Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills

Washington

Arts

KMR Arts
Kathy McCarver in her gallery.

This fine art gallery specializes in outstanding vintage and contemporary photography. Kathryn McCarver Root opened KMR Arts in 2007. Appealing to both the established collector and the first time buyer, KMR Arts continues to celebrate photography. Kathy McCarver Root is a photography dealer, working with individual and corporate clients to purchase and install photography. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, or by appointment.


2 Titus Road, Washington Depot
860.868.7533

www.kmrarts.com
Instagram: @kmrarts

The Smithy

Situated in New Preston Village’s former blacksmith shop, The Smithy Market is located in a charming and meticulously rebuilt two-story barn. The market prides itself on supporting local farms and businesses from within a 70-mile radius, showcasing fresh-picked produce and small batch specialty foods, using sustainable, organic practices whenever possible. Upstairs from the shop is the Loft Gallery where guests can enjoy regularly rotating art exhibits, wine and cheese receptions, live music and a cozy space for the community to gather and connect.

The Smithy Market and Loft Gallery
10 Main Street, New Preston
(860) 868-9003

Washington Art Association (WAA)

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.
www.washingtonartassociation.org

Beauty

Pilar BLLaC
Pilar DeMann

Pilar DeMann is a licensed microblader. She uses her skills to craft the perfect brow for her clients. Pilar’s makeup ethos is that less is more. No matter what, you should always do your Brows, Lashes, Lips and Cheeks. In her studio in Washington Depot you can get your lashes tinted, a lightstim therapy treatment, and a private makeup consultation. By appointment.

Washington Depot, CT
pilar@pilarbllac.com
860.619.0488

 

Causes

After School Arts Program ASAP

Founded in 1999, ASAP! is a social profit organization recognized as the place for high quality and innovative learning experiences. We believe that when we honor children’s imaginations, invite them to create, encourage them to take risks, and trust their resourcefulness, they will become the empowered, resilient, and compassionate adults the world really needs. Serving nearly 10,000 students throughout CT each year, ASAP! promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion in all its programs.

Bee Brook Rd. Unit B
Washington Depot, CT 06794
M-F, 9 am – 5 pm

(860) 868-0740

asapct.org/@asap_arts

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.

43 Wilbur Road, Washington CT 06777

www.horseofct.org

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.

www.steeprockassoc.org/judea-garden/
860.868.2003 or 860.868.0009

Steep Rock Association

Steep Rock Association is a land trust whose mission is to conserve ecologically and historically significant landscapes in and around Washington, CT and the Shepaug River Valley and to enhance the community’s connection with nature. They have 4 different preserves, including Hidden Valley Preserve, Macricostas Preserve, Steep Rock Preserve, and Judea Garden.

With over 5,200 acres of protected land, many sets of eyes, ears and hands are needed to monitor, preserve and maintain the special places in this world. Steep Rock Association wouldn’t be where they are today without the work of volunteers. They offer seasonal and ongoing volunteer opportunities for anyone interested.

Box 279, Washington Depot, Connecticut 06794

www.steeprockassoc.org/

860.868.9131

Farms

Starberry Farm

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.

81 Kielwasser Road
Washington Depot
860.868.2863
starberry@snet.net

Food

Dutton’s Sugarhouse

Visitors can come to Dutton’s Sugarhouse to watch sap collection and syrup being made during February and March. Groups always welcome. Call ahead. 

28 Sunny Ridge Road
860.868.0345

G.W. Tavern

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
860.868.6633

Hidden Valley Eatery

CLOSED.

At Hidden Valley Eatery, 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.

88 Bee Brook Road
Washington
860.619.0660
www.hiddenvalleyeatery.com

Marty’s

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.

6 Green Hill, Route 47
860.868.6094
www.seeyouatmartys.com

Mayflower Inn Tap Room

The Mayflower Inn 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.

118 Woodbury Road, Route 47
860.868.9466
www.mayflowerinn.com

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 Road
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.

5 Titus Road
860.868.0258

The Smithy

Situated in New Preston Village’s former blacksmith shop, The Smithy Market is located in a charming and meticulously rebuilt two-story barn. The market prides itself on supporting local farms and businesses from within a 70-mile radius, showcasing fresh-picked produce and small batch specialty foods, using sustainable, organic practices whenever possible. Upstairs from the shop is the Loft Gallery where guests can enjoy regularly rotating art exhibits, wine and cheese receptions, live music and a cozy space for the community to gather and connect.

The Smithy Market and Loft Gallery
10 Main Street, New Preston
(860) 868-9003

Waldingfield Farm

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.

24 East Street
Washington
860.898.0438
www.waldingfieldfarm.com

Washington Depot Farmers’ Market

The Washington Depot Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm.

Washington Park
1 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot

Furniture

George Home

GEORGE HOME opened in 2017 by Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley of Duane in Manhattan and Betsey Nestler, a local dealer and style maker. GEORGE features a curated global mix of mid-century modern, antique and contemporary furniture, as well as objects, art, accessories, lighting, and a wide range of unique tabletop accessories.
​Additionally, The Design Studio at GEORGE offers full interior design and staging services.

4 Titus Rd, Washington Depot
860.868.0323
info@GEORGEHOMECT.COM
Instagram:  @GEORGEHOME CT

Goods

George Home

GEORGE HOME opened in 2017 by Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley of Duane in Manhattan and Betsey Nestler, a local dealer and style maker. GEORGE features a curated global mix of mid-century modern, antique and contemporary furniture, as well as objects, art, accessories, lighting, and a wide range of unique tabletop accessories.
​Additionally, The Design Studio at GEORGE offers full interior design and staging services.

4 Titus Rd, Washington Depot
860.868.0323
info@GEORGEHOMECT.COM
Instagram:  @GEORGEHOME CT

Green Hill Home & Garden

Lovely skin care products, clothes, accessories, and to-die-for home decor and gift items. Conveniently located in the depot.

860.868.6859

Hickory Stick Bookshop

With their friendly and helpful staff,  well-stocked shelves, terrific cookbook section, and an extensive children’s book section, Hickory Stick Bookshop is where we like to hang out. Check their events calendar for book signings.

2 Green Hill Rd, suite 1201, Washington Depot
www.hickorystickbookshop.com

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
917.735.5044

Instagram: @LeitzLeather

The Smithy

Situated in New Preston Village’s former blacksmith shop, The Smithy Market is located in a charming and meticulously rebuilt two-story barn. The market prides itself on supporting local farms and businesses from within a 70-mile radius, showcasing fresh-picked produce and small batch specialty foods, using sustainable, organic practices whenever possible. Upstairs from the shop is the Loft Gallery where guests can enjoy regularly rotating art exhibits, wine and cheese receptions, live music and a cozy space for the community to gather and connect.

The Smithy Market and Loft Gallery
10 Main Street, New Preston
(860) 868-9003

Washington Supply Company

All the usual stuff for the home, plus outdoor furniture, gardening products, and an arts supply section. We love it!

www.washingtonsupply.com

Landmarks

Hollister House

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
Washington
860.868.2200

www.cttrust.org
www.hollisterhousegarden.org

Lodgings

Hidden Valley B&B

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.

Hidden Valley
226 Bee Brook Rd
Washington Depot, CT 06794
860-868-9401
info@hiddenvalleyct.com
www.hiddenvalleyct.com

The Mayflower Grace

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
Washington 06793
860.868.9466
www.gracehotels.com/mayflower/

Outdoors

Dutton’s Sugarhouse

Visitors can come to Dutton’s Sugarhouse to watch sap collection and syrup being made during February and March. Groups always welcome. Call ahead. 

28 Sunny Ridge Road
860.868.0345

Lake Waramaug Bike Ride

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.
www.lakewaramaug.com

Linen Rink

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

Gunnery School
99 Green Hill Road

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 Road

Macricostas Preserve Hike

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.
www.steeprockassoc.org

Steep Rock

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.
www.steeprockassoc.org

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

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).

Pursuits

After School Arts Program (ASAP)

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
860.868.0740
www.afterschoolartsprogram.org

After School Arts Program ASAP

Founded in 1999, ASAP! is a social profit organization recognized as the place for high quality and innovative learning experiences. We believe that when we honor children’s imaginations, invite them to create, encourage them to take risks, and trust their resourcefulness, they will become the empowered, resilient, and compassionate adults the world really needs. Serving nearly 10,000 students throughout CT each year, ASAP! promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion in all its programs.

Bee Brook Rd. Unit B
Washington Depot, CT 06794
M-F, 9 am – 5 pm

(860) 868-0740

asapct.org/@asap_arts

Washington Arts Association (WAA)

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.
www.washingtonartassociation.org

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 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.
Route 47
www.washingtongardenclubct.org

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% 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 Street, New Preston
860.619.0555

www.salvatoreanthony.com
Instagram: @salvatoreanthonyhair

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.

118 Woodbury Road, Route 47
860.868.9466
www.mayflowerinn.com

 

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