New Year, New Ways to Enjoy Life in Washington

Photo credit: @krescheidt

Are you looking to start the New Year feeling refreshed and inspired? Washington offers something special for everyone! From new hobbies or ways to get your body moving, to embracing the arts or expanding your mind, take a look at new and rewarding ways to spend your time in 2020.

Expand Your Mind

Whether it’s through a new book from Hickory Stick Bookshop, or taking part in an educational program at The Gunn Memorial Library, make it a priority to expand your mind this upcoming year. Knowledge is power and there’s a great sense of satisfaction in entering a new world of information – so challenge yourself (and your mind) to learn something new in 2020!

Programs to explore this January:

  • Chinese Medicine for Health & Healing @ Gunn Memorial Library – January 2nd
  • Book Discussion “The Dutch House” @ Gunn Memorial Library – January 14th
  • Better Angels Debate – Future of U.S. Immigration Policy @ Gunn Memorial Library – January 23rd
  • Wellness at the Park: “Back to Basics” Live Class @ Judy Black Memorial Park – January 15th
  • Open Mic Night (Poetry & Writers) @ Hickory Stick Bookshop – January 30th
Yoga for Good with Caroline Kinsolving
Hiking at one of Steep Rock Preserves

Get Moving

Your body is meant to move, so grab a friend and take a hike to see the breathtaking views of the Steep Rock Association’s preserves or try a new class at one of Washington’s many fitness & wellness centers. Whatever exercise you choose, remember that fitness improves not only our physical state but our mental health also. Don’t let the winter months stop you, get some fresh air and get moving!

Ways to get moving this January:

  • Winter Moon Walk @ The Institute for American Indian Studies – January 11th
  • Back to Basics Live Class @ Judy Black Park – January 15th
  • Post-Holiday Chill Yoga @ Valley Spirit Wellness Center – January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
  • Bootcamp Fitness Classes @ Washington Primary School Gymnasium – Every Tuesday & Thursday
  • Gunnery Family Skate @ Gunnery Linen Rink – Every Sunday in January
  • Yoga for Good with Caroline Kinsolving – Weekends @ The Washington Club

Try a New Hobby

When was the last time you tried something new? This winter, make it a priority to try a new hobby! Take up a knitting workshop at Stars Hollow Yarns, get in touch with nature with the Steep Rock Association’s programs, or come to an informative and engaging experience at The Institute for American Indian Studies. You can also take baking classes this winter at the Mayflower Inn & Spa through the Country Life Baking Series. Learn new recipes and techniques alongside Executive Chef Lacey Lou Franklin and Pastry Chef Jamie Caudy!

The Gallery at KMR Arts
WAA Winter Classes begin in January

Embrace the Arts

This winter, Washington’s art scene is as vibrant as ever, with our galleries featuring many talented artists. Exhibits include Georganne Mennin’s Bicameral Studies & Castaways at KMR Arts and Judy Memorial Park and Gardens, and The Gunn Memorial Library’s Stairwell Gallery Exhibit by Christine Vitarello. For those who want to take it a step further, sign up for an art class with Washington Art Association & Gallery where you can learn new skills in different artistic mediums, lead by highly trained instructors. Let Washington’s art scene spark be your inspiration!

Treat Yourself

Whether it’s taking a relaxing day to yourself or a new look, take the time to treat yourself. You will find the opportunity to enjoy a private meditative journey at Mayflower Inn and Spa or try one of the acupuncture or energy healing treatments at Valley Spirit Wellness Center that is sure to recharge your body and mind. Or for a “new year, new you” refresh, be sure to visit the Byrde + the B in Washington Depot, New Preston’s Salvatore Anthony Hair Salon, or our other terrific spas and salons to help you make a splash in the new year.

A new you at Byde + the b
Hair and more at Salvatore Anthony Hair Studio


For more info on these events and other happenings in Washington this winter,

view our Featured Events Calendar.


Photo credits:
Photo at top of snowy road in Washington CT by Katie Re Scheidt

Photo – Yoga for Good by Rich Pomerantz