Insider Favorites: The Best of Fall in Washington


What better way to discover new experiences this fall than to ask our local fans. Here are a dozen insider favorites – sharing where to explore, what to eat, and not-to-miss experiences during this beautiful season in Washington.


Take on a Steep Rock Challenge

“There’s no better time to take a hike in Washington than in the fall, when autumn colors brilliantly dazzle on trails leading to some of the most spectacular views in Litchfield County. Find fall inspiration by hiking through Steep Rock’s preserves, which offer over 47 miles of breathtaking trails and start your adventure with a Steep Rock Challenge.”

– Steep Rock Association

Heron and the Fishermen by Lazlo Gyorsok

View WAA’s latest exhibit

“The Washington Art Association’s “Ways of Seeing” exhibition features the work of photographers Lazlo Gyorsok, Sallie Ketcham, Catherine Noren, and Vi Owens. Through their work, we are privileged to see the world through their eyes and implicitly encouraged to bring a new level of self-awareness to our own observations, to see fresh and to view more deeply and purposefully.”

– Washington Art Association


Enjoy seasonal flavors from local farms

“The Po is highlighting our area farms’ harvests by featuring sweets, soups, sandwiches, and salads made with local ingredients. One highlight: our famous pop tarts currently feature Flirtation Farms Concord grapes!”

– Maggie Colangelo, owner of The Po Cafe


You can also enjoy the Po’s delicious Thanksgiving Break sandwich, the beloved Food for Thought club, or a Pumpkin Spice Latte this fall season!

Photo by Michelle Gorra

Enjoy the views from Waramaug’s Rock

“We like to hike the Macricostas trail to Waramaug’s Rock every fall. The hike takes about an hour and a half.  It is steep at a few points and gets your heart rate up. We always make sure to wear layers so we can peel some off as we climb! But it is not too hard and you can always just slow down.”

– Michelle Gorra, Economic and Community Development Coordinator, Town of Washington


Cozy up and explore the world of books

“Hickory Stick Bookshop has the latest offerings of adult and children’s books, as well as fun activities for the family! Explore the newest children’s books,  jigsaw puzzle, building blocks, and sparkly play dough for the kids, and pick up a great new novel that you won’t be able to put down this fall. Not sure where to start? Take a look at the Staff Picks with written recommendations for every genre.”

– Hickory Stick Bookshop


Visit the Farmers Market and enjoy local goods

“My favorite thing to do in town in the fall is to get bundled up, get a hot vanilla latte from The Po, and walk around the Farmer’s Market in search of pastries. My favorite fall scent is called Skiff Mountain Fall, which is a blend of apple cider + clove. Currently, I am actually working on pouring my holiday collection, so for the first time since I was a kid, I’m thinking about Christmas in October. I’m pouring two scents that will be available beginning November 15 at 7:00pm: PINE + BLOOD ORANGE and FRASER FIR.”

–  Kori L. Rimany, owner of the english teacher candle co.


Take in the beauty of the fall foliage

“I love the fall because it represents why we as New Englanders love this region. The changing of the seasons! The weather cools, less humidity and certainly the colors. Throw on top of that that autumn is the gateway to the holiday season.”

Jim Brinton, First Selectman of the Town of Washington

Marty's Cafe

Try a new autumnal dish

“Marty’s Cafe is excited to welcome the fall season in Washington and we are ready with locally sourced favorites and our tried and true originals. We pivot this time of year to hearty specials and warm comfort food that feeds the soul and energizes the spirit. Our new spiced pumpkin pound cake and pumpkin spiced espresso ice cream have been very popular this season, and our Fall Harvest Salad (v) has been a tremendous hit.” 

– G Blane Withers, owner of Marty’s Cafe

Photo by Electa Varnish

Hike with your four-legged friends (in style)

“Our favorite Fall activities are hiking in Maricostas Preserve or Steep Rock with our dog Fisher. We also enjoy autumn runs where we can check out the beautiful Fall foliage.

Hike in style! Dogs large and small are coming into Depot Dog for new hand-knit sweaters, blanket coats, barn jackets, and rain gear. Ready to tackle New England Fall weather and look good doing it!”

– Electa Varnish, owner of Depot Dog


Get inspired by fall colors

“What is the absolute best thing about fall? For me, this season the fall colors are inspirational and encourage me to regroup and reflect. Of course, I love fall vegetables from Waldingfield Farm and apples from Averill Farm.”

– Karen Davis of Davis Raines Design

ASAP's Celebration of Young Photographers

Fall cultural events

One of our community’s favorite fall events supports our young artists. View the works of our young photographers at ASAP!’s 11th annual Celebration of Young Photographers on Sunday, November 14th from 2-4 pm at Washington Town Hall.

– JoAnne Torti, Executive Director ASAP!

For all upcoming events this fall, visit our Events Calendar.

Go on a scenic drive through the villages

“The five villages of Washington are an extraordinary experience during autumn, and there’s nothing like viewing the changing colors of as you embark on your scenic fall adventure in Washington. For the ultimate scenic tour, follow the Leaf Peeper’s Guide to Washington’s Fall Foliage and watch a sneak peak of Washington in the fall.”

– Explore Washington CT Team

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