Summer in Washington


Summer in Washington is sublime. From yoga on the farm to fragrant gardens, there are so many experiences to savor during the long days of summer here. Or you can simply loll by the lake and enjoy a lazy summer day.

Ready, set, summer!

Summer means spending time outdoors and Washington offers up a plethora of choices. Climb a mountain, or three really, with Steep Rock Association’s 3 Peaks Challenge. Splash at Lake Waramaug, where you can kayak, canoe, or test your core strength on a stand-up paddle board. Or experience the serenity of an outdoor farm yoga class at Waldingfield Farm. If you just want to stop and smell the roses, a tour of Hollister House Gardens, Judea Garden or Open Day garden tours will nurture your green thumb.

The sounds of summer

A highlight of the social season is the Annual Summer Solstice, a fundraiser for the Washington Art Association. The mojitos and samba flow at this festive celebration. The music continues with the Washington Friend’s of Music Summer Concert, another town tradition. For a casual vibe, the Hopkins Vineyard offers live music and The Owl Wine Bar features music on their heavenly outdoor terrace overlooking quaint New Preston village. Enjoy a summer evening picnic at Hollister House Garden’s Music in the Garden and enjoy the splendor of the gardens to celebrate summer.

Fairs & celebrations

Who doesn’t love a summer fair to jump into the summer spirit? The Washington Green Fair each July is one of the highlights of the summer season, with a huge town-wide tag sale, entertainment, and music. And the Washington Farmers Market convenes each Saturday in the center of town, replete with stellar local produce – and a DJ booth. Not to be missed, the Annual Green Corn Festival in August celebrates the first corn of the season with Native American rituals, drumming, crafts and more, brought to us by the Institute for American Indian Studies right here in town.

Outdoor Movie Night at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

Nights under the stars

There are countless outdoor events each summer here, where you can enjoy balmy, star-filled evenings. Moonlight Nights around the fire pit at the Hopkins Vineyard are laid-back fun with music and live music. Or enjoy Twilight in the Gardens at Hollister House, where you can savor the enchantment of the summer garden while enjoying wine and nibbles as the sun fades. Grab a picnic and attend outdoor Movie Night at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, which transports us back to old-fashioned summer evenings watching movies under the stars. For the adventurer, some Steep Rock Association trails let you hike under a blanket of stars.

Summer Bounty

Fresh farm to table cooking is the essence of summer. Our many highly rated restaurants offer inventive summer menus that feature local, seasonal bounty. Or pick your own at area farms and farm stands that dot our scenic roads, our weekly farmers market, or visit The Smithy for the freshest local produce. For those who veer more toward casual elegance, don your summer whites and head over to the Mayflower Inn & Spa for Croquet & Rosé, or enjoy their casual Summer BBQ on summer Sundays. Or do it yourself and assemble a bespoke summer picnic! Grab a basket and goodies from our local gourmet purveyors, find a spot by the river, and enjoy the best of summer!