Institute for American Indian Studies for an engaging look into the history and culture of the Native Americans. Or, grab the latest bestseller at the Hickory Stick Bookshop and curl up with your special someone in front of a cozy fire.
8. Chocolatey Delight
It is not Valentine’s Day without something sweet and lovely! Stop by Sweeets! for an amazing selection of candy and delicious chocolates for your sweetheart. Or check out The Pantry or 9 Main for some delicious Valentine’s pastries and homemade baked goods that are sure to delight.
9. Couples spa day
Take some time for yourself and enjoy a day at the spa with your sweetheart. The luxurious spa at The Mayflower Inn & Spa has a plethora of treatments and wellness programs, such as duet massages, facials, yoga and meditation classes, that are sure to relax and recharge. Guests of The Mayflower are welcome to visit the spa during their stay. Or visit one of our local wellness centers for yoga for two, or fit in a relaxing salon indulgence.
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 some time celebrating the splendor of nature and outdoors at the Winter Festival on February 15th. Sponsored by the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission, this fun winter event will feature guided snowshoe walks and instruction from the Sportsmen’s of Litchfield. Warm up by the fireplace and indulge in some delicious s’mores and hot cocoa.
14. Valentines on ice
Channel your inner Sonja Henie or do a pax de deux with your soulmate – on ice. Try a turn on the ice at The Gunnery’s Linden Rink. Every Sunday in the winter, the Gunnery opens up their rink and invites the public for a family skate.