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Featured in Better Homes & Gardens: Hollister House Garden

We are happy to share this latest feature of Hollister House Garden in Better Homes & Gardens. Read the full article: “7 Genius Garden Design Ideas from an Iconic American Landscape.” by Page Dickey – a writer, editor, and garden designer based in Connecticut.

48 Hours in Washington: Spring Edition

Spring has sprung in Washington! This time of year is full of flowers in bloom, fresh spring air, scenic views, and exciting happenings to celebrate this season of reawakening. Join us for a fabulous getaway this spring to enjoy the best of our charming small town and experience the beauty of the rolling hills of Litchfield County.

Washington Restaurant Week 2024

We are excited to share news about Washington Restaurant Week happening on Friday, April 19th – Sunday, April 28th, 2024! Have you ever wondered about that restaurant you’ve heard about or driven by all those times? Washington Restaurant Week 2024 is your chance to give it a try and experience “The Arts” while you’re doing it.

Featured in Cosmopolitan: A Review of Mayflower Inn & Spa

We’re excited to share the latest in Cosmopolitan’s “What to Do and Where to Travel in 2024” featuring the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington by Lifestyle Editor, Hannah Chubb. Take a look at Cosmo’s Quick Hits: Mayflower Inn Edition!

Spring Roadtrip Guide to Washington, CT: 2024 Edition

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!

Washington and New Preston Featured in Country Living Magazine

We’re delighted to share that the “Weekend in the Country” April/May issue of Country Living features Washington and New Preston as a recommended spring destination. Their “Small Town Saturday” column focuses on a delightful day trip to Litchfield County.

Washington, CT – An Inspiring Design Destination

Now is the perfect time to feather your nest! The renowned home décor shops of Washington and New Preston present a veritable design mecca. Add to that our many brilliant interior designers and architects who can guide you in creating the home of your dreams.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News Visits Washington, CT

We are thrilled to share this special feature by Channel 3 Eyewitness News recognizing Washington as “Connecticut’s Most Charming Town” according to AFAR Magazine. Join them as they visit Washington’s Hickory Stick Bookshop and The Hen’s Nest Gallery in Washington Depot.

Washington Winners in Litchfield Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards

We are thrilled to present the Washington winners of Litchfield Magazine’s 2024 Readers Choice Awards! Readers voted for their favorite businesses, people, and places in Litchfield County and we are proud of all the incredible Washington businesses that were recognized.

14 Ways to Fall in Love with Washington this Winter

There’s a good reason why we love all things Washington… our town’s classic New England small-town charm, vibrant arts and culture scene, rich history, scenic views and breathtaking vistas, fabulous shopping and dining experiences, and so much more. Take a look at our list of 14 ways to fall in love with Washington this season!

10 Cozy Winter Experiences in Washington

Winter is one of the most unique and beautiful times of the year to experience a cozy escape to Washington. From the magical ambiance of twinkling lights all around the five villages, to delicious comfort meals at our local restaurants, exploring the local art scene, shopping at the one-of-a-kind boutiques, and much more… there’s something for everyone to enjoy this winter in Washington!

2023 Holiday Gift Guide – Shop Local in Washington!

We invite you to explore our holiday gift guide for unique ideas from our local shops. Take a look at festive one-of-a-kind gift items, as well as cozy apparel and winter accessories, fabulous home decor, luxurious items for him and her, fantastic finds for kids, and much more. You’ll find the perfect present for everyone on your list this holiday season!

The Magical Winter Lights of Washington

We are excited to celebrate this most wonderful time of year in Washington, and we have a special surprise for all our residents and visitors alike… The Town of Washington is thrilled to announce this year’s special tour of magical winter light displays to experience all around town! So make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy an evening of twinkling starburst lights and festive decorations across all the villages of Washington.

The Best Pies & Provisions for Thanksgiving: 2023 Edition

Washington’s fabulous restaurants and eateries are the spots to go for your Thanksgiving pies and provisions this year. Take a look at where you can find some of the local favorites, from signature desserts to savory side dishes, complete turkey dinner orders, and more. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!

10 Cozy Things To Do in Washington This November

November is the time for bundling up in warm sweaters, sipping hot apple cider, and soaking in the last of the autumn season. We invite you to join us in Washington this month to indulge in a classic New England experience filled with arts and culture experiences, picturesque views along the rolling hills of Litchfield County, fabulous seasonal specials at our local restaurants, and much more.

A Trip to The Real Stars Hollow From Gilmore Girls

Every year, Gilmore Girls fans from around the world come to visit the real life Stars Hollow in Washington, Connecticut! We are happy to share this latest feature in Elite Daily with all the details about Caitlin Palumbo’s Gilmore Girls trip to Washington this fall and all the iconic “Stars Hollow” spots she visited while exploring our wonderful town.

A Colorful Roadtrip to View Peak Fall Foliage in Washington, CT

This magical season is when the air is crisp, flavors are rich, and our world transforms into gorgeous shades of yellows, oranges, and reds all around. We invite you to explore and perhaps even fall in love with the town of Washington this season! Take a look at our ultimate fall itinerary to guide you during your adventure in town.

A Day at the Galleries in Washington, CT

Washington is known for its abundance of arts and culture, and there’s no better way to immerse yourself in art than by visiting our fabulous galleries. Here’s a quick roundup of unique art exhibits on display at the galleries this fall. Plan a day to visit Washington for some inspirational gallery-hopping!

Brit + Co Features Gilmore Girls Guide To Washington, CT

Gilmore Girls fans will be thrilled to read this amazing fall guide to exploring Washington, Connecticut by Brit + Co! Take a look at this exciting article featuring all the best spots to visit and all the ways to immerse yourself in all things Gilmore Girls.

Photo Contest: Washington Through the Seasons

Our charming town of Washington is filled with beautiful views and scenic vistas throughout the seasons, which is why we’re thrilled to announce our new photo contest! The “Washington Through the Seasons” Photo Contest will be the first in a series to celebrate the beauty of each season in Washington.

Explore the Local Farms of Washington: 2023 Edition

Join us in exploring the local farms in Washington where you can enjoy pick-your-own experiences and find fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, gourmet cheeses, and more. Take a look at what’s in season and open for picking this year!

A Perfect Family Day Trip to Washington, CT

Washington is a town filled with many family-friendly activities that will surely make for lasting memories with your loved ones. There are many amazing ways to enjoy your time in Washington for all ages and interests, take a look at all there is to look forward to during your family day trip to Washington!

A Summer Getaway: 48 Hours in Washington, CT

With breathtaking natural beauty, world-class culture, and a charming small-town feel, Washington is the perfect destination for your summer getaway. This picturesque New England town nestled in the rolling hills of Litchfield County, Connecticut offers countless ways to unplug, unwind, and be inspired by the lush beauty of the summer season.

Scenes of Summer in Washington: 2023 Edition

There is so much to love about Washington, and these lazy, hazy days of summer are at the top of our list! From exploring scenic vistas, to getting hiking and biking in the beautiful outdoors, indulging in incredible shopping and dining experiences, or taking part in the exciting events around town… Take a look at all the ways to celebrate this magificent summer season in Washington.

10 Exciting Ways to Celebrate Summer in Washington

Summer is in full swing and there’s no better way to celebrate than taking part in exciting summertime events in the beautiful rolling hills of Litchfield County. We invite you to join us for some of the most beloved summer traditions and events that are the essence of this favorite season in Washington. Your summertime memories await!

Favorite Summer Escapes to Enjoy in Washington

Summer is here! This time of year, we are all looking forward to getting outside and enjoying the sunshine. Here are some of our favorite things to do around town during these idyllic, lazy days of summer. Whether coming from afar, or right next door, Washington offers a perfect summer escape for every interest.

A Charming And Historic Small Town In Connecticut

Take a look at the latest feature of Washington, Connecticut in Only In Your State CT including mentions of our beloved Hickory Stick Bookshop, Hollister House Garden, Gunn Historical Museum, and more.

This Summer in Washington Bucketlist: 2023 Edition

Get ready for an amazing summer in Washington! From art exhibits to outdoor concerts, cultural festivals, art workshops, family-friendly activities, and much more – there’s something for everyone. We invite you to explore all the unique arts and culture events coming up this summer.

10 Best Views Around Washington to Experience This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to explore the five villages of Washington and discover the most spectacular views in the Litchfield Hills. We are lucky to have so many breathtakingly scenic vistas right here in town, and we invite you to experience them all to kick-off summer. Happy exploring!

Enjoy a Lovely Mother’s Day Weekend in Washington

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show your love and appreciation for Mom! If you’re looking to plan a special Mother’s Day, here is the perfect guide to memorable ways to spend the weekend in Washington.

10 Ways to Enjoy Spring Vibes Around Washington

As the world around us begins to wake up from months of hibernation, we invite you to visit Washington to enjoy the fresh spring air, explore flowers in bloom, and indulge in spring activities and events around town. All you need is a sunny day and you’re on your way!

What’s Happening This Season at Hollister House Garden

Hollister House Garden is undoubtedly one of Washington’s “can’t miss” gems, attracting visitors with its beautiful landscapes, exotic flowers, breathtaking vistas, and gardening workshops. Take a look at the top things to enjoy at HHG this upcoming season!

The Best Hiking Trails to Explore in Washington

March is here and enjoying Washington’s trails is a must-do as we start to get a glimpse of spring! We gathered these favorite hiking trails and we hope that you will join us in exploring the great outdoors around town. Happy hiking!

Enjoy A Special Valentine’s Day in Washington

Join us in celebrating Valentine’s Day in Washington! This time of the year brings many opportunities to share something special with your loved ones – or to simply pamper yourself. We have put together a festive itinerary of all things indulgent, sweet, and romantic for a memorable Valentine’s Day.

Try Something New This Year in Washington

As we kick off 2023, we invite you to explore new ways to experience fulfillment and joy in your day to day – and Washington has plenty of ways to get you started! Take a look at all the wonderful new experiences you can try in Washington this year:

A Taste of Washington: Fall Restaurant Guide

There are so many reasons to visit Washington in autumn, and our local dining experiences are high on the list! Enjoy the cozy New England ambiance and seasonal specials at our local restaurants. Check out our latest fall guide to Washington’s restaurants.

Washington Harvest Festival – A Favorite Town Tradition

Washington Harvest Festival 2022 Recap! Everyone came together on a sunny autumn day amongst the splendid turning foliage to enjoy food, drink, music, and family fun. Thank you to Washington Parks & Rec and Washington Business Association for organizing this favorite annual event. Here’s a glimpse of this year’s 5th Annual Harvest Festival … and stay tuned for next year!

A Day in the Life in Stars Hollow: A Gilmore Girls Guide

To all the Gilmore Girls fans out there, it’s no secret that the wonderful town of Stars Hollow is based on the town of Washington, Connecticut. This fall, we invite you to explore the inspiration for Stars Hollow in Washington and enjoy a day in the life of your favorite Gilmore Girl character!

Fall in Washington: A Day Trip Guide

The fall season is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent times to explore New England. We invite you to take a day trip to Washington, Connecticut to enjoy the perfectly charming small town experience – and we have the perfect guide for you! And even if you are lucky enough to call Washington your home, there’s always something to discover.

Charming Sights, Arts and Entertainment in Washington, Connecticut

Join News 12 New York Photojournalist Lori Golias as she takes us to the Litchfield Hills to explore all that makes our town of Washington so special in their Roadtrip Close to Home segment. This feature includes arts and culture, nature and outdoors, shops, restaurants, the Farmers Market, and more.

10 Amazing Ways to Celebrate Autumn in Washington

Washington is a true destination for the “fall in New England” experience, filled with breathtaking vistas, traditional fall activities for all, and of course – beautiful fall foliage everywhere you look. We invite you to explore the beauty of Washington this fall season!

Explore the Local Farms of Washington

Washington is home to many incredible farms, fresh produce stands, and pick-your-own experiences to enjoy with the family! We are lucky to have access to so much fresh and organic fruit, vegetables, and homemade goods here in Litchfield County and we hope you get a chance to visit some of our favorite local farms this fall.

Washington Spotlight: Conversations on the Green

Conversations on the Green began over a decade ago with the goal of bringing together a range of voices to discuss critical issues in modern society. What began with the first town hall in Washington, Connecticut has grown to be a nationally syndicated public affairs program featuring national leaders and experts led by Jane Whitney.

Summer Escape to the Vineyards of Litchfield County

We invite you to take a look at the fabulous local vineyards and distilleries that we are lucky to have here in Litchfield Hills and their upcoming events happening this summer. We hope you get a chance to try a glass of merlot, rose, or chardonnay – and enjoy sweet summertime here in Litchfield County!

Scenes of Summer in Washington

Summer is the season to soak up the sunshine, explore the beautiful outdoors, experience local talent and entertainment, and embrace the lively energy in Connecticut’s breathtaking Litchfield Hills. View these latest scenes of summer and join us in celebrating this fabulous season in Washington. And to be featured, share your Washington experiences with us by tagging @explorewashingtonct!

Jazz is Back! Litchfield Jazz Festival Returns to Washington

A summer in the Litchfield Hills is always green and glorious, but how much sweeter it becomes when the strains of jazz, pure and beautiful, are carried on the summer wind. We’re very excited to welcome the internationally acclaimed Litchfield Jazz Festival to Washington this July 29th – July 31st!

Washington Featured as Great Summer Destination

Summer in Washington is a magical time to visit, filled with beautiful views of rolling hills, blooming gardens, scenic trails, art galleries, boutique shops, restaurants, and cultural experiences happening all summer.

25 Fabulous Things to Do in Washington this Summer

Summer in Washington is full of fun and exciting adventures, cultural enrichment and entertainment, and lots of ways to unwind and relax. Whether you are visiting for summer vacation, planning a day trip, or are lucky enough to call Washington home, we hope you will enjoy this summer bucket list.

Celebrating WAA: 70 Years in Art

Since first opening its doors in 1952, the Washington Art Association has been a treasured gem in our community. This year, the Washington Art Association marks its 70th anniversary milestone with an exhibition by renowned local sculptor Philip Grausman and its 13th Annual Summer Solstice Party.

Our Favorite Outdoor Adventures in Washington

It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the majesty of nature. Whether you are an avid hiker. cyclist or kayaker, or just looking to get started, view our guide to some of the most beautiful trails and routes for your next outdoor adventure.

10 Special Ways to Celebrate Mom in Washington

If you are looking for a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, we have the perfect guide to make it a celebration to remember. From festive meals and fun ways to enjoy the day together, to the best gift ideas – Washington is the perfect Mother’s Day destination.

Spring Roadtrip Guide to Washington, CT

Washington is a beautiful spring destination, offering an unforgettable escape and a charming New England experience. Springtime in Washington brings beautiful blooms, scenic vistas, cultural events, art exhibits, world-class outdoor dining – and countless ways to relax and unwind. Your spring adventure in Washington awaits!

Washington Spotlight: Washington Environmental Council

Washington is a beautiful town with a strong team of leaders that ensure our local environment is protected and maintained for all of us to enjoy. For the last five decades, the Washington Environmental Council has played a major role in environmental and sustainability efforts in and around Washington with the support of its Board of Directors, community leaders, and dedicated volunteers.

Washington Spotlight: Steep Rock Association

Welcome to our new series recognizing the wonderful local nonprofit organizations that play such a major role in contributing to the wellbeing of our Washington community. One of Washington’s most beloved organizations is Steep Rock Association, which preserves and manages four nature preserves and over 47 miles of recreational trails in Washington.

Winter in Washington Bucket List: 2022 Edition

Bundle up and explore the best of Washington with our Winter Bucket List! We invite you to explore our favorite and iconic spots around town and the one-of-a-kind experiences that Washington has to offer this winter.

22 Things to Look Forward to in 2022

Happy 2022! A new year calls for new and exciting experiences to put on our bucket list, as well as making time for those beloved traditions that we look forward to each year. Whether you are a local or a visitor, from near or afar, here are 22 ways to experience the best of Washington this year.

Washington Spotlight: The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is a vibrant hub for the Washington community. Today, its mission is to be a gathering place in Washington that invites friends and neighbors to relax, learn, play, and share all that our community offers.

Washington Holiday Gift Guide: 2021 Edition

The festive holiday season is here and it’s time to start brainstorming gift ideas for all the special people in our lives. Luckily, Washington and New Preston have the best shops around to check everyone off your list and find a unique gift they will love.

12 Washington Gems to Explore on the 12 Days of Christmas

We’re excited to share these hidden gems of Washington to explore this holiday season. These special spots are picturesque and unique to our town, so bundle up and bring your family along on this holiday treasure hunt!

Insider Favorites: The Best of Fall in Washington

What better way to discover new experiences this fall than to ask our local fans. Here are a dozen insider favorites – sharing where to explore, what to eat, and not-to-miss experiences during this beautiful season in Washington.

The Best Pies & Provisions for Thanksgiving

Here’s our latest roundup of the best spots in Washington to grab signature desserts and incomparable Thanksgiving provisions. As we celebrate being together again with friends and family, we hope you’ll enjoy these festive offerings around town. Happy Thanksgiving!

10 Favorite Fall Experiences in Washington

There are so many ways to enjoy our town during this colorful season, including the most breathtaking views, delicious treats, and festive events that will surely make you fall for Washington!

A Gilmore Girls Guide to the Real Stars Hollow

For any Gilmore Girls fans out there, you may already know that writer of the show, Amy Sherman-Palladino, stayed at Washington’s own Mayflower Inn and used the Town of Washington as her inspiration behind our beloved Stars Hollow.

10 Ways to Soak in the Last of Summer in Washington

Our lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer will soon fade into crisp fall mornings, but there are still plenty of ways to soak in the summer season. Here are some great ways to enjoy every bit of sunshine here in Washington!

Spring Hill Arts Gathering 2021: A Magical Experience

This summer brought the exciting debut of the Spring Hill Arts Gathering (SHAG) in Washington. The multi-day outdoor festival brought in hundreds of guests and hosted over 50 performances, art installations, and activities for attendees to enjoy and celebrate community.

Averill Farm in Washington Celebrates 275th Anniversary

Averill Farm is a treasure here in Washington. Located in the heart of Washington on a scenic hilltop, Averill Farm was purchased in 1746 and has stayed in the Averill family for ten generations. Learn more about the offerings at Averill Farm this upcoming season.

Spring Hill Arts Gathering: A New Tradition in Washington

The Spring Hill Arts Gathering (SHAG) is a new tradition starting in Washington! The festival’s programs will connect artists with nature, nurture diverse perspectives through creative collaborations and conversations, and share abundance within the Washington, CT community.

Best Scenic Roads in Washington

The best way to admire Washington’s natural surroundings and historical districts is by cruising down one of the town’s scenic roads. No matter what route you choose, you will be met with picturesque views of Washington’s wooded hillsides, rocky-high tops, majestic farmland, and beautiful meadows.

Enjoy A Summer Day at Lake Waramaug

Our beloved Lake Waramaug is one of the most beautiful and serene spots in Washington. This summer, whether you are a local or a visitor, don’t miss an opportunity to make a day of it and enjoy a day relaxing at the lake, grab a meal from our local eateries, and even stay long enough to enjoy a gorgeous sunset. Summer days await!

Washington Kicks Off Summer at the Community Block Party

The Community Block Party was the perfect time to all come together and celebrate the start of summer, a time that many of us long for all year. This year especially, it was a long-awaited opportunity for many of us to connect with our community again.

Caroline Kinsolving

Washington is filled with arts and culture, rooted in a strong sense of community, and the work of Caroline Kinsolving is no exception. Caroline is an actress and yoga instructor, whose many experiences have brought her home to Washington.

Out and About in Washington for Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, plan a special day for mom and make it an occasion to remember. Here is our guide featuring experiences to enjoy together and where to shop for that token of love and appreciation for all the wonderful moms out there.

The 15 Most Incredible Spots to Explore in Washington

To celebrate these beautiful places in Washington, we have put together a guide of the most incredible spots to visit in town! We hope you can find your way to each of these Instagram worthy spots, and have fun exploring Washington!

Garden Inspiration and Spring Blooms in Washington

With longer and warmer days ahead, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore Washington’s most beautiful gardens and vistas for inspiration. And add a pop of color to your own home and garden with help from our local farms, florists, and shops. Enjoy this beautiful, long-awaited spring season here in Washington!

Washington, CT – An Inspiring Design Destination

Now is the perfect time to feather your nest! The renowned home décor shops of Washington and New Preston present a veritable design mecca. Add to that our many brilliant interior designers and architects who can guide you in creating the home of your dreams.

The Best of Litchfield County 2021

We are thrilled to see so many of our local businesses and organizations recognized this year. We know how wonderful they are, but it’s always nice to see them achieve this special recognition. We encourage you to check out these great businesses and show them your love!

Washington Gives 2021: A Day of Service

This year’s Washington Gives event may have looked different than the previous, but nevertheless, Washington was able to come together virtually to celebrate the life, works, and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this year. Take a look at the non-profit organizations in Washington and the ways to get involved in the service work that keeps our community thriving.

Get a Fresh Start this New Year in Washington

The New Year is a special time to explore new goals, new habits, new hobbies – and new ways to find joy. Here are some ideas to kickstart 2021 on a fresh note.

21 Things to Look Forward to in 2021

With the New Year upon us, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the many things that make Washington a special place to live, visit, and explore. There is so much to look forward to in 2021, and here are 21 things we can all hope to enjoy throughout the seasons in our wonderful town.

Look Forward, Not Back – A Message from Our Selectmen

As we prepare to ring in the new year, many may be tempted to reflect on the year that was 2020 and the hardships we endured. Do not dwell too long. It is important to learn from the past but equally important to look forward to the hope and promise for 2021.

Holiday Gifts to Delight All the Senses

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Washington! Take a look at our special holiday gift guide featuring favorite picks from our local shops. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list – sure to delight all the senses.

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving this Year in Washington

Thanksgiving may look different for some of us this year, but there are many ways to enjoy Turkey Day in Washington and make it a memorable weekend. From our art galleries, to catering options, and the beautiful outdoors – add a little adventure to your Thanksgiving weekend in Washington.

A Washington Thanksgiving: Community Recipes from Our Table to Yours

This year, we are bringing Washington together in spirit as we share Thanksgiving recipes from our community members from around town! For many of us, food and family traditions symbolize love and connection, so what better way to feel close as a community than share what makes each of our Thanksgivings special.

Shop Washington: A One-of-a-Kind Shopping Experience

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we invite you to explore the shops in the charming villages of New Preston and Washington Depot and experience their curated, world-class products and attentive service. There are many convenient ways to shop here this holiday season.

Washington, CT Featured in the New York Times

We are excited to announce that Washington has been featured in the New York Times in their article titled, “Washington, Conn.: A ‘Cultured Place’ With a Sense of History.” This feature by Journalist Susan Hodara describes Washington as a wonderful place to live, visit, and explore.

10 of Our Favorite Fall Adventures in Washington

There’s no better way to embrace this crisp and crunchy season than going on the ultimate fall adventure, and we have just the spots for you! Take a look at the best fall activities around town for a delightful day of autumn adventure and memorable experiences.

Is that George Washington Visiting the Gunn Historical Museum?

Imagine seeing George Washington today, strolling across the Green in the town named after him! Well, in this new “digital postcard” video from the Gunn Historical Museum, you can watch as our first president discovers the museum and delights in his depiction in their latest exhibit, “Washington, Connecticut – An American Story”.

Art and Inspiration at Hollister House Garden

Here in Washington, one of our “can’t miss” gems is Hollister House Garden. This American interpretation of a classic English garden was begun by George Schoellkopf in 1979. We’d like to share what artist Agnes Wnuk had to say about her experience painting in Hollister House Garden during “Plein Air Painters and Photographers” sessions.

What’s Happening at WAA This Summer

We were happy to speak with Washington Art Association’s Executive Director, Barbara von Schreiber, about their upcoming “Art in the Open” exhibit and how the organization has been able to continue to bring art to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Five Senses Festival Returns to Washington

We are grateful for the opportunity to view and experience the talents of Pilobolus dancers and their team this summer. Join us and Pilobolus at Spring Hill Vineyards starting Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd, 2020.

A Message From First Selectman Jim Brinton

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, I often reflect on how we as individuals, as well as a community, have handled this crisis. I’m always left feeling very proud of our town. While we have not remained untouched by the tragedies of coronavirus, we have continued to embrace the values that make Washington unique.

Favorite Summer Escapes to Enjoy in Washington

Summer is here and aren’t we all looking to get outside and enjoy the sunshine? Here are some of our favorite things to do around town during these idyllic, lazy days of summer. Whether coming from afar, or right next door, Washington offers a perfect summer escape for every interest.

9 Things You May Not Know About Lake Waramaug

Lake Waramaug has long been admired for its pristine beauty and breathtaking scenery. But did you know that the Lake was polluted for decades before being transformed into the magnificent environment we enjoy today? We have the Lake Waramaug Task Force to thank for that remarkable transformation.

A Guide to Father’s Day in Washington

We have put together some ideas for you and your dad to enjoy while in Washington, from the latest openings in Washington, to fun experiences to enjoy together and some locally-sourced gifts for dad.

Hello, Washington – My Home Away from Home

These are just a few of my favorite things… in life and in Washington, and there is so much more to love we have yet to unearth. I miss the ease of grabbing a coffee or cone without calling it in, of meandering through shops to eyeing the beautiful wares and bites of talented artisans.

What Makes Washington Special Every Day

Every individual, every organization and every business in town answered the call when confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic. People of all stripes have gone above and beyond to ensure that Washington, as we’ve always done in times of crisis, remains a tight knit community.

Fresh from our Local Farms in Washington

As we head into the summer season, we are already enjoying the bounty of fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Here is a lineup of locally-sourced, fresh produce available right here in town. Enjoy!

Washington Business Updates

Now more than ever, we have joined together to support one another! That includes our beloved local businesses, many of whom are working tirelessly to ensure we have the resources we need to stay safely at home. We are sharing the latest business updates with you here to make it easy and safe for you to shop local and take advantage of special services being offered.

Make it a Special Mother’s Day in Washington

Make sure Mom feels special on her day! We have put together some ideas for experiences and wonderful locally-sourced gifts that will make this Mother’s Day a memorable one.

10 Ways to Enjoy Spring Sunshine in Washington

If you love to catch the flowers as they bloom and indulge in the fresh springtime air, here are 10 ways to enjoy around town. All you need is a beautiful sunny day and you’re on your way!

A Note from First Selectman Jim Brinton

We as a community have not changed. I continue to see examples every hour of every day of the special qualities of Washington. People reaching out to volunteer and help their neighbors, our first responders meeting to keep me updated on their unwavering commitment to the townspeople.

Washington Comes Together

In light of recent events, we understand that this can be a stressful and confusing time for our community in Washington. But as a small town, we have big spirits and even bigger hearts! Here is how Washington has come together to add positivity to our community and how you can get involved.

Celebrate St. Pat’s in Washington

According to the Gunn Historical Museum, Ireland was the homeland of the largest group of immigrants to our town – and our Irish roots run deep here. So, this St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate the traditional food, drinks and music of The Emerald Isle right here in Washington CT.

A Guide to a Special Valentine’s Celebration in Washington

Whether you are celebrating with a special someone or treating yourself to a day of self-care and relaxation – there are plenty of ways to spread the love in Washington this year. We stopped in around town to ask local shops to pick their Valentine’s favorites and we’re happy to share them with you here.

Washington Gives 2020: A Day of Celebration

Washington Gives 2020 was a great success thanks to all the partners and volunteers that made this day of service possible, commemorating the life, works, and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kristin Flagg Kunhardt

We are delighted to share Kristin’s story of returning to her Washington roots and her advice on wellness as we kick off the New Year.

New Year, New Ways to Enjoy Life in Washington

Washington offers something special for everyone! From new hobbies or ways to get your body moving, to embracing the arts or expanding your mind, take a look at new and rewarding ways to spend your time in 2020.

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland and Festive Events in Washington

The winter season is a perfect time to explore the five festive villages of Washington, resplendent in full holiday decor. Town & Country voted our town as one of the Best 10 Places – in the world – to visit for Christmas! Learn why!

Late Summer Escape to Washington CT

Presenting the first in a series of guest articles from Alexandra Barnes who will be sharing her experiences exploring Washington through the seasons.

Washington, CT Featured in Roadtrippers

We are happy to share this latest feature of Washington in “The town that inspired Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow may be short on diners, but it’s full of charm—and coffee” on Roadtrippers by Alexandra Charitan. Take a look at an excerpt from the article.

July in Washington Will be Splendid!

Picnics, fireworks, fairs, gallery openings, live music, festivals, and a dog show are on Washington’s calendar this July! Be sure you don’t miss a moment of the excitement.

Litchfield Jazz Festival Comes to Washington!

The Litchfield Jazz Festival is coming to Washington in July! To prepare for this exciting weekend of jazz, we sat down with the festival’s executive and artistic director, Vita Muir.

Celebrate Mom in Washington CT!

Make this Mother’s Day one she will never forget! Check out our guide to plan a very special day in Washington.

Summer Camps in Washington, CT

What are your kids up to this summer? Check out these fantastic summer camps and programs in Washington CT!

Laura Neminski

Meet Laura Neminski, the Executive Director of The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, a community hub for arts and culture.

ASAP!’s Ultimate Collaboration

We spoke with ASAP!’s executive director, JoAnne Torti, about their upcoming performance with Pilobolus on March 30th at the Warner Theater.

Dog Days of New Preston is Back!

The puparazzi are back in New Preston! Get a portrait taken of your dog for the annual Dog Days of New Preston calendar and fundraiser.

Celebration of Young Photographers

ASAP! is looking for photographs to be a part of their 8th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers Exhibition in November.

Love the Arts with ASAP!

For almost 20 years, ASAP! has been fostering creativity and shaping the next generation of talented artists.

George Schoellkopf

Meet George Schoellkopf, Washington’s gardener extraordinaire and president of Hollister House Garden.

Peter Becker

Meet Peter Becker, Head of School of The Gunnery and active member of the Washington community. Hear his insights into the long traditions and connections between The Gunnery and our community.

WAA Sculpture Walk 2018

Washington Art Association is planning one of their biggest exhibits of the year in July 2018. The WAA Sculpture Walk will feature over 50 pieces from artists around the world and will be placed in locations throughout the Depot.

The Classic English Gardens At Hollister House

Hollister House Garden is a horticultural masterpiece that brings beautiful flowers and breathtaking vistas to our town every spring. And don’t we all want to “think spring” right now!

Susan Lerner

Meet Susan Lerner, a New York City artist who enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family at their Washington home.

Adam Woodruff

Meet Adam Woodruff, a Washingtonian and dedicated Chief of the town’s Ambulance Association.

Caring For Our Washington Community

Washington is home to several great nonprofit organizations that are doing amazing work for the community. Find out how you can help!

Welcome from our First Selectman

We are very excited to launch the new “Explore Washington CT” website, the official online resource for living in and visiting our wonderful town.

Darlene Kascak

Meet Darlene, American Indian Educator, teaching a new generation about Native American life.

Eliot Johnson

Meet Eliot Johnson, local farmer, builder, and environmentalist.

Vincent Giarrano

Meet Vincent Giarrano, prominent fine artist and get his take on life in Washington.