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What to Do in Washington County

Within the boundaries of Washington County lies 837 square miles of astounding beauty, and a weath of attractions, both natural and manmade. Bounded on the east by the Green Mountains of Vermont, the north by Lakes Champlain and George, the west by Saratoga Springs and the south by the Capital District, Washington County is situated at the heart of a region that offers visitors a number of intriguing ways to discover, play, connect, and rejuvenate.

It's impossible to tour the countryside without noticing the predominance of agriculture, an economic mainstay of the region since before the Revolutionary War. Many sites, businesses and activities celebrate this heritage through fairs, festivals and tours, pick-your-own orchards, fabulous farmer's markets and special events. Many area chefs build their menus around locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheese, meats, bread, maple syrup and eggs. (Restaurateurs within a 250-mile radius seek out these same high-quality ingredients, too.)

The bucolic atmosphere is only part of the Washington County story. There is plenty to see, do, and explore, whether your idea of fun is fishing for trout or hunting for a bargain. Recreational waterways criss-cross the county, and there are literally hundreds of lakes, streams and brooks for boating, swimming, tubing and more. Fan of the arts? You'll be surprised at the depth of the cultural offerings—music, theater, museums and galleries—that draw artists, performers and aficionados from around the world. And if you're a fan of antiques, architecture or historic sites, you won't be disappointed.

Getting here is easy. Washington County is within a few hours' drive or rail trip from New York City, Boston and Montreal, and is served by international airports in Albany and Vermont. The hard part will be leaving.

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Washington County, NY Photo: Robert McIntosh, www.coveredbridgebook.com