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Fall Foliage Getaways, Experiences Abound in Connecticut this Autumn

Vibrant fall foliage expected to delight visitors through mid-November

HARTFORD, Conn., (Sept. 3, 2019) – With the longest fall foliage season in New England, Connecticut offers travelers more opportunities to admire the beauty and embrace the experiences that define the season: from taking a scenic drive, hike or bike ride and sipping fresh apple cider, to strolling charming towns and warming up by a fireplace.

“Connecticut is poised to have a brilliant fall foliage season,” said Christopher Martin, state forester, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “Connecticut enjoys a greater diversity of trees than its Northern neighbors; that means more fall colors on display for a longer period of time—typically through mid-November.”

With the Connecticut Foliage Finder, seven Top Fall Foliage Drives, 20+ pre-planned Getaways and other resources on www.CTvisit.com, travelers can discover ways to maximize each moment of a fall daytrip, weekend or week-long getaway in Connecticut. And, the state’s close proximity to New York City, Boston and other major Northeast cities means less time getting there—and more time for leaf peeping.

This fall, travelers to Connecticut can:

Follow a pre-planned getaway itinerary, including:

Take a hike in The Last Green Valley, a National Heritage Corridor spanning 26 towns in Northeastern Connecticut; the Blue-Blazed Trails, with 825 miles of walkways; and, the Appalachian Trail, stretching 52 miles in Connecticut’s Northwest corner. Some of the state’s top foliage views can be found along the Mattabesett Trail in Central Connecticut and Lake Waramaug in Kent.

Book a romantic getaway at Winvian Farm in Morris, where guests can choose from 18 unique resort cottages set on 113 acres of countryside, or Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook, where guests can enjoy waterfront views and personalized spa services. Additionally, Connecticut’s many inns and B&Bs, whether located atop rolling hills, along the shoreline or in quaint cities and towns, offer autumn ambiance—and rooms with foliage views.

Discover small towns packed with New England charm and fall festivals, including Cornwall, home to the recently restored West Cornwall Covered Bridge; Westport, home to the New England Chowdafest (Oct. 6); and Woodstock, home to the Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival (Oct. 19-20).

Sip Connecticut wine and craft beer at over 100 destinations, including Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford and Stony Creek Brewery in Branford—both of which offer roaring fireplaces and Instagram-worthy views. Or, opt for hard cider at Connecticut’s newest tap room, Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms in East Haddam.

Visit an orchard for apple picking, hayrides and fall activities, including Silverman’s Farm in Easton, Lyman Orchards in Middlefield and Holmberg Orchards in Gales Ferry. There are dozens of pick-your-own locations in Connecticut.

Try something unique and board “Pumpkin Patch” train rides at the Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston and the Essex Steam Train in Essex; embark on a tree swallow migration paddle tour with Black Hall Outfitters in Old Lyme; and, soar 360 feet in the air at Foxwoods HighFlyer Zipline in Mashantucket.

Get into the Halloween spirit with special events at Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine in East Granby; Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours in Mystic; and, Pumpkintown U.S.A. in East Hampton, a “non-scary” seasonal attraction.

“The perfect fall getaway is just a short trip away in Connecticut, where visitors can easily build the perfect visit filled with foliage views, must-do seasonal activities and a few unexpected experiences, too,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism.

For more information about fall fun in Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com and join the social media community on FacebookTwitterInstagram 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, 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