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.

Hello Spring!

Get outside and enjoy the springtime renewal of nature. Check out CT Trails Day in early June or hike the diverse terrain of Steep Rock Association trails. And with nearby Mt. Tom, Mount Bushnell and Lake Waramaug State Parks, Washington is rich in outdoor adventures. Some trails allow mountain biking, or get out on the open road and tour the five villages of Washington by bike. For a splash, kayak around Lake Waramaug to enjoy the springtime splendor or watch the traditional Gunnery’s Annual Founders Day Regatta in early May.

Gardens in bloom

If you love gardens as we do, then come visit the new Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens right in the heart of Washington Depot to enjoy the beautiful gardens in bloom and enjoy a picnic under the pergola. Other gardens not to miss: spectacular Hollister House Garden and the Shakespeare Garden at the Mayflower Inn and Spa. If you like peeking into private gardens, then the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour is for you, as several private Washington gardens are featured each year.

Hopkins Vineyard.

Meals alfresco

Dine under the stars and watch the river go by at one of our famed historic taverns: The White Horse or GW Tavern. Enjoy music alfresco at the Hopkins Inn or The Owl Wine Bar, or visit a local vineyard for barrel tasting events.

Outdoor markets

Check out the early farm bounty at the Washington Farmers Market or explore our area’s many farm stands, while taking in springtime vistas on our scenic roads. And if shopping is your thing, you’ll love the Privet House Backyard Sale in early June, and browsing the many world-class shops in the villages of New Preston and Washington Depot.

Spring fever

Invite your favorite someone to share the romance of spring in the rolling hills of Litchfield County. A scenic drive through the five villages of Washington followed by a romantic picnic beside the Shepaug River is definitely a prelude to a kiss. Or revive and renew with a massage for two as a guest at the Mayflower Inn and Spa.

Did you know that Washington is a trending locale for engagement photos – and weddings too? Don’t forget to tag #explorewashingtonct to your romantic springtime selfies!