Living Well in Litchfield County, Connecticut

Washington

Architects

Peter Talbot Architects

Peter Talbot Architects is a five person general practice of Architecture, Design & Planning specializing in residential, commercial, and institutional projects.

Peter Talbot Architects
50 Bell Hill Rd, Washington
860-868-4000

Reese Owens Architects

Completed projects in corporate offices, retail and hospitality, small institutional, educational, and private residential.

Reese Owens Architects
18 Titus Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-4000

Arts

Salvaged Woodworks

Steven Monteiro is a commercial airline pilot but in his free time is also the sole owner and operator of Salvaged Woodworks, LLC. He salvages trees that have fallen or been cut down in local towns and uses the wood to create different sustainable goods, namely, charcuterie boards and serving platters, live edge tables and benches, bottle openers, wine stoppers, coasters and other similar items.

He works out of his home workshop in Washington, he sells his goods through his instagram account where he posts his current inventory for sale and a local shop in New Milford, called the Safari Collective. He also takes custom orders via email at salvagedwoodworking@gmail.com

203-770-2859
instagram.com/salvaged_woodworks

Causes

H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut

The Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines (H.O.R.S.E.) of Connecticut Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected horses. Over the past 35 years, H.O.R.S.E. has saved more than 700 lives. In addition to direct intervention, H.O.R.S.E. also maintains an ongoing commitment to educating the public about horse care.

They are staffed by a team of volunteers who share dedication and love of the beautiful horse.  H.O.R.S.E. volunteers intervene on behalf of suffering equines by providing relief, recovery, shelter, and rehabilitation. If you share a similar love of horses, consider becoming a volunteer.

H.O.R.S.E. of CT
43 Wilbur Rd, Washington
860-868-1960

Judea Garden

Judea Garden began in spring 2009. This garden is where community volunteers comes together to provide fresh produce for members of our community who have limited financial resources. Volunteers are the backbone of Judea Garden. Without them, they would not be able to bring fresh produce to those in need. Come volunteer to use your skills, or develop new ones, while helping the community.

Donations of time, money and gardening items (shovels, rakes, etc.) will be gratefully accepted.

Judea Garden
124 Christian St
860-868-9131

Design

Appletree Design Depot

Appletree Design Depot is a family owned interior design store that works with each client to create custom solutions for their residential, commercial, and remodeling needs.

Appletree Design Depot 
27 Bee Brook Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-7410

Arbor Services of CT

Arbor Services of CT offers planting, fertilizing, transplanting, pruning, cable, lightning protection, insect diagnosis and treatment, tree removal.

Arbor Services of CT
PO. Box 363, Washington Depot
860-868-1930

Bouyea & Associates

Bouyea & Associates has a team of experienced designers and technicians with over 25 years of experience. They research, design, coordinate, and supervise through all stages.

Bouyea & Associates 
5 Green Hill Rd, Washington
860-868-4500

Dirk W. Sabin Landscape Arch.

Dirk W. Sabin provides comprehensive service toward the development of sustainable landscapes in residential, commercial, and municipal settings.

281 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington
860-350-2993

Distinctive Swimming Pools, Inc.

For over 33 years Distinctive Swimming Pools, Inc., Washington Depot, has been a family owned and operated pool company. They have been providing their customers with full pool service, retail store, and more. They are now expanding further into renovation and new pool construction. Call for a free quote today.

distinctiveswimmingpools.com
74 Bee Brook Rd., Washington Depot
860-868-3622

E Garrity Water Solutions

E. Garrity Water Solutions offers pump services, well services, water inspections, and water testing.

garritywater.com
262 New Milford Tpke., Washington
860-539-0327

Everything Botanical LLC

Everything Botanical is a full service landscape company offering a wide variety of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, as well as masonry, cut flowers, and European baskets.

Everything Botanical 
253 Old Litchfield Rd, Washington
860-619-0302

Home Watch of CT

Whether you travel often, move seasonally, or are away for periods due to work, you can have peace of mind knowing that Home Watch of CT is your advocate, watching out for your home while you are away.

Their primary service is the Basic Home Watch Service. This service is based on weekly or bi-weekly visits, in which they visually check for obvious issues with the intent on catching them before they become large and costly.

Additional Services (include but are not limited to):

-24/7 Alarm Response Services as your local contact
-24/7 Key Holding Services for lockouts, deliveries or vendors
-Seasonal Opening & Arrival Preparation
-Seasonal Closing Services
-Pre and Post-Storm Inspections
-Pre-stocking for arrival
-Errand running
-Calls/Appointments/Reservations

Home Watch of CT
5 Kirby Rd., #1161
203-291-2888

Peter Talbot Architects

Peter Talbot Architects is a five person general practice of Architecture, Design & Planning specializing in residential, commercial, and institutional projects.

Peter Talbot Architects
50 Bell Hill Rd, Washington
860-868-4000

Reese Owens Architects

Completed projects in corporate offices, retail and hospitality, small institutional, educational, and private residential.

Reese Owens Architects
18 Titus Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-4000

Designers

Appletree Design Depot

Appletree Design Depot is a family owned interior design store that works with each client to create custom solutions for their residential, commercial, and remodeling needs.

Appletree Design Depot 
27 Bee Brook Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-7410

Farms

Averill Farm

Apple-picking at its best! The Averills have been operating this family farm, Averill Farm, continuously since it was purchased in 1746 from the holdings of Chief Waramaug. The 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.

Averill Farm
250 Calhoun St., Washington
860-868-2777

Starberry Farm

You can pick your own apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, and plums at Starberry Farm. They have 34 varieties of yellow and white peaches.

81 Kielwasser Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-2863
starberry@snet.net

Food

Averill Farm

Apple-picking at its best! The Averills have been operating this family farm, Averill Farm, continuously since it was purchased in 1746 from the holdings of Chief Waramaug. The 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.

Averill Farm
250 Calhoun St., Washington
860-868-2777

Flemming’s Hidden Valley Restaurant

Founded in 2021, Flemming’s Hidden Valley Restaurant is becoming quite popular amongst the locals and known for revolutionizing the way people enjoy food. Their main goal is to provide their clientele with an unmatched experience, and bringing them unforgettable memories. Take a trip and meet the owner and Executive Chef Flemming Brown and Chef De Cuisine Ronald Santos!

Flemming’s Hidden Valley Restaurant
88 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot
860-619-0027

G.W. Tavern

Once a 1850 Colonial home located off the beaten track is now a tavern serving American comfort food. Enjoy summers outside at the flagstone patio overlooking the Shepaug River or winter evenings inside beside the floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace surrounded by hand painted murals.

G.W. Tavern
20 Bee Brook Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-6633

Mayflower Inn & Spa Tap Room

This comfortable bar features a wide array of wines, liquors, and creative mixed drinks.

Mayflower Inn & Spa Tap Room
118 Woodbury Rd, Route 47
860-868-9466

Norimaki

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 Rd
860-868-0555

The Pantry

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.

The Pantry
5 Titus Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-0258

Waldingfield Farm

A certified organic vegetable farm with a stand located along East Street in Washington.

Waldingfield Farm 
24 East St, Washington
860-898-0438

Furniture

Black Swan Antiques

dutchantiquetiles.com
1 Warner Rd., Bridgewater
860-717-4463

Furniture

Black Swan Antiques

dutchantiquetiles.com
1 Warner Rd., Bridgewater
860-717-4463

Gardens

Hollister House Garden

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. The gardens were begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf and planned to compliment the old house and the surrounding landscape. The garden unfolds in a successive series of “rooms” bordered by walls and hedges which create an architectural framework for the romantic abundance of the plantings. The garden is open to the public late April to mid-October.

300 Nettleton Hollow Road, Washington
860-868-2200
hollisterhousegarden.org
Instagram: @hollisterhousegarden

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

Located in the center of Washington Depot, and of Litchfield County too, The Judy Black Park is a place where the community comes together. It is a place that welcomes artists, musicians, actors, dancers and audiences of all ages. It is home to outdoor movies, farmers markets, children’s arts and crafts, holiday celebrations, tributes to town volunteers, art exhibits, and much more. We take pride in the park and the evolutionary role it plays in our community and we are grateful for the support of the donors, event sponsors, and volunteers who helped to create this place that plays the literal and figurative role as the town square at the very crossroads of our community.

1 Green Hill Road, Washington Green
laura@thejudyblackparkandgardens.org
thejudyblackparkandgardens.org
Instagram: @thejudyblackpark

Goods

Five Janes

This cute boutique in the center of Washington Depot has clothing, bags, accessories, jewelry, home goods & gifts, and baby items. There is something for everyone at this boutique.

Five Janes
3 Bryan Hall Plaza

 

Leitz Leather Goods

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?
See our article HERE.

To place an order or to contact Sherry for a private appointment in their workshop.

SherryLeitz@iCloud.com
917-73505044

instagram.com/leitzleather

Salvaged Woodworks

Steven Monteiro is a commercial airline pilot but in his free time is also the sole owner and operator of Salvaged Woodworks, LLC. He salvages trees that have fallen or been cut down in local towns and uses the wood to create different sustainable goods, namely, charcuterie boards and serving platters, live edge tables and benches, bottle openers, wine stoppers, coasters and other similar items.

He works out of his home workshop in Washington, he sells his goods through his instagram account where he posts his current inventory for sale and a local shop in New Milford, called the Safari Collective. He also takes custom orders via email at salvagedwoodworking@gmail.com

203-770-2859
instagram.com/salvaged_woodworks

Landmarks

Gunn Historical Museum

Dedicated to the mission to collect, preserve, and share the objects and stories which illuminate the history of Washington, Connecticut.

Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Rd, Washington
860-868-7756

Hollister House Garden

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. The gardens were begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf and planned to compliment the old house and the surrounding landscape. The garden unfolds in a successive series of “rooms” bordered by walls and hedges which create an architectural framework for the romantic abundance of the plantings. The garden is open to the public late April to mid-October.

300 Nettleton Hollow Road, Washington
860-868-2200
hollisterhousegarden.org
Instagram: @hollisterhousegarden

Steep Rock Preserve

Spreading around 1,000 acres, Steep Rock is the association’s largest preserve. Take in the flora and fauna along the flat trail that runs alongside the river’s edge, or venture through the old hemlock forests to the summits peak.

There is 3 main points of interest to checkout while exploring, Railroad Tunnel, Holiday House, and Steep Rock Summit.

Steep Rock Association
2 Tunnel Road, Washington Depot
860-868-9131

Landscape

Dirk W. Sabin Landscape Arch.

Dirk W. Sabin provides comprehensive service toward the development of sustainable landscapes in residential, commercial, and municipal settings.

281 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington
860-350-2993

Everything Botanical LLC

Everything Botanical is a full service landscape company offering a wide variety of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, as well as masonry, cut flowers, and European baskets.

Everything Botanical 
253 Old Litchfield Rd, Washington
860-619-0302

Lighting

Bouyea & Associates

Bouyea & Associates has a team of experienced designers and technicians with over 25 years of experience. They research, design, coordinate, and supervise through all stages.

Bouyea & Associates 
5 Green Hill Rd, Washington
860-868-4500

Outdoors

Averill Farm

Apple-picking at its best! The Averills have been operating this family farm, Averill Farm, continuously since it was purchased in 1746 from the holdings of Chief Waramaug. The 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.

Averill Farm
250 Calhoun St., Washington
860-868-2777

Hidden Valley Preserve

Located Northeast of Washington Depot, Hidden Valley has 700 acres of mixed forests and meadows that overlap and offer around 17 miles of hiking trails with a variety of terrain. Points of interest are The HV Lookout, The Quartz Mine, The Thoreau Bridge, and The Pinnacle. All offer lovely views and great photo spots!

Hidden Valley Preserve 
198 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot
860-868-9131

Hollister House Garden

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. The gardens were begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf and planned to compliment the old house and the surrounding landscape. The garden unfolds in a successive series of “rooms” bordered by walls and hedges which create an architectural framework for the romantic abundance of the plantings. The garden is open to the public late April to mid-October.

300 Nettleton Hollow Road, Washington
860-868-2200
hollisterhousegarden.org
Instagram: @hollisterhousegarden

Lake Waramaug Bike Ride

Start at the Washington town beach on East Shore Rd in New Preston and follow the road around the lake for a total of 8 miles. Beautiful scenic road.

Linen Rink

Linen Rink ice skating is open to the public for family skates on Sundays from 4:45 to 7 pm.

Gunnery School
99 Green Hill Rd

Lufkin Rink

Lufkin Rink offers 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.

Rumsey Hall
201 Romford Rd

Steep Rock Preserve

Spreading around 1,000 acres, Steep Rock is the association’s largest preserve. Take in the flora and fauna along the flat trail that runs alongside the river’s edge, or venture through the old hemlock forests to the summits peak.

There is 3 main points of interest to checkout while exploring, Railroad Tunnel, Holiday House, and Steep Rock Summit.

Steep Rock Association
2 Tunnel Road, Washington Depot
860-868-9131

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

Located in the center of Washington Depot, and of Litchfield County too, The Judy Black Park is a place where the community comes together. It is a place that welcomes artists, musicians, actors, dancers and audiences of all ages. It is home to outdoor movies, farmers markets, children’s arts and crafts, holiday celebrations, tributes to town volunteers, art exhibits, and much more. We take pride in the park and the evolutionary role it plays in our community and we are grateful for the support of the donors, event sponsors, and volunteers who helped to create this place that plays the literal and figurative role as the town square at the very crossroads of our community.

1 Green Hill Road, Washington Green
laura@thejudyblackparkandgardens.org
thejudyblackparkandgardens.org
Instagram: @thejudyblackpark

Pools

Distinctive Swimming Pools, Inc.

For over 33 years Distinctive Swimming Pools, Inc., Washington Depot, has been a family owned and operated pool company. They have been providing their customers with full pool service, retail store, and more. They are now expanding further into renovation and new pool construction. Call for a free quote today.

distinctiveswimmingpools.com
74 Bee Brook Rd., Washington Depot
860-868-3622

Pursuits

Spring Hill Vineyards

Home of the SHAG festival, a performance filled benefit focused on the arts.

Spring Hill Vineyards
282 Bee Brook Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-7172

Theatre for Good

Theatre for Good was created almost four years ago as a way to bring people together and benefit the community.

Washington Garden Club

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 Frederick 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.

P.O. Box 228, Washington Depot
WashingtonGardenClubCT@gmail.com
washingtongardenclubct.org

Schools

Shepaug Valley School

Shepaug Valley School is a seven-year public coeducation middle and high school in Washington. This school challenges and inspires students to demonstrate critical thinking, ethical behavior, creativity, and compassion each day.

Shepaug Valley School
159 South St, Washington
860-868-7326

Speciality

E Garrity Water Solutions

E. Garrity Water Solutions offers pump services, well services, water inspections, and water testing.

garritywater.com
262 New Milford Tpke., Washington
860-539-0327

Home Watch of CT

Whether you travel often, move seasonally, or are away for periods due to work, you can have peace of mind knowing that Home Watch of CT is your advocate, watching out for your home while you are away.

Their primary service is the Basic Home Watch Service. This service is based on weekly or bi-weekly visits, in which they visually check for obvious issues with the intent on catching them before they become large and costly.

Additional Services (include but are not limited to):

-24/7 Alarm Response Services as your local contact
-24/7 Key Holding Services for lockouts, deliveries or vendors
-Seasonal Opening & Arrival Preparation
-Seasonal Closing Services
-Pre and Post-Storm Inspections
-Pre-stocking for arrival
-Errand running
-Calls/Appointments/Reservations

Home Watch of CT
5 Kirby Rd., #1161
203-291-2888

Tree Service

Arbor Services of CT

Arbor Services of CT offers planting, fertilizing, transplanting, pruning, cable, lightning protection, insect diagnosis and treatment, tree removal.

Arbor Services of CT
PO. Box 363, Washington Depot
860-868-1930

Uncategorized

Depot Dog

In Washington Depot, Depot Dog offers a full spectrum of quality products for your pets.

Depot Dog
11 Titus Rd, Washington Depot
860-619-0430

Klemm Real Estate

Established in 1986, the agency has built a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader of luxury property sales and rentals throughout Litchfield County.

Klemm Real Estate
6 Titus Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-7313

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is the premier real estate brokerage firm spanning Connecticut.

William Pitt
6 Green Hill Rd, Washington
860-868-6600

William Raveis Lifestyles Realty

Litchfield County’s largest real estate team with William Raveis real Estate Inc. Serving all of Litchfield County and surrounding areas.

William Raveis Lifestyles Realty
4 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot
860-868-0511

Wellness

Salvatore Anthony Hair Studio

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 in a luxuriously-appointed setting.

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 percent 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 previous article HERE.

Appointments: Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Salvatore Anthony Hair Studio
10 Main St, New Preston
860-619-0555

The Mayflower Spa

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.

Mayflower Spa 
118 Woodbury Rd, Washington
860-868-9466

The Well at The Mayflower

Renowned award-winning spa with holistic and restorative health treatments.

The Well
118 Woodbury Rd, Route 47, Washington
860-619-7016

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