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10 Ways To Enjoy A Safe, Festive Thanksgiving And Support Connecticut Businesses

HARTFORD, Conn., (Nov. 10, 2020) – This Thanksgiving, the Connecticut Office of Tourism is encouraging residents to support Connecticut businesses by taking advantage of everything they’re offering to make a celebration closer to home both safe and festive. In addition to compiling a new guide, 10 Ways to Support Connecticut Businesses This Thanksgiving, the Office of Tourism is encouraging residents to use #SupportCTBusinesses on social media to show their participation.

“Connecticut businesses need our support now more than ever,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism. “Local farms, restaurants, attractions, shops, hotels and other types of businesses have worked incredibly hard to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for Connecticut families throughout the pandemic. This Thanksgiving, we’re encouraging those who can to show their thanks by shopping, dining, donating and staying local.”

10 Ways to Support Connecticut Businesses This Thanksgiving:

  1. Utilize Local Ingredients. Countless Connecticut farms and orchards offer hand-picked produce, farm-raised turkeys, homemade desserts and more. A family outing to the farm can be part of the experience, too.
  2. Choose Connecticut Wine, Beer or Spirits. Ditch the big label brands and introduce the family to something new. Many Connecticut wineries, breweries and distilleries are open for in-person purchases, pick-up or even delivery.
  3. Let Someone Else Handle the Cooking. If you need a break from cooking, order your Thanksgiving meal for pick-up or delivery from a Connecticut restaurant. Many are offering the traditional fixings, while others are putting their own spin on the menu.
  4. Change The Scenery. Many Connecticut restaurants are open and safely welcoming families on Thanksgiving. Reserve your spot for a memorable brunch, lunch or dinner—and avoid the kitchen clean-up.
  5. Give Back To The Great Outdoors. Many of us rediscovered the great outdoors over the past few months, so take this opportunity to substitute your pre- or post-meal walk for a hike or bike ride at your local park, preserve or land trust—and consider donating to ensure the trails are available for years to come.
  6. Sign Up for a Virtual Turkey Trot. Support local causes and businesses alike by signing up for a virtual road race. Many of the events have flexible start times, so you can run on your own schedule over the holiday.
  7. Turn Phone Time Into Family Time. You don’t have to leave your house to try something new in Connecticut. While most museums and tourism attractions are closed on Thanksgiving day, many offer virtual exhibits, gallery talks and educational lectures at discounted rates.  
  8. Get In The Holiday Spirit—Early. Many of Connecticut’s beloved holiday events kick off the day after Thanksgiving. Reserve your spot now to ensure your family can participate and if you need a Christmas tree, head to the nearest tree farm to pick or cut your own.
  9. Show Your State Pride. This holiday season, opt for Connecticut-made or inspired gifts for family and friends, or consider giving a Connecticut experience, like a gift certificate to a local restaurant or a membership to a favorite local museum or attraction.
  10. Recharge Your Battery. Prepare to wave goodbye to 2020 by reserving a staycation at a Connecticut hotel, inn or B&B now. Many are offering special winter packages.

For frequently asked questions about holiday gatherings, read Connecticut’s Holiday Guidance here.

To discover businesses to support and more information about safe, seasonal activities in Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com and use #SupportCTBusinesses.

The hashtag is part of a broader initiative by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development to encourage Connecticut residents to support local businesses. The Connecticut Office of Tourism allocated a portion of its existing statewide tourism marketing budget to support this effort, which includes search and social media advertising, content marketing and public relations.

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, visit 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

860-500-2369

randall.fiveash@ct.gov