Visit Connecticut’s Hidden Gems this Fall Last Updated 10/20

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!

Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out as hours may change due to COVID-19.

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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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Hawk Ridge Winery, Watertown

Hawk Ridge Winery, part of Hidden Breeze Farm, offers a peaceful farm setting to enjoy friends, family, and fantastic wine. Lounge in their open lawn seating, admire stunning foliage views, sip on the festive wine slushie of the month, and even take a bottle home!

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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. 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. Currently open by appointment only.

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The Glass House, New Canaan

For something truly unique, visit The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The campus serves as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art. And you can bet you'll spot beautiful foliage from any direction you look!

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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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Hidden Valley Eatery, Washington

Talk about "hidden" gems — this spot's got it right in its name! This organic breakfast and lunch spot offers a fresh juice bar, smoothies, coffee, espresso, fresh baked goods, and prepackaged items from granola to all natural bath & body goods. Foodies will enjoy dishes like smoked salmon bagels, vegan cookies, mushroom goat cheese soufles, and even breakfast pizza! 

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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.

 

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EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, Middletown

For a different kind of scare this season, zip on over to EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center for Moonlight Ziplining, available weekends in October and Halloween night.