Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills

Washington

Architects

Peter Talbot Architects

A five person general practice of Architecture, Design & Planning specializing in residential, commercial, and institutional projects.

18 Titus Road, Washington Depot
860-868-4000
petertalbotarchitects.com

Reese Owens Architects

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

18 Titus Road, Washington Depot
860-868-4000
reeseowens.com

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 (@salvaged_woodworks) and a local shop in New Milford, CT called the Safari Collective. He also takes custom orders via email at salvagedwoodworking@gmail.com

203-770-2859
instagram.com/salvaged_woodworks

The Smithy Market & Cafe

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. Across the street is their cafe, The Smithy Cafe at 9 Main. They have a selection of artisanal sandwiches, to go soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, baked goods, and fresh brewed coffee.

10 Main Street, New Preston
860-868-9003
thesmithystore.com

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.

43 Wilbur Road, Washington
860-868-1960
horseofct.org

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.

860-868-9131 or 860-868-2259
steeprockassoc.org/judea-garden/

Design

AppleTree Design Depot

Family owned interior design store that works with each client to create custom solutions for their residential, commercial, and remodeling needs.

27 Bee Brook Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-7410
appletreedesigndepot.com

Arbor Services of CT

Services include planting, fertilizing, transplanting, pruning, cable, lightning protection, insect diagnosis and treatment, tree removal.

PO. Box 363, Washington Depot
860-868-1930
arborct.com

Bouyea & Associates

A team of experienced designers and technicians with over 25 years of experience. They research, design, coordinate, and supervise through all stages.

5 Green Hill Road, Washington
860-868-4500
bouyea.com

Everything Botanical LLC

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

253 Old Litchfield Road, Washington
860-619-0302
everythingbotanical.com

Peter Talbot Architects

A five person general practice of Architecture, Design & Planning specializing in residential, commercial, and institutional projects.

18 Titus Road, Washington Depot
860-868-4000
petertalbotarchitects.com

Reese Owens Architects

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

18 Titus Road, Washington Depot
860-868-4000
reeseowens.com

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 (@salvaged_woodworks) and a local shop in New Milford, CT called the Safari Collective. He also takes custom orders via email at salvagedwoodworking@gmail.com

203-770-2859
instagram.com/salvaged_woodworks

Designers

AppleTree Design Depot

Family owned interior design store that works with each client to create custom solutions for their residential, commercial, and remodeling needs.

27 Bee Brook Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-7410
appletreedesigndepot.com

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

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

Mayflower Inn & Spa Tap Room

The Mayflower Inn & Spa 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
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, Washington Depot
860.868.0258
thepantryct.com

The Smithy Market & Cafe

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. Across the street is their cafe, The Smithy Cafe at 9 Main. They have a selection of artisanal sandwiches, to go soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, baked goods, and fresh brewed coffee.

10 Main Street, New Preston
860-868-9003
thesmithystore.com

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

Goods

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

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

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 (@salvaged_woodworks) and a local shop in New Milford, CT called the Safari Collective. He also takes custom orders via email at salvagedwoodworking@gmail.com

203-770-2859
instagram.com/salvaged_woodworks

The Smithy Market & Cafe

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. Across the street is their cafe, The Smithy Cafe at 9 Main. They have a selection of artisanal sandwiches, to go soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, baked goods, and fresh brewed coffee.

10 Main Street, New Preston
860-868-9003
thesmithystore.com

Home Accents

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 (@salvaged_woodworks) and a local shop in New Milford, CT called the Safari Collective. He also takes custom orders via email at salvagedwoodworking@gmail.com

203-770-2859
instagram.com/salvaged_woodworks

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. 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. Visit www.hollisterhousegarden.org for visiting information.

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Rd
Washington
860-868-2200

Mount Tom Tower

Located on Mount Tom is a 34-foot stone tower. A hike up to the top of the Mount Tom Tower yields a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and distant landmarks. The original structure was made of wood and in 1921 was rebuilt using stone.

Route 202, Litchfield
860-424-4070
Mounttomstateparkct.gov

Landscape

Everything Botanical LLC

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

253 Old Litchfield Road, Washington
860-619-0302
everythingbotanical.com

Lighting

Bouyea & Associates

A team of experienced designers and technicians with over 25 years of experience. They research, design, coordinate, and supervise through all stages.

5 Green Hill Road, Washington
860-868-4500
bouyea.com

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.

226 Bee Brook Rd, Washington Depot
860-868-9401
info@hiddenvalleyct.com
hiddenvalleyct.com

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

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. 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. Visit www.hollisterhousegarden.org for visiting information.

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Rd
Washington
860-868-2200

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

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

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
Email: laura@thejudyblackparkandgardens.org
thejudyblackparkandgardens.org

Pursuits

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.

4 Bryan Memorial Plaza, Washington Depot
860-828-2878
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.

P.O. Box 228, Washington Depot
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
159 South St, Washington
860-868-7326

Tree Service

Arbor Services of CT

Services include planting, fertilizing, transplanting, pruning, cable, lightning protection, insect diagnosis and treatment, tree removal.

PO. Box 363, Washington Depot
860-868-1930
arborct.com

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

10 Main Street, New Preston
860-619-0555

salvatoreanthony.com

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, Washington
860-868-9466
mayflowerinn.com

 

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