Spring Roadtrip Guide to Washington, CT: 2024 Edition

Washington is an incredible destination during the spring season. Recently voted as one of “The Most Charming Small Towns in Every U.S. State” by AFAR Magazine, Washington offers the ultimate New England experience. Come enjoy scenic springtime views as the flowers bloom, quaint historic districts, inspiring art galleries, exceptional dining, one-of-a-kind shopping, and much more. We invite you to visit Washington for a fabulous getaway – your spring adventure awaits!

Visit Gardens in Bloom

As you drive into town, keep an eye out for colorful blooms throughout our five villages. Visit The Po Cafe for a cup of coffee and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the Washington Green. Or head over to get breakfast at Marty’s Cafe and take a stroll across the street to Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, where you’ll find a variety of flowers in bloom. From there, you can also enjoy the views at the Riverwalk along the Shepaug River.

While you’re in town, make sure to visit Hollister House Garden for a magnificent springtime experience. Hollister House Garden is an American interpretation of classic English gardens, featuring a winding brook, blooming pathways, garden walls and hedges, exuberant plantings, and delightful vistas. This year, Hollister House Garden opens for the season on Friday, April 19th.

The Po Cafe @newcurdsontheblock
Hollister House Garden @amygoossens17

Explore Nature Trails & Scenic Views

With fresh air and warmer temperatures, spring is the perfect time for a scenic hike. Explore Steep Rock Association’s breathtaking preserve trails to catch a beautiful panoramic view of Lake Waramaug and the surrounding landscapes. If you’re not much of a hiker, you can explore the state parks in the area and enjoy a picnic by the shore at Lake Waramaug State Park or marvel in the serenity of New Preston Falls. There are many great outdoor adventures just waiting for you in Washington!

Macricostas Preserve @jojogentry
Lake Waramaug @northeastern.brando

Get a Taste of Farm Fresh Bounty

If you’re in Washington on a weekend, make sure to visit Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens for a variety of fresh produce, freshly baked goods and breads, and organic products from local vendors, and more at Washington’s Farmers Market. This year, the Farmers Market will be open beginning Saturday, May 25th, 2024.

You can also visit The Smithy Market for a selection of locally grown meat, produce, dairy, eggs, and flowers in a beautifully restored blacksmith shop. Or stop by the local farm stand at Waldingfield Farm for a genuine country experience.

Washington Farmers Market @elizlarkin
The Smithy Market

Find Inspiration at the Galleries

The saying “April showers bring May flowers” definitely holds true in New England. So if you find yourself in Washington on a rainy day, there’s still plenty of beauty to see! Get inspired with the beautiful works of local artists at the Washington Art Association, or view the latest exhibits on display at Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, the Hen’s Nest, and Eckert Fine Art Gallery + Consulting. Or tune in for a creative workshop at Hollister House Garden or take an art class with the talented artists at the Washington Art Association.

Judy Black Park
Art classes at WAA

Enjoy Outdoor Dining

On those perfect sunny spring days, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at one of Washington’s great breakfast spots. To experience one of the best coffee spots in New England, make sure to visit The Po Cafe on the historic Washington Green. In Washington Depot, Marty’s Cafe and The Pantry are the spots to go for a delicious breakfast or lunch. Over in New Preston Village, visit The Smithy Cafe for a range of delicious breakfast and lunch options made with locally sourced ingredients.

For a fabulous lunch or dinner with a view, visit one of our famed historic taverns including The White Horse Country Pub, GW Tavern, or Community Table where you’ll get to enjoy the spring breeze while enjoying a fabulous meal. For more dining experiences, view all restaurants in Washington.

And don’t miss Washington’s Restaurant Week happening on Friday, April 19th – Sunday, April 28th, 2024! Restaurants throughout Washington will be featuring special menus and fabulous tastings that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds. Select restaurants will also host live music and special pop-up galleries on site for a chance to enjoy an arts and dining experience.

Outdoor dining at The Smithy
Community Table

Relax and Unwind

As you begin to wind down in the afternoon, make sure to visit Hopkins Vineyard, one of Washington’s favorite spots to enjoy wine flights, charcuterie options, and live music on Sundays – all while taking in the breathtaking views of Lake Waramaug. And for the ultimate in relaxation, you can book a massage or spa treatment at THE WELL at Mayflower Inn & Spa, one of New England’s most exquisite country retreats.

Hopkins Vineyard @hopkinsvineyard
THE WELL at Mayflower Inn

We hope you have a delightful spring getaway to Washington!

See what’s happening in town by visiting our Events Calendar. And be sure to tag us on your adventure this season at @explorewashingtonct.