We’re getting into the full fall swing here in Washington: the leaves are changing, pumpkins are peppering doorsteps, and the air is crisp beneath a brilliant blue sky, if not occasionally fogging roads with an eerie mist, a friendly reminder of the holiday to come on the 31st. No matter the weather, it’s the ideal time to ramp up leaf-peeping adventures, cozy afternoons, and spooky delights fit for the most haunting time of year.
Take a Scenic Drive
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better time of year to take a Sunday drive any day of the week. Crimson, pumpkin, and gold leaves tunnel already stunning country roads, and to catch sight of them dancing toward the ground is nothing short of magical. Be sure to save our leaf-peeping map and take a peek at our list of the scenic roads that will take you there—you won’t want to miss a single one.
Enjoy a Long Lunch
Something about chilly air calls for longer mid-day meals and picnics alike. There are a handful of especially cozy restaurants scattered throughout the villages that scream autumn, including The White Horse County Pub & Restaurant right on Route 202 in New Preston, perfect on your way in, out, or just around town. (If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to snag a seat near the gently burning fire.) The Hidden Valley Eatery has a casual diner feel with gourmet cuisine, and is just down the road from the Hidden Valley Preserve. And in the Depot, the G.W. Tavern, named for our nation’s first commander-in-chief, will take you back in time, keep you toasty, and refresh your tastebuds with both traditional and contemporary dishes. Once an old colonial home, the sofa in front of the grand stone fireplace will make you feel like it still is. Cozy up with a drink and stay while.
See the Leaves from Above and Below
Washington boasts some of the most wonderful slices of Connecticut to walk tree tunnels, trek to summits, take in the views of foliage and breathe in autumn’s own petrichor. The Steep Rock Association protects three preserves in the area and each offers different but equally lovely trails, vistas, and favorite points of interest for the perfect fall photo. Climb the summit of Waramaug’s Rock at Macricostas Preserve, walk over the Henry David Thoreau footbridge at Hidden Valley, or stroll on old carriage roads and through a railroad tunnel at Steep Rock Preserve. Here and at Hidden Valley you can also cast a line and take advantage of the height of trout fishing season before the colder weather moves in.
Arts & Culture for All Seasons
In case you missed the opening celebration, Washington is beyond proud to honor its heritage with the installation of a brand new ten-year exhibit “Washington, Connecicut – An American Story” at the Gunn Historical Museum. Pop in and learn about the town’s rich history, from its Native American roots to Revolutionary stories and present-day culture including conservation, farming, industry and the arts, among the many riveting topics on display. The exhibition is one for all ages and previous visitors will discover new and exciting stories about our amazing town.
Art isn’t created by merely admiring it, so stretch those creative muscles and join in its conception at a watercolor workshop. On October 25, the Hollister house will be presenting “Autumn Bounty.” Hosted by renowned botanical illustrator, Betsy Rogers-Knox, twelve students will draw a bouquet of seasonal subjects to render in watercolor. Also, don’t miss the packed fall schedule of art classes at The Washington Art Association. Leave time to take in an art show at one of Washington’s fabulous art galleries.
The Washington Green Annual Cemetery Tour is spooky fun for all ages. On the evening of October 25, dress warmly and take a tour through the Washington Green Cemetery while listening to the tales of residents past as told by none other than…themselves! Local actors take the “stage” in this fabulous walking tour full of mystery, delight, and all the Halloween inspiration you could want for the season. Tickets are limited and go quickly, so make sure to arrive early and ensure your place at this spooktacularly unforgettable event.
More to Explore
Autumn Events to Enjoy in Washington:
Hopkins Vineyard Wine and Cheese Market (October 19th)
Autumn Bounty Watercolor Workshop (October 25th)
12th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour (October 25th)
10th Annual Halloween Costume Contest at Sweeets (October 31st)