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Connecticut Showcases Bright Ideas For Travelers Visiting Family and Friends For "Leaf Peeping" Getaways

(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 for viewing.

"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.

For a "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 by, including:

  • 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
  • Tidewater Inn, Madison (Ages 10 and older) 203-245-8457
    949 Boston Post Rd. Madison, CT 06443
    Events: Fall Birdwalks at Hammonassett State Park - Now thru Nov. 20
  • Tucker Hill Inn, Middlebury 203-758-8334
    96 Tucker Hill Rd. Middlebury, CT 06762
    Events: 24th Annual Chowderfest - Oct. 9-11, Middlebury; Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, Bristol
  • Best Western Hilltop Inn, Niantic (All ages) 860-739-3951
    239 Flanders Rd. Niantic, CT 06327 Amenities include pool and babysitting services.
    Events: Chowderfest at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic - Oct. 9-11;
    52nd Annual 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) 203-776-3240
    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 Inn, Stonington (Ages 8 and older) 860-535-1710
    870 Pequot Trail. Stonington, CT 06378
    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) 877-465-0800
    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
    Events: 7th 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/  or call the Connecticut Archeaology Center at the University of Connecticut at 860-486-4460.

Many inns, hotels, and B&Bs across the state also offer packages that make an autumn getaway especially easy, including:

The Hallow's Eve Harvest Package - Daniel Trowbridge House, Pomfret

  • 2 nights' accommodations
  • $100 gift certificate to a fine dining restaurant
  • Admission 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 Marriott, Mystic

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Tickets to the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Tour along the Connecticut River
  • Complementary Apple Cider at the hotel's Starbucks

Package 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 or call 1-800-CT-BOUND.

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


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