This fine art gallery specializes in outstanding vintage and contemporary photography. The gallery owner has excellent taste and many prints are available to purchase. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, or by appointment.
A great resource for local artists and art lovers, this association holds wonderful exhibitions in their art gallery and offer studio courses, workshops, lectures and special events. Lovely paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and other handmade crafts can be purchased at their annual holiday sale in December.
The After School Arts Program (ASAP) provides hundreds of artistic and cultural experiences to thousands of participants from over 80 towns. With workshops in the literary, performing, visual, and culinary arts, the programs are designed to teach particular skills, nurture creativity, encourage group collaboration, and give kids a chance to explore new and sometimes life-changing experiences in the arts. Its mission is to provide opportunities for children to create, collaborate, and express themselves through exposure to and participation in the arts under the guidance of arts professionals.
P.O. Box 15
Washington Depot, CT
This community garden is run by volunteers to provide food for local families in need.
860.868.2003 or 860.868.0009
A family farm in continuous operation by generations of Averills since 1746, Averill Farm is a 260-acre property that is primarily a fruit orchard, but also produces hay and Christmas trees. Numerous varieties of apples and pears are grown in their 27-acre fruit orchard and are sold both as picked fruit and pick-your-own. Their farm stand sells homemade cider, apple cider doughnuts (legendary for their delicate, sweet, natural flavor), jams, jellies as well as locally sourced pies, pumpkins, maple syrup, honey, cheddar cheese, potatoes, garlic and sundry items.
Visitors may watch sap collection and syrup being made during February and March. Groups always welcome. Call ahead.
28 Sunny Ridge Road
If you want to enjoy fine, casual dining in an 1850 Colonial home located off the beaten track, then the G.W. Tavern is the spot for you. Whether its summer dining on a flagstone patio overlooking a river, or winter dining beside a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, you will be sure to relish their seasonal specialties (fiddleheads and soft shells in the warm months to game and fowl throughout the winter). Surrounded by hand painted murals of the old town and farms, the interior is cozy, romantic, and comfortable and is a wonderful place to enjoy traditional American fare accompanied by either a specialty draft or bottled beer, or a glass of wine from their extensive wine list. Brunch is a big hit at the G.W. Live music. Weekly specials. Catering and full take out menu available. Reservations are strongly recommended.
20 Bee Brook Road
The food is good, the atmosphere casual, and the staff is friendly. This is a great meet-up place for breakfast and lunch. Also open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays only. Their fresh juices are delicious. So is the pizza and their baked goods. They offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Take prepared foods to go, or stay and enjoy. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7am to 5pm; Friday and Saturday, 7am to 9pm; closed on Tuesdays.
88 Bee Brook Road
Marty’s serves breakfast, salads, sandwiches, soups and a nice variety of beverages, including smoothies, frappes, an impressive selection of unusual bottled sodas, and various coffees and tea. But that’s not all…. at Marty’s you can kick back, get comfortable, and utilize their free Wi-Fi internet.
The tap room is adjacent to the dining room and offers first-rate pub style meals such as steamed mussels, grilled vegetable terrine, and organic salmon (their hamburgers are scrumptious). On weekends you can relax with a well-deserved martini and drift away to the sounds of a virtuoso piano player.
It’s hard to find authentic, well prepared, creatively envisioned Japanese food, all of which (and more) has been achieved by Norimaki. This small restaurant with a lot of ambiance serves fresh, high-quality food made on the premises. Their sushi, yuzu cha tea, sansai udon, and their large shumai dumplings are off the charts. Excellent service. Reservations are recommended on weekends.
4 Green Hill Road
You can pick your own apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, and plums at this lovely farm. They have 34 varieties of yellow and white peaches.
Known for its cheeses and catering, The Pantry is a big hit with the locals and is frankly, one of the best places for a delicious lunch and for take away. They serve breakfast foods, lunch and afternoon tea. An enticing display of baked goods like muffins, pies, cakes, and cookies can be found at the front counter. They also carry a great selection of gift items like olive oils, kitchenware, linens, and dishes. Their catering service is legendary. Best baguettes around.
5 Titus Road
The Smithy is located at the site of the last blacksmith shop in New Preston (hence its name). Creating an awareness of local agricultural and craft capabilities, The Smithy sells fresh, locally grown produce and other homemade goods from handmade gifts, pottery, jams, and birdhouses to chilled fresh chickens.
Waldingfield Farm is an organic vegetable farm in its 25th year growing certified organic vegetables. Their heirloom tomatoes are superb! They currently grow on approximately 25 acres and service Litchfield County, Fairfield County, and New York city through farmers markets, restaurants, stores and via their CSA program. Their East Street farm stand is open June through October. Their CSA program runs from June to October. They also sell their own food products, including two types of pasta sauces and their famous Bloody Mary mix, which are sold throughout the county, state and New York.
Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
1 Green Hill Road
Lovely skin care products, clothes, accessories, and to-die-for home decor and gift items. Conveniently located in the depot.
The best book store in the NW corner! We love it. With their friendly and helpful staff, well-stocked shelves, terrific cookbook section, and an extensive children’s book section, it’s where we like to hang out. Check their events calendar for book signings.
Sherry and Eric Leitz have created a fabulous collection of leather luxury goods—from handbags and belts to wine totes and jewelry—that are handcrafted with bridal leather, dyed and stained, and saddle-stitched by Eric. Custom orders can be taken by selecting an interior color, an exterior color, the style of the rivets, and more. Handbags come in 3 main sizes: weekender, mini-tote, and the work bag, but any size can be custom-made and ordered in a wide range of colors. Did we mention that they also make iPad and iPhone cases?
If you try to support local artisans and businesses, and you care that the products you purchase are handcrafted in America; if you value attention to detail and craftsmanship, originality and functionality, look no further than Leitz Leather Goods. See our article HERE.
To place an order or to contact Sherry for a private appointment in their workshop:
All the usual stuff for the home, plus outdoor furniture, gardening products, and an arts supply section. We love it!
Gideon Hollister, a leading early resident of Washington, built this house about 1765 for his son Preston. In addition to farming, the enterprising Gideon operated a sawmill, a trading post, and a potash works; he also held civic and military posts. Succeeding generations of Hollisters occupied the house until the middle of the 20th century and continued to be important in Washington. Open fields, barns and other outbuildings on the property bear witness to the homesteads ongoing use as a farm. In the latter part of the 20th century, the house became, like many other Litchfield County farmsteads, a weekend home.
Because Washington was still remote in the mid-18th century, the house’s architecture is simple. Its saltbox form is uncommon in the region (only three exist today in Washington), and the finishes are plain. Later additions maintained this overall simplicity. Although it is not old enough to contribute to the homestead’s historic significance, the garden is noteworthy. Built by then-owner George Shoellkopf beginning in 1975, its English design, with a series of individual rooms, complements the historic buildings and the topography. The property is owned by The Garden Conservancy, which opens the garden to the public on summer weekends.
294-300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Nestled atop a hill in the town of Washington sits this stunning Dutch Colonial Country Inn with breathtaking views, well-appointed rooms, and a gracious lady of the house, Regine Laverge-Schade. Not to be missed!
Accommodations include: Three Double Rooms. An exquisite ground floor Red Guest Suite with private entry. King size bed, en-suite full bath, kitchenette, and French windows facing the front terrace with far-southeastern views. The Main house has the Blue Master Bedroom with King-size bed, en-suite full thermal spa bath, with sweeping valley views. The Green Bedroom has a Queen-size bed with additional daybed and private bath. The third floor is a playroom for children. The entire house can be rented for extended visits and romantic getaways.
Located in the idyllic town of Washington in Connecticut, The Mayflower Grace is an exquisite country retreat, nestled in 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland. Just two hours’ drive from New York City, it is renowned as one of northeast America’s most distinguished luxury hideaways, offering the perfect accommodation for those looking for a boutique hotel in Connecticut and one of the finest spas in New England. This 30-room luxury hotel is a member of the renowned Relais & Châteaux association of world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs. The sumptuous restaurant at The Mayflower Grace is The Mayflower Dining Room, offering a pleasing selection of New England dishes using fresh, regionally sourced ingredients.
The Mayflower Grace
118 Woodbury Road
Visitors may watch sap collection and syrup being made during February and March. Groups always welcome. Call ahead.
28 Sunny Ridge Road
Start at the Washington town beach on East Shore Road in New Preston and follow the road around the lake for a total of 8 miles. Beautiful scenic road.
Ice skating. Open to the public for family skates on Sundays from 4:45 to 7 p.m.
99 Green Hill Road
They offer three family skates to the public each year. Dates for the remaining two open skates will be announced. They also offer lessons to students and their siblings who wish to learn to glide across the ice.
201 Romford Road
Hiking trails in the northern section of Macricostas Preserve go up the slope of Waramaug’s Rock, a forested ridge that rises to an elevation of 1250 feet. At the summit is an incredible vista of Lake Waramaug in the distance. In stark contrast, the southern part of the Preserve treats hikers to idyllic views of an expansive, gently-rolling meadowland. Totaling about 50 acres, this sprawling field of grasses and wildflowers is a charming throwback to the pastures of 19th-century Connecticut. Meeker Swamp sits in the middle of the Preserve.
This place is popular with the locals in Washington. There are several trails on the 974 acres. Pinney Loop is 1.7 miles or take the longer Steep Rock loop, which is 4.2 miles. You can also ride your mountain bike or ride your horse along the river.
This community building and park has a full-season garden and a 45-foot sculpture made of polished granite called Currents was gifted by talented, local artist Mark Mennin, who carved it by hand. The sculpture was conceived to be used by the public as a place to sit and converse, and it was created to encourage people to engage with art. The Saturday Farmers Market is very popular, and art exhibits and local events are held inside the building. The park is run by The Washington Park Foundation.
Located in the center of Washington Depot on Green Hill Road (Route 47).
Recognizing that art is an integral part of a healthy society, ASAP is dedicated to providing artistic opportunities to all members of the community through classes, workshops, events and field trips with professional artists and arts organizations. For adults, teens, and younger. Check their website for each season’s offerings.
6 Bee Brook Road, Unit B
A great resource for local artists and art lovers, this association holds wonderful exhibitions in their art gallery and offers studio courses, workshops, lectures and special events. Membership is open to individuals and families.
The goals of the members of the Washington Garden Club are to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment. Growing winter squash at the Judea Community Garden, maintaining the Gunn Museum Panel Gardens, adding bulbs and plantings along the River Walk & Pavilion are just a few of the hands on projects the WCG is involved in.
Master stylist Sal Anthony launched this popular hair salon in April of 2016. Situated next door to The Owl Wine Bar in New Preston, the small but intimate studio is very comfortable and beautifully designed. Sal has quickly become everyone’s favorite stylist. He’s a good listener, has a great sense of humor, and he has a way with people. When you put yourself under Sal’s care and expertise, you can be confident that you will like the results. Sal’s clientele includes both men and women, and he provides a wide range of services from a simple cut and blow-dry to shine coats, base breaks, and deep conditioning treatments. He uses and sells Aveda hair products, which are made with organic and natural pure flower and plant ingredients, and the packaging consists of 100% post-consumer recycled materials. Aveda Gift Sets and Gift Certificates for the hair studio are available. Prices for all services can be found on the website. See our article HERE.
Appointments: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Salvatore Anthony Hair Studio
18 East Shore Road
New Preston, CT 06777
Scrubs, rubs and soaks, facials, soul-enhancing rituals, massages and body therapies, salon services, indoor and outdoor active body regimens, in addition to mind-spirit sessions are just a taste of what this beautiful spa has to offer.
118 Woodbury Road, Route 47