Conveniently located hours away from major cities (New York, Boston, Montreal), Washington County, New York, borders the green mountains of Vermont and is known for awe-inspiring views, rich farm lands, outdoor sports, and natural attractions. It is a popular destination for tourists looking to escape to nature and experience a slower, more idyllic quality of life.
Washington County is also home to a growing and flourishing arts scene, and the programs offered across the county’s communities are as varied as the people who live here. Theatre, music, painting—it inspires and nurtures independent voices…and encourages others to join the movement. Hubbard Hall and Fort Salem Theater lead the region in local drama production. Actors, directors, and bands from all over the area perform masterpieces. Out of county is the renowned Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), which regularly hosts nationally-acclaimed performers and is the summer host of the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra. Smaller community theaters and arts groups, such as Little Theater on the Farm, help foster a greater appreciation for the performing arts and a deeper understanding of its place within the region’s history.
The region is also home to many great festivals and events. The Battenkill Runs Through It is a beach, music, and food festival organized by the Battenkill Conservancy to raise money to preserve and enhance the Battenkill Watershed. The Battenkill is a 59.4 mile river that flows from Vermont into New York. It is well-known for its trout fishing. The Annual Tour of the Battenkill is North America’s largest Pro/Am road cycling race; the Annual Washington County Fiber Tour lets participants experience spinning, knitting, weaving and felting demonstrations, as well as shop for unique woven items, knitted items, fleeces, and more; and the Washington County Fair is New York’s number one agricultural fair. Other notable events include the Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival and Whitehall Winter Fest.
Other popular things to do while visiting Washington County include agri-tourism, shopping and antiquing, sports and recreation, and markets and fairs.