Visit Connecticut’s Hidden Gems this Fall Last Updated 11/18

Each fall, people visit Connecticut to see brilliant displays of foliage in every corner of the state. But even if you live here, there may be a few spots in Connecticut that you’ve never seen, and the fall season is a great time to discover them for yourself. Here are just a few hidden gems worth exploring during the fall. If you find a few more worth recommending, share them with us @CTvisit.com!

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Comstock Covered Bridge, East Hampton

Although the red covered bridge in West Cornwall, Connecticut, tends to get a little more attention, this pretty vintage covered pedestrian bridge across the Salmon River in East Hampton is worth a visit, especially in the fall. 

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Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston

With wine and chocolate-tasting trains in September, pumpkin patch rides throughout October and holiday events such as the Northern Lights Limited and Santa Express Trains in December, Thomaston’s Railroad Museum of New England keeps busy throughout the fall season. This Litchfield Hills destination also has an impressive collection of trains that railroad fans will love to visit and view.

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Powder Ridge, Middlefield

Although primarily a skiing spot, Middlefield’s Powder Ridge has reinvented itself as a year-round destination, offering mountain bike trails that are particularly fun during the colorful fall season. In October, they host an Oktoberfest celebration as well as their Race the Ridge Mountain Bike Challenge. Ride the lift up and hike down, or bundle up and get in a few last bike rides in before the snow flies.

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Ballard Museum of Puppetry, Storrs

If Halloween has whet your appetite for fanciful characters, take a trip to the remarkable Ballard Museum of Puppetry in Storrs. Experience the past, present and future of puppetry at this unique museum, exhibition, theater and workshop space located on the UCONN campus. Be sure to check the website for upcoming performances as well.

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Grace Farms, New Canaan

For an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, don’t miss a visit to Grace Farms in New Canaan. You’ll find this artistic complex on 80 peaceful acres of beauty, along with scenic walking trails, contemplative seating areas, indoor fireplaces and even a spot for a snack or a cup of tea.

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New England Motorcycle Museum, Rockville

There’s nothing like a motorcycle ride on Connecticut back roads to really get a feel for the beauty of fall. If you’re looking for a new destination, the largest motorcycle museum on the east coast has recently opened in Connecticut. Housed in Rockville’s 200-year-old Hockanum Mill, you’ll find a collection of over 100 vintage motorcycles and memorabilia on display.

 

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Sachem Farmhouse B&B, Warren

Tucked away in the state’s northwestern corner, this beautiful spot overlooking Lake Waramaug is a welcoming bed & breakfast, with amazing views throughout the fall season. Knitting fans will love that there is also a working sheep farm on the premises, producing fine single flock wool yarn and offering dyeing workshops.

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Vanilla Bean Café, Pomfret

Drive along National Scenic Byway Route 169, and you’ll find the Vanilla Bean Café in pretty Pomfret. This award-winning café, named "”Connecticut's Best Country Café” by Yankee Magazine, features hearty sandwiches, homemade soups, baked goods and more, in the heart of Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.