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.
Throughout the years, Washington has continued to be a beautiful countryside escape for many city residents from surrounding urban areas where visitors come to enjoy the peaceful views of rolling hills, lakeside leisure, and small town charm.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Take a look at the amazing lineup arts festivals, theater performances, old fashioned drive-in movies, live music under the stars, and more. #SayYesCT to summer in Washington!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
In any town, it is important to support the non-profit organizations that provide for the community. This is especially true in Washington, where so many of our beloved organizations truly keep the heart and spirit of Washington going.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Let Washington help you make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. Check out our 14 favorite things to do with your sweetheart in February.
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.
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.
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.
December is also a time of giving…which also means shopping. We’ve rounded up just a few of the fabulous shops around town so you can check off every person on your list in a snap.
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!
A second guest article from Alexandra Barnes, reflecting on the simple beauty of a drive through Washington during the late fall season.
Meet designer Michael DePerno of Plain Goods and get a behind the scenes tour of the renovation of New Preston’s Pavilion Hall, “a model of sensitive adaptive use.”
Our latest guide to the best spots in Washington to grab signature Thanksgiving desserts – for all the sweet tooths out there.
Fun autumnal events, a brisk hike with scenic vistas, cozy fireplace dining, spooky Halloween happenings – here are some of our favorite fall adventures around town!
The most stunning time of year is nearly upon us… and what better way to enjoy the crisp air and rustle of flame-colored leaves than with a day in Washington?
Washington is ready to welcome Gilmore Girls Fans for a special bus tour and show them the royal treatment in “the real Stars Hollow”.
Autumn is the perfect time to explore Washington’s many farms and enjoy the fruits of harvest season. Check out our guide to the fabulous family farms of Washington.
Presenting the first in a series of guest articles from Alexandra Barnes who will be sharing her experiences exploring Washington through the seasons.
Meet Gunn Historical Museum curator Stephen Bartkus and get a behind the scenes glimpse into this long-awaited new exhibit, Washington, Connecticut – An American Story.
The Bard comes to Washington! Join Shakesperience Productions, Inc. for several free outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s classic play The Comedy of Errors.
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.
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.
The Washington Community Day Block Party was a great success! Check out pictures from the festivities.
Make this Mother’s Day one she will never forget! Check out our guide to plan a very special day in Washington.
What are your kids up to this summer? Check out these fantastic summer camps and programs in Washington CT!
Meet Laura Neminski, the Executive Director of The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, a community hub for arts and culture.
Enjoy Washington in full bloom! Check out these wonderful hotspots to explore our town’s natural surroundings.
We spoke with ASAP!’s executive director, JoAnne Torti, about their upcoming performance with Pilobolus on March 30th at the Warner Theater.
Bring your special someone to Washington this Valentine’s Day and fall in love with our town! Check out our guide for some ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.
No matter what your goals are for 2019, Washington will help you stick to them! Our town offers many ways to keep you active, happy, and enriched throughout the New Year!
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.
Washington is home to some of the best fall foliage vistas in Connecticut. Find out the best leaf-peeping spots in town!
ASAP! is looking for photographs to be a part of their 8th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers Exhibition in November.
For almost 20 years, ASAP! has been fostering creativity and shaping the next generation of talented artists.
WAA’s Sculpture Walk celebrated its opening weekend on July 14th with friends, special performances, and a lot of sunshine.
This weekend is shaping up to a busy one in Washington! Check out our weekend round up to help plan a memorable weekend.
Washington Depot has been transformed for an incredible outdoor public art exhibit that began on July 1st.
The Gunnery opened a new chapter in their history, breaking ground on the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center.
Show Dad your love! Spend Father’s Day weekend in Washington CT and enjoy fun events and activities together.
Back in March, the Washington Supply Company celebrated 125 years of being in business and serving the Washington community.
Indulge in a little retail therapy! Check out our guide to spring shopping in the villages of Washington.
Meet George Schoellkopf, Washington’s gardener extraordinaire and president of Hollister House Garden.
Leading up to Earth Day, we thank the Washington Environmental Council for protecting and preserving the beautiful natural surroundings of our town.
Springlike weather is finally here! May we suggest that your first spring outing be on one of the trails of the Steep Rock Association?
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.
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.
What are your kids doing this summer? Check out these fantastic summer camps and programs in Washington CT!
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!
A pillar of Washington’s community for 65 years, WAA is dedicated to promoting a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts.
In honor of Library Lovers’ Month, we are spotlighting Washington’s Gunn Memorial Library, an amazing hub for our community.
Meet Susan Lerner, a New York City artist who enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family at their Washington home.
Need some help sticking to your New Year’s resolutions? Check out these great programs right here in Washington.
Washington is home to several great nonprofit organizations that are doing amazing work for the community. Find out how you can help!
Festive holiday decorations, unique shops, and a warm welcome – enjoy the “un-mall” shopping experience in Washington Depot and New Preston.
Whether you live nearby or are coming from afar, Washington CT will make your Thanksgiving Weekend one to remember.
Washington’s natural beauty is at its peak during the fall. Find the best places to view fall foliage in Washington.
Washington is one of the best places to experience New England during the fall season. Check out our top 10 things to do!
We are very excited to launch the new “Explore Washington CT” website, the official online resource for living in and visiting our wonderful town.