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Residents adore this quaint town, located in picturesque Litchfield County, for its blend of historical significance, unspoiled natural beauty, and modern vibrance. Incorporated just three years after the Revolutionary War and named for General George Washington, the town is centered around historical Washington Green and surrounded by several charming villages. Its scenic backdrop comes from its proximity to Lake Waramaug, the Shepaug River, and the Bantam River as well as farmland and plentiful wooded areas. The town also boasts an array of antique and specialty shops, art galleries, fine restaurants, and country inns for a healthy dose of shopping, dining, and cultural entertainment. Well-preserved historic homes attract both full-time and seasonal residents.

Dining & Hospitality


Community Table
223 Litchfield Tpke, New Preston

Expect elevated country dining at this communal hot spot where farm-to-table dishes and artisanal cocktails shine. Casual and vibrant, Community Table serves as a local fixture and popular meeting spot, well-loved for its hospitality and commitment to sustainability. The restaurant also works closely with area farms to ensure the freshest seasonal ingredients. Catering is available for private events, as well.

The Garden Room at the Mayflower Inn and Spa
118 Woodbury Rd, Washington

Nestled within the Mayflower Inn and Spa, an idyllic country retreat set on 58 lush acres, The Garden Room offers a truly delightful dining experience. Led by Michelin-starred Chef Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and decorated by celebrity designer Celerie Kemble, the restaurant features a luxurious menu of farm-fresh seasonal cuisine overlooking the inn’s stunning gardens. Fresh produce from local farms is highlighted in all dishes and guests can choose to enjoy ingredient-centric a la carte dining or savor one of the chef’s multi-course creations.

Shopping

J Seitz & Co
9 E Shore Rd, New Preston

Calling all design lovers! Style meets small-town charm at this lifestyle store spanning 5,000 square feet within a vintage building overlooking a waterfall in nearby New Preston. In business for more than 35 years, this family-owned emporium offers a curated selection of sustainable, artisan-made, and fair-trade lifestyle offerings — everything from furniture and home accents to artisan jewelry to women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, apothecary, and unique gifts. The shop is a magnet for weekenders, celebrities, designers, and style enthusiasts alike.

Parks & Recreation

Steep Rock Association
116 Christian St, New Preston

As a nationally accredited, non-profit land trust, Steep Rock Association is the steward of some 5,800 acres of forest, fields, farms, meadows, and waterways in Washington and the greater Litchfield Hills area. The preserves are a local favorite destination for nature lovers who can enjoy 45 miles of trails perfect for hiking, birdwatching, and stunning scenic views. Other Steep Rock activities include river recreation (fishing and boating), horseback riding, camping, and a community garden.

Lake Waramaug State Park
30 Lake Waramaug Rd, New Preston

Popular in Fall for its stunning foliage vistas and year-round for recreational opportunities, Lake Waramaug sits on approximately 95 acres of state land. Visitors come for swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and picnicking, or just to enjoy a day in nature. Bathrooms, shower facilities, and a food concession area add to the appeal.

Historic

Photo courtesy of the Gunn Historical Museum

Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Rd, Washington

Explore Washington’s rich history at the Gunn Historical Museum, where exhibits and artifacts tell the story of the town’s evolution and historical significance. Housed in a 1781 residence overlooking Washington Green, the museum itself traces its roots back to 1899 when it was first opened as the Judea Historical Room in the Canfield House on Washington Green. Today, it houses more than 10,000 items, including research papers, family histories, maps, gravestone inscriptions, photographs, and house histories, giving a complete picture of the town’s heritage.

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