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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.

The Best Hikes in Washington

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter, 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 our beautiful outdoors.

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.

A Chat with 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.

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!

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.

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.

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