Park the car then shop & stroll your way around these 13 unique businesses in Washington Depot (Litchfield County). The “Depot” is quintessential CT and as pretty as can be. Your Instagram account will thank you! 😉
Rumsey Hall in Washington is an independent, coed junior boarding (grades 5-9) and day school (for K-9). After a private tour of the Rumsey Hall grounds, we’re convinced we’d be much more scholarly if we had gone to school here!
This post is for parents who may be considering the thought of enrolling their child in an idyllic school tucked away in beautiful Litchfield County. Weekenders – come for the summer and have the kids stay up here for school. Perfect.
We’ve been talking about staying at The Mayflower Inn & Spa since the inception of Unlocking Litchfield (our original name). The Mayflower is known for being luxurious and old-school charming; not to mention magical and decadent! Here’s our visit…which was everything and then some!
We’ve been working extra hard lately (busy full-time jobs, growing blog empires, etc.) and sadly won’t be going on vacation anytime soon. Boo hoo, right? How do we deal? We treat ourselves to some serious pampering with a day of beauty at Byrde + the b, Washington. That’s how!
Hollister House Garden in Washington reminds us of a classic English country garden. We spent a delightful morning touring the property with owner George Schoellkopf. What an inspirational realm for artists, photographers, and bloggers!
The Housatonic Valley Association was founded in 1941 to protect the entire Housatonic River Watershed, stretching 2,000 square miles of land. To help fund this mighty endeavor, the HVA Auction for the Environment began 28 years ago. This fun event brings our generous community together to bid on incredible auction items, sip, nibble, schmooze, and in turn, help conserve this beautiful spot we call home!
We know it’s bad to covet, so let’s just say we really, really desired a Grey New York Grey New England bag for a very long time (#bag-goals). Once again, it was the classic story of Instagram discovery. How did we ever find things to love before Insta??
When we learned that the company was based out of Washington Depot, we felt like we hit shop-local gold. Then, to find out (after some gentle stalking) that the creative director is Simon Kneen (who has an impressive 30-year fashion career, including a period as creative director of Banana Republic) well, that just called for us to pop over for coffee and chats.
We first learned of the Yatra Collection when we met Gina Duckworth and fell in love with the beautiful tunic she was wearing. Lucky for us, Gina was willing to share the details on where she got it, and as it turns out, the co-owner of the Yatra Collection company lives in Washington Depot! We love it when we discover a fashion connection in our backyard!
Yatra means journey in Hindi, so, we took a yatra to Washington to meet Rati Madan at her beautiful home, and of course, try on as many pieces of the collection as we could in a couple of hours…
In this crazy overloaded world we live in, we could probably all use a visit to Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center in Washington Depot. This is definitely a place for some good self-care. The studio is beautiful, the people welcoming, and the class and therapy offerings are diverse. Classes include meditation, Tai Chi & Qi Gong, and yoga, and therapy options include Chinese medical massages, acupuncture, cupping, and organic facials.
The Pantry in Washington Depot lands firmly in the “Litchfield County institution” category. Celebrating 40 years in business, there couldn’t be a more warm and welcoming place to get a bite to eat. The Pantry is a sandwich shop with distinction. Soups, sandwiches, baked goods, and salads that will satisfy all the taste buds! We imagine that everyone in the Depot stops in at one point throughout the week, plus many, many more on the weekends. An above average sandwich shop that is worth the drive!
Owners Michael and Nancy Ackerman are almost always on hand to greet their customers with a smile and a laugh, alongside store manager Zoe Velush-Rogers. Hospitality is what it’s all about here, like a warm hug from a favorite aunt and uncle. Have a browse through what we sampled, plus we chat with Michael and Nancy about their unique community meeting spot!