Spring in Washington

Springtime in Washington is irresistible with nature beckoning at every turn. From flowering trees to meals alfresco, spring welcomes visitors to Washington with its scenic vistas and tactile outdoor experiences. Celebrate all that spring has to offer with these favorite Washington experiences this spring:

Get outside!

Get outside and enjoy the springtime renewal of nature! Take a hike and enjoy the views on any one of Washington’s Steep Rock Association trails, or explore the nearby Lake Waramaug State Park, Mount Tom State Park, or Mount Bushnell. Washington has plenty to offer for the nature lover with outdoor adventures.

Steep Rock Preserve @arlo_the_aussiedoodle
Macricostas Preserve @jojogentry

Gardens in bloom

There are colorful blooms and beautiful sites to enjoy spring in all five villages of Washington. If you love gardens as we do, then make sure to visit the stunning Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens right in the heart of Washington Depot to see what’s in bloom and enjoy a picnic under the pergola. Don’t miss the spectacular Hollister House Garden, a destination for garden lovers opening for the season on Friday, April 21st. And make sure to visit Mayflower Inn and Spa‘s Shakespeare Garden, landscaped garden with formal boxwood hedges and lush seasonal blooms.

Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
Hollister House Garden @sandradesautels

Meals alfresco

Dine outdoors and enjoy the soft flow of the river at one of our famed historic taverns – The White Horse or GW Tavern. Enjoy music alfresco at the Hopkins Inn or The Owl Wine & Food Bar, or visit our local vineyards for seasonal tasting events and live entertainment. For more dining experiences, view all of Washington’s restaurants and eateries.

Owl Wine & Food Bar
The White Horse Country Pub

Outdoor markets

Check out the early farm bounty at the Washington Farmers Market at Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens (opening for the season on Saturday, May 27th, 2023), or get fresh local produce at any one of our area’s many local farms. You can also stop by The Smithy for fresh local produce and delicious goods!

Farmers Market @byalexandrabarnes
Waldingfield Farm

Spring fever

Invite your favorite someone to share the romance of spring in the rolling hills of Litchfield County. Go on a scenic drive through the five villages of Washington, followed by a romantic picnic beside the Shepaug River, or a romantic dinner at the Mayflower Inn and Spa.

Shepaug River
Mayflower Inn & Spa

Don’t forget to tag @explorewashingtonct to share your springtime photos as you explore Washington!