Connecticut Showcases Bright
Ideas For Travelers Visiting Family and Friends For "Leaf Peeping"
(HARTFORD, CT) - October 8, 2004 - For family
and friends visiting Connecticut residents this fall, there are as many
destination choices as there are vibrant shades of color in New England's
breathtaking foliage. Travelers and Connecticut residents alike will find the
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism a trusted resource for the most
up-to-date and comprehensive fall foliage information available. Log onto www.ctbound.org
or call the toll-free number 1-800-CT-BOUND for information.
The website features a host of fun fall getaway
ideas among the 52 Getaways geared toward travelers' interests. In addition, a
variety of options are available to families or friends and their soon-to-be
"leaf peeping" visitors seeking a place to stay and fun things to do.
In a special fall foliage section of the website which visitors can access
directly at www.ctfoliage.com, become a
Connecticut "leaf peeping enthusiast" by rating and posting comments
about current fall foliage. The site also offers tips on how to take great
foliage photos, the most up-to-date fall foliage reports, and the best places
"Leaf peeping" travelers are also
encouraged to stop by any of Connecticut's welcome centers to talk to area
experts who can recommend a host of destinations, restaurants or even events
where beautiful foliage is abundant.
"leaf peeping" getaway that is romantic and kid-friendly-Connecticut
is full of choices. For example, fall foliage cruises at the Maritime Center in
Norwalk are a great way to see the beautiful foliage along with some native
ocean creatures, first-hand. Cruises are available each weekend thru October 31.
For more information call (203) 852-0700 or log onto www.maritimeaquarium.org.
In addition, the Courtyard by Marriott and the DoubleTree Club Hotel, both in
Norwalk, offer indoor pools for kids.
"Leaf Peepers" can enjoy a
myriad of wondrous sights and sounds beneath the foliage during the Hartford
International Jazz Festival at the Riverfront Plaza Stage in Hartford on Sunday,
October 10. Entrance to the festival is free and begins at 2 PM with a variety
of multicultural performances including traditional African dance and a Latin
jazz ensemble. Visitors can even admire works of art amid the foliage in
Greenwich during the 23rd Annual Outdoor Arts Festival at the Bruce Museum on
October 9 and 10. Several Connecticut inns and B&Bs also offer
accommodations that extend to older children with a host of fall events close
- Stanton House
Inn, Greenwich (Ages 10 and older) 203-869-2110
76 Maple Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830
Events: 23rd Annual Outdoor Arts Festival at
the Bruce Museum - Oct. 9-10
Inn, Madison (Ages 10 and older)
949 Boston Post Rd. Madison, CT 06443
Events: Fall Birdwalks at
Hammonassett State Park - Now thru Nov. 20
Hill Inn, Middlebury
96 Tucker Hill Rd. Middlebury, CT 06762
Events: 24th Annual
Chowderfest - Oct. 9-11, Middlebury; Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce,
- Best Western Hilltop Inn, Niantic (All ages) 860-739-3951
Flanders Rd. Niantic, CT 06327 Amenities include pool and babysitting services.
Events: Chowderfest at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic - Oct. 9-11;
Greek Food Festival, New London - Nov. 3-5
Destinations nearby include: Science
Center of Eastern CT, New London; Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport Museum,
both in Mystic.
- Swan Cove Bed and
Breakfast, New Haven (Ages 8 and older)
115 Sea St. New Haven, CT 06519
Events: 7th Annual City-Wide Open
Art Studios, New Haven - Oct. 5-27
- The Deacon
Timothy Pratt House, Old Saybrook (Ages 10 and older) 800-640-1195
325 Main St.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Events: 6th Annual Apple Festival, Old Saybrook - Oct 9;
Historic Village Tour, Old Saybrook - Oct. 9
- Another Second Penny
Stonington (Ages 8 and older) 860-535-1710
870 Pequot Trail. Stonington, CT
Events: Nautical Nightmares at Mystic Seaport, Mystic - Weekends thru
October; 13th Annual Spooky Nature Trail at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center,
Mystic - Oct 29, 30.
- The Tolland
Inn, Tolland (Ages 10 and older)
63 Tolland Green Tolland, CT 06084
Events: Corn Maze at Nathan Hale
Homestead, Coventry -Thru Oct. 10, 14th Annual Apples, Walks, and More at Nathan
Hale Homestead, Coventry - Oct. 9-11, 17.
- Welcome Inn B&B, Westbrook
(Ages 10 and older) 860-399-2500
433 Essex Rd. Westbrook, CT 06498
Annual Oktoberfest Sidewalk Sale & Soup Challenge, Westbrook - Oct. 9-11.
Throughout the month of October, "leaf peepers" can also catch a
glimpse of Connecticut's past during Archeology Month. Visitors can learn the
fine art of "spear-throwing" at a workshop or delve even further with
a host of other events including archeological field explorations and intriguing
lectures. Connecticut's Archeology Month is highlighted with the First Annual
Archeology Expo at the University of Connecticut in Storrs on Sunday, October
17th. For a detailed calendar of events please visit http://cac.uconn.edu/
call the Connecticut Archeaology Center at the University of Connecticut at
Many inns, hotels, and B&Bs across the state also offer
packages that make an autumn getaway especially easy, including:
Eve Harvest Package - Daniel Trowbridge
- 2 nights'
- $100 gift certificate to a fine dining restaurant
to a corn maze
- $10 gift certificate to a local orchard for wine-tasting or
farm fresh pick-your-own fruits or pumpkins
Packages start at $440 per couple
for both nights. Runs thru October 31, 2004 193 Hampton Rd. (Rte. 97) Pomfret,
CT 06259. To make reservations call 860-974-3622.
The Fall Foliage Escape Package - Mystic
- Tickets to the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Tour along the
- Complementary Apple Cider at the hotel's Starbucks
price is $249 per couple. Runs thru October 31, 2004 625 North Rd. Groton, CT
06340. To make reservations call 1- 800-MARRIOTT.
For more information on all of
Connecticut's autumn destinations and beyond, visit www.ctbound.org
Created by the General Assembly in 2003, the Commission on
Culture and Tourism is designed to identify, preserve, strengthen, and promote
Connecticut's cultural and tourism industries in order to enhance the quality of
life for its citizens, create a destination for travelers, and contribute to the
reputation and economic vitality of the state.
Jennifer Aniskovich, Executive Director, Commission on
Culture and Tourism (860) 256-2800