Washington Featured As The Best & Most Charming Small Town


We love Washington for all the reasons that make our town special… The classic small-town feel, an abundant arts and culture scene, historic architecture, panoramic scenery, extraordinary shopping, fabulous dining, and much more spread across our town’s five historic villages. And it is always great to hear that others love Washington just as much as we do! Take a look at the latest features of Washington in two major publications:

We are thrilled to announce that Washington has been named as one of the “The Most Charming Small Towns in Every U.S. State” by AFAR Magazine. Only one town was chosen in each state and Washington was the top choice for all of Connecticut! Washington was featured prominently by the magazine as an inspiration for “where to travel next” – so we look forward to welcoming new travelers to discover our town.

“Why we love it: For its cozy vibes that serve as the inspiration for Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls”

Some of the destinations mentioned in the article include the Mayflower Inn & Spa, Community Table, Institute for American Indian Studies, Hollister House Garden and Hidden Valley Preserve. Read the full article by AFAR Magazine to learn what they love about Washington.


Additionally, Washington has also been recognized as one of “The 30 Best Small Towns in Connecticut” by House Beautiful, with a special mention as the inspiration for the town of Stars Hollow of Gilmore Girls fame.

“Washington has the best of both worlds: a small-town vibe with a very vibrant cultural scene. With a backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains—which truly come alive in the fall—the town is blessed with the dreamiest natural surroundings.”

Learn more in the full article in House Beautiful.



Thank you to AFAR Magazine and House Beautiful for these latest features!

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