Washington, CT —
An Autumnal Escape

Washington Depot, CT, my home for over 30 years, is a rural community in Litchfield county, known for it’s picturesque views and ties with New York City, for many have weekend homes here. It’s for that reason, the ultimate escape, because who knows best what soothes them than the sometimes stressed New Yorker? Here’s a few tips for a fall weekend in Washington, CT.

Favorite hikes

Steep Rock Land Trust. With over 2700 protected acres of land, Steeprock has many locations with trails. Choose an easy walk along the river or a challenging hike to multiple pinnacle overlooks.

Best date night cocktail

Community Table Bar. The uber chic Farm to Table restaurant has a great bartender and is the place to see and be seen. Order the Bee's Knees or the el Diablo cocktail. My wife, Stacey and my favorite. Cody makes the best drinks in the county!

Healthy organic breakfast

Hidden Valley Eatery. This is the top local hangout on weekend mornings.

Amazing lake view dining

Hopkins Inn. The views of Lake Waramaug from this terrace simply can not be beat. This lake is also a popular and coveted place to own a home for it’s summer watersport activity and serenity.

Place to drive fast

Lime Rock Race Track. Come watch a race or take a Skip Barber Driving Class. This winter our 16-year old kids will experience "Snowcross," where they will learn to drive on snow and ice!

Most delicious gourmet take out

The Pantry. The Pantry is the true heart of Washington, cooking for all our occasions and it’s always packed. Pick up a local berry or pumpkin pie for holidays but remember to order early!

Cuppa Joe: Marty's Cafe

This is the social center of the Depot. Great for breakfast and lunch, no Starbucks here!

"Great for breakfast and lunch, no Starbucks here!"

Getting pampered

Mayflower Grace Inn and Spa. True luxury reside at this Relais and Chateaux Spa. Send your wife, like I do or come together and relax.

Best saturday social

Farmer’s Market at the Park. Washington Depot’s center was recently transformed with a gorgeous new park and garden. It will host the farmers market on Saturdays through October.

Oddest place to have lunch with a James Beard Finalist Chef

Pine Leaf Cafe. This new cafe is always bustling and Chef Joel Vielhand will personally make your breakfast or lunch. Enjoy it on the patio overlooking the river and gorgeous gardens in the middle of the Green Spot Nursery. Who knew I would eat so well when picking out mums for the house?

"Who knew I would eat so well when picking out mums for the house?"

Most glamorous summer party

Pilobolus Ball which supports our internationally acclaimed modern dance company. Spend an incredible night at a rotating location - Spring Hill Farm most recently - watching a performance piece and mingling and dancing with old and new friends. It was even fun in 2015's monsoon rain storm!

Fall event

Gunn Memorial Library Antique Show. This is the social event of the fall season, such fun shopping with incredible vendors.

Ultimate luxury

Lake Waramaug house. This Lake is the hottest ticket in the county. The entry prices are steep but you will be in great company on this lake. People are buying $6mil houses and tearing them down! (We call this "surf and turf" - weekenders with country houses are picking up lake front houses as a second weekend home, often just a few miles from the country house. Having access to the lake is the "Ultimate Luxury" here... ).

Top foodie surprise

World class sushi at Norimaki, master chef Sekikawa makes everything himself so seating is limited, make sure you have a reservation.

Best local bookstore

Hickory Stick Book Sellers will guide to the perfect read. Fran and her staff have read everything! Come in for celebrity book signings which happen all the time.

Winter pleasure

Mohawk Mountain Skiing. Only half an hour from Washington, but make sure to book a spot on the kids program or sign up for the racing teams early as this is a popular weekend activity.

Featured Listings

38 Hinkle Road, Washington (Romford), CT

Revel in the beauty of nature as you wend your way down the 1/4-mile private drive to "The Clearing" and its surrounding 13+ acres. Greet guests in one of the best locations in town, just minutes to the Mayflower Inn and charming village centers. Entertain under the pergola or on the large bluestone terrace overlooking the new 40' Gunite heated pool. Play or catch fireflies on the expansive lawn. The stately home has 3 sections. To the east of the entry foyer, you will find a sun-filled living and dining room which opens to the kitchen and beyond. Start the morning in the breakfast/family room which is graced by a stone fireplace with views of the vernal pond. Enjoy cooking in the eat-in kitchen with its expansive counters, two sinks and central island. A walk-in pantry, half bath, large closets, and playroom/exercise room are nearby. The center section of the home hosts a main floor primary bedroom suite with walk in closets. 3 additional bedrooms & 2 baths are up the main staircase. The west wing has a wonderful media room/library with vaulted beamed ceiling and fireplace along with a private entrance for guests. A kitchenette/bar, laundry, bathroom and 2 flexible offices complete this level. Upstairs you will find an additional guest bedroom suite with bath, sitting room and balcony. House can easily be used as 7 bedrooms. The lower level has storage, cedar closets, wine cellar, 2 finished rooms & workshop. Generator with 1,000 gallon buried propane. Just spectacular!

19 Saw Mill Road, Litchfield (Milton), CT

Remarkable setting on the Shepaug River in historic Milton section of Litchfield. 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths. Main floor primary suite, 2 beds and full bath upstairs, 2 beds and full bath lower level with full windows/walkout. Fabulous great room with kitchen island, dinning, fireplace and sitting area that leads to outdoor living room overlooking yard and river. Large lower level media/rec/gym with ample storage areas remaining. The getaway you have been looking for! Close to Bantam, Litchfield Green, Washington, New Preston, Bantam Lake, Mohawk Mtn state park. Total privacy on 20+ acres.

112 Lower Church Hill Road, Washington (Washington Depot), CT

Stunning country retreat on 10 private acres with Har -Tru lighted tennis court and heated pool/spa and screened porch for summer enjoyment. Located in prestigious area nearby Steep Rock hiking and close to town center. Many recent upgrades including fresh paint, all new light fixtures, new landscaping. Exercise room, sauna, and lower level walk out play room for indoor activities. Vaulted great room with fireplace and bar. Cozy library with second fireplace. Well appointed chef's kitchen with island seating and breakfast nook. First floor master suite with walk-in closet. 3 upstairs bedrooms with 2 baths.

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