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Connecticut Offers New and Unexpected Experiences This Summer

Connecticut Offers New and Unexpected Experiences This Summer

Shuck oysters, relive summer camp as an adult, or indulge in seasonal delights

HARTFORD, Conn., June 5, 2018 – This summer, Connecticut is offering new and unexpected experiences for visitors of all ages — from higher zip lines and year-round skiing to oyster farm excursions and Viking exhibits. There are also new reasons to visit Connecticut’s well-known destinations along the shoreline, countryside and city centers, and hidden gems to add to any summer bucket list.

A quick trip from major Northeast cities, Connecticut offers all the traditional charms of a New England summer — including waterside attractions and top-notch seafood — as well as destinations that offer a chic edge or country flair. From restaurant recommendations to hotel picks and itinerary ideas, detailed information about visiting Connecticut can be found on www.CTvisit.com.

Settle in:

  • Experience modern country luxury at the recently transformed GrayBarns in Norwalk, a boutique inn featuring six luxurious king suites and on-site Tavern.
  • Act like a kid again at Club Getaway in Kent, an adult summer camp set on 300 acres of wilderness in Litchfield Hills, where activities include camp favorites with an adult twist. Family and youth camps are also available.
  • Stay in a converted landmark at The Goodwin in Hartford. The boutique hotel just debuted a Spanish-style restaurant and bar, Porrón and Piña, led by acclaimed chef Tyler Anderson. Or, opt to stay at the Delamar West Hartford nearby, which opened last fall.
  • Transport to a different time at Spicer Mansion in Mystic, a luxury boutique inn paying homage to the Gilded Age of refined hospitality alongside contemporary touches, including exclusive fine-dining and bespoke experiences.

Power up:

Recharge:

  • Book a beach or camping getaway at one of Connecticut’s 107 state parks; parking is now free for residents with a valid license plate.
  • Take in Connecticut’s natural beauty with a hike along the Blue-Blazed Trails, spanning more than 825 miles. Or, stroll the lavender fields at Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth.
  • Treat yourself to a day or weekend at the Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, now featuring luxurious summer treatments, or visit the new Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. Try salt cave yoga at Salt of the Earth spa in Woodbury.

Indulge:

  • Sip and savor through the state’s Specialty Trails, including the renowned Connecticut Wine Trail (don’t miss the popular Merlita wine slushies at Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen) and Connecticut Beer Trail, which boasts more than 68 operational breweries. Leave the driving to Connecticut Beer Tours or Elm City Party Bike, the state’s first pedaled party and sightseeing bike.
  • Have an unforgettable agritourism experience on a Hummock Island Oyster Tour in Westport, which includes a boat tour, shucking lessons and tasting. Or, tour Red Bee Apiary in Weston and taste honey straight from the beehive. 

Rediscover:

“This summer, we’re proud to offer visitors even more of what makes Connecticut a unique New England destination — more opportunities for adventure, relaxation, food and self-discovery — all within close proximity,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism.

To learn more about Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com. For additional travel inspiration, follow Connecticut on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

About the Connecticut Office of Tourism

The Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), is dedicated to enhancing the economic growth of Connecticut’s tourism industry. Together with its many state and industry partners, the Office of Tourism works to bolster the state’s reputation as a destination that offers a diverse mix of activities and attractions, all in close proximity to each other – from the exciting and relaxing to the historic and innovative to the culture- and nature-focused. For more information about Connecticut tourism, or to plan your next trip to Connecticut, visit the www.CTvisit.com.

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Contacts:

Emily Pangakis
Adams & Knight
860-676-2300 x 129
emily.pangakis@adamsknight.com

Randy Fiveash

Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism

860-256-2769

randall.fiveash@ct.gov